Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Radcliffe Camera is pictured on September 20, 2016 in Oxford, England.


Dr. George Southcombe, Lecturer in History at Wadham College, Oxford and Director of the Sarah Lawrence program, will present on Oxford's history, its unique system of education, and why it is so well suited to an American liberal arts student.  The Barnard process for applying to Oxford Colleges will also be explained. 

Join us for First-Generation Awareness Day!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Opportunity to join the Council on Diversity and Inclusion

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The Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)  is seeking four student representatives for the 2018-2019 academic year. Barnard’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is at the core of who we are. Our exceptional community is impossible without the unique perspectives, ideas, approaches, and contributions that come from having the broadest diversity of students, faculty, and staff.

CDI is a standing committee appointed by the President and comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumnae and trustees who are responsible for setting goals and developing programs that promote the College’s mission to be diverse, inclusive and equitable community possible.

Barnard’s CDI serves to expand dialogue about diversity, inclusion, and equity to include the entire Barnard community of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae; promote and coordinate campus-wide participation in the College’s diversity and inclusion efforts; and advise Barnard’s senior leadership and Board of Trustees on ongoing and new initiatives that will create a more diverse and inclusive campus community.

CDI is made up of a chair, students, faculty members, exempt staff, non-exempt staff, alumnae, trustees and an ex officio member from the President's staff.   Under the leadership of chair, Professor Yvette Christianse, the CDI will focus on:
  • Expanding the dialogue about diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Creating a structure for reviewing proposals from the community
  • Organizing campus-wide events

Student Membership:
  • Student leaders must be committed to advance Barnard’s diversity and inclusion mission
  • Students should be confident in representing the student perspective and advocating on behalf of the student body
  • Students will be charged with supporting the strategy and creation of diverse programs and initiatives to encourage rich conversations and impactful dialogue
  • Students should graciously and respectfully contribute to the leadership of diverse and inclusive processes and help to lead in organizational diversity processes

To apply for the 2018-2019 academic year, please complete the form by 12am on October 15, 2018

First Gen Fall Dinner Meetup

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RSVP here

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Resource Reminder

Resource Reminder

Many members of our community may be having a difficult time these days with everything in the news cycle, combined with personal and academic stressors.  We know that you don't stop having feelings just because you're busy with schoolwork, and we want to remind you of the many  resources on campus where you can find peers, professionals, and space to get some support.  Below are just a few examples:

Furman Counseling Center offers several forms of support for Barnard students:
  • Our counselors offer one-hour workshops throughout the year to help students develop personal skills in a variety of areas, such as maintaining balance, stress management, romantic well-being, and smart emotional living. Watch for announcements and flyers about these workshops on the FY Blog and in the residence halls.

Your class deans are available to meet with you by appointment and during walk-in hours.  Click this link to make an appointment or see when walk-ins are.  Need to see someone but can't find an available time that fits in your schedule?  Call the Dean of Studies office at 212-854-2024 any time 9-5, Monday through Friday.

  • Worried about a class? Confused about registration?  Just need a friendly, nonjudgmental listener?  Have a question but aren't sure whom to ask?  We're here for all this and more.

Well Woman is the health promotion program and wellness center at Barnard College. Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of Barnard students through a variety of programming activities. Our philosophical approach to wellness focuses on an integration of body, mind and spirit, which moves us toward a more proactive, healthier existence. We use as our model the Wellness Wheel which includes physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social and spiritual, service and cultural dimensions which represent all aspects of human growth. The open center of the wellness wheel reflects the notion that each "spoke" impacts on the others and that we cannot be truly healthy if we neglect any aspect of the wheel. However, it is important to remember that gaining total wellness is a journey and a process that continues throughout life.

Your RA and Res Life staff are on site, trained, and ready to listen and support you.

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    Being Barnard's mission is to provide a holistic approach to sexual violence prevention through campus wide campaigns, educational programming, one on one health consultation services, community building, outreach, advocacy, and intervention. Sexual assault and interpersonal violence affect students of all genders, identities, and backgrounds and are widely recognized to not be isolated issues but part of a much larger societal picture. As such, it is our hope that by addressing a multitude of interwoven topics such as healthy relationships and sexuality, affirmative consent, personal boundaries, self care, bystander intervention, and social identities & power that we may help reduce and, one day, eliminate sexual
    assault and violence from our campus and global communities.

    Contact:  Want to know how to get involved? General questions and inquiries about the initiative can be directed to the Being Barnard office -!

    Title IX and Equity Resources

    If you are a survivor of sexual assault or other physical violence, please click on the link below for a list of the resources available to you at Barnard:
    Title IX and Equity Resources

    105 Hewitt 212-854-HELP (4357)

    The Rape Crisis /Anti-Violence Support Center (also referred to as the RCC or Center) provides peer and professional advocacy and education to the entire University student community. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to talk to someone immediately, call 212-854-HELP to speak to someone and/or schedule a time to meet. Advocates assist survivors by accompanying them to the hospital, health services, the police, public safety, court, campus disciplinary proceedings and other resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about reporting and disciplinary options. Advocates receive a minimum of 50 hours of training and are supervised by Columbia and Barnard counseling clinicians.

    Learn more about sexual violence resources through men's peer education, RCC peer educators, and other advocacy/outreach services.

    Nightline is an anonymous, nonjudgmental peer listening hotline that primarily serves the Columbia/Barnard community and its affiliates by providing them with a listening and referral service. Staffed by committed, caring, and trained Columbia/Barnard undergraduates, Nightline offers a safe space for you to talk about anything that is on your mind. Operating by the mottos, "We are here to listen" and "We are here to get you through the night," Nightline is here to listen to anything you have to say; no problem is too big or too small.
    • Nightline is here to listen every night of the academic year from 10:00PM-3:00AM at (212) 854-7777.
    • Anonymous: All Nightline peer listeners, excluding the Directors of Nightline (who no longer take calls) are anonymous, and remain so during the entirety of their time at Barnard/Columbia. Callers also have the privilege of anonymity--listeners do not ask callers to identify themselves, nor do they have means to gather this information. The phones used by Nightline have no caller ID.
    • Nonjudgmental: No matter what you want to talk about, be it sexual orientation, depression, eating disorders, family, friends, or just stress, we are willing to listen and will never judge a caller on what you have to say. No problem is too big or too small.

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    It's not too soon think about studying abroad at Oxford!

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    Interested in studying abroad at OXFORD UNIVERSITY for your Junior year?  Come to one of the two info sessions below to find out more:

    FRIDAY, SEPT 28TH, 12-1pm
    MILBANK 227

    WEDNESDAY, OCT 17TH, 3-4pm
    DIANA 308

    The Barnard internal application deadline to apply to Oxford colleges for academic year 2019-20 is December 3, 2018

    And don’t forget to attend the STUDY ABROAD FAIR
    FRIDAY, OCT 5TH, 12-3pm

    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    First Gen Focus Groups Oct 1st and Nov 1st

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    If you are interested in discussing the first-gen and/or low-income student experience here at Barnard please feel free to sign up for some upcoming focus groups. These focus groups will be led by Dean Gedeon.  

    Sign up here:

    Monday, September 24, 2018

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    First Gen Financial Aid Q & A

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    Opportunity for low-income students: free fruit and vegetable shares from the Morningside Heights CSA

    A message from the Sustainable Initiatives Consulting Board of Barnard Student Government:

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    Fresh fruits and vegetables are essential to healthy diets, but they can be prohibitively expensive, especially at stores near campus. SICB (the Sustainable Initiatives Consulting Board of Barnard student government) and Student Life have come together to fully subsidize several farm shares from the Morningside Heights CSA to increase access to fresh produce for students at Barnard who experience cost as a barrier to buying healthy foods.

    We are not sure how many shares we will be able to sponsor but we’re trying to get as much funding from Student Life as possible. We also don’t want anyone to be deterred due to the concern of sharing low income status; the information given below will only be seen by a student life advisor— she will then select people using a random number generator and we’ll email you letting you know if you were selected. If you win the lottery, the share will be absolutely free and we’ll send you more details about signing up. Details about the shares are just below:

    Every Sunday throughout the fall for ten weeks, La Baraja Farm in upstate New York delivers fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables to the Morningside Heights neighborhood. The drop off takes place at 119th St and Claremont Ave. from 9 am to 11 am on Sunday mornings. There are two types of shares: the vegetable share and the fruit share. The vegetable share will include things like potatoes, kale, beets, carrots, parsley, pumpkins, etc. The fruit share will include mainly apples and pears. Please let us know your info below and which one you’d prefer and we’ll do our best to hook you up!

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Math and Computer Science Help Rooms

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    Barnard's Math Help Room 
    This room, located in room 502 of the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning on the Barnard campus, is designated for students needing help with:
    • College Algebra/Analytic Geometry
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus II
    • Calculus III
    Meeting times vary by day as follows:
         Monday  6 pm - 8 pm
         Tuesday  6 pm - 10 pm
         Wednesday  6 pm - 9 pm
         Thursday  6 pm - 9 pm

    The hours are posted on the math website at

    Columbia's Math Help Room 
    This room, located in 406 Mathematics Building, is designated for students needing help with:
    • Calculus IV
    • ODE
    • Linear Algebra
    • All other upper-level mathematics courses (UN3xxx or UN4xxx)
    Meeting times are Monday - Thursday10 am - 6 pm, and Friday10 am - 4 pm

    Barnard's Computer Science Help Room
    This room, located in room 502 of the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning, back area, is designated for students interested in computer science.

    The first meeting will take place this Wed., Sept. 19 from 5:15 pm - 7 pm. Hours will be expanded as new tutors are hired (we assume this week). 

    Their hours are posted on the same website as the math help room:

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    Host a Student. Yes!

    The Barnard College Office of Admissions invites you to give prospective students a taste of the Barnard experience! We are looking for volunteers who live in on-campus housing to host prospective students.  

    On Saturday, October 6 – Monday, October 8 we will be hosting our annual Barnard Bound program. T provides a taste of both Barnard College and New York City for promising young women who will be high school seniors in Fall 2018 and self-identify as students of color, especially those students who could not otherwise afford to visit.

    To sign up to host, please visit:

    If you volunteer to host for two nights, the student(s) may be picked up between 10:00 and 10:45 pm on Saturday and between 9:30 and 10:00 pm on Sunday (a location on campus will be determined at a later date). Event activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and students will be off-campus for most of the day. They will depart by 9:00 am on Monday for our Open House Program.
    All students will bring their own sleeping bags and pillows to use during their stay so you will not need to provide bedding.

    Once you have signed-up to become a host, we will be in contact with you via email with more information about attending a brief host meeting. Your role as a host is invaluable to our office and to the future of Barnard, so thank you in advance for making this program a success!

    If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Alex Zink at or Sarah Vallancourt at

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Convocation (September 13)

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    As a reminder, Convocation will take place Tomorrow (September 13) at Riverside Church.  

    Students will line up by class year starting at 3:45 pm outside of Riverside Church. Remember to wear your class color (yellow t-shirt)! We will have extra t-shirts for anyone that forgets to wear theirs or for those that did not pick one up last week.

    Convocation is a long-standing tradition at Barnard, as it formally and symbolically introduces the newest members of our community to Barnard's rich academic traditions and kicks off the academic year. This year we are pleased to welcome Maria Hinojosa '84, the Executive Producer of Latino USA. A renowned journalist, Hinojasa was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago. In 2010, she started The Futuro Media Group, a non-profit based in Harlem to produce important stories that the media often overlooks. She has worked as anchor and executive producer of NPR's Latino USA; anchored the Emmy Award-winning talk show, Maria Hinjoosa: One-on-One; been a senior correspondent for PBS's NOW; and anchored its Need to Know.  Hinojosa has won numerous awards, including four Emmys, the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for Child Brides: Stolen Lives. She has authored two books, Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa (1995), and her memoir, Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son (1999). In 2013, she became chair of DePaul University's Latin American and Latino Studies program. She received Barnard's 2009 Distinguished Alumna Award.

    Barnard academic classes will be cancelled from 4:00 PM to 6:00 p.m. to allow as many to participate as possible. However, please note that in some exceptional cases, a faculty member may choose not to cancel class for pedagogical reasons, in which case students should attend class.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2018

    Study Abroad News and Events

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    THURSDAY, SEPT 13TH, 12-1pm
    MILBANK 306
    Study abroad in Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina through the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.  Come meet the program directors from Santiago and Buenos Aires!

    TUESDAY, SEPT 18TH, 11am-12pm
    Speak with an LSE representative to learn more about spending a year at this prestigious university.    

    FRIDAY, SEPT 14TH, 1-2pm
    FRIDAY, SEPT 21ST, 12-1pm
    MILBANK 214

    TUESDAY, SEPT 25TH, 1-2pm
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    Come get the basics on studying abroad for a semester, academic year, or the summer.

    FRIDAY, OCT 5TH, 12-3pm
    Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with partner universities and study abroad programs and learn more about the many options for studying abroad. 

    Good news about PE courses!

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    Good news! We recently learned that several PE courses are open to new students.

    To inquire about open spots, be sure to attend your choice of PE class this week!

    Monday, September 10, 2018

    Mark Your Calendar - Convocation 2018!

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    Be sure to attend Convocation on Thursday, September 13!

    Students will line up by class year starting at 3:45 pm outside of Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027.

    Remember to wear your class color (yellow t-shirt)! 

    We will have extra t-shirts for anyone that forgets to wear theirs or for those that did not pick one up last week.

    P.S. First-year students always pack the house at Convocation. Help keep this tradition alive by participating in this year's procession!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018

    The Enrollment Confirmation Deadline is 11:30 pm tonight (Sep 5)!

    The Enrollment Confirmation Deadline is 11:30 pm tonight (Sep 5). 

    The process takes two minutes - do it now, please.

    Click here for instructions and to avoid unnecessary fines!

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    IMPORTANT: special registration instructions for Barnard General Chemistry

    From the Barnard Chemistry Department:

    Barnard General Chemistry BC2001x is one of the largest and most popular intro science courses at Barnard, and we are regularly filled to capacity. It is our goal to be able to accommodate every student who wishes to take the course, and we will do everything we can to facilitate your needs. However, the size of the course (over 150 students) and the physical limitations of the laboratory which is a required component requires a very strict policy on enrollment and limits our flexibility. BC2001x is a unified lecture and laboratory course - you must be enrolled in a lab and recitation section. 

    If you want to register in BC2001/2011/2012, please carefully review the following procedures. If these are not followed exactly your request will not be approved.

    Procedures for adding General Chemistry BC2001x to your program:

    The first rule of getting into Genchem lab is DON'T PANIC. The online system will tell you that every section is full. Ignore this warning and put yourself on a wait list ASAP as follows:

    1 Add the main lecture BC2001x (5 points) to your program. This course is open enrollment (up to the enrollment cap) and does not require approval.

    2 Add the pre-lab recitation section of BC2011 (0 points) on the day you wish to have lab. When you do this and click "register" during your assigned registration appointment, you will be automatically added to the wait list. All students are placed on the wait list for lab and recitation sections initially. We will come along and add you to the course if there is space permitting and if you have properly signed up for the other two courses.

    3 Add the laboratory section of BC2012 (0 points) on the same day you requested a recitation section. When you do this and click "register" during your assigned registration appointment, you will be automatically added to the wait list. All students are placed on the wait list for lab and recitation sections initially. We will come along and add you to the course if there is space permitting and if you have properly signed up for the other two courses.

    4 There is a limit to how many courses you can be simultaneously on the waitlist for - this is set by the system and cannot be altered. Do not sign up for multiple sections of lecture/lab as you only will be considered for placement for courses properly paired up. If you somehow make it to more than one waitlist for lab or recitation, you will only be placed in the one which is matched.

    5 Our attendance policy requires you to attend every week of lab, and we start the opening week of classes. Carefully review your Fall personal schedule before signing up for a lab section, as we only allow excused absences under very limited circumstances.

    Please note: The first thing the system will check when promoting names off of the wait list is proper enrollment in both BC2011/BC2012. If you do not appear on both waiting lists (BC2011 and BC2012) on the same day, you will never be admitted to the course!

    If you have any questions:
    Please don't hesitate to ASK the laboratory director, Dr. J ( Please do NOT contact Prof. Rachel Austin (the primary instructor in the course) with questions about laboratory placement, as she will be unable to assist you.

    See you in lab!
    Dr. J


    Q:  What if I want to change lab/recitation sections after successfully registering?

    A:  Please be aware that all sections of lab are full to capacity. We sympathize with the fact that many of you will adjust your programs after pre-enrollment, but the size of this course and the fact that we start the first day of class severely limits our ability to accommodate section changes. Students attempting to add BC2001x will receive priority in lab sections over students attempting to change sections.

    Q:  Okay but what if I really, really want or need to change sections?

    A: If you registered correctly for the course, you should already be enrolled in BC2001/BC2011/BC2012. To attempt to change sections of lab, you should enroll in the section of BC2011 recitation on the day you would like to switch to, and attempt to add the desired section of BC2012 lab. If there is space in the lab, you will be automatically added. If not, you will go onto the wait list. Do not drop your current sections of recitation and laboratory unless/until you receive confirmation from the system that your new section of BC2012 is approved.

    Once you receive confirmation, either immediate or otherwise, that you have successfully added the new section of BC2012 you should immediately drop the old sections of BC2011 and BC2012.  Other waitlisted students will thank you.

    Have a look at English BC3105 Fiction and Personal Narrative!

    There are still seats in English BC3105 Fiction and Personal Narrative, which is a course earmarked for first-year students and that requires special sign-up! 

    To secure a seat in this class, please contact or ASAP!

    Aug 31 - Sep 1: Registration for Entering First-Year Students

    You should by now have met with your Orientation Adviser and received permission to register.

    Didn't meet with an adviser or just need more advice?  The deans will have walk-in hours from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  -- come early and bring something to read in case you have to wait.  We'll get to you as soon as we can!  As a reminder, you can always see weekly walk-in hours and schedule appointments with Dean Grabiner and many other deans via

    If you have met with your adviser and received permission to register, you will be able to register online via myBarnard/Student Planning.  

    1. Log on to myBarnard/Student Planning at the start of your first assigned registration appointment time on Aug 31 and click "Register Now."  
    2. Ideally, all your planned courses will turn green, indicating that you have successfully registered.  
    3. If you're told a class is full and asked if you want to join a waiting list, click YES.  (Note that you can join no more than 3 waiting lists at once).
    4. If necessary, add a "Plan B" option if you're waitlisted for many classes.  
    Reminder About Waiting Lists:  many courses will initially waitlist you as a way to prioritize first-year students.  

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Guest Blog Post: Chemical Problem Solving

    Are you considering taking General Chemistry (CHEM BC2001) this fall? Are you wondering about your level of preparation? 

    You may want to consider enrolling in CHEM BC1003, Chemical Problem Solving. This is a one-credit course that meets weekly to reinforce fundamental chemical concepts and approaches to analytical problem solving. Particular emphasis is placed on the mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills essential for success in CHEM BC2001, General Chemistry. Class will be led in a workshop style and enrollment will be no more than 15 students per section. The course will be offered at the following times this Fall:

    Section 01: Tuesdays, 8:40 AM – 9:55 AM
    Section 02: Tuesdays, 6:10 PM – 7:25 PM
    Section 03: Thursdays, 8:40 AM – 9:55 AM
    Section 04: Thursdays, 6:10 PM – 7:25 PM

    If you are interested in this course, please complete this form! The form asks for some general information regarding your high school experience and also includes ten analytical problems. The questions do not require prior knowledge of chemistry. Your responses will help us provide you with the best guidance regarding your chemical coursework. We anticipate the form to take about 30 minutes to complete, but you can take as long as you need. The use of a calculator or any outside resource is not permitted. The form must be submitted by Friday, August 31st, to be considered for enrollment in Chemical Problem Solving.

    Please note the following:
    Students enrolled in Chemical Problem Solving (CHEM BC1003) must also be enrolled in General Chemistry (CHEM BC2001).
    Chemical Problem Solving is not an appropriate course for students who have completed AP or IB Chemistry (or the equivalent).

    Email course instructors Prof. Dina Merrer ( or Prof. Marisa Buzzeo ( with any questions.

    We look forward to seeing you on campus!

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    FAQ: Student Employment

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    Hi there!

    So one common source of sheer mystification I had coming in to my first year (and second. And third) was how I was going to find a job or make money to support myself throughout the year! I know that many you must have similar concerns about working while at Barnard, so the Office of the First-Year Dean has decided to team up with Student Employment to shed a little light on campus resources and hopefully answer some of your questions in this FAQ!

    Q: Should I work during college? Wouldn’t it be more useful to just focus on my studies? 
    A: IMO, yes. I have had a job every semester that I have attended Barnard. Because, lets face it, when Biggie said "Mo money mo problems", he wasn't referring to the life of a college student. The price of books, homework codes (sometimes you have to pay for class codes which give you access to course materials like homework and practice problems/exams), food, refilling your metrocard, and laundry, on top of many other things and having a social life contributed to it being dang near impossible for me to go without a steady income. NYC is very expensive, and so is living away from your parents! (Side note: Dont stress too much about books for class, we'll cover to save money on textbooks in an upcoming post!)

    In addition to providing me with money during the year, working while in college also gives me a lot of great experience to put on my resume for after I graduate, and that really is the end goal here. You may think that working would be too much of a distraction while trying to focus on classes, but studies show that students who work part time have slightly higher GPAs than their unemployed counterparts, in addition to helping you be more structured and focused! If you still have some reservations and can afford to wait, take a semester or two to see what college life is like before getting one!

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    Q: Okay all this delivery is quickly depleting my money. But how do I even find a job? 
    A: There are many resources out there, like LinkedIn and Indeed, who are great, but I would HIGHLY recommend using Handshake and BarnardWorks as it is specifically for students here, and includes jobs that will be more geared towards providing employable skills and flexible hours for students. On BarnardWorks, they have a range of listings including: On Campus jobs, Off Campus jobs, Paid and Unpaid Internships, and many others! You can also look at Handshake for many listings for internships and off campus work! Plus, both sites save a lot of your details so that you don't have to keep inputting them, because that gets VERY tiresome after like the third job. (Side note: If BarnardWorks won’t allow you to sign-on, that that means that you need to get your social security number to the Barnard College Registrar’s Office asap, so get on that and then you can get to job hunting!)

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    Q: What if I want to work, but my schedule is so crazy that I don't think that I’ll have time for a traditional work schedule? 
    A: An amazing opportunity for us is the Barnard Bartending and the Barnard Babysitting Agencies! They are both client based jobs, so you can choose to work whenever you want to! And it is especially useful that many jobs are weekend/evenings/nights, on a one-time basis, pay pretty well (bartending is $20/hr minimum, babysitting $15/hr minimum), and its very beneficial to our lifestyles. Babysitting is super quick and easy to sign-up for, as you only need to print, sign, and return the Barnard Babysitting Rules Acknowledgement Form to Bartending is a bit more involved, as you need to attend training (which costs $25) and pass the bartending exam, practicals and TIPS training in order to be eligible.

    Q: I got my financial aid packet back and they said I was eligible for Federal Work Study, but I have no clue what that is or where to find a work study job! 
    A: Federal Work Study (FWS) and Barnard College Jobs (BCJ) are both types of aid that allow you to work in locations on campus like at sports games as attendants or concessions, at libraries, in academic departments, student services departments, and many others. With FWS, you are also able to work at Columbia, off campus, or in community service jobs. With BCJ you can work on the Barnard College Campus only. You can find these jobs on BarnardWorks!

    Q: What's a resume/cover letter, and how do I even begin writing one?? 
    A: You're in luck! Beyond Barnard has info on resumes, cover letters, offers tips on conducting a job search, and many more valuable resources! Starting in the fall, they will also have a dedicated staff of Peer Career Advisers that you can contact about resume and cover letter advice and rewriting, so be on the lookout for that.

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    Q: My resume is looking like I'm only going to need a postcard at most. Where can I find volunteer positions to help add to it? 
    A:  Beyond Barnard offers many different civic engagement opportunities throughout the city! Plans for the 2018-2019 academic year include, but are not limited to, serving with community partners in the Morningside Heights and Harlem areas. Civic engagement at Barnard includes service, attendance at panel discussions hosted by community leaders, civic engagement site visits, campus-wide days of service, and much more! If you want to engage with your new community, the Beyond Barnard staff can help you explore a broad range of volunteer opportunities in a variety of fields.

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    Student Job Placement:

    So this year, Beyond Barnard has started an new initiative of placing eligible FWS and BCJ students in jobs! If you qualify for this aid and have completed all required financial aid paperwork, you should have received an email with a questionnaire to fill out so that you can be considered for job placement in a job on-campus. As many of you as possible will be placed in entry level, office jobs in various locations around Barnard, with you hearing back on or before the first two weeks of classes. These placements will be on-going, so if you don’t hear back within that time frame, don’t sweat! This program massively minimizes the effort you need to do on your part time find a job, and like many new programs there will need to be some on and off campus adjustment, so have a little patience while they work through these new processes all across campus for you!

     I can’t cover all of the amazing work that Beyond Barnard does, so here’s Cindy Meekins of Beyond Barnard to give you a bit more guidance:
    Beyond Barnard is a new unit that is comprised of career development, student employment, professional schools support, fellowships, internships, externships, civic engagement and unpaid internship funding opportunities, which is staffed with a team of 19 professionals, who are here to help you create your own pathways to success. We engage with campus and community partners, employers, and for-profit and non-profit companies, agencies and organizations, to provide access for you to explore your interests and to help you gain valuable skills. Our aim is to help you with your entire career exploration goals, which include creating a new resume and getting a part-time job, to affording you internship and externship opportunities, to helping you determine and create your own pathway to success beyond the gates of Barnard. 

    I hope this helped! If you need more assistance or want to talk to someone, you can always contact me at or Cindy Meekins, Director for Experiential Education, Zena Jones, Coordinator for Internships, and Bruce Ross, Assistant to the Director, in Beyond Barnard are be more than happy to hear from you! They can be reached at 212.854.2033 or at