A Day in the Life

Talia Cuddeback

Talia has always been driven inside and outside the classroom, whether as a captain of both the soccer and tennis teams in high school or working as a teacher at a synagogue....

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Undecided
Extracurricular Activities
Athena Scholar, member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Columbia, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, intramural soccer player
Passion
Soccer, anything to do with Spain, running

The United Nations internship caught Talia’s eye when she receivedBarnard Career Development’s weekly internship opportunities email. She landed the position with the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, acting as a liaison between the international diplomatic community and New York City, updating a directory, and sitting in on Security Council meetings. “It was an incredible first internship, and I got to work among may distinguished political figures, and learned a lot about municipal government and international politics,” she said.

She’s also embraced the opportunities offered by Barnard’s partnership with Columbia University. “I took violin lessons at Columbia, did intramural soccer at Columbia, and am a member of a sorority at Columbia. All of these experiences have allowed me to meet so many new people.”

Her classes have also gotten her off campus and into the city. With her art history class, she saw works they were studying firsthand at the Met and the Cloisters. Her environmental science class has conducted research at Riverside Park and on the Hudson River. A dance class took her to performances around the city. 

“Barnard has impacted me to want more for myself out of educational, professional, and extracurricular activities and experiences.

“At Barnard, you are able to be surrounded by passionate and engaged women who encourage you to get involved and be a leader—in any sense of the word.

“Being a Barnard woman means being engaged—academically, in your extracurricular activities, in your social life, professional life, and in your relationships with friends and teachers. Barnard students have a true love of learning, and want to get the most out of their time at Barnard and in New York City. We are smart, opinionated, mature, and fun!”

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Delaney Wing

“After getting accepted, I sat in on classes. It was the first college I had come across that asked students their opinions. I wanted to be in a classroom where professors...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English/dance

“After getting accepted, I sat in on classes. It was the first college I had come across that asked students their opinions. I wanted to be in a classroom where professors really wanted students to engage with the material.”

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Holly Williams ’79, Professor of Theater and Dance, University of Texas at Austin; past president, the American College Dance Festival Association

“To me, that’s the beauty of the Barnard dance department’s focus on both academics and technique—it allows students to be thinking dancers and thinking movers. It doesn’t...

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Talia Cuddeback

Talia has always been driven inside and outside the classroom, whether as a captain of both the soccer and tennis teams in high school or working as a teacher at a synagogue....

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Undecided
Extracurricular Activities
Athena Scholar, member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Columbia, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, intramural soccer player
Passion
Soccer, anything to do with Spain, running

The United Nations internship caught Talia’s eye when she received

Barnard Career Development’s weekly internship opportunities email. She landed the position with the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, acting as a liaison between the international diplomatic community and New York City, updating a directory, and sitting in on Security Council meetings. “It was an incredible first internship, and I got to work among may distinguished political figures, and learned a lot about municipal government and international politics,” she said. 

She’s also embraced the opportunities offered by Barnard’s partnership with Columbia University. “I took violin lessons at Columbia, did intramural soccer at Columbia, and am a member of a sorority at Columbia. All of these experiences have allowed me to meet so many new people.”

Her classes have also gotten her off campus and into the city. With her art history class, she saw works they were studying firsthand at the Met and the Cloisters. Her environmental science class has conducted research at Riverside Park and on the Hudson River. A dance class took her to performances around the city. 

Being a Barnard woman means being engaged—academically, in your extracurricular activities, in your social life, professional life, and in your relationships with friends and teachers. Barnard students have a true love of learning, and want to get the most out of their time at Barnard and in New York City. We are smart, opinionated, mature, and fun! 

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Kiana Davis

Coming from a public school in a small town in the South, Kiana knew she would have opportunities at Barnard and in New York City that she would never have at home.

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Psychology
Extracurricular Activities
Publicity chair of Athena Pre-Law Society, member of 292 (Columbia’s lifestyle magazine), tennis player, off-campus babysitter, Barnard Student Admissions Representative
Passion
Psychology, writing, tennis

Kiana figured Barnard would broaden her horizons, she just didn’t know how. It didn’t take long to find out. Through one of her classes she saw an opera for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera. She’s discussed difficult issues she never thought would be touched on in class. She’s made close friends from all over the world. She loves being able to get to Times Square—for only the cost of a subway ride. And while she hadn’t planned on a women’s college, she now sees it as a great advantage. “I like the all-women approach. It inspires me to be a better, stronger woman. I’m able to own myself more and love myself more.”

“Barnard is about creating yourself. With all the resources and opportunities here, you can come up with something that you think is cool, and you can do it. Barnard is also about knowing the world and what it means to be a citizen of the world.”

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Cinneah El-Amin

Intern, women’s rights activist, globetrotter, cheerleader—Cinneah does it all.

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Africana studies
Extracurricular Activities
Athena Scholar, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, community liaison with the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters, peer educator at the Barnard/Columbia Rape Crisis Anti-Violence Support Center, member of the Multicultural Admissions Advisory Com
Passion
Women’s rights, cheerleading

Life as a Barnard student has taken Cinneah from interning in the New York offices of BET and VH1 to exploring countries around the world. She studied abroad in Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam as part of an international honors program about cities in the 21st century. She was selected to represent Barnard at the College’s Global Symposium in Shanghai, China, where women leaders and businesswomen gathered to discuss important issues facing their country. During the symposium, Cinneah led workshops for young local women in Shanghai to inspire them to create community action projects. And in her spare time, she’s a cheerleader for the NCAA Division I teams that Barnard and Columbia students compete on. “That’s the beauty of feminism,” she says. “I can be a cheerleader and support my school in a real public way, but I can also be out advocating for women’s rights,” she says. After graduation, she hopes to continue her advocacy work.

“Members of this community inspire me every day. I am in awe of the important work they tirelessly pursue, from students organizing social movements while juggling intense academic study to professors publishing preeminent research and still managing to teach seminars twice a week.” 

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Mackenzie Collins

“I always dreamt of living in the big city, but, coming from a small town, it just seemed like too much to take in. Then I found Barnard and realized that I could get the best...

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

“I always dreamt of living in the big city, but, coming from a small town, it just seemed like too much to take in. Then I found Barnard and realized that I could get the best of both worlds: big city, but a small school—and the resources of Columbia.”

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Betsy Williamson ’92, MA from Harvard; teaches in the University of Toronto’s architecture department; partner, Williamson Chong

“[Barnard’s architecture program] prepares you to be a leader in graduate school and in the field. It’s just an ideal situation for undergraduates. Here, we’re looking at...

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Cinneah El-Amin

Intern, women’s rights activist, globetrotter, cheerleader—Cinneah does it all.

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Africana studies
Extracurricular Activities
Athena Scholar, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, community liaison with the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters, peer educator at the Barnard/Columbia Rape Crisis Anti-Violence Support Center, member of the Multicultural Admissions Advisory Com
Passion
Women’s rights, cheerleading

Life as a Barnard student has taken Cinneah from interning in the New York offices of BET and VH1 to exploring countries around the world. She studied abroad in Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam as part of an international honors program about cities in the 21st century. She was selected to represent Barnard at the College’s Global Symposium in Shanghai, China, where women leaders and businesswomen gathered to discuss important issues facing their country. During the symposium, Cinneah led workshops for young local women in Shanghai to inspire them to create community action projects. And in her spare time, she’s a cheerleader for the NCAA Division I teams that Barnard and Columbia students compete on. “That’s the beauty of feminism,” she says. “I can be a cheerleader and support my school in a real public way, but I can also be out advocating for women’s rights,” she says. After graduation, she hopes to continue her advocacy work.

“Members of this community inspire me every day. I am in awe of the important work they tirelessly pursue, from students organizing social movements while juggling intense academic study to professors publishing preeminent research and still managing to teach seminars twice a week.” 

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Camille Houferak

When she came to Barnard, Camille knew she was interested in science. But she didn’t expect to learn about film and cameras or how to make a mean cocktail under pressure. ...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Chemistry
Extracurricular Activities
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Instructional media technologist and videographer with Barnard Instructional Media and Technology Services, member of Barnard Bartending Agency
Passion
Pursue Ph.D. in chemistry

For more than two years, Camille has been working in an applied physics lab at Columbia, studying single-molecule electronics and how the properties of molecules can affect their conductance. “Working in a lab has given me firsthand experience of how research is done and has inspired me to pursue graduate studies in chemistry,” she says. But chemistry isn’t all she does. Through Barnard’s liberal arts approach, she’s taken interesting classes in everything from the history of the world dance to ancient Egyptian archaeology to music history. “They’ve taught me to think in a way that I’m not exposed to in a lab and have  impacted the approach I take on scientific learning,” she says. Outside of the classroom, she’s become a videographer with Barnard Instruction Media and Technology Services (after knowing nothing about cameras) and she’s worked with the Barnard Bartending Agency all over the city.

“Barnard is incredibly supportive of women interested in science. My chemistry professors do a great job of making us confident in our knowledge and abilities. Barnard also has a lot of panels where Barnard alumnae working in science and other women scientists come to speak.”

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Maame Yaa Buckman

“At Barnard I read on a wide range of topics, and I think the way I approach problem solving really ties into the liberal arts approach of critically examining all key factors...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Urban studies/ economics

“At Barnard I read on a wide range of topics, and I think the way I approach problem solving really ties into the liberal arts approach of critically examining all key factors before taking a stance.”

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Mackenzie Collins

“Barnard truly cares about each and every individual in a holistic manner. I have never been in an environment where everyone wants you to succeed this much.”

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and human rights
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Camille Houferak

When she came to Barnard, Camille knew she was interested in science. But she didn’t expect to learn about film and cameras or how to make a mean cocktail under pressure. ...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Chemistry
Extracurricular Activities
Undergraduate Research Fellow, Instructional media technologist and videographer with Barnard Instructional Media and Technology Services, member of Barnard Bartending Agency
Passion
Pursue PhD in chemistry

For more than two years, Camille has been working in an applied physics lab at Columbia, studying single-molecule electronics and how the properties of molecules can affect their conductance. “Working in a lab has given me firsthand experience of how research is done and has inspired me to pursue graduate studies in chemistry,” she says. But chemistry isn’t all she does. Through Barnard’s liberal arts approach, she’s taken interesting classes in everything from the history of the world dance to ancient Egyptian archaeology to music history. “They’ve taught me to think in a way that I’m not exposed to in a lab and have impacted the approach I take on scientific learning,” she says. Outside of the classroom, she’s become a videographer with Barnard Instruction Media and Technology Services (after knowing nothing about cameras) and she’s worked with the Barnard Bartending Agency all over the city.

“Barnard is incredibly supportive of women interested in science. My chemistry professors do a great job of making us confident in our knowledge and abilities. Barnard also has a lot of panels where Barnard alumnae working in science and other women scientists come to speak.”

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Shira Lerner

Shira first visited Barnard when she was nine years old—while her older sister was a student. “Barnard made her such an incredible woman, I wanted that experience, too,” Shira...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Political science and Jewish studies double major
Extracurricular Activities
Member of McIntosh Activities Council, the Spectator, the Barnard Bulletin, and the Senior Fund
Passion
Work for a year before attending law school

Shira is more than enthusiastic about Barnard’s liberal arts approach. “It has made me an even bigger nerd! I LOVE taking random classes,” she says. She’s taken Yiddish at Columbia and learned about the psychology of drug use. She planned on majoring in history until she took the course Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe, when she fell in love with political science. After graduation, she hopes to work for a year before attending law school. 

“Everyone here is extraordinary, so I want to be extraordinary, too. I don't mean that in a competitive way. When one of my classmates has received an award or some sort of recognition, I am incredibly proud of her. I am not jealous, but rather it drives me. If she can do it, what says that I can't, too?”

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Shira Lerner

“Barnard’s liberal arts approach has made me into an even bigger nerd! I love to take random classes outside my comfort zone. Since we are joined with Columbia, I’ve been able...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Political science and Jewish studies

“Barnard’s liberal arts approach has made me into an even bigger nerd! I love to take random classes outside my comfort zone. Since we are joined with Columbia, I’ve been able to take classes in so many different areas. Over the last four years I have learned Yiddish, information science, accounting and finance, economics, and art history. I’ve learned about the Civil War from an expert in the field and explored the psychology of drug use and abuse. A liberal arts education forces you to push your intellectual boundaries.”

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Rohini Sengupta

“My adviser, Professor Kim Marten, has been an invaluable resource to me. I am so lucky to be able to walk into her office or shoot her an email and can always expect honest...

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Political science and economics/Spanish
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Shira Lerner

Shira first visited Barnard when she was nine years old—while her older sister was a student. “Barnard made her such an incredible woman, I wanted that experience, too,” Shira...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Political science and Jewish studies
Extracurricular Activities
Member of McIntosh Activities Council, the Spectator, the Barnard Bulletin, and the Senior Fund
Passion
Work for a year before attending law school

Shira is more than enthusiastic about Barnard’s liberal arts approach. “It has made me an even bigger nerd! I love taking random classes,” she says. She’s taken Yiddish at Columbia and learned about the psychology of drug use. She planned on majoring in history until she took the course Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe, when she fell in love with political science. After graduation, she hopes to work for a year before attending law school. 

“Everyone here is extraordinary, so I want to be extraordinary, too. I don't mean that in a competitive way. When one of my classmates has received an award or some sort of recognition, I am incredibly proud of her. I am not jealous, but rather it drives me. If she can do it, what says that I can't, too?”

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Rohini Sengupta

From classical Indian dance to Barcelona’s soccer team, Rohini’s tastes tend toward the international. At Barnard, she’s finding ways to expand her global horizons even more...

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Political science and economics double major/Spanish minor
Extracurricular Activities
Dancer with Columbia Taal (Indian classical fusion dance team), vice president of Club Zamana (Columbia's South Asian student association), Barnard Student Admissions Representative, Barnard Global Symposium Student Fellow
Passion
Indian dance, Futbol Club Barcelona

Rohini has made a lot of global connections at Barnard. She studied for a summer at the London School of Economics, where she was blown away by the expertise and range of classes and met students from around the world. She’s gained a new understanding of the world through internships at the African Peacebuilding Network and Eurasia Group (a political risk consultancy firm). Now she’s gearing up to head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with two professors to be part of Barnard’s Global Symposium and to conduct a workshop on leadership and global engagement with local high school students. 

“Barnard has shown me how to be an articulate and passionate woman. Without Barnard, I wouldn't have the confidence I do now or even the same amount of belief in myself.”

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Olivia Aylmer

“As an English major with a passion for the arts, I never imagined myself thriving in a philosophy class, signing up for a neuroscience lab, or actively seeking opportunities...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English/dance
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Abby Stone ’10, English and dance double major, staff writer at Mental Floss

“At Barnard, I learned to trust my instincts, value my intelligence, and refuse to be silenced. I was surrounded not only by thousands of challenging, engaging, and inspiring...

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Rohini Sengupta

From classical Indian dance to Barcelona’s soccer team, Rohini’s tastes tend toward the international. At Barnard, she’s finding ways to expand her global horizons even more...

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Political science and economics/Spanish
Extracurricular Activities
Dancer with Columbia Taal (Indian classical fusion dance team), vice president of Club Zamana (Columbia's South Asian student association), Barnard Student Admissions Representative, Barnard Global Symposium Student Fellow
Passion
Indian dance, Futbol Club Barcelona

Rohini has made a lot of global connections at Barnard. She studied for a summer at the London School of Economics, where she was blown away by the expertise and range of classes and met students from around the world. She’s gained a new understanding of the world through internships at the African Peacebuilding Network and Eurasia Group (a political risk consultancy firm). Now she’s gearing up to head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with two professors to be part of Barnard’s Global Symposium and to conduct a workshop on leadership and global engagement with local high school students.

“Barnard has shown me how to be an articulate and passionate woman. Without Barnard, I wouldn't have the confidence I do now or even the same amount of belief in myself.”

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Betsy Wade

Whether she’s learning in a class with just four students or collaborating with a professor on research, opportunities to work closely with Barnard faculty have helped Betsy...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Psychology and religion double major
Extracurricular Activities
President of the Columbia Canterbury Club; research assistant in the Barnard Psychology Department; office assistant in Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; executive assistant of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity; vice chair of Greek J
Passion
Starting full-time position at Mount Sinai; hopes to pursue Ph.D. in clinical psychology

In high school, Betsy never imagined she would pursue a career in research. Working closely with Barnard Professor Larry Heuer in the psychology department changed her mind. “Engaging in research as an undergrad made me realize that research is in fact collaborative and thrilling, and allows us to answer all kinds of important questions,” she said. She was so inspired that she now plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology after she graduates. She’ll be busy, though—she’ll first be starting a full-time position at Mount Sinai, where she’s interned the past two years.

“Barnard faculty members are not only leaders in their respective fields, but also incredibly accessible to their students! Since my first year, I have had the privilege of talking and working individually with professors—be it through office hours, seminars, or research.”

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Talia Cuddeback

“I was very involved with sports in high school and definitely wanted to continue that here. Intramural soccer was great because it didn’t need too much time commitment,...

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Undecided
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Debbie Lovich ’89, economics major; senior adviser with Boston Consulting Group

“The value of a Barnard education was about so much more than just the classroom learning—which was also outstanding. My years at Barnard truly made me who I am today as a...

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Betsy Wade

Whether she’s learning in a class with just four students or collaborating with a professor on research, opportunities to work closely with Barnard faculty have helped Betsy...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Psychology and religion
Extracurricular Activities
President of the Columbia Canterbury Club; research assistant in the Barnard Psychology Department; office assistant in Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life; executive assistant of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity; vice chair of Greek
Passion
Starting full-time position at Mount Sinai; hopes to pursue Ph.D. in clinical psychology

In high school, Betsy never imagined she would pursue a career in research. Working closely with Barnard Professor Larry Heuer in the psychology department changed her mind. “Engaging in research as an undergrad made me realize that research is in fact collaborative and thrilling, and allows us to answer all kinds of important questions,” she said. She was so inspired that she now plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology after she graduates. She’ll be busy, though—she’ll first be starting a full-time position at Mount Sinai, where she’s interned the past two years.

“Barnard faculty members are not only leaders in their respective fields, but also incredibly accessible to their students! Since my first year, I have had the privilege of talking and working individually with professors—be it through office hours, seminars, or research.”

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Delaney Wing

Delaney knows just how competitive the entertainment industry is. She also knows that’s where her passion is. To learn more about the industry and to gain experience and...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English major/dance minor
Extracurricular Activities
Co-chair of the Barnard Senior Fund, assistant artistic director and dancer in the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, recruitment director of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, orientation leader in the New Student Orientation Program, member of Barnard Dances at
Passion
Attending law school or graduate school

Delaney has gained a range of experience through her six internships. She worked on business development at fashion icon Carolina Herrera. She did marketing at Warner Music Group for a summer, and although the internship was unpaid, Barnard awarded her an internship grant. She’s tackled arts administration at the American Ballet Theater. And she’s worked at the Creative Artist Agency, the world’s largest talent agency. Was she overwhelmed working in such high-powered environments? No. “Barnard made me prepared and confident in a competitive environment,” she says. 

“When I first walked through the Barnard gates, I was intimidated and unsure if I belonged. My experience showed me otherwise. Barnard gave me a voice and taught me to own it.”

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Mackenzie Collins

“For my first two years, I lived on the Quad and absolutely loved it. It offered such a strong community, and the friends I made on my hall are the majority of my friends to...

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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Anna Schuler ’14, American literature major; student at Fordham University School of Law

“The most important thing I learned at Barnard is the power of women working together. I’ve never met so many talented, intelligent, and motivated people, and these women have...

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Delaney Wing

Delaney knows just how competitive the entertainment industry is. She also knows that’s where her passion is. To learn more about the industry and to gain experience and...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English/dance
Extracurricular Activities
Co-chair of the Barnard Senior Fund, assistant artistic director and dancer in the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, recruitment director of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, orientation leader in the New Student Orientation Program, member of Barnard Dances at
Passion
Law school or graduate school

Delaney has gained a range of experience through her six internships. She worked on business development at fashion icon Carolina Herrera. She did marketing at Warner Music Group for a summer, and although the internship was unpaid, Barnard awarded her an internship grant. She’s tackled arts administration at the American Ballet Theater. And she’s worked at the Creative Artist Agency, the world’s largest talent agency. Was she overwhelmed working in such high-powered environments? No. “Barnard made me prepared and confident in a competitive environment,” she says.

“When I first walked through the Barnard gates, I was intimidated and unsure if I belonged. My experience showed me otherwise. Barnard gave me a voice and taught me to own it.”

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Hye-Jin Yun

Barnard was the last college Hye-Jin applied to. When she flew in by herself from California to visit, she struggled to figure out the subway system. But once she was on...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Neuroscience and behavior major
Extracurricular Activities
Class secretary and representative with Student Government, vice president of Columbia University Television, research assistant with the Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, visiting internat
Passion
Pursuing a career as a medical/health correspondent

When Hye-Jin made her campus visit to Barnard, she was inspired by the students and alumnae she met. “I felt I grew 2 inches from that trip and I could only imagine how much I could potentially grow from spending 4 years here,” she says. And grow she has. She’s been a scholar and fellow with Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies (and earned an award for exceptional student leadership). She was selected to take part in a seminar on critical issues in science and health policy in Washington, D.C. She’s a research assistant at a neuroscience lab. She’s done internships at NY1 News, PBS, and the Bellevue Hospital Center. She studied abroad in London during the Summer Olympics. “Barnard has planted a confidence in me to pursue my passions, specifically in the sciences and broadcasting,” she says. 

“My favorite aspect of Barnard is the diversity in interest and passions among students. I have never felt so empowered. I’m surrounded by young women who identify an issue and take the initiative to make a difference in their community.”

Watch Hye-Jin talk about her experience at the PLEN Science and Health Seminar in Washington, D.C. 

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Kiana Davis

“This is the closest group of friends I’ve ever had. And we’re all so different. I have friends who are into sports. I have friends from California and Ohio, from Saudi Arabia...

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Psychology
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Sarah Dooley ’11, comedian, singer, songwriter, and performer

“I felt supported, encouraged, and constantly inspired by the classes, my classmates, and the environment of passionate women following their dreams. Barnard was really...

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Hye-Jin Yun

Barnard was the last college Hye-Jin applied to. When she flew in by herself from California to visit, she struggled to figure out the subway system. But once she was on...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Neuroscience and behavior
Extracurricular Activities
Class secretary and representative with Student Government, vice president of Columbia University Television, research assistant with the Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience Lab at Columbia, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, visiting internat
Passion
Pursuing a career as a medical/health correspondent

When Hye-Jin made her campus visit to Barnard, she was inspired by the students and alumnae she met. “I felt I grew 2 inches from that trip and I could only imagine how much I could potentially grow from spending 4 years here,” she says. And grow she has. She’s been a scholar and fellow with Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies (and earned an award for exceptional student leadership). She was selected to take part in a seminar on critical issues in science and health policy in Washington, D.C. She’s a research assistant at a neuroscience lab. She’s done internships at NY1 News, PBS, and the Bellevue Hospital Center. She studied abroad in London during the Summer Olympics. “Barnard has planted a confidence in me to pursue my passions, specifically in the sciences and broadcasting,” she says.

“My favorite aspect of Barnard is the diversity in interest and passions among students. I have never felt so empowered. I’m surrounded by young women who identify an issue and take the initiative to make a difference in their community.”

Watch Hye-Jin talk about her experience at the PLEN Science and Health Seminar in Washington, D.C.

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Hye-Jin Yun

“As a first-year, I went ice skating at Bryant Park with my entire floor and made some incredible friends that I still stay in touch with!”

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Neuroscience and behavior
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Lulu Mickelson ’14, urban studies major; deputy press secretary, Small Business Services

“Barnard prepared me to go into city government, and I just accepted a position as the deputy press secretary for Small Business Services, an agency of the New York City...

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Abbey Stone ’10, senior editor, mentalfloss.com

“At Barnard, I learned to trust my instincts, value my intelligence, and refuse to be silenced. Before Sheryl Sandberg coined the term ‘lean in’ in her 2010 TED Talk, my...

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Naintara Ramoo-Goodgame

“It’s extremely easy to become involved on campus. The trick to finding your leadership niche is to follow your passion.” 

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Middle East and East Asian studies
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Rob Leary, father of a Barnard sophomore

“Barnard has been an amazing experience for our daughter, and we have seen her grow in many ways. The academic challenge and experience are there, but just as important has...

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Sarabeth Berman ’06, vice president, public affairs, Teach for All

“Barnard taught me how to be comfortable NOT knowing. It taught me how to ask questions, how to push myself into the unknown, and how to survive there. I knew that I had the...

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Maame Yaa Buckman

“Riverside Park in the warmer months is a great space for picnics with friends. It’s lovely to sit by the water and take a walk when I need to clear my head.”

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Urban studies/ economics
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Sarabeth Berman ’06, urban studies major; vice president public affairs, Teach for All

“Barnard taught me how to be comfortable NOT knowing. It taught me how to ask questions, how to push myself into the unknown, and how to survive there. I knew that I had the...

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Miri Cypers ’08, senior policy associate, Americans for Responsible Solutions

“A Barnard woman is strong, independent, and willing to take a stand. She is immersed in her education but also cares about the world around her. She has a network of fierce...

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Mackenzie Collins

“Tea Magic is a favorite of mine. In the beginning, I hated the idea of having little tapioca pearls/boba floating around my tea, but one day it clicked, and now I find myself...

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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Jada Ashley Hawkins, junior from New Orleans, Louisiana; computer science major, economics minor

“Without the scholarship money I wouldn’t be at Barnard at all. I’m here, and it’s so exciting that I can be here and make my dreams a reality.”

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Annie Washburn ’98, associate director at Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival (a fundraising event that’s raised more than $8.5 million in the past seven years to fight hunger in NYC)

“The thing about Barnard is, no matter what major you have, you’re required to learn how to think. Thinking creatively and being engaged in the fabric of the city is what I...

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Talia Cuddeback

“My first internship was incredible— at the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs at the United Nations. I found it through Barnard Career Development’s weekly email. I got...

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Undecided
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Nenet Schmid-Sarmiento, parent of Rhea, senior; international chair of Barnard’s Parents Council

“When Rhea left our family household in Manila to join Barnard as a freshman, she was a girl. Now she is a woman. The all-female college provided the perfect platform for Rhea...

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Dr. Diana Puñales-Morejón ’83, psychologist at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

“I truly believe that I would not be the woman that I am today if not for the challenges, nurturing, and support that I received at Barnard as a woman and as a person of color...

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Maame Yaa Buckman

“I interned with adjunct professor Susan Fine this summer on a fascinating real estate project called Turnstyle, bringing shops to the Columbus Circle Subway. It was a...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
Urban studies/ economics
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Giles Harrison, father of a Barnard junior

“It is impossible to put a price on a world-class education.”

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Amal Abid

Amal is what the liberal arts is all about. She’s studying both computer science and philosophy—an intriguing combination. At the same time, she’s a budding entrepreneur in...

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Computer science major, philosophy minor
Extracurricular Activities
Advisory board member at Athena Digital Design Agency; operating committee leader at Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, member of Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Passion
Technology, entrepreneurship

Amal recently took part in a summit of young entrepreneurs in Las Vegas, a trip paid for by Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies. “Being surrounded by 300 passionate young entrepreneurs from all over the world to connect and collaborate was the most refreshing thing ever,” Amal says. “It was so powerful that instead of asking about what school each of us goes to, the main question was always, ‘What are you working on?’” As for Amal, the venture she’s working on is an NGO in her home country of Tunisia that aims to improve local higher education. “My personal experience at Barnard was definitely one of the reasons I started this,” she says.

“I knew I wanted to be a thinker, but also a change maker, artist, and entrepreneur, and Barnard offered me this great combination.”

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Olivia Aylmer

“When I first visited Barnard, I sensed it would prove an inspiring college home where I would constantly be encouraged by professors and classmates alike, not only to be the...

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English/Dance

“When I first visited Barnard, I sensed it would prove an inspiring college home where I would constantly be encouraged by professors and classmates alike, not only to be the best version of myself—but simply to be myself. Five years later, my instincts could not have been more spot on.”

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Delaney Wing

“World Dance History. It was my first academic dance class. We were examining dance through the lens of history. It taught me different ways to analyze things.”

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English/dance
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Amal Abid

Amal is what the liberal arts is all about. She’s studying both computer science and philosophy—an intriguing combination. At the same time, she’s a budding entrepreneur in...

Graduating
2017
Major/Minor
Computer science/philosophy
Extracurricular Activities
Advisory board member at Athena Digital Design Agency; operating committee leader at Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, member of Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Passion
Technology, entrepreneurship

Amal recently took part in a summit of young entrepreneurs in Las Vegas, a trip paid for by Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies. “Being surrounded by 300 passionate young entrepreneurs from all over the world to connect and collaborate was the most refreshing thing ever,” Amal says. “It was so powerful that instead of asking about what school each of us goes to, the main question was always, ‘What are you working on?’” As for Amal, the venture she’s working on is an NGO in her home country of Tunisia that aims to improve local higher education. “My personal experience at Barnard was definitely one of the reasons I started this,” she says.

“I knew I wanted to be a thinker, but also a change maker, artist, and entrepreneur, and Barnard offered me this great combination.”

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Olivia Aylmer

With interests in publishing, fashion, and dance, Olivia figured that Barnard in New York City was the place to be. Six internships later, she’s found she was right.

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English major/dance minor
Extracurricular Activities
Blog and features director at Hoot Magazine, editor and senior staff writer for Columbia Daily Spectator, contributor to The Eye, contributor to The Barnard Bulletin, radio show host for WBAR, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, Barnard Alumnae Reu
Passion
Landing a full-time editorial position

Since her first year at Barnard, Olivia has been tapping into student and alumnae connections to find some fascinating internships in the editorial world. Her internships have ranged from major fashion publications such as INStyle and Teen Vogue to small digital publishing start-ups such as 29th Street Publishing to online storytelling platforms such as Narratively. Some of them she rushed to get to between classes; others she spent a full summer at. “Oftentimes, my editors would overlook the fact that I was still a college student and treated me as though I was one of the team in terms of responsibility and leadership opportunities,” she says. When she’s not interning, she’s been involved with several media outlets on campus, from a fashion magazine to the radio station. She also spent her junior year studying English literature and poetry at Mansfield college of Oxford University in England. 

“These internships, as well as countless on-campus extracurricular experiences, have strengthened my voice as a writer and instincts as an editor, making the prospect of seeking a full-time job post-grad exciting, rather than daunting.”

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Cinneah El-Amin

“I fell in love with Barnard during Admitted Students Weekend. I experienced the campus firsthand and met Barnard women who were articulate, confident, and intellectually...

Graduating
2016
Major/Minor
Africana studies

“I fell in love with Barnard during Admitted Students Weekend. I experienced the campus firsthand and met Barnard women who were articulate, confident, and intellectually curious. I wanted to be just like them.”

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Dina Merrer, associate professor of chemistry

“In chemistry, faculty research projects involve the students completely. Students learn to design experiments on their own with close faculty guidance. And because students...

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Olivia Aylmer

With interests in publishing, fashion, and dance, Olivia figured that Barnard in New York City was the place to be. Six internships later, she’s found she was right.

Graduating
2015
Major/Minor
English/dance
Extracurricular Activities
Blog and features director at Hoot Magazine, editor and senior staff writer for Columbia Daily Spectator, contributor to The Eye, contributor to The Barnard Bulletin, radio show host for WBAR, Barnard Student Admissions Representative, Barnard Alumnae Reu
Passion
Landing an editorial position

Since her first year at Barnard, Olivia has been tapping into student and alumnae connections to find some fascinating internships in the editorial world. Her internships have ranged from major fashion publications such as INStyle and Teen Vogue to small digital publishing start-ups such as 29th Street Publishing to online storytelling platforms such as Narratively. Some of them she rushed to get to between classes; others she spent a full summer at. “Oftentimes, my editors would overlook the fact that I was still a college student and treated me as though I was one of the team in terms of responsibility and leadership opportunities,” she says. When she’s not interning, she’s been involved with several media outlets on campus, from a fashion magazine to the radio station. She also spent her junior year studying English literature and poetry at Mansfield College of Oxford University in England. 

“These internships, as well as countless on-campus extracurricular experiences, have strengthened my voice as a writer and instincts as an editor, making the prospect of seeking a full-time job post-grad exciting, rather than daunting.”

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