Athena Abadilla, ’20 (Head BSAR) “I love Barnard's movement towards emphasizing the importance of developing one's own identity within a diverse community.”

Hometown: Kekaha, Hawaii

High School: Waimea High School

Major: Religion Minor: Education Studies

Activities at Barnard: Athena Scholars Program, McAC Mosaic Committee, Liga Filipina (Vice President), Malama Hawaii (Treasurer), Matriculate Advising Fellow, Barnard Pre-College Program Resident Assistant & Staff Photographer, First-Year-Focus Resident Assistant

Fun Fact: I first discovered Barnard through Google searching my name "Athena" paired with "college leadership programs" and finding the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. 

 

Kristen Akey, ‘20 “My favorite thing about Barnard is getting to live and learn with the most motivated, and supportive women from all around the country and world.”

Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, WI

High School: Interlochen Arts Academy

Major(s): Political Science, Religion

Activities at Barnard: Co-Chair of SGA's Food Advisory Board, Athena Leadership Program, Barnard Bartending, Barnard Babysitting, Columbia Catholic Ministries, Divest Barnard for a Just Transition

Internships Held: U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; criminal defense law firm

Fun Fact: My family and I used to breed and show Netherland Dwarf and Holland Lop rabbits.

 

Tirzah Anderson, ‘21 “I chose to attend Barnard because of its emphasis on empowering students within their own identities, ensuring that people can utilize and appreciate differences at Barnard and beyond.”

Hometown:  Jacksonville, FL

High School: Bartram Trail High School

Prospective Major(s): Political Science and Human Rights

Activities at Barnard: Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters, Student Government Association: Inclusion and Equity, Policy, and Academic Affairs Committees, Bacchanal, Audre. , Black Students' Organization, Young Storytellers

Fun fact: I grew up on a military base in southern Spain.

 

Gabriela Arredondo, ‘22 “I chose to attend Barnard because it was a place where I could see myself growing not only intellectually, but personally.”

Hometown: Miami, FL

High School: Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy

Prospective Major(s): Computer Science, Economics

Activities at Barnard: Latinx Professional and Educational Network, Jumpstarting Aspiring Developers and Entrepreneurs, Mujeres, ADI

Fun Fact: My best friend and I have known each other since we were 5, but didn't become best friends until we were 13.

 

Sam Azanza, ‘22 "The vibrant and intersectional community that makes me feel so comfortable and at ease every single day.”

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

High School: Saint Pedro Poveda College

Prospective Major(s): Architecture

Activities at Barnard: Ultimate Frisbee, Bwog

Fun Fact: I can beatbox pretty well!

 

Madelyn BakerMadelyn Baker '19 (Head BSAR) “I love the tight-knit community and sense of acceptance on this campus.”

Hometown: Coppell, TX

High School: Coppell High School

Major(s): Psychology and Music

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Bach Society, Barnard Flute Choir, Columbia Classical Performers, Columbia Music Performance Program, French Cultural Society, Barnard Babysitting

Internships Held: Barnard Neuroscience Department research assistant

Fun Fact: I once met the internet famous (and adorable) dog, Marnie, at the Strand Bookstore.

 

Molly Ball '19 “I chose Barnard because I felt inspired by the driven community of students and faculty alike.”

Hometown: Los Gatos, CA

High School: Los Gatos High School

Major(s): Psychology at Barnard, Jewish Ethics at JTS Other: Double Degree Program with Jewish Theological Seminary

Activities at Barnard: McAC Network Committee, McAC Spirit Week Committee, Mentorship program through the Department of Education NY, Sigma Delta Tau, Hillel Education fellowship

Favorite thing about Barnard: The empowering community and sense of belonging that I immediately feel upon entering the gates.

 

Emma Barnett, ‘19 “My favorite thing about Barnard is constantly being surrounded by incredible women who inspire each other.”

Hometown: Cresskill, NJ

High School: Cresskill High School

Major(s): Political Science Minor(s): Psychology

Activities at Barnard: Athena Scholar, Student Government Association Sophomore Class President, Columbia University Orchestra, Music Performance Program, Speaking Fellow, Sigma Delta Tau, Hillel, Barnard Babysitting

Internships Held: Playbuzz in Tel Aviv Fall, Ny1 General News Intern, NBC News Booking Unit

Fun Fact: I have never had a cup of coffee or a peanut butter jelly sandwich!

 

Sarah Beck, ‘22 “No other school offers what Barnard does: a small liberal arts college dedicated to the advancement of women while connected to a major research university in New York City. Barnard exceeds all standards.”

Hometown: Highland Park, IL

High School: Highland Park High School

Prospective Major(s): Anthropology

Activities at Barnard: Orchesis, Hillel

Fun Fact: I took a gap year to backpack Southeast Asia and Europe and work for a women's foundation in Tanzania.

 

Elizabeth Burton, ‘22 “I have loved the support from staff and students that have helped me succeed in spaces that were not originally meant for me.”

Hometown: Augusta, GA

High School: Augusta Preparatory Day School

Prospective Major(s): Undeclared

Activities at Barnard: Student Government Association Committee on Inclusion and Equity, Young Storytellers, Columbia FLIP Executive Board, Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters

Fun Fact: I really love meerkats!

 

Samantha Chong, ‘21 “My favorite thing about Barnard is that it's located in New York City. We can experience college-life on a campus, but our location gives us opportunities to explore everything the city has to offer. Even our professors want us to take advantage of our location by assigning trips to museums as use an extra learning resource. It’s never boring to live in the city, and there are so many places to see, and so many different areas of the city to explore.”

Hometown: Ardsley, NY

High School: Ardsley High School

Prospective Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavior

Activities at Barnard: One to One Tutoring, McAC Action Committee

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I played violin for 14 years.

 

Cassandra Clifford, ’21 Barnard is a place where you don't have to choose: you have the flexibility of being at a small women's liberal arts college and a large co-educational research university, being in a big city and a small neighborhood, more.”

Hometown: Staten Island, NY

High School: Staten Island Academy

Prospective Major(s): History, Psychology

Activities at Barnard: Gosh Yarn It, Mujeres, Barnard Bookworms.

Fun Fact: I have two cats named Millie and Maggie (which is short for Magnolia, not Margaret).

 

Maya Corral, ‘22 “My favorite thing about Barnard is learning from the wonderful women that surround me, whether that be my peers, professors, or alum.”

Hometown: Eugene, OR

High School: South Eugene High School

Prospective Major(s): American Studies, French

Activities at Barnard: Peer Health Exchange, Barnard Babysitting, Take Back The Night, Housing Equity Project

Fun Fact: I'm fluent in French because I went to an immersion elementary school!

 

Emma CunninghamEmma Cunningham, ’20 “My favorite thing about Barnard is how kind, interesting and passionate about learning everyone I encounter is.”

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

High School: Edgemont High School

Major(s):English

Activities at Barnard: McIntosh Activities Council, SGA Campus Life, Barnard Bulletin, Alpha Chi Omega

Fun Fact: I have been competitively Irish step dancing since I was five!

 

Estee Dechtman, ‘22 “Even when I am in an environment that I may be familiar with, my professors invite me to ask questions like “why this reading, why this play, why this poem, why now?” The independence and boldness required of a Barnard student to constantly question the world around her is both an area that pushes me to grow, and is also the reason I fell in love with this school from the moment I stepped foot on campus.”

Hometown: Denver, CO

High School: Denver School of the Arts

Prospective Major(s): Human Rights, Political Science

Activities at Barnard: Columbia University Barnard College Theatre Department, Columbia Musical Theatre Society, Columbia University Democrats, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, The 125th Annual Varsity Show, Young Storytellers, and Greek Life (Sigma Delta Tau).

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I absolutely love Barbra Streisand and I am a die hard fan of her work and activism!

 

Chana T. Fisch, ‘22 “The empowering atmosphere definitely drew me in, and the unparalleled resources, strong faculty-to-student ratio, and ubiquitous sense of community sealed the deal.”

Hometown: Teaneck, NJ

High School: Ma'ayanot Yeshiva HS

Prospective Major(s): Psychology, Religion, Minor in Philosophy

Activities at Barnard: Hillel Interfaith club, Orthodox Community Leadership at Hillel, Limda Jewish Studies Journal, BSAR!

Fun Fact: I was an extra on Sesame Street at the age of four!

 

Michaela Flum, ‘21 “I love the intensity with which people pursue their goals. I am consistently inspired by my peers' diverse passions and commitments - both professional and otherwise.”

Hometown: Seattle, WA

High School: The Northwest School

Prospective Major(s): History, Political Science

Activities at Barnard: CU Outdoors Club, BOAT, CU Rock Climbing, Jewish Voices for Peace, CU Democrats.

Fun Fact: I completed the Camino de Santiago in Spain during my gap year!

 

Isabel de Katona '19 "I love Barnard because everyone here, from my friends to my professors, challenges me to be the best, and healthiest version of myself."

Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

High School: Santa Fe High School

Major(s): Anthropology Minor: Economics

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Middle East Institute, Columbia Turkish Students group

Fun Fact: I have no siblings and no cousins on either side; I am the only child in the entire family.

 

Erin Ergun, ’21 Barnard had exactly what I was looking for; a strong community of passionate and intelligent women within both a larger university and a city full of resources.”

Hometown: Leesburg, VA

High School: Tuscarora High School

Prospective Major(s): Anthropology

Activities at Barnard: Young Storytellers, NOMADS, CUPAL, BluePrint, and Orchesis

Fun Fact: A post of mine in Columbia Buy Sell Memes made it into a Buzzfeed article.

 

Pilar FerreiraPilar Ferreira, ’20 I chose Barnard because I wanted to attend a place that would always encourage me to go one step beyond what is expected of me.”

Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

High School: Leonardo da Vinci - Alfa

Major(s): Political Science and Economics

Activities at Barnard: Research for Political Science, Model United Nations

Favorite thing about Barnard: My favorite thing about Barnard is the love for academics that everyone here shares. I'm constantly impressed and inspired with what my peers are doing.

 

Tova Finkelstein, ’20 “I chose Barnard because when I toured Barnard I fell in love with the academic program along with the overall goal of Barnard to empower women.”

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

High School: Allderdice High School

Major(s): Cell & Molecular Biology

Activities at Barnard: Hillel Kraft Shabbat Committee, Hillel First Year Life Fellowship, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority

Favorite thing about Barnard: The professors at Barnard are by far my favorite aspect of Barnard due to the fact that they are invested in Barnard students undergraduate experience.

 

Anna FondillerAnna Fondiller '19 "Barnard women are the most driven, intelligent, creative and powerful women I've ever met."

Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

High School: Edgemont High School

Major(s): Theatre (also ask me about soft sciences & education at Barnard!)

Activities at Barnard: President of Bacchante a cappella, Hillel, Columbia Musical Theatre Society

Fun Fact: I was on Sesame Street when I was little!

 

Nora Foutty '19 (Head BSAR) "Everyone here, from students to professors to staff people, loves Barnard and wants you to succeed."

Hometown: Evanston, IL

High School: Evanston Township High School

Major(s): English and Urban Studies Concentration: Education

Activities at Barnard: Echoes Literary Magazine, Barnard Flute Choir, MS324 Math Mentorship Program

Internships Held: Reading Partners, Human Rights Watch, After School Matters, Barnard Office of Admissions

Fun Fact: I have an awesome twin brother who goes to Columbia!

 

Alexandra Haddad, ‘21 “I love being able to choose elements from both a small liberal arts college and a large research university - I've taken tiny seminars and 150 person lectures, and gotten so much out of both!”

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

High School: Richard Montgomery High School

Prospective Major(s): Theatre

Activities at Barnard: Columbia University Players, Barnard Theatre Department, Columbia Musical Theatre Society, King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe, NOMADS, Barnard Babysitting

Fun Fact: I lived in London for four years!

 

Elizabeth Hodgson, ‘22 “I wanted a small college with a high faculty:student ratio but I also wanted a vast diversity of experiences and perspectives in the student body. I also really liked Barnard's Urban Teaching Program.”

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

High School: Northern Secondary School

Prospective Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavior, Minor in Urban Teaching

Activities at Barnard: Dhoom: Columbia's Bollywood fusion dance team, Columbia Community Impact's college readiness program: Let's Get Ready!, High school tutoring at Columbia's Double Discovery Centre, Barnard Babysitting

Fun Fact: I have a twin brother!

 

Danielle Hopkins, ’21 I knew I wanted to go to school in New York City and when I toured Barnard I knew I had found my new home.”

Hometown: Oak Bluffs, MA

High School: Martha's Vineyard Regional High School

Prospective Major(s): History Prospective Minor(s): Spanish

Activities at Barnard: Black Theatre Ensemble (treasurer), Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters, Speaking Fellows

Favorite thing about Barnard: The connections I have been able to make with my peers and professors

 

Naomi JiaNaomi Jia '19 "Barnard provides the idea place for individuals to transform their abstract ideas into tangible change."

Hometown: Irvine, CA

High School: Northwood High School

Major(s): Economics and English

Activities at Barnard: Student Government: Financial Advisory Committee, Smart Woman Securities, Columbia Women's Business Society

Fun Fact: I am half-Malaysian and can speak Malay in addition to three other languages.

 

Alison Kahn, ‘21 “My favorite thing about Barnard is being surrounded by amazingly dedicated, thoughtful, and passionate people.”

Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD

High School: Bethesda Chevy Chase HS

Prospective Major(s): Political Science, Human Rights

Activities at Barnard: GlobeMed at Columbia University, Model United Nations/CIRCA, Manhattan School of Music cross-registration program, Columbia Music Performance Program, Orchesis, various student theatre

Fun Fact: I have a second degree black belt in tae kwon do!

 

Juliana KaplanJuliana Kaplan, ’19 "I chose to attend Barnard because I instantly fell in love with the rigor, supportive community, and the hugely empowering environment.”

Hometown: Brookline, MA

High School: Brookline High School

Major(s): English

Activities at Barnard: Philolexian Society, Untapped, Stand Up GALS

Internships Held: Editorial Intern at O, the Oprah Magazine

Favorite thing about Barnard: My favorite thing about Barnard is the tight-knit community; from the baristas at Liz's Place to NYT bestselling authors, every single member of the Barnard community is always filled with love and support.

 

Julia Kelly, ’20 “I chose Barnard because of its close-knit community complimented by the infinite opportunities of New York City.”

Hometown: Piedmont, CA

High School: Piedmont High School

Major(s): English Track: Pre-Med

Activities at Barnard: Coordinator at Community Lunch Soup Kitchen, Barnard Network of Pre-Medical Students

Internships Held: Research Assistant at Columbia University Medical Center

Fun fact: I was born in Singapore

 

Kayla LeGrand, ‘22 “My favorite thing about Barnard is that there is so much opportunity on and off campus; it is definitely hard to choose how I want to spend my free time!”

Hometown: Wilton, ME

High School: Mount Blue High School

Prospective Major(s): Sociology

Activities at Barnard: Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS), CU Art Society, Barnard Bulletin, BLUE Chats

Fun Fact: My identical twin sister and I both attend Seven Sister Colleges; she goes to Mount Holyoke College!

 

Jodi LessnerJodi Lessner, ‘20 “I chose to attend Barnard because of its fantastic location, academics, and dedication to making you grow as a student and person.”

Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

High School: Wilmington Friends School

Major(s): Political Science and Human Rights Minor(s): History

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Daily Spectator, One for One Tutoring, Columbia Youth for Debate

Fun Fact: I have seen nearly 15 Broadway shows since I have been at Barnard - I'm an expert at finding cheap tickets!

 

Brooke LevyBrooke Levy ’20 My favorite thing about Barnard is how I am constantly learning from and inspired by both my professors and my peers. It’s really special to feel like my understanding of the world is being enriched not only in the classroom but also in the dorms, the dining halls, and the Diana Center!”

Hometown: Yardley, PA

High School:George School

Major(s): Economics and Psychology

Activities at Barnard: Athena Scholars Program, Lab Manager & Research Assistant in Dept. of Psychology, Athena Pre-Law Society, TA for Intro Biology Lab, Alpha Omicron Pi, Barnard Bartending Agency

Internships Held: Environmental Crimes Intern at NJ Office of the Attorney General, Community Health Intern at Susan G. Komen Foundationn, Volunteer Teaching Fellow at Firls Health Ed

Fun Fact: I have a collection of small succulents and cacti that I love very dearly! They sit in my windowsill in little decorated pots (it’s very “Pinterest-esque”) and all have their own names.

 

Miriam LichtenbergMiriam Lichtenberg, ’19I chose to attend Barnard because of its location, its available resources, and its drive to empower young woman to change the world.”

Hometown: Teaneck, NJ

High School: SAR

Major(s): History Minor(s):Philosophy

Activities at Barnard: SGA, Hillel, The Current

Favorite thing about Barnard:My favorite thing about Barnard is undoubtedly the students who make up this community who are encouraging, enthusiastic, driven, and more

 

Allie Lipshutz, ‘22 “Every student brings a new perspective to the table, and my professors have pushed me to think in ways in which I did not know I was capable of thinking; in this incredible community, I feel comfortable smiling at everyone I walk by, whether I know them or not!”

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

High School: Germantown Friends School

Prospective Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavior (Cellular Concentration)

Activities at Barnard: Student Health Outreach, Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Fun Fact: I take circus classes, specializing in aerials (rope, fabric, trapeze) and acrobatics (tumbling, handstands), but I also do some contortion. Bonus: I have managed to find two circus schools where I can practice within a 45 minute commute from Barnard!

 

Surbhi LohiaSurbhi Lohia, ’19I chose Barnard because the second I stepped foot onto this campus I felt the strength of the students, the leadership qualities instilled in them, and how they were all go-getters - and I knew I belonged here!”

Hometown: San Jose, California

High School: Notre Dame San Jose High School

Major(s): Computer Science Minor(s): Economics

Activities at Barnard: Athena Digital Design Agency, Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs, Student Government Association, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Columbia Bhangra, Club Zamana

Internships Held: Product Manager Intern at theSkimm

Favorite thing about Barnard: The fact that my peers are always involved in something big or seeking new opportunities constantly, I love being challenged by them and keeping up with them - it makes me a better student at the end of the day.

 

Solace Mensah-Narh, ’21I chose Barnard because I wanted a school that would support me as a woman and as a curious mind. The community at Barnard is uplifting, inspiring, and unparalleled.”

Hometown: North Brunswick, NJ

High School: Milton Academy

Prospective Major(s): Economics and Human Rights

Activities at Barnard: Venom Step Team, SGA Commitee on Inclusion and Equity, Ijoya African Dance Team, and Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters

Fun Fact: I have been to five continents! (and plan to go to all 7 by graduation)

 

Anya Murphy, ‘22 “I chose to attend Barnard because I wanted to be challenged to think critically while focusing on my immediate impact on my community.”

Hometown: Toronto, ON

High School: Bishop Strachan School

Prospective Major(s): Undeclared

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Bhangra, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Student Government Association, American Medical Student Association

Fun Fact: I have five names!

 

Sara Morales, ‘21 “I chose to attend Barnard because I wanted to be a part of a community that would specifically recognize and help foster the particularities that come with being a woman in different worlds, professional and personal.”

Hometown: Hialeah, FL

High School: Mater Academy Charter High School

Prospective Major(s): American Studies, Education Studies

Activities at Barnard: Meet Me at the Museum, SGA, BOSS, Mujeres

Fun Fact:  I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order.'

 

Ramisa Murshed, ’21 “I chose Barnard because I wanted to study STEM in a non-intimidating environment: an environment where women just like me can work together without any barriers.”

Hometown: Lilburn, GA

High School: Parkview High School

Major(s): Neuroscience Minor(s): Computer Science

Acitvities at Barnard: Bwog, Rare Candy, Athena Digital Design Agency, Barnard Babysitting

Fun Fact: I have a small collection of museum brochures in Korean.

 

Isabel Ocampo, ‘22 “I primarily chose Barnard because of its dedication to supporting women and gender minorities succeed. It provides so many resources to its students in and outside of the classroom, and the access to New York City provides a multitude of opportunities for volunteering, internships, and fun!”

Hometown: Mukwonago, WI

High School: Mukwonago High School

Prospective Major(s): Political Science, Minors in Spanish and Latin American Cultures

Activities at Barnard: Mujeres, CoLab Performing Arts Collective, Student Government Association

Fun Fact: I consider myself a true vegetarian because I have never eaten a hamburger!

 

Cleo Payne, ‘21 “From my amazing friends and roommate, to my brilliant classmates, to even the people I have conversations with in the hallway, my favorite thing about Barnard is undoubtedly the people--the students I'm surrounded by constantly inspire me to be the best possible version of myself.”

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ

High School: Desert Mountain High School

Prospective Major(s): Archaeology

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Space Initiative, Matriculate

What do you like to do for fun?  I love exploring the city with my friends, but my favorite place to go for fun is probably Hex & Co, the board game cafe on Broadway.

 

Julia PickelJulia Pickel, ‘19 (Head BSAR) “When I walked onto Barnard's campus, it felt like home and I knew I wanted to be one of the determined, caring, ambitious, and thoughtful Barnard students I saw around me.”

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

High School: Marin Academy

Major(s): Cell and Molecular Biology

Activities at Barnard: Vice President of Untapped (Tap Dance Group), Barnard Bulletin, Peer Tutor, Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Internships Held: Clinical Ophthalmology Research at the University of California San Francisco, Summer Clinical Research wth Columbia Biomedical Engineering & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Research in the Biology Department with Professor Callahan, Volunteering at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's

What do you like to do for fun? I love to tap dance, attend FitBear classes, craft cards, knit, and explore different farmer’s markets around the city!

 

Gianna Raimo, ’21 I am consistently inspired by the ambitious and intelligent women around me. The students and faculty at Barnard push me to be the best version of myself!”

Hometown: Chappaqua, NY

High School: Horace Greeley High School

Major(s): Economics and English

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Orchesis: A Dance Group, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Columbia Women's Business Society

Fun Fact: I love beatboxing and eating almond butter, but never at the same time.

 

Annie Renas, ‘21 “I love being surrounded by strong and accomplished women, who inspire me to be the best version of myself”

Hometown: San Diego, CA

High School: Point Loma High School

Major(s): Undeclared

Activities at Barnard: Gamma Phi Beta, Columbia International Relations Council and Association, McAC Wellness Committee

Internships Held: Assistant Director of Administrative Affairs at the International Model United Nations Association (IMUNA), Operations Intern with Kageno Worldwide

What do you like to do for fun? New York City has so many fun opportunities to pursue as a student! I love exploring other boroughs in pursuit of the best coffee shops and cafes, going on long walks through Central Park, and spending lazy Sundays wandering through a museum.

 

Izzie Rivera, ‘20 “I chose Barnard because of the sense of community and support present in everything from classes to even the dining hall.”

Hometown: Bronx, NY

High School: Horace Mann School

Major: Political Science  Minor: Race and Ethnicity Studies

Activities at Barnard: Barnard Flute Choir, Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society, Mujeres

Fun fact: I've seen Late Night with Seth Meyers live twice.

 

Maia Robinson, ‘22 “My favorite thing about Barnard is the prioritization of self care, especially in an academically rigorous setting.”

Hometown: Evanston, IL

High School: Evanston Township High School

Prospective Major(s): Undeclared

Activities at Barnard: Columbia/Barnard Math Mentors, Barnard Babysitting, BSAR, Columbia Badminton Club

Fun Fact: I have played badminton for 4 plus years and competed at the state level!

 

Anthea Rosenbaum, ’20 I chose Barnard because of its unique position as a women's college in the city of New York. I know that I succeed through collaboration, not competition”

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

High School: Wildwood High School

Major(s): Urban Studies Concentration: Political Science

Internships Held: Office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein

Activities at Barnard: Athena Pre Law Society, Alpha Chi Omega, The Varsity Show, Columbia University Performing Arts League

Internships Held: Human Rights Watch

What do you like to do for fun? I love to hike and camp out in nature. I like to think my exploring of new neighborhoods around the city as mini urban treks because they still involve a sense of adventure and exploration.

 

Mo Russell Leed, ‘22 “My favorite aspect of Barnard is the sense of community I feel here! I know that my neighbors are looking out for me. Barnard is a collaborative, empowering, and inspiring space.”

Hometown: Nottingham, New Hampshire

High School: Putney School

Prospective Major(s): Sociology, Minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Activities at Barnard: Club Q, Student Government Policy committee, Barnard Outdoor Adventure Team

Fun Fact: Before coming to Barnard, I had never lived anywhere with a population bigger than 5,000 people!

 

Sophia Seidenberg '19 "I love living and learning in a small community that supports and empowers women while still being fully engaged in Columbia University and New York City."

Hometown: Montclair, NJ

High School: Montclair High School

Major(s): Economics

Activities at Barnard: Columbia University Players, King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe, HeForShe, Athena Digital Design Agency

Fun Fact: I am a citizen of three countries!

 

Rachel Rutstein, ’21 One reason I chose Barnard was for its empowering, supportive, close-knit community. Barnard has created a unique home for its students that is collaborative, rather than competitive. Because of the nurturing camaraderie, I am constantly inspired by my fellow students, each of whom pursue whatever they do with passion and a drive for excellence."

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

High School: Pine Crest School

Prospective Major(s): Art History

Activities at Barnard: Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Sigma Delta Tau, Athena Pre-Law Society

Fun fact: I love dogs and one of my favorite things to do is go to Riverside Park to watch the dogs walk by. When I get older, I hope to have a dog named Millie, after the Barnard mascot.

 

Aliya Schneider, ’20 The invigorating feeling I got the first time I stepped on Barnard's campus in high school has not gone away.”

Hometown: Rutland, Vermont

High School: Rutland High School/The Masters School

Prospective Major(s):Urban Studies, Political ScienceMinor(s): Athena Scholar

Activities at Barnard:Columbia Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Columbia Spectator, Barnard Bulletin, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Peer Health Exchange

Internships Held: Open Society Foundations and Bowery Poetry Club

Favorite thing about Barnard:The students here balance so much and don't sacrifice their empathy and support of others in the process.

 

Simmone Shah, ’20 I chose to attend Barnard because I loved the community Barnard represents. I knew I wanted to be like the Barnard women I saw, ambitious, outspoken leaders who were making an impact in the world in every field imaginable.”

Hometown: Fremont, CA

High School: John F. Kennedy High School

Major(s): English, American Studies

Activities at Barnard: The Varsity Show, Echoes Literary Magazine, Barnard Babysitting, Organization of Pakistani Students

Fun fact: I had my literal 2 seconds of fame on Google's homepage for International Women's Day in 2015!

 

Aydan Shahd, ’20 I chose Barnard because it's a meeting place of everything I wanted in a school: a small liberal arts college, an international city, a shared community ethos, a good theatre program, and a place where questions about gender and identity are always being asked and explored.”

Hometown: Singapore

High School: United World College of South East Asia (East)

Major(s):Theatre

Activities at Barnard: King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe (KCST), New Original Material Authored and Directed by Students (NOMADS)

Favorite thing about Barnard: The space, support, and compassion you're given here, from both peers and professors, to become the thinker and whole person you can/want to be.

 

Lily Sickles, ‘22 “I chose to attend Barnard because I knew it was a school with a unique community of students committed to empowering each other.”

Hometown: South Orange, NJ

High School: Columbia High School

Prospective Major(s): English with a concentration in Creative Writing

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, Barnard Babysitting

Fun Fact: I wore high-top converse in kindergarten, so basically I'm an influencer.

 

Hazel Streeter, ‘21 “I love that everyone at Barnard has such vastly different interests and backgrounds, and yet, we all are very passionate about what we do here, in and outside of the classroom.”

Hometown: New York, New York

High School: Elisabeth Irwin High School

Prospective Major(s): Film Studies, Sociology

Activities at Barnard: Third Wheel Improv, Chowdah Sketch Comedy, The 1 Train Is Delayed Digital Sketch Show

Fun Fact: I grew up in Morningside Heights -- I've lived four blocks away from Barnard since I was ten!

 

Elena Taeyaerts, ‘21“Barnard is the best of all worlds: it combines the personalized liberal arts education with the resources of an Ivy League University in a renowned global city, full of opportunities.”

Hometown: Chicago, IL

High School: Lycee Francais De Chicago

Major(s):Political Science

Activities at Barnard:Club Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Barnard Babysitting, Columbia Democrats, Peer Academic Menor, TA

Favorite thing about Barnard: I love the sense of community. The women at Barnard make me feel empowered, welcomed, and supported, while constantly challenged.

 

Keki TakaharaKeki Takahara, ‘20“I chose Barnard because I wanted to become more confident and understand myself better through studying and living in an environment of inspiring women.”

Hometown: Beijing, China

High School: Middlesex School

Major(s): Art History w/ a Visual Arts Concentration and Economics

Activities at Barnard: Treasurer of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), Postscrypt Art Gallery, Meet Me At The Museum

Favorite thing about Barnard: Barnard fosters a supportive community that encourages and empowers young women in and outside of the classrooms.

 

Mabel Tie, ‘21 “My favorite thing about Barnard is the abundance of community engagement and service opportunities available to all students.”

Hometown: Athens, Georgia

High School: Athens Academy

Prospective Major(s): Psychology, Education Studies

Activities at Barnard: Governing Board at Barnard, Columbia Community Outreach, Columbia Housing Equity Project, Peace by Peace

Fun Fact: I have dual American and Canadian citizenship!

 

Megan TrachMegan Trach, ‘20“My favorite thing about Barnard is how I feel when I'm on campus--this overwhelming feeling of inclusion and acceptance that I haven't feel anywhere else”

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA

High School: Westlake High School

Major(s): MusicMinor(s): French

Activities at Barnard: Columbia University Orchestra, Columbia Chamber Ensemble, Barnard Flute Choir, Lesson Program with MSM

Fun fact: I have synesthesia--I see numbers and letters with colors, and numbers have their own personalities, too!

 

Jasmin Torres Piñon, ‘21 “Barnard gave the best of many worlds, I got access to an amazing city, a research university while having a home in a tight-knit community of empowering women.”

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

High School: Westview High School

Prospective Major(s): Sociology, Race and Ethnic Studies

Activities at Barnard: Columbia FLIP, Academic Advisory Board, Class of 2021 Council, OP Advisory Board, WBAR, Barnard Babysitting

Fun Fact: I spent a summer at Barnard and got to see Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks walking on campus.

 

Bri Vigorito, ‘22 “I choose Barnard because I wanted a college where I can grow to be a leader and constantly be supported by my community and teachers.”

Hometown: Lincoln Park, NJ

High School: Morris County School of Technology

Prospective Major(s): Dance, Psychology

Activities at Barnard: ONYX, Raw Elementz, CoLab, CU Players

Fun Fact: I can wiggle my ears.

 

Sophie Visscher-Lubinizki, ‘21“My favourite thing about Barnard is that it is a small, friendly, and well connected community where I feel at home while still being a part of the busy and vibrant New York City atmosphere.”

Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada

High School: American Hebrew Academy

Prospective Major(s): Dance, Sociology, Human Rights

Activities at Barnard: Orchesis, Movement Exchange, Varsity Show, CoLab, Hillel First Year Leadership Fellowship

What do you like to do for fun? In my spare time I really love to dance and get outdoors! When I am not in a dance studio, I love walking throughout the city and exploring new neighbourhoods, cafes, and parks.

 

Alex Volgyesi, ‘22 “The community feeling at Barnard is extraordinary—it's nearly impossible to walk through campus without running into some familiar faces.”

Hometown: Woodland Park, NJ

High School: Passaic Valley High School

Prospective Major(s): History, Women’s Studies

Activities at Barnard: Student-Worker Solidarity, writing and performing poetry

Fun Fact: I was a Hungarian scout and squad leader in New Jersey as part of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris.

Sasha Weber, ‘22 “I chose Barnard because I could tell from the first time I visited that it is a school full of superheroes.”

Hometown: Livingston, NJ

High School: Livingston High School

Prospective Major(s): Urban Studies (Concentration in Environment and Sustainability), Human Rights

Activities at Barnard: Sustainability Initiatives Consulting Board (SICB), Math Mentors, Roosevelt Institute's Human Rights and Energy & Environment Centers, Matriculate Advising Fellow

Fun Fact: I have snorkeled between two tectonic places in Iceland!

 

Shulie WeinbergShulie Weinberg ’20“I saw Barnard as providing me with the opportunities that I couldn't find anywhere else— a small liberal arts college within a large university in New York City has an endless supply of possibilities.”

Hometown: Chicago, IL

High School: Francis W. Parker School

Major(s): American Studies

Activities at Barnard: The Blue and White Magazine, One-to-One Tutoring, Barnard Babysitting, WinkMe, Greek life

Favorite thing about Barnard: I love that the students at Barnard genuinely have a passion for learning, care about others, and support each other no matter what.

 

Lindsey Weiskopf, ‘22 “My favorite thing about Barnard is all of the warmth that you can feel from the students, professors, and staff as you walk throughout campus.”

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

High School: Park School of Baltimore

Prospective Major(s): Computer Science, Architecture

Activities at Barnard: Applications Development Initiative (ADI), Math Mentors, SGA Finance Committee

Fun Fact: I'm left-handed!

 

Krystina WilliamsonKrystina Williamson, ‘20“Barnard is a place where I can grow into the woman I always wanted to be.”

Hometown: Hayward, California

High School: Leadership Public Schools - Hayward

Major(s): Physics Minor(s): Education

Activities at Barnard: Matriculate Advising Fellows, Writing Fellows, Peer-to-Peer Tutoring, BOSS

Internships Held: Breakthrough Collaborative Teaching Fellow, American Association of Physics Teachers Intern

What do you like to do for fun? I love watching Star Trek, making clothes and developing my sarcasm.

 

Chantel WooChantel Woo, ’20“Barnard truly feels like a home away from home in a big city that can be daunting at times.”

Hometown: Hong Kong

High School: Discovery College

Major(s): Psychology & Theatre

Activities at Barnard: Student Government Association, CU Generation, King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe, NOMADS (New and Original Material Authored and Directed by Students)

What do you like to do for fun? I love singing and dancing, particularly with my friends in theatre groups and with my dance team, CU Generation!

 

Makaria Yami, ‘21 “I choose Barnard because it allowed me to be a part of a community that simultaneously challenges and empowers me.”

Hometown: La Verne, CA

High School: Bonita High School

Major(s): Political Science

Activities at Barnard: Student Worker Solidarity, No Red Tape, Christian Union, BOSS, Ethiopian Eritrean Students Association

What do you like to do for fun? I love listening to podcasts, going for walks in Riverside park, and going out to eat with my friends.

 

Hannah YuehHannah Yueh, ‘20 “I instantly felt comfortable and at home at Barnard, yet I am continually encouraged to grow and become the best version of myself.”

Hometown: Durham, NC

High School: Durham School of the Arts

Major(s): Neuroscience

Activities at Barnard: Columbia University Ski & Snowboard Team, Lifeguard at Dodge Fitness Center, Barnard Babysitting, Barnard Network of Pre-Medical Students, Student Government Association, Columbia Neuroscience Society

What do you like to do for fun? I love to explore the city–from museums to coffee shops to restaurants, there is always some place new to discover!

 

Vivian Zhou, ‘21 “I wanted to be around powerful women who are unapologetic and I wanted to learn from and work with them.”

Hometown: Shanghai, China

High School: Shanghai American School- Puxi Campus

Prospective Major(s): Neuroscience

Activities at Barnard: Rugby, Barnard Bartending, Bwog

Fun Fact: I only like avocados when they're mashed.

 

Jenna Zucker, ’21 “I fell in love with the combination of Barnard's distinct energy and Foundations curriculum that would support my love many subjects.

Hometown: Montclair, NJ

High School: Interlochen Arts Academy

Prospective Major(s): Creative Writing, Computer Science

Activities at Barnard:Barnard/Columbia Hillel, Women in Computer Science, Program Organizer at Interlochen Arts Camp & Academy Alumni at Barnard/Columbia

Favorite thing about Barnard: I love the sense of community among Barnard students and our shared commitment to the empowerment of women — I never have to hesitate to find woman leaders and mentors in my life.