Athena AbadillaAthena Abadilla, ’20 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

Prospective Major(s): Education, American Studies

Activities at Barnard: Athena Scholars Program, McAC Wellness Committee, Columbia Catholic Ministry interfaith, Liga Filipina, Malama Hawaii, Matriculate Advising Fellows

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.

 

 

Aku AcquayeAku Acquaye ’18 “I'm extremely appreciative about all the leadership opportunities offered at Barnard that have built my confidence.” 

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

High School: University School of NSU

Major(s): Undecided (thinking about Political Economy with a concentration in Sustainable Development)

Activities at Barnard: SGA (First-Year Council), The Culinarian, Athena Digital Design, Barnard Babysitting

Fun Fact: I'm an avid blogger on Tumblr and love to make pottery.

 

Madison Ailts, ‘19 “I love being surrounded by strong and accomplished women, who inspire me to be the best version of myself.”

Hometown: Tucson, AZ

High School: Salpointe Catholic High School

Major(s): American Studies Concentration: Political Theory

Activities at Barnard: Athena Pre Law Society, Sigma Delta Tau

Internships Held: Betches LLC

Fun fact: Back home in Arizona I have pet goats!

 

Momo ArbeitMomo Arbeit, ’19 “My favorite thing about Barnard is that it encourages me to be a #womanintech or to create my own hashtag in any field I choose to pursue.”

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

High School: Punahou School

Prospective Major(s): Computer Science and Linguistics

Activities at Barnard: Columbia University Ultimate Frisbee, Delta Kappa Alpha (Film Society), Columbia University Comedy Sketch Show

Internships Held: Production Intern at Little Monster Films, Freelance Assistant Editor at National Geographic

Fun fact: I played ping pong once with Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza.

 

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, ’20 “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!

 

 

Jenna BergmannJenna Bergmann ’18 (Head BSAR) “I chose to attend Barnard because I found role models in all the women I met on campus– current students, faculty, and alumnae.”

Hometown: Haverford, PA

High School: Friends’ Central School

Major(s): Cell & Molecular Biology, Latin

Activities at Barnard: Vice President of Programming of Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Columbia University Sailing Team (CUST), Network of Pre-Medical Students, embryonic development research, TA for introductory biology courses 

Fun Fact: My favorite book written by a Barnard alumna is “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” by Marisha Pessl - I highly recommend it and it has nothing to do with physics! 

 

 

Lili BrownLili Brown ’18 “New York City is five boroughs of never-ending opportunity, so you can find me exploring new neighborhoods and food venues, all the while attempting to master the entire subway system.”

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

High School: The Weber School

Major(s): Undecided, leaning History Other: Double Degree Program with Jewish Theological Seminary

Activities at Barnard: Daily Editor at Bwog, Jewish Women on Campus (JWOC)

Fun Fact: I recently became an aunt to a baby niece (and hopefully a future Barnard Bear!)

 

 

Ariana Busby ’18 “Barnard makes me endlessly excited to challenge myself; from engaging academics to inclusive and student-driven campus life to opportunities in the city and internationally, Barnard instills in students invaluable confidence in their ability to affect real change.”

Hometown: Seattle, WA

High School: Lakeside School

Major(s): English (Film Concentration) and Russian Regional Studies

Activities at Barnard: The Barnard Bulletin, Camp Kesem Columbia University, Barnard Babysitting

Internships held: Franklin & Siegal Literary Scouting Associates, Screenwriting internship with Amy Talkington '93, Office Assistant for Barnard Department of English and Film

Fun Fact: I love movies: I am trying to watch every film on the AFI “100 Years...100 Movies” list as well as every female-directed film on Netflix and I’ve had so much fun finding movie theaters around the city.

 

Claire Burghard '19 “All of the Barnard women that I meet are smart, confident, and unafraid to challenge themselves--I wanted to be surrounded by women like that."

Hometown: New York, NY

High School: Stuyvesant High School

Major(s): Undecided (French or Enviornmental Science) Other: Pre-med track

Activities at Barnard: Barnard Outdoor Adventure Team, Barnard Network of Premedical Students

Fun Fact: I am currently training to be an EMT!

 

Moorea Colby, ’18 Barnard is the perfect mix of everything I wanted in a school: strong sense of community, small classes, engaged students and based in NYC!”

Hometown: Andover, MA

High School: Andover High School

Major(s): Psychology, Spanish Minor(s): Economics

Study Abroad: Madrid, Spain

Activities at Barnard: Active Minds, Orchesis Dance Group, Barnard Babysitters

Internships Held: Pentacle Leadership in Dance Intern, Intern at Union Square Practice, Intake Counselor at The Door, Research Assistant for Psychology Department

Fun Fact: I might love New York, but I'm a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan!

 

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!

 

 

Isabel de KatonaIsabel de Katona '19 "When I pictured the schools I was choosing between, the combination of New York City and this incredible community that would foster my growth was matched by none other."

Hometown: Santa Fe, NM

High School: Santa Fe High School

Major(s): Economics Minor: Anthropology

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

Fun Fact: I have no siblings and no cousins of blood relation; I am the only child in the entire family.

 

 

Jacqueline DiggsJacqueline Diggs ’18 I love the support system you find in Barnard because I feel like everyone challenges you to do your best, and works hard to help you succeed.”

Hometown: Detroit, MI

High School: University Liggett School

Major(s): Undeclared Minor: French

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Daily Spectator, WKRC Sports, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority

Fun Fact: I am a huge sports fan, so you can often find me at athletic events or talking about sports in general with my friends.

 

 

Rosie Fatt '18 "Barnard was the only school that offered me the chance to go to a liberal-arts women's college in New York City where I could participate in Division I athletics."

Hometown: Belmont High School

High School: Belmont, MA

Major(s): American Studies Minor: Sociology

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Women's Rowing, Barnard Civil Liberties Club

Internships held: Center for Law and Education (Boston)

Favorite thing about Barnard: My favorite thing about Barnard is how passionate all of the students are about their respective interests and areas of study.

 

Emily FelsenEmily Felsen '18 "The individualized attention of a women's college coupled with the resources of a premier research institution made Barnard the right choice for me. "

Hometown: El Paso, TX

High School: Franklin High School

Major(s): History Minor: Spanish

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Quizbowl, AOII

Internships held: Curatorial assistant and tour guide at the El Paso Museum of History

Favorite thing about Barnard: I love that Barnard has the feel of a college campus while in the middle of the city!

 

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 Human Rights

Activities at Barnard: Rugby

Favorite thing about Barnard: My favorite thing about Barnard is having a little family in my hall to come home to after a busy day around the city.

 

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): Sociology

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Musical Theatre Society, Bacchantae, Hillel

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

 

Nora FouttyNora Foutty '19 "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

Activities at Barnard: Barnard/Columbia Chorus, Barnard Flute Choir, Barnard Babysitting, MS324 Math Mentorship Program, Echoes Literary Magazine, V-Day at Barnard/Columbia

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

 

 

Linda GordonLinda Gordon, ‘18 “I love the amazing lectures workshops and mentors Barnard students have access to through the Athena Center, and the Athena Film Festival.”

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

High School: Santa Monica High School

Major(s): History Concentration: Rights, Laws, and the State Other: Athena Scholars Program

Activities at Barnard: Student Government Association Committee On Arts and Culture,

Camp Kesem Columbia University, Barnard Babysitting, Society for the Advancement of Underrepresented Filmmakers

Internships Held: Public Counsel Immigrant Rights Project, The Impact Fund 

What do you like to do for fun? I love taking dance classes in all different styles, including African, Jazz, Ballet, and Modern, and attending performances and concerts all over the city.

 

Rowan Hepps KeeneyRowan Hepps Keeney ’18 (Head BSAR) “I chose Barnard because I knew that this institution would value my voice, while encouraging me to explore and develop that voice to my greatest capabilities."

Hometown: West Chester, PA

High School: Westtown School

Major(s): Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Other: Concentration in Activist Theatre

Activities at Barnard: Club Q, Columbia University VDay, GendeRevolution, Jewish Voices for Peace

Fun Fact: I've been struck by lightning, and I had both a pet skunk and a pet hedgehog

 

 

Ariana Jacobs '18 "Barnard is where I knew I would be welcomed, challenged, and continually supported. "

Hometown: Bronx, NY

High School: Ethical Culture Fieldston

Major(s): Urban Studies

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Sister Circle, Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters

Internships Held: Merchandizing Assistant at Fashion-to-Figure

Favorite thing about Barnard: Barnard's community has never pressured me to be anyone other than myself.

 

 

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.

 

 

Angela JorgeAngela Jorge ’18 (Head BSAR) “I chose to come to Barnard because I knew I wanted to go to a school that valued community, traditions and school spirit.”

Hometown: New Rochelle, NY

High School: Convent of the Sacred Heart

Major(s): Undecided

Activities at Barnard: Columbia University Ballet Ensemble

Internships Held: Athena Summer Fellowship; Girls in the Game; Internship in Building Community; Google BOLD Immersion

Favorite thing about Barnard: My favorite thing about Barnard is that the students and faculty all believe in you and want you to succeed no matter how impossible your ideas may seem.

 

Cynthia JumaCynthia Juma, ’20 My favorite thing about Barnard is the homey feel I get from the moment I walk out of my door to when my days ends surrounded by supportive women."

Hometown: Kenya

High School: Butere Girls' High School

Major(s): Biology Minor(s): French

Acitvities at Barnard: Ijoya dance group, MacAc Action committee, Global Ambassador and African Students' Association.

Fun Fact: Casablanca is my all-time favorite movie

 

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.

 

 

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, USA

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): Undeclared

Activities at Barnard: McIntosh Student Activities Council, Barnard Bartending, Columbia Journal of Global Health, Alpha Omicron Pi

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, ’19 I 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

 

Surbhi LohiaSurbhi Lohia, ’19 I 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.

 

Caitlyn MorrisCaitlyn Morris ’18 “I love the intellectual challenges that Barnard not only puts in my path, but gives me the tools to overcome.”

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

High School: Chatham Hall

Major(s): Undecided

Activities at Barnard: CU SHOUT (Student Health Outreach)

Fun Fact: During NSOP (my first week on Barnard's campus), I was in an elevator with Lauren Graham from "Gilmore Girls."

 

 

Emeline NguyenduyEmeline Nguyenduy, '18 "I love the unique diversity that I can only find at Barnard."

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

High School: Dorman High School

Majors(s): Chemistry

Activities at Barnard:

Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Peer Health Exchange, Barnard Chemical Society, Ski Team and Project Sunshine

Fun Fact: I earned a black belt in karate when I was 9.

 

 

Giuliana NotoGiuliana Noto '18 "Speaking to a professor is what solidified my coming to Barnard, as that was when I realized what a privilege it is to have such caring faculty in such a small encouraging environment, while having the amazing resources of a research university over at Columbia."

Hometown: Argentina

High School: United Nations Int'l School, NY

Major(s): Physics Minor: Prospective English

Activities at Barnard: SIU (Society of International Undergraduates) board member, Athena Digital Design Agency, Peer-to-peer tutoring program, Barnard Babysitting

Internships Held: Astrophysics Research at Columbia NEVIS laboratories with Professor Mukherjee

Favorite thing about Barnard: The inspiring community of passionate women (both faculty and students) that surround me everyday, and how that inspires me to be the best version of myself.

 

 

Julia PickelJulia Pickel, ‘19 “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: Untapped (Tap Dance Group), SGA Student Health Advisory Committee, Barnard Network of Pre-Medical Students, Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Internships Held: Summer Research Institute (Working at Columbia University Medical 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!

 

 

Izzie RiveraIzzie 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(s): Political Science

Activities at Barnard: Mujeres, Flute Choir, Intramural Volleyball, Greek Life

Fun fact: I can recite every lyric to every song in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

Alice Rowland '20

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

High School: The Pembroke Hill School

Major(s): Prospective Art History and/or Middle Eastern Studies Minor: Sociology

Activities at Barnard: Barnard Bulletin, Artists Reaching Out, Meet Me at the Museum, Big Sibs

Favorite thing about Barnard: As an art history major, I love being able to attend a lecture, learn about a piece of art, and then the next day go see it in person at one of the many museums across the city. The access to art and culture is unlike any other!

 

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!

 

 

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): Undecided

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Women's Business Society events, Rare Candy, Hoot Magazine

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

 

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): Music Minor(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!

 

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): Undeclared

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

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

 

Isabel Weiss '18 "My favorite thing about Barnard is the sense of community."

Hometown: Portland, OR

High School: The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT)

Major(s): Economics and East Asian Studies

Activities at Barnard: Columbia Varsity Swimming and Diving Team (Diver), Governing Board at Barnard, Chinese Students Club

Internships Held: Interned at Ermenegildo Zegna in Shanghai, China

What do you like to do for fun?: Go to Restaurant Week

 

/anni WenAnni Wen ‘18 “After receiving help from Barnard students I met only once, I was impressed by the strong support here on campus.”

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

High School: The Bay School of San Francisco

Major(s): Undecided

Activities at Barnard: Tech Crew for Barnard Theatre Department, Columbia University Intervarsity Christian Fellowship,  MyNYC (Community Impact), Tutor for America Reads/Counts, Barnard Babysitter

Internships Held: Office Assistant at Barnard Education Dept.

Fun Fact:  My tongue can touch my nose.

 

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: Columbia Space Initiative, BOSS

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!

 

 

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!