Athena 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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
Activities at Barnard: Columbia Musical Theatre Society, Bacchantae, Hillel
Fun Fact: I was on Sesame Street when I was little!
Nora 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 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 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 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 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
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 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."
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 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
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 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 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
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 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 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 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
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 Nguyenduy, '18 "I love the unique diversity that I can only find at Barnard."
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
High School: Dorman High School
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 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."
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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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 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
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!