The Athena Center for Leadership Studies

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The Athena Center is located on the third floor of Barnard Hall.

Hello all! Today, I’m here to talk about a really special part of Barnard: The Athena Center for Leadership Studies. This organization is really unique to Barnard and is part of what makes attending an all-women’s college such a valuable experience. The Athena Center is located on the third floor of Barnard Hall.

The Athena Center is actually rather new. It began in 2009 and has been growing rapidly ever since. The Center’s mission is to foster the next generation of women leaders (that’s us!) by using lots of different academic programs and special events aimed at Barnard students. As undergraduate women, building and instilling these leadership skills is extremely important and allows us to take advantage of them beyond Barnard and into the real world.

This mission is what drew me to the Athena Center, and at the beginning of this semester I joined as an Athena Scholar. The Athena Scholars Program is the Center’s academic method of teaching leadership skills. Through a combination of theoretical and academic approaches, the program helps us develop strong leadership skills throughout our undergraduate career.

The only requirement to enroll as an Athena Scholar is that you have to be a first year or second year. After that, it’s really simple. Attend an information session about the program’s requirements, sign a contract, and you’re in! What I love about the Athena Scholars Program is that nobody gets turned away, and the philosophy behind this is that everyone has the leadership skills within them to succeed in the program.

Once you’re in, there’s a host of requirements we have to fulfill in order to be named an “Athena Scholar” at the end of our four years. The way I like to describe the program’s requirements is that it’s essentially like declaring a minor with a heavy practical component. There are five academic courses you have to take: three pre-approved electives, a senior seminar, and a class called Women and Leadership which all Scholars take in their sophomore or junior year. So far for my electives, I have taken Economics of Gender and am planning on petitioning to get my Environmental Law class to count as well. I’m also hoping to take Public Speaking as an elective either next year or senior year because that’s such a great skill to have! While the Environmental Law course is for my major as well, the Economics of Gender is a class I would have never chosen to take (anything with the word economics scares me) and I have learned so much about women’s issues from a unique perspective. The Athena Scholars Program really pushes students to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things, and it’s really paid off for me!

Me and a friend volunteering at the TEDxBarnardCollege event, held annually at Barnard through the Athena Center!

Me and a friend volunteering at the TEDxBarnardCollege event, held annually at Barnard through the Athena Center!

On the practical end of the program, Scholars participate in three leadership labs, a practicum (just a fancy way of saying an internship) and do a social action capstone project in the senior spring semester. The leadership labs are 2-hour workshops that teach very specific skills. For example, a workshop may focus on learning about how to successfully negotiate or practicing effective speaking skills. I haven’t done the leadership labs yet, but I’m hoping to take one about how to manage my finances since I have no idea where to begin with that. For my practicum, I’m planning on doing research in an Earth Science lab or working for a New York City government agency (but I still have time to decide!). Hopefully, my practicum will inspire a social action project during my senior year.

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The ADDA cohort.

Beyond the Athena Scholars Program, I want to get more involved in the Athena Center during my next two years at Barnard. I’m definitely going to apply to Athena Digital Design Agency (ADDA), which teaches women HTML/CSS coding languages (As an aside, read about Sarah’s experience in ADDA here)! By the end of the course, students build their own website! There’s also Mentoring and Enrichment Programs, which pairs students with either other students or adults to build professional, yet meaningful relationships with the end-goal of gaining leadership skills. I really hope to take advantage of this program in the future because I think it’s fun to learn from my peers and it will give me the opportunity to meet more amazing women! The Athena Center has many more events that they hold every year. You can find them here!

For more information about my experience as an Athena Scholar, the Athena Center, or general questions about being a Barnard student please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at hes2142@barnard.edu.

Hannah

Hannah Spierer ’17
hes2142@barnard.edu

Reflections on My First-Year

Sometime before enrolling at Barnard, I scanned through Barnard’s academic calendar, and learned that each semester is only about 4 months long. I realized then that we technically spend two thirds of a year being a college student, which isn’t an awful lot of time. College then seems like a transient place, until graduation sends us off into the “real world”. Looking back on my first year here at Barnard, however, I’m in awe of all I’ve experienced, and the sheer amount of things I’ve learned in just two thirds of a year.

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My roommates and I on a snow day (we’re all from warm places so we were very excited)

Being from Singapore, I’ve learned that there are many quirks to being an international student: like being hopelessly jet-lagged during the first week of classes, and having to adapt to American vernacular. The lady that makes sandwiches in Hewitt’s Dining Hall (by far the sassiest person I’ve met so far in NYC) gets a good laugh whenever I ask for “to-MAH-toes”, and friends suppress giggles whenever I refer to “lifts” as “elevators”, and “lines” as “queues”. Beyond that, living in a foreign country has been eye-opening. I’ve never lived in such a diverse community before, where students come from all kinds of backgrounds. By talking to both American and international friends, I’ve learned a lot about many different places and communities. These conversations also strengthen my identity as a Singaporean, and allow me to understand the openness it takes to be a (temporary) New Yorker.

Caring for NY trees with Columbia Catholic Ministry on community service day!

Caring for NYC trees with Columbia Catholic Ministry on community service day

Homesickness is something most first-years can relate to—no matter where we come from, many of us are navigating our own lives by ourselves, for the first time. However, homesickness evaporates as soon as the semester gets busy—and it does get busy, especially once classes and campus activities start. Balancing academics and social life is challenging, but definitely fruitful. Getting absorbed into college life is easy– I’ve spent my first year exploring college clubs and groups, in pursuing my interests. It is through clubs that I’ve met people I share similar interests with; now, over the course of a year, I get to call these people my friends.

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Our last Intro to Psychology class on the lawn by the Diana

Upon further reflection, I’ve realized that a liberal arts education is what I prize most about my Barnard experience. I’ve taken classes that I never thought I would have taken, and have found many of them vastly enriching. Before enrolling in my First-Year Seminar, “Thinking Latin America”, I thought it’d be a class only interested in a land foreign to me—I couldn’t have been more wrong. The class covered philosophical ideas from Aristotle and Aquinas, as well as sociological theories like the centre-periphery model—concepts that would come back to me in my Introductory Philosophy lecture, and my English seminar about American literature. Being able to draw these links across Barnard’s interdisciplinary curriculum has proved to be fulfilling, both intellectually and personally. Barnard’s faculty has also defined my learning experience, since it’s the first time I’ve felt that I can speak to distinguished scholars from various fields.

On a different note, college has been the first time I’ve had to fend for myself, without guardians physically by my side. I will confess that I’ve never had to do my own laundry, nor have I had to file taxes, or apply for social security numbers by myself. On the flipside, the amount of freedom one has in college is very exciting, and for me, very new. Having a room in New York City I can return to any time of the night (or early morning), without having anyone to answer to is incredibly liberating. I’m really lucky in that I can hop on the subway to the MoMA, or walk around for hours in Central Park whenever I feel like it. Everything in New York City is so close together, which makes wandering about even better, because you can spend an afternoon out and still return to campus in time to hit the books.

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My faithful desk for the past year– it’s weird to think it’ll go to someone in the class of 2019!

All in all, I’ve had a pretty eventful first year at Barnard. The past couple of weeks have been weird, knowing that I’m about to return home to a separate life, to a separate circle of friends and family. Nonetheless, I packed my bags, I cleaned my room, and yes, I got through finals. I am excited to return in September as a sophomore; to take on Barnard College, and, beyond that, New York City. I plan to learn as much as I can from these fleeting, but precious four years.

Erin Low ’18
el2744@barnard.edu

The Finals Are Coming! The Finals Are Coming!

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I wish this weren’t so spot-on…

~From your resident nerd: the upsides of finals!~

They’re here, folks! Everyone’s favorite time of year, when the weather is warm, the libraries are packed, and every student has a cup of coffee glued to her hand…finals!

The Post-Studying Carnage

The Post-Studying Carnage

True, they can be gnarly, and some semesters are worse than others. This one has been relatively painless for me: three papers and two exams. Still, for many sleep becomes a rare commodity, the lack of structure is disorienting, and the constant need to study hangs over you even during supposed breaks. You have no doubt seen the memes and the movies and your older friends’ Facebook posts: sometimes finals week can turn into a battlefield.

But—I have good news!

1) Finals in college offer you something that finals in high school never did: the ability to focus solely on one thing. We spend most of our time here (like, perhaps, you have in high school) running between classes and rehearsals and meetings and work, and then plop down at our desks at night to forge through readings and problem sets. Our attention has to be split so many ways (for me, those ways are history, Latin, ballet, and work in the archives) that it can be hard to feel that you’re really on top of any one thing. And then finals week rolls around. Classes and club events (meetings, practices, rehearsals) end. We have three days of “reading week” (you tell me how they reckon that…) to catch up on readings, write papers, and begin to study for exams. And then the exams begin, and unless you are taking seven classes (which some crazy folks do indeed do; I am just not among their number), you have the time and energy to take your exams one at a time. It feels like a luxury to be allowed that sort of focus.

I found this perfect reading spot hiding behind Barnard Hall!

I found this perfect reading spot hiding behind Barnard Hall!

2) Better yet, the school really takes care of you. Barnard is already pretty good about hosting wellness workshops and providing tons of resources to students (counseling, health services, gym classes, etc.), but during finals, they really go for it. Last Wednesday (in the middle of reading “week”), the school put on a study break during which they served iced coffee, trail mix, and do-it-yourself essential oil-making. Columbia’s student government brought puppies to campus for all of us to cuddle. Obviously, you’ve heard by now of Midnight Breakfast. (It was great this year. I ate half my weight in ice cream and pancakes…). And as I’ve written in the past, there is something heartening in the way the students pull together, the way they share hugs and chocolate and sincere “how are you getting along?”s.

3) New awesome study spots. When you suddenly begin spending ten hours a day studying, you have to mix up your usual places, or you’ll go crazy. I go to coffee shops (especially the Hungarian Pastry Shop and Joe Coffee) and check out new places in old libraries (I ventured onto the third floor of the Barnard Library yesterday! It’s gettin’ wild, guys.). And since classes aren’t in session, you can camp out in academic buildings, claiming a whole classroom for yourself and your treat-toting friends. It’s actually rather fun.

So, guys, I survived my Latin final this morning (“at dawn,” my professor said…really it was at 9am). It was on Virgil’s Aeneid which is like 12,000 lines long, so that was a lot. But the good news is that only one exam remains. Wish me luck! Until then, I’ll be holed up studying :)

And good luck to you on your APs and finals and all the rest! Feel free, as usual, to send emails my way!

Best,

Chloe

Chloe Hawkey ’16
cih2112@barnard.edu

My Favorite Professors

Hello, everyone, and happy May! The weather is gorgeous here, the trees are in bloom, and finals are in full swing…if I’d gotten any reasonable amount of sleep last night, it would actually be a perfect day ;)

Today, I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite professors at Barnard and Columbia, but first, I think I need to be up front about two things:

  1. I am a solid example of what, in high school, was called a nerd. Now we’re sometimes referred to as “academic” or “intellectual” or some other grown up version of the same idea, but the point is this: the professors that I appreciate most are very serious and take us very seriously. There are lots of awesome profs here that are a lot funnier or more charismatic (and equally capable scholars) than the ones on my list, and you certainly don’t need to worry if these particular professors sound scarily intense J One of the great virtues of this school is its diversity of faculty: everyone can find faculty members here who fit her personality and academic inclinations!
  2. One of the great things about Barnard is that you can take advantage of the best professors here and at Columbia; therefore a few of the professors I have listed below teach across the street. I am a library-living book-worshipper at Barnard, who tends to take classes at Columbia. Part of the reason I like the profs on this list is that they’ve accepted me as such. Personal preferences aside, any student or any professor at either school can attest to the even dispersal of scholarly ability between the two institutions.

This list is in alphabetical order, because I couldn’t bring myself to rank my favorite professors.

Cynthia Anderson: Pointe. Cynthia danced as a soloist with ABT (the American Ballet Theatre) back in the day, and now she lends her intelligence, sense of humor, and frankly still-awesome technique to our class instead of the stage. It’s absolutely incredible how much she cares about all of us—there was one night in Butler (alas, one of many) during which she called me, on my cell phone, to relay extra exercises she’d found that she thought would help my dancing. She made appointments for me to get help with my pointe shoes. She spends time after class giving every single one of us, from the pre-professionally trained to the barely-trained, corrections. (I can’t find any pictures of her! Tis tragic, but you’ll have to trust me–she rocks!)

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Casey Blake: US Intellectual History/ American Cultural Criticism. So Blake is one of those professors whose class I took my first semester here and who I’ve never quite recovered from meeting. Ever since the first day that I screwed up all my courage and marched myself into his office hours for no reason other than to tell him I was enjoying the class, I’ve known that he would be happy to talk to me about everything from Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s democratization of high culture to why I should be a whitewater river guide this summer (when I asked his opinion on the wisdom of doing the latter, he encouraged me strongly, only pausing to wonder if they’d feed me enough). He’s very serious, and his lectures are far from theatrical or humorous, and yet I find myself sneaking into the back of that lecture hall, to hear him teach a class I have already taken.

Eric-Foner-Columbia

Eric Foner. OMG MY RESEARCH PAPER FOR HIM IS DUE TODAY. AHH. Anyway, the reason this is so scary is that he is such an excellent man that the idea of letting him down in any way is terrifying. For those of you who didn’t use his American History textbook in high school, Foner is THE leading Civil War historian alive today. Check out all the NY Times articles by him if you want perspective. So, this famous scholar eagerly volunteered to meet with me to talk about how to go about preparing for grad school—literally, just because I’d asked and he cared so much—and then he proceeded to ask me to be in a special seminar he was teaching this term in which we’d all conduct research on the never-before-studied history of Columbia and slavery. For the last fifteen weeks, twelve of us, from Barnard and Columbia both, have sat around a table every Thursday and learned how to study and write history from Eric Foner. He sends us extra notes he’s found and gives us other professor’s email addresses. He meets with us in office hours. He’s amazing! Also: his wife, Lynn Garafola, is a kick-butt dance scholar at Barnard.

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Sloan in his natural habitat

Prof. Herbert Sloan: American Civilization to the Civil War. I first ended up in Prof. Sloan’s class when Prof. Blake (see above) referred to him as “our superstar across the street” one too many times. I couldn’t miss out on a class with a superstar! Plus, when I started talking to other American history folks, I began to realize that he had quite the reputation, both for his scholarship and presence on campus and for his brilliance and comically strong opinions.

Prof Sloan was great–he clearly lived up to every bit of his reputation. He’d perch on his stool at the front of the room and just go, giving us his personal views on every bit of colonial life and quizzing us about whatever he felt like. This, in my opinion, is what college classes should be like: the professors should not baby the students by neatly handing them information in sterilized forms. Sloan offered us the messiness of opinions and scholarship and historiography and gave us the challenging and intellectually stimulating task of making sense of it for ourselves…and along the way, we had some great laughs!

I had more to list, but alas, this has gotten quite long. If you’re interested in ballet or Latin, I urge you to check out Antonio Carmena and Gareth Williams, respectively. They, too, have changed my time here.

Ok, kids, I have a research paper to finish. Wish me luck! If you have any questions about profs or want recommendations, shoot me an email!

Best,

Chloe

Chloe Hawkey ’16
(cih2112@barnard.edu)

The Magnolia Tree—Barnard through the Years

After what seemed like an endless winter, Barnard’s magnolia tree finally burst forth its pink, vibrant blossoms. Being a first-year, this was the first time I saw the famous pink flowers; flowers which also signal the arrival of spring. Spring, in turn, means an array of outdoor events, like Barnard’s Spirit Week, barbecues, music performances, free Ben & Jerry’s…

The magnolia tree, once in bloom, kicks off an exciting time of year and it transforms Lehman Lawn, where it resides, into a center of social gatherings. All Barnard students  cherish the tree as a Barnard icon and at the same time are intimately familiar with it, whether they are picking up its scent on the way to morning classes, or sprawling out amidst its fallen petals on a sunny afternoon. With that in mind, the magnolia tree has been a part and a witness of Barnard’s history through the years.

Lehman Hall and Altschul Hall (and the magnolia tree on the right!), circa 1970-72. Courtesy of the Barnard Archives.

Lehman Hall and Altschul Hall (and the magnolia tree on the right!), circa 1970-72. Courtesy of the Barnard Archives.

In a bid to learn about Barnard’s history through the eyes of the magnolia tree, as well as the tree’s place in the hearts of Barnard students, I did some digging around Barnard’s Archives. I learned that in Barnard’s earlier years Lehman Lawn was known as “The Jungle.” It contained a garden, an athletic field, and tennis courts. Construction soon began around it in order to meet the needs of an expanding Barnard College. Lehman Hall, which overlooks the magnolia tree today, was built in 1959, in order to house a larger library to accommodate a growing student body.

When exactly was the magnolia tree planted, though? After speaking to Martha Tenney, Barnard Library’s digital archivist, I’ve learned that mentions of the magnolia tree start as early as the 1950s. It definitely was already on campus in the 70s— the picture to the right was taken around 1970-72, and shows a peek of a young magnolia tree. During that time, Altschul Hall, the tall building in the background, would have been just built. It still stands today, housing Barnard’s science classrooms and faculty.

As the magnolia tree matured, it slowly shaped Lehman Lawn into a much-loved campus space. As the college’s 1996 yearbook puts it:

An outdoor lesson on the Lehman Lawn (2001). Courtesy of the Barnard Archives.

An outdoor lesson on the Lehman Lawn (2001). Courtesy of the Barnard Archives.

On any warm, sunny day, crowds of students can be found camped out on Lehman Lawn, soaking in the rays. It’s a great spot for eating, reading, studying, tanning, or just hanging out. Special events that take place on the Lawn include musical performances, barbecues, vendor fairs, clubs recruitment, and marketers distributing their merchandise.

Lehman Lawn remains one of the busiest, but most idyllic places on campus. Today, students spread out mats or sheets for an improvised picnic, while others sit by the Diana’s steps with a cup of coffee from Liz’s Cafe in their hand and a book or a laptop on their knees. As their chatter and laughter fills the air, the atmosphere becomes relaxed  and easygoing.

Left: “A student hopes to come to a revelation under a tree on Lehman Lawn” (1995). Right: 20 years later, students still hope to come to revelations under the magnolia tree.

Left: “A student hopes to come to a revelation under a tree on Lehman Lawn” (1995). Right: 20 years later, students still hope to come to revelations under the magnolia tree.

The magnolia tree plays a central role on campus, so it comes as no surprise that Barnard alumnae think of it fondly. As Kellyx Nelson, ’92, expressed:

“When I first heard that McIntosh was being redone, I was thrilled about the project but concerned that ‘Barbara’s tree’ might be removed. When I visited last fall, I was relieved that it was still there and I could visit her for a brief moment.” (2011)

Thankfully, construction of the Diana Center, a replacement of the former McIntosh Center, spared the magnolia tree. The Diana (the orange building in the very first picture), completed in 2010, is our current student center, with 2 cafés, a store, and many other events and study spaces to boast.

The magnolia tree against construction of the Diana Center in 2009.

The magnolia tree against construction of the Diana Center in 2009.

In short, Barnard’s campus has evolved throughout the years to accommodate its student body, and to maintain its status as an eminent women’s college. The two pictures below are taken from the same perspective, with Barnard Hall in the background. They reveal how much Barnard College has grown in the past few decades. The magnolia tree has been, and will continue to be a reminder of Barnard’s history, and will always be remembered fondly by all students.

Erin

A student walks through the jungle, 1950s.

A student walks through the jungle, 1950s.

Students pass through Lehman Lawn on Spirit Day, 2013.

Students pass through Lehman Lawn on Spirit Day, 2013.

Erin Low ’18
el2744@barnard.edu

Information and images provided with courtesy of Barnard Archives.

 

Exploring the City

One of the great things about Barnard is having the entire city at your disposal; with the 1 train right outside the gate, you can take full advantage of the city while still being a normal student. That being said, it’s up to you to balance school work with socializing and exploring the city, but even when you’re just running errands, you’ll be amazed by where you are. Though the subway system may seem tricky at first, just save a picture of the subway map to your phone, read the signs, and you’ll be able to get anywhere, right from the Barnard gates!

At the MET Rooftop Exhibit

At the MET Rooftop Exhibit

Museums: Your Barnard ID grants you free access to dozens of museums throughout the city, which is incredibly useful for anything from doing research for a class to having a place to go on rainy days. My personal favorite is The MET, which I’ve visited once each semester so far. During the Fall semester, the rooftop exhibit was open, and my friend and I got great pictures overlooking Central Park. When I went back a few weeks ago, shortly after learning about Egypt in my anthropology class, I had a whole new appreciation for the museum’s extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts, many of which we had discussed in class and had been part of the readings. I am definitely looking forward to applying more class material to real-life museum artifacts as I take more history classes at Barnard.

Entertainment: Besides its sites, the city is probably best-known for its endless entertainment. So far this year, I’ve gone to two Broadway shows, a game at Yankee Stadium, two concerts, and two late-night shows. Having grown up in Connecticut, which is just too far from the city to drive in for concerts, being able to just take the subway to any event I want to go to is amazing. For instance, this past Wednesday, I was at Columbus Circle when Tyler Oakley (a very famous and adorable YouTuber) posted on Instagram about a surprise NYC meet-up; three subway stops later, I was in line to meet him on a random Wednesday afternoon. I also got to go to the music video premiere of “Jealous,” as well as a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers after class, which I would never have been able to do had I not come to Barnard.

Enjoying Central Park This Past Weekend

Enjoying Central Park This Past Weekend

City Sites: Living in New York means that you will come across world-famous sites no matter where you go. Shopping here is not at all like going to the mall; to give you an idea, the closest Forever21 store is in Times Square, so I have literally battled crowds of tourists just to buy a plain, 2-dollar tank top. But of course, there’s much more to New York than shopping; there’s always something to do or see when you’re bored, whether it’s going to a street fair (many of which are right in Morningside Heights!), trying a trendy food you saw on Instagram, walking down the High Line, visiting the Brooklyn Bridge, relaxing in Central Park, and so much more. This past weekend, my friends and I had a mini picnic in Central Park and spent the day relaxing on the grass and people-watching. If you’re interested in dance, you probably know that the city is also home to some of the most famous dance studios in the world; last semester when I had to make up an absence for a ballet class, I did so by taking a class at Alvin Ailey. Thus, even if what you’re doing is as simple as relaxing in the park or running errands, it will somehow seem more important and exciting in the city.

As much as I’ve managed to take advantage of the city this year, I am so looking forward to more off-campus adventures in the coming years! As always, feel free to comment and e-mail with questions!

Deena

Deena Cohen ’18
dc2970@barnard.edu

Study Spaces: Top Five List

The view from the Barnard Library, and future view from our new Teaching and Learning Center.

Today, I have a post for all of my fellow nerds out there: study spaces on campus. I spend much of my time on weekends seeking out the very best places to do homework. Classwork can be both the most rewarding and the most challenging part of school, so it makes sense to find awesome places to do it. The following is my own top-five list of great study spaces on Barnard and Columbia campuses (why don’t we say “campi”?). It is 100% my opinion…but I think I’m right :)

1) Barnard Library, 2nd floor. I’m afraid that this will probably never be too familiar to you, since the school is set to begin construction on an amazing new library/ study space/ classroom building in December 2015. But let me tell you about our current library: it’s a nice place. Unlike some other libraries on campus, the Barnard library feels friendly—it’s carpeted, there are armchairs, the stacks beckon, not impose. You can eat, and come and go as you please, and whisper without fearing angry looks. It is probably the single place in which I feel most a part of the Barnard community. But don’t worry: the new library will be even more awesome, and with the same beautiful views of campus.

Butler Library Reference Room

2) Butler Library, Reference Room. So this is cliché: the Reference Room is the biggest, most glamorous room in the biggest library on campus. While it can feel too stressful or intimidating for some, I feed off of the energy. Plus, Butler houses the University’s biggest collection of books, so the odds are in your favor if you need a book while you’re writing a paper. And though you “can’t eat” in there, you totally can eat in there, and Starbucks is only a one minute walk away!

3) Diana Center, 2nd floor: This is my go-to early-am, late-pm study spot. There are lots of little, weirdly florescent orange tables, and you can almost always get one to yourself with a great view of campus and/or Broadway. It tends to be semi-quiet, and there is a bathroom down the hall and Liz’s Place (the café) down the stairs. Plus it’s centrally located, so you can be in class or at the gym at a moment’s notice.

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The Diana Center Student Dining Room

 

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Joe Coffee

4) Joe, Northwest Corner Building (“NoCo”) at Columbia. So, Joe is pretty expensive and really crowded, but it is also really, really good. NoCo is a stylish glass-marble-and-steel kind of building, and the floor Joe is on gets great natural light and has beautiful views of Broadway and Teachers College. Lots of students go there to study, and the baristas are totally fine with you camping out there for hours. Get there early on a weekend morning, grab the one table near the windows and the outlet, get a coffee and a scone, and you are destined to write that whole paper before the caffeine wears off.

5) This is such a hard decision! I’m going to go with a dark horse contestant, though: the fourth floor of Barnard Hall. It is not a natural choice—it’s basically just a hallway of offices and classrooms, and there are no windows. But there are these nice armchairs at each end of the hall, and the English professors with offices nearby must radiate focus and intelligence, because I do some of my best writing there. It’s almost always empty, the bathroom is, like, ten feet away, and the dining hall is just down a few flights of stairs. Plus, you sometimes get to have fun professor encounters!

Ok, folks, that’s all for now. As always, email me questions!

Best,

Chloe

Chloe Hawkey ’16

cih2112@barnard.edu