Greetings, future Barnard students!
Since I got back to school a week ago, life has been every bit as hectic as you might assume: going to classes, dropping classes (cheers to you, o Latin Prose Stylistics!), doing readings, auditioning for dance groups, emailing advisors, desperately trying to adjust to the time zone and the reduced sleep levels on which I survive during school months. I miss the warm, blizzard-free weather of California, and my family, and nature (and getting actual sleep), but I won’t beat around the bush: I am very glad to be back.
I ought to confess right off of the bat that I missed my classes and professors more than anything else here. I rarely am more engaged than I am sitting in class and rarely more excited than I am meeting with a professor or TA (teaching assistant). I have wonderful classes this semester (see below), with really remarkable professors at both Barnard and Columbia, so even though my workload is pretty heavy, I am so happy to be back at it.
American Radical Tradition
In/Around Abstract Expressionism
History of Islamic Societies
History Senior Thesis Seminar
I’m writing my thesis in the field of American intellectual history, and I’m fairly thrilled with the whole process. On Tuesday I have an appointment with my “second reader,” a prof. in this field at Columbia who (tragically) was on leave last semester, so that is going to be great. I’ll elaborate on the Barnard-Columbia relationship in a future post, but for now, know this: it’s awesome. It works. Get stoked.
The other major welcome-back event for many Barnard students is the whole slew of dance auditions that happen at the beginning of every semester. Though I dance a lot and as seriously as I can (I take 6+ dance classes/ week), I’m not exactly a prodigy, so I’m a big fan of the everyone-will-be-cast groups: Orchesis (all genres) and CUBE (classical ballet). They’re both totally student-run and totally accepting of EVERYBODY, so they’re a great way to make friends, dance, and have a chance to perform.
As always, feel free to shoot me an email about anything!