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Barnard Helped Shape Me

Student Perspective - Freesia Levine

Hello everyone! First off, congratulations on your acceptance to Barnard!! This is a huge accomplishment, one you should be very proud of! I am so excited for you—you have so much ahead of you! As graduation nears I find myself feeling nostalgic about all the new opportunities and experiences ahead of underclassmen and incoming students! Being a senior is also exciting though because you realize all of the awesome things that Barnard has prepared you to do after college! Coming to Barnard was one of the best decisions I have ever made and as cheesy as it sounds, Barnard has played a major role in shaping me into the woman that I am.

As a high school senior, I did not have a specific vision for what I wanted to do with my life. Faced with the dreaded question about my future from well-meaning relatives, I would try to organize the jumbled mix of ideas in my head. I spoke about my various passions and all the various wrongs in the world that I hoped to right, the only clear conviction being that I wanted to improve the world in some way. Each day at Barnard allows me to explore these various issues: what they are about, what is causing them, various lenses they can be looked at through, and my place within all of this. My time at Barnard has helped me to see the complexities behind each issue, and taught me how to think deeply and critically about how I hope to make a difference in the world. My classes, extracurricular activities, and interactions with fellow students have opened my eyes to so many things that I was previously unaware of, from world issues and cultural practices, to religious beliefs and political views. Through these discussions, I have become comfortable talking about issues that are often avoided (in other places, not Barnard!) because they are difficult, like race or religion. Barnard has made me much more passionate about women’s issues, which are now extremely important to me.  At Barnard, I have met wonderfully passionate women who care about many of the same things that I do, which has helped me to further explore and develop these parts of myself. I have had the opportunity to participate in programs that have allowed me to explore my identity and the various components that make me who I am, which I think has helped me to better understand myself. I have also held several leadership positions, which has allowed me to build my own leadership and better understand how to successfully navigate the various issues that come with leading a group or organization. Whew, that was a long train of thought, but can you tell how much I love Barnard? :)

I know some of you have already decided on Barnard, for some it will be a pretty easy decision, and for others it will be a very difficult one. My college decision was extremely difficult for me (I literally didn’t decide until May 1st!), so I completely understand how tough it can be. But, as I said before, I am so so grateful that I made the decision that I did.  I’d love to help you with your decision in any way that I can, so please don’t hesitate to send any and all questions my way! My email address is fl2192@barnard.edu or let me know if you’d prefer to talk over the phone and we can arrange that! More posts to come…