Meet our exceptional BSARs!
Abby Abrams '15 hails from St. Louis, Missouri, where she graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She is majoring in English with a possible minor in history. Outside of class, she serves as Editor in Chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator and is on the staff of Echoes, Barnard’s literary magazine. She also helps plan Friday night dinners for the Columbia/Barnard Hillel and is an active member of the Jewish community on campus. When she’s not working as a BSAR or hanging out with friends in the beautiful Diana Center, Abby spends her free time exploring all the concerts, bookstores, food trucks, and film screenings New York City has to offer!
Marquita Amoah '16 is from the amazing New York City. She is super excited about being a BSAR and loves meeting prospective students. Marquita is also a member of the Black Students Association at Columbia University along with being a Barnard Babysitter. She loves to watch her favorite TV shows, which landed her a cool internship at a start-up fashion company. Marquita is an avid reader and writer so of course she is an English major at Barnard. Marquita looks forward to having an amazing Barnard career with her fascinating classes and amazing friends!
Olivia Aylmer '15 considers herself a city girl at heart, having grown up in Queens, but learned to love the south while attending high school in Richmond, Virginia. As an avid writer, reader, and performer, she plans to major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, while also pursuing a double minor in Dance and French. A devoted reader of all publications focused on fashion and culture, she currently serves as Blog Director for Columbia's fashion magazine, Hoot, contributes arts pieces to The Columbia Daily Spectator, writes features for The Eye and The Barnard Bulletin, and maintains her own blog. She performs each semester with Columbia's dance ensemble, Orchesis, and considers her perfect evening seeing the New York City Ballet perform at Lincoln Center. Outside of the classroom, Olivia loves to explore Manhattan's endless array of quaint coffee shops, bookstores, and vintage boutiques with friends. Since coming to Barnard, she's taken Simone de Beauvoir's words to heart: "There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless."
*Olivia is currently studying abroad in Oxford, England!*
Sarah Batchu '16 called Downers Grove, a Chicago suburb, home her entire life and was ready for a change when she got her Barnard admissions letter. After coming to Barnard, and learning how to correctly pronounce its name (it’s not Ber-NARD), she found many new homes, beginning with the Columbia Daily Spectator, which she laid out content for and currently writes for. In high school, Sarah was a speech team geek and thought she’d take a break from public speaking until she fell in love with and became part of the Barnard Speaking Fellows program. Although she is an Athena Scholar officially majoring in Political Science, she thinks that every Barnard girl should find a way to unofficially major in Unafraid. She is doing so by learning how to code with the Athena Digital Design Agency (coming in August). Of course, as a new BSAR, she’s also psyched to share the Barnard love with you!
Sarah Baum '17 is a rural, Vermonter born and raised. To say the least coming to a school with a larger population than her hometown took a little getting used to. Although currently undecided, she is looking to major in Sociology and minoring in French and possibly Economics. On campus Sarah is part of Barnard's Emerging Leaders Program, the CU Swing Club, and the Athena Scholars Program. In her free time, you can find her running in Riverside park, looking for the cheapest all you can eat sushi restaurants, catching up on the latest Scandal episodes and sporting some good ol' Vermont tie-dye. She is excited to share her Barnard love with prospective students!
Alyssa Blackman '17 was born and raised in the lovely town of Montclair, New Jersey. She is thrilled to be a new BSAR and can’t wait to share her passionate love of Barnard with perspective students and their families. Her major is undecided, although she has a multitude of academic interests including dream and developmental psychology, cultural anthropology, world history, and German. On campus, Alyssa is an ambassador for the Visiting International Students Program, a member of the Best Buddies Club (an organization that builds friendships between people with and without disabilities), and a proud Barnard Babysitter. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys being outdoors, exploring the city, playing piano, and traveling. She is also an avid dreamer (both at night and during the day) who dreams of traveling the world.
Maame Yaa Buckman '15 comes from the sunny city of Accra, Ghana. She is excited to serve as a BSAR and to help other strong beautiful and inspired women make that pivotal decision about attending Barnard College. She is a prospective Political Economy Major and enjoys kicking back with a good political book. She is very interested in exploring the various niches New York City has to offer. She likes to hang out with and make new friends, share experiences, eat good food, hairdressing, doodling and simply having a good time. She is a passionate member of the African Students Association and the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Jillian Cardona '16 is from Chappaqua, New York, where she attended Horace Greeley High School. Jillian is SO excited about being a BSAR! She is a very undecided major and is also part of the Athena Scholars Program. In addition to her studies and being a BSAR, Jillian is involved with the Relay For Life Committee and is a member of the sorority Sigma Delta Tau on campus. In her spare time, Jillian loves exploring yummy restaurants and bakeries throughout New York City, taking long walks along Broadway with friends, and doing yoga.
Meghan Carty '16 transferred to Barnard in the Fall of 2013. She is from the Minneapolis, Minnesota suburb of Eden Prairie, where she lives on a small horse farm. Being in the big city inspired Meghan to become an Urban Studies major with a concentration in Sociology. She is also a member of the Athena Scholars Program. Outside of the classroom, Meghan’s activities include being a member of the copy section of the Columbia Daily Spectator, involvement with the Barnard Civil Liberties Club, and working for the Barnard Bartending Agency. Being a huge foodie, Meghan can frequently be found on her Yelp app searching for the best food in the City to try next. She loves being able to take advantage of all of the awesome opportunities Barnard has to offer and can’t wait to share her Barnard love and pride with prospective students.
Mackenzie Collins '16 comes from a small town called Edwardsville, Illinois that is near St. Louis, Missouri, where she attended Edwardsville High School. She is majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and possibly minoring in French of Sociology. Besides being a BSAR, she is an Athena Scholar, a member of the Barnard Babysitting Agency, The Network for Premedical Students, Columbia’s club volleyball team, and recently founded Barnard’s chapter of The NETwork Against Malaria for Children in Uganda. In her free time, she loves to explore the city and take advantage of the multitudes of things that Barnard and New York City has to offer! Mackenzie is truly excited to be serving as a BSAR and cannot wait to share her love for Barnard with perspective students and their families!
Talia Storey Cuddeback '17 is a 5th generation San Franciscan and a graduate of Drew School in San Francisco where she was a 4-year varsity high school soccer and tennis player and captain of both teams. At Barnard, she is on the intramural soccer team that won the championship, and always time to run in Riverside Park. Tali's favorite classes freshman year were "Religion in America" and "Women and Culture." As an Athena Scholar, Tali has attended valuable workshops such as "Negotiating in the Workplace" and "Financial Fluency," that have helped her navigate through her first year away from home. As a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Tali loves meeting new people and finding ways to thrive in the greater Barnard community. She also took violin lessons at Columbia, and looks forward to trying out various musical groups on campus to play with. Tali loves anything to do with Spain and considerers it a life-long quest to seek out the best cha siu bao. She always expected to like Barnard, but now finds herself head-over-heals crazy-in-love with Barnard, her new friends, and the Morningside Heights community.
Kiana Davis '17, raised below the Mason-Dixon line in Booneville, Mississippi, graduated from South Jones High School. She is both a LEDA and a Gates Millennium Scholar. Kiana is majoring in Psychology and plans to study abroad in Ireland her junior year. Aside from studying psychology, her interests include playing tennis and working as the producer for the Columbia Lifestyle Magazine, 292. In Kiana’s free time, she enjoys going to see touristy attractions around the city, sleeping (hibernating is probably more accurate), and obsessing over everything Macklemore. She is excited about being a BSAR because she loves Barnard’s amazing community and she can’t wait to tell prospective students all about it.
Chelbi Dickens '15 is an Athena Scholar from Baltimore, MD, double majoring in Dance & French with a minor in Africana Studies. In addition to working for Barnard Admissions, Chelbi also works for Barnard Student Life and Residential Life & Housing. She is currently on the executive board of Sabor, Columbia’s finest Latin dance troupe, as Barnard Liaison. She is also a member of the Multicultural Admissions Advisory Committee and Take Back the Night. Chelbi is passionate about art of all mediums including dance, music, theatre, photography, and film. She indulges in the artistic scene of New York City regularly. Amongst her favorite events off-campus, are poetry and spoken word performances at the Nuyorican Cafe, art exhibits at the Met, musicals and plays on- and off-Broadway, and dance classes at Ailey. Chelbi loves to travel; she has toured all over Europe with her dance company from Scotland to Italy to the UK. She plans to return to France for a semester abroad and attend law school after Barnard. She loves Barnard because it is a place where intellectual stimulation and artistic expression coincide incredibly to promote curiosity, discovery, and innovation.
Emily Edwards '16 was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Corvallis High School in Oregon where she played varsity golf, usually in the rain. Emily is majoring in Urban Studies and studying Arabic. She has been involved with the Emerging Leaders Program, the Constellations program, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She also holds two on-campus jobs -- as a tour guide and as an assistant in the college's Development Office. On the weekends, Emily loves to discover new restaurants or coffee shops throughout the city, using Yelp recommendations as an excuse to explore! She hopes to study abroad in North Africa or the Middle East and would like to work for a non-profit or NGO that focuses on international economic development.
Cinneah El-Amin '16 hails from the charming city of Baltimore, MD. A city girl at heart, she plans to major in Urban Studies with a minor in English. Cinneah can be found on the sidelines of Columbia football and basketball games as a Columbia University Cheerleader. She also serves as a peer educator for the Columbia/Barnard Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and as secretary for BOSS (Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters). Cinneah loves exploring the hidden gems of the city, from trendy boutiques in SoHo to fantastic restaurants on the Upper West Side. She cannot wait to share her immense love for Barnard as a BSAR!
Sarah Esser '15 hails from San Francisco, CA, where she attended Lowell High School. She is a Dance major and French minor, spending as many hours in rehearsals as she does doing homework. It was the book The Creative Habit, written by choreographer and Barnard alumna Twyla Tharp, that sparked her initial interest in Barnard’s dance program and subsequently Barnard itself. Sarah choreographs for and dances with both the Columbia Ballet Collaborative and Raw Elementz, a hip hop team at Columbia. Additionally, she started her own contemporary dance company, e r a Dance Collective, in January of 2012. When not dancing or studying, she enjoys exploring the city, thrift shopping, and scrapbooking to document all of her college adventures.
Hilana Ezekiel '15 grew up in Bedford, MA and is a proud participant of the Double Degree program with the Jewish Theological Seminary. At Barnard she is an English major and Education minor and at JTS she is a Bible major. Outside of class, Hilana is the co-editor Echoes, Barnard's literary magazine, involved in Hillel, the Jewish community on campus, and is an enthusiatic member of the Macintosh Activities Counil. Hilana also enjoys haunting New York's many independent book stores and searching for that perfect cup of coffee.
Michaela Fisher '17 was born and raised in San Diego, California. However, she's been dreaming about living in New York City since Friends was on air. Michaela has not decided on her major yet, but she's loving the fact that at Barnard she has plenty of time to explore. Outisde of class, Michaela spends her time repping the environment with Barnard EcoReps, campaigning for liberal causes with CU Democrats, and learning to love her belly with CU Bellydance. She can also be found riding the subway to Queens for cheap and delicous food or downtown for a concert. Ever since her incredible tour of Barnard as a senior in high school, Michaela has wanted to be a BSAR. She's so excited to be able to share her experience at Barnard with prospective students!
Heather Floyd '16 hails from Taylor Mill, Kentucky. She loved growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, but she knew she wanted a little more. Enter, Barnard. Heather's story of how she came to Barnard is a surprising one, but a blessing all the same. She is an English major with plans to go West after college to pursue a career in television and entertainment, or ministry. In addition to being a BSAR, Heather is involved in a Christian ministry on campus (Columbia Faith and Action), and has recently taken up modern dance (another Barnard surprise). Most days you'll find her laughing (almost always), having coffee (constantly), or attempting (mostly failing) to find celebrities hanging around in the city. She loves sports and Hollywood- a diehard fan of the Cincinnati Reds, Grey's Anatomy, Beyoncé, and all things comedy. She truly believes she and Amy Poehler would be best friends...if they ever actually met. Heather is incredibly happy to share her love and excitement for Barnard with prospective students!
Chinue Foreman '15 grew up in Atlanta, GA but has also lived in Brookline, MA for three years as a young teen. Exploring these two cities gave her the incentive and courage to explore New York City for college. Though still undecided, she hopes to major in Film and minor in French. She hopes to use these degrees to produce award winning movies or create critically acclaimed television shows. But for now, she'll stick with becoming a full member of The Philolexian Society of Columbia University and more clubs on campus.
Molly Forgang '15 calls Larchmont, New York home. Molly is an American Studies Major, concentrating in Women & Gender Studies, a Psychology minor, and an Athena Leader Scholar. Outside of the classroom, Molly is on the Student Advisory Board for the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and is the Special Events Coordinator for the Columbia Musical Theatre Society. She is also a member of 3 theatre groups on campus: CMTS, CUP, and KCST. While not on stage or in rehearsal, Molly can be found exploring New York's amazing culinary scene and taking advantage of all the student discounts that Barnard and NYC have to offer!
*Molly is currently studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark!*
Carly Ginsberg '15 grew up in Los Angeles, CA, where she graduated from Viewpoint School. She’s studying English with a Theatre concentration and Philosophy. In addition to guiding prospective students around this beautiful school, Carly does a lot of theatre on campus, and is a member of the NOMADS student theatre group. She coaches high school students through The Future Project, a new initiative aiming to turn young students’ passions into action, and recently started interning for Arts for All, a non profit that offers arts education to in-need schools in NY. Carly loves yoga, babysitting, getting lost on long walks in this sensational city, and smiling.
Rayna Gittelman '15 is from Chappaqua, New York, where she graduated from Horace Greeley High School. She has an interest in government and public policy, which has been strengthened through Congressional internships she has done both in Washington D.C. and in her local District Office. As such, Rayna is double majoring in Political Science and Economics. Formerly, a competitive synchronized ice-skater and figure skating coach, she enjoys spending her time on the ice, with her sorority, with her business fraternity, seeing movies and shows, getting coffee in Liz’s Place, and exploring New York City with friends.
Chelsea Hartney '17 is from sunny Boca Raton, Florida, where she attended Pine Crest School. She is thinking about majoring in Art History or Psychology. Chelsea is also studying French and hopes to study abroad in Paris. In addition to her studies and being a BSAR, Chelsea is a member of Delta Gamma, is on the design team for the Columbia Spectator, volunteers through Community Impact, and participates in the Barnard Babysitting program. In her free time, Chelsea loves exploring this endless, incredible city. You'll often find her in museums or coffee shops all over Manhattan. She absolutely adores Barnard and the inspiring people she is surrounded by every day. Chelsea cannot wait to share her Barnard love with prospective students!
Dorsey Hill '16 was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and after spending two years at Barnard has a hard time figuring out which city she loves more. However, after spending time in two major cities she has developed a love for cities in general, which has led her to decide on a major in Urban Studies with a concentration in Political Science. She loves exploring all that the campus has to offer, and will often study at a different library each day. When she has exhausted all her library options, you can find her studying at a café downtown, or even as far as Brooklyn. With her free time, Dorsey enjoys playing in Barnard’s Flute Choir, babysitting for Barnard Babysitting, and attending various discussions held by the numerous cultural groups on campus. On Saturday mornings you will find her volunteering with Columbia Youth Adventures (CYA). As a volunteer coordinator for CYA, she plans and chaperones cultural trips for kids living in the Harlem area, through Columbia University’s Community Impact. She loves all the people she has met at Barnard, and could not imagine her undergraduate education at any other institution. She looks forward to meeting new prospective students.
Cara Hoffman '17 is a born and raised beach-loving Cali girl, hailing from San Diego, California as a graduate of Pacific Ridge School. However, she could not be more excited to be at Barnard in the big apple. Since she moved, she has learned the true importance of a proper winter jacket. Most importantly, she has become involved in many aspects of Barnard/Columbia student life so as to experience much of what this amazing place has to offer. She is a member of the Columbia Women's Rugby Team, a Barnard Babysitter as well as a member of the Columbia chapter of Best Buddies, an organization that works with special-needs teens and adults in the surrounding area. She has not declared a major, but knows she wants to study inequality, and how to combat it, in some capacity and currently is very interested in doing so through education. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, going on walks, and seeing shows in the city. She's amped to be a new BSAR, and to show people how incredible Barnard is!
Lisa Huang '16 is everywhere! She was born in the cold land of Toronto, Ontario, before quickly relocating to the tropical Hong Kong, where she grew up. She went to the Cate School in Carpinteria, California, where she discovered her passion for Art History, her major. Lisa can't imagine herself attending college anywhere else; Barnard and all that New York City offers is her Wee Bear's bed--just perfect. When she's not making videos for the Columbia Spectator's Multimedia department, you can find her wandering through the MET, DJ-ing in the WBAR radio station, or eating in East Village (she likes to eat, a lot).
Kayla Hug '17 was born in rural Northfield Massachusetts but was raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she graduated from Baltimore City High School. Having extended family throughout New York City, Kayla has always dreamed of college in the City and could not be more excited about her acceptance to Barnard. Currently an undecided major, Kayla is hoping to double major in Urban Studies and Human Rights and minor in Africana Studies. Since her time at Barnard, she has served as the assistant to Leadership Development in Student Life, a member of "Venom", Columbia's Step Team, and works frequently with the Columbia Events Staff under Columbia Athletics. Kayla is a new member of the WomanHOOD Project and a new BSAR. She is absolutely ecstatic to serve as a representative for Barnard College and is enthusiastic about encouraging young women to come to Barnard.
Myra Hyder '16 graduated from the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a classics major at Barnard, with a minor in Science & Public Policy and hopes to go to law school to pursue health law. Due to her broad spectrum of interests, she loves the liberal arts education offered by Barnard. In addition to working as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative, she is a member of the Student Government Health Advisory Committee and is an editor/writer for the Voices In Bioethics journal at Columbia's medical campus. When she is not participating in any of these school-related activities, she can be found anywhere around the city! She loves to take advantage of the great New York community Barnard is a part of by visiting the museums and sites all over the city.
Triana Kalmanoff '15 grew up in Berkeley, CA where she graduated from Berkeley High School. She's planning on a sociology major with a minor in psychology. In addition to being a BSAR, she interns for New York-based entertainment company, Moscow 57. The child of a true California hippy, she is a member of the CUFSP (Columbia University Food Sustainability Project) and is currently involved with getting composted implemented in the University's dorms and dining halls. She's a photographer for Barnard's magazine "The Barnard Bulletin" and has participated in the CU intramural soccer tournaments. She can be found exploring new neighborhoods in this endless city, walking through the parks (because they remind her of home), visiting museums (The Met, the Studio Museum of Harlem and AMNH being her favorites), rushing Broadway tickets, thrifting and in the basement practice rooms writing music. Triana is so excited to be a BSAR and share her Barnard experience!
Rumana Kasime '17 is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she graduated from Roosevelt High School. Although New York City is very different from her hometown, she loves all the amazing things it has to offer. She is currently undecided on her major but has a great interest in Urban Studies, Human Rights, and Women and Gender Studies. On campus, she is involved in the Emerging Leaders Program, and is an active member of the Black Students' Organization. She also works as an operations assistant in the admissions office and as a tutor for the STEP program . When she is not concentrating on school and work, she enjoys exploring the city. If she's not out and about in the city, you can find her near campus taking short walks, sitting on the Low Steps, or organizing Taboo tournaments with her friends. She is so excited to be a new BSAR and can't wait to meet with prospective students and share her love for Barnard.
Sarika Kumar '16 is from Long Island, New York, and graduated from Syosset High School. Although not too far from home, she continues to be amazed by the unique lifestyles and cultures one finds being in New York City. Her varying interests led her to decide a double major in Environmental Science and Urban Studies with a concentration in Anthropology and hopes to understand the complexities between humans in their natural and built environment! In addition to being a BSAR, Sarika enjoys partaking in community service and social justice activites on and off campus. Currently, she is a coordinator for Columbia Youth Adventurers (CYA), and loves being able to mentor youth during weekly excursions around the city. Sarika is excited to be the next Co-President of CU Sewa and looks forward to continuing trips to a local soup kitchen in Harlem and hosting events to initiate dialogue about safe spaces and components of identity on campus. When Sarika isn’t busy doing school-work, you can find her “Running with Rosie” in Riverside or Central Park as well as making jewelry with Barnard’s one and only Diane! As a new BSAR, Sarika can't wait to share her experiences at Barnard with new students!
Chava Lansky '17 originally hails from Amherst, MA, though she spent her high school years on a mountaintop in Vermont, where she graduated from the Putney School in 2012. After high school Chava took a year off to study at an Israeli university. Chava is thrilled to have made the transition to Barnard and everything that New York City has to offer. Though currently undecided, Chava's interests lie in English, Dance, and Women and Gender Studies. An avid dancer, Chava spends much of her free time in the studio, choreographing and in rehearsals. Chava is also an active member of Hillel, the center for Jewish life, where she is a board member of Koach, the community for Conservative Judaism, and co-director of Jewish Women on Campus. Chava can also be found babysitting, taking long walks in Riverside park, and enjoying the plethora of theater and dance productions available in the city.
Ilana Lehmann '17 was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Needless to say, she is very excited about being in New York City for college! Barnard, or "The Nard" as Ilana likes to call it, has surpassed all of her high expectations and has really become Ilana's second home. Currently a pre-vet student, Ilana is considering majoring in religion. The diversity here at Barnard amazes her - and when she's not in lab or attending events for Jewish Women on Campus or watching the dogs in Riverside Park, Ilana loves to engage with her impressive classmates to discuss their religious beliefs and existential questions on life. Ilana also loves talking about how great Barnard is and couldn't be more excited about being an admissions representative for home away from home!
Shira Lerner '15 is a New Yorker born and bred. Shira graduated SAR High School and spent a year in Israel before diving into the Barnard community. Having grown up in Riverdale, located in the great old Bronx, Shira considers herself Queen of the 1 line. She loves to jump on the subway to meet up with friends all over the Big Apple. Majoring in Political Science, Shira makes it her business to utilize the 3000 courses that Columbia University has to offer. Aside from her major courses, she is currently studying Yiddish and always tries to fit a good English or History course into her schedule. When not in class, in the Barnard Library, or at the Columbia Spectator office, Shira can be found hanging in the dorms with her friends, grabbing a Banana Nut Muffin and a Skim Latte from Liz's Place, or playing basketball in her city wide league. Though Shira is a short distance from her house, she calls 116th and Broadway her home. Shira can't wait to give you a snippet of the quirky, fast paced, super fun life Barnard has to offer!
Rebecca Lieberman '16 hails from Dobbs Ferry, New York. She has not yet solidified her major but is seriously considering Urban Studies and has a passion for all things involving New York City. When she’s not studying or obsessing over Barnard, Rebecca can most likely be found kayaking in Columbia’s Uris Pool with the Columbia Whitewater Kayaking Club, of which she is the Vice President. Rebecca is also interested in the fashion industry and has had internships at Harper’s BAZAAR, Women’s Wear Daily, and New York Fashion Week. Formerly a second-degree black belt and karate instructor, Rebecca enjoys exploring the City, late night trips to Pinkberry, and running in Riverside Park.
Lauren Lipsyc '16 grew up in Beachwood, Ohio, and is excited to major in Economics and minor in Science, Policy, and Ethics at Barnard with a strong interest in pursuing a career in law. In her free time, Lauren loves playing tennis, listening to music, exploring NYC, volunteering at an animal shelter, and spending time with friends and family. On campus, she serves on a few Student Government committees and is part of a sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. Lauren is so excited to be a BSAR and can’t wait to show you all of the incredible opportunities that Barnard has to offer!
Claudia Mack '15 grew up in Houston, Texas, Paris, France, and Moscow, Russia, but nonetheless calls Texas home, having spent most of her life there. She is an Environmental Science major and loves animals and ballet. She does research at Columbia's Earth Observatory, is a Visiting International Students Ambassador, and is on the board of the French Cultural Society. She has also studied Arabic for two years. She loves walking through Barnard's gates each day and considers herself incredibly fortunate to be able to study at such an amazing place in New York City. She can be found drinking green tea lattes at Starbucks or wandering aimlessly through Central Park on a sunny day.
Dominique McKenzie '17 was born in Kingston, Jamaica before she relocated to sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts where she discovered her passion for Journalism, Fashion and Political Science. She is a prospective Economics and Political Science major and enjoys spending her time exploring New York City, eating good food, watching a movie and catching up on the latest episode of Scandal. She is an active memeber of 292 Magazine as Fashion Editor and is a Barnard babysitter. She is very excited to serve as a BSAR and being able to share her experience about why Barnard is the perfect place to be.
Alexandra Mitchell '15, is majoring in Spanish and Latin American Cultures with a minor in History. Originally from New York City, she is a sister of Alpha Chi Omega, Theta Psi at Columbia University and plays the bass drum in the Columbia University Marching Band. Alexandra also volunteers at Sanctuary for Families, a nonprofit agency for victims of domestic violence and their children. In her free time, she likes to run in Central Park, spend time with friends, and try new coffee and tea shops throughout New York City.
*Alex is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain!*
Adriana Moore '15, after having spent most of her life in Sacramento, California, moved to São Paulo, Brazil at the beginning of high school. Despite the warm Latin American tropical climates, she has fallen in love with New York City. What's her major? Get ready... it's a mouthful - Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Human Rights, with a concentration in Race & Ethnicity Studies. Adriana is passionate for the empowerment of women, especially in developing countries. On campus she has been involved in the Black Heritage Month Committee for the past two years and Barnard's Global Symposium 2013 which took place in Brazil. She enjoys: being a First-Year Focus Resident Assistant, Diana's flatbread white pizzas, and collecting new items from the Barnard Store where she also is employed.
*Adriana is currently studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa!*
Emilia Naranjo '17 is from Rockland, New York, a county next to the more widely known Westchester County. Though from New York, Emilia was (and is still) surprised at the stark difference between living in New York City and in Rockland despite how close the two are. Upon her arrival at Barnard, Emilia was anxious about being undecided. Thanks to Barnard's naturally exploratory nature, she is gaining a better idea of her interests and future goals. Aside from representing Barnard as a BSAR, Emilia participates in Community Impact programs. Currently, she is part of a project that helps elementary school-aged children improve their reading comprehension. In her spare time, Emilia enjoys taking walks at Riverside Park as well as the occasional guilty pleasure show. She is excited to talk to prospective students about her ever-expanding appreciation for Barnard and all it has to offer.
Shaterra Overton '14 (Head BSAR) comes from the great, shiny state of Texas where she graduated from Georgetown High School (not the Georgetown you’re thinking of). She is studying Economics and Mathematics because, in addition to silent films and 90’s television shows, they’re her two favorite things. After graduation, she’d like to become a fabulous accountant. In addition to being a BSAR, Shaterra works in the Barnard library, is a member of the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters, plays trombone in the Columbia Marching Band, and dances in Orchesis, Columbia’s student run dance organization. She loves Barnard with all her heart and believes that here, you can be whatever you are and whatever you want to be.
Abigail Pope-Brooks '15 is from Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate of Millennium High School. She is majoring in Anthropology and is an Athena Scholar. In addition to her studies, she has interned with WNET (Thirteen) helping with the wildlife documentary series Nature. Abby is thrilled to be a BSAR and to share her knowledge of all that Barnard College and New York City have to offer!
Bella Pori '15 is majoring in History and Human Rights because it turns out you can't literally major in Unafraid. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico (yes, of Breaking Bad and High School Musical fame). In addition to being a BSAR, she works in the Office of Financial Aid. She also tutors middle and high school boys through the African American Male Initiative, a job she initially got through America Reads. When not working or studying, Bella kayaks (poorly) with the Kayaking Club and is a member of the Philolexian Society, Columbia's oldest literary and debate society. She does theater with Columbia's performing arts groups whenever she can and loves to take advantage of everything New York has to offer. She loves talking about Barnard, and loves to be a BSAR!
*Bella is currently studying abroad in Rabat, Morocco!*
Stefani Priskos '16 comes to Barnard from the Heart of Dixie as a happy representative of Huntsville, AL. She is delighted to be a BSAR, as little pleases her more than sharing with others the school that she calls home! She is currently majoring in Unafraid with a concentration in Undecided. With academic interests ranging from linguistics to religion, anthropology, and beyond, she enjoys experiencing those amazing moments when all of her interests seem to collide. When she's not studying or in class, Stefani enjoys volunteering as a Visiting International Student Amabassador, innovating with Barnard-Columbia Design for America, hiking with the CU Hiking Club, knitting, and attending every single Uptown Vocal performance.
Rio Santisteban '15 is from Hamden, Connecticut, a town notable for its proximity to New Haven. She graduated from Hopkins School in 2011 and was eager to get into a city where interesting things happened. Originally a Middle Eastern Studies major, Rio switched to English in the very late spring of her sophomore year, and has since discovered her love of Old English poetry and medieval literature. Outside of classes, Rio is a part of Barnard's literary magazine Echoes, Sherry Hour, and both participates and works for Let's Get Ready!, a non-profit organization that provides free SAT tutoring to kids in different high schools around New York City. In her free time, she is found reading, making costumes to wear at comic conventions, hiking, and yelling incoherently about Justified. Rio is incredibly excited to be a BSAR, and hopes to demonstrate how wonderful Barnard is to as many prospective students as possible.
Danah Screen '15 traveled far and wide from Queens, New York. Ever since Spring '12 she has yearned for a yellow BSAR t-shirt and to be a key player in what makes Barnard amazing. A Biological Sciences major by day (and a handful of nights) she spends her time in lab working with top of the line professors and is so excited to start on her independent project as a junior. She makes it her mission in life to experience one new arts performance at either Barnard and Columbia each month with her equally art-driven friends. She loves to cook, draw, play violin, study (because she loves all her classes), attempt water-kayaking (in the fall of '13), and decorate her room with her beloved suitemates.
Kenzy Seifert '16 is from Portland, Oregon, but graduated from Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Oregon. She is a proud French major and prospective Russian minor who will be studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia next year. In the fall you can usually find her watching college football on her laptop (go Ducks!), but you can also find her with her with her nose stuck in a book, at the movies, or exploring the city. She is very excited to be working as a BSAR so she can share her experience at Barnard with others.
Rohini Sengupta '16 is from South Brunswick, NJ, where she attended South Brunswick High School. She is really excited about being a BSAR and sharing her Barnard pride with prospective students! She is a definite Spanish & Latin American Cultures minor and considering majoring in Political Economy. On campus, she is a dancer on Columbia University's Indian classical fusion dance team, Columbia Taal, and also the Vice President of Club Zamana, Columbia's South Asian student's association. Outside of campus, she is a passionate FC Barcelona fan and when she isn't in class you can probably find her huddled over her computer screen watching highlights of the most recent game.
Aria Sharma '15 hails from McLean, Virginia. She is a pre-dental, Biology major. On campus, she plays in the Columbia University Marching Band, is a sister of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, as well as teaches with Peer Health Exchange. She enjoys traveling and adventuring around New York City.
Melanie Silverman '15 jetted across the country from the small town of San Anselmo, California to experience Barnard College and big city life. She is a neuroscience major and Spanish minor and enjoys hounding the city’s idyllic libraries. Outside of the classroom she assists both as a Resident Assistant in Elliott Hall and as a Research Assistant in neuroscience laboratory. In addition, she often tutors, dances, sees dance performances, and can found enjoying sushi in the Hogwarts-esque Quad. She loves the Barnard community and feels so lucky to be able to discuss this remarkable place with prospective students.
*Melanie is currently studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina!*
Sabrina Singer '15 is pursuing a major in History with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. Born and raised in Miami Beach, FL, she attended Ransom Everglades School. Sabrina has no free time. In addition to being a BSAR, she is the Managing Editor of The Federalist (Columbia’s satirical newspaper), the Publicity Director of the Barnard Bulletin, the program assistant for the Reacting to the Past Summer Institute, a Crisis Analyst for CIRCA (Columbia’s Model UN club), and Alumnae Chairwoman for her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. Sabrina drinks a lot of coffee. When not in club meetings or in class, she may be found loitering around the History Department seeking out a professor with whom to discuss the American Revolution.
Amrita Singh '15 was born in India, raised in Kuwait, and resides in Chicago where she attended the University of Chicago Laboratory High Schools. She plans to major in film studies and pursue filmmaking. Interested in the arts, Amrita also enjoys discrete mathematics, calculus, and microbiology. In addition to writing and directing with Columbia University Film Productions, Amrita is a contributing artist for the Barnard Bulletin, and does media coverage for the Columbia Spectator. In her spare time, Amrita can be found reading, doodling, watching a movie, listening to music, and exploring the city with her friends. Secretly hoping for the nickname DJ Singh to catch on, she also loves crafting mixtape CDs for others! She is thrilled to attend Barnard in New York City, where she has the support from her inspiring peers to cultivate her passion, and to tackle new challenges!
Olivia Sirianni '15 cherishes growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey and attending Mount Saint Mary High School. She has loved Barnard since her first tour back when she was a junior in high school. She only wishes she could major in the Nine Ways of Knowing because she has loved talking classes in many different disciplines. Her concentrations reflect this interest in diversity, she is a Psychology major, English minor, and Athena scholar. Olivia is also a First Year Focus Resident Assistant who could not imagine life without her enthusiastic, talented, and inspiring residents. Now that she is a BSAR she is thrilled to think that she is giving tours to women who could become her residents next year!
*Olivia is currently studying abroad in London, England!*
Lina Smorra '16 is from Caldwell, New Jersey and graduated from Mount Saint Dominic Academy. She is majoring in Economics and Math but also has a very strong interest in the performing arts. On campus, she is a member of coed a cappella group Nonsequitur and performs with the Columbia Musical Theatre Society. This summer Lina is so excited to be staying in the city to work as a Resident Intern for the Pre-College Program. In her free time, Lina loves going to see shows, documenting her life through instagram, and eating macarons. She is so excited to be a BSAR and can’t wait to share her love of Barnard with prospective students and their families!
Leah Sodowick '16 grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she attended Council Rock High School North. Leah is incredibly excited to be living in the big city and attending her dream school. At Barnard, she is pursuing her interests in Psychology and French. Outside of the classroom, Leah is a volunteer for Peace by Peace, a Barnard Babysitter, and member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. In her free time, Leah enjoys traveling, listening to music, exploring local shops and restaurants, and sharing laughs with friends!
Hannah Steinhardt '15 hails from the foggy city of San Francisco, CA and she grew up in the nearby suburb of San Mateo, CA. She is beyond excited to be serving as a BSAR and to help spread the Barnard love to all of the prospective students and families. She is a Psychology major with minors in Sociology and Educational Studies. Beyond being a BSAR, Hannah is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Camp Kesem Columbia University, and she serves on two SGA appointed committees. During her first year at Barnard, she made it a goal to explore somewhere new in the city every weekend so it's basically impossible to choose a favorite spot in NYC!
Dhvani Tombush '15 is a citizen of Nigeria, born and raised, though her mother is Indian and her father Nigerian. She loves both my countries passionately. Before she came to Barnard, she moved from Nigeria to South Africa to study A-Levels at the African Leadership Academy for two years. Dhvani loves being at Barnard and if she had the choice to be admitted again, it would be a higher pick on her list, probably first, than it was when she chose to come here. Dhvani will probably major in political science with a minor in economics and African history. She is a tutor at America Reads, and a member of the African students Association. She is very interested in politics and plan to go to law school someday.
Sara Vallancourt '15 (Head BSAR) is from Middletown, New Jersey and graduated from Middletown High School South. She is double majoring in Psychology and Religion and has a particular interest in how religion manifests itself in the United States. On campus, she is a member of the McIntosh Activities Council and plays badminton with the CU Badminton Club. She has also worked as a Resident Intern for the Pre-College Program at Barnard during the summer. In her free time, Sara loves going to museums, cooking, and tasting all of the wonderful types of food that New York City has to offer. She loves Barnard and can't wait to share her love with prospective students!
Olivia Vehslage '16 is from Hartford, Connecticut, although she attended the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor. She’s planning on a double major in English with a concentration in creative writing and Italian. She is also on the pre-law track. In addition to being a BSAR, Olivia has a steady job as a Barnard Babysitter, which mainly involves chasing little children all over Manhattan. She is also a member of the Columbia Democrats and the Columbia Political Union. When she’s not working, she can be found avidly working on her novel in some outdoor area, cheering on a favorite sports team or finding a way to lug her golf clubs up to Van Cortland Park. Barnard has been a dream come true for her and she is immensely grateful for all of the opportunities that have come her way as a result.
Olivia Watkins '16 is from New Rochelle, NY and attended New Rochelle High School before coming to spend the next 4 years of her life at the beautiful Barnard College! She is an Environmental Biology major and an Athena scholar. On campus, Olivia is a research intern in the Barnard Biology Department, the President of Columbia University's Global Medical Brigades and a member of the hiking team. When not studying or being involved in campus activities, Olivia enjoys runs in Riverside park and relaxing in the hundreds of green spaces around the city. Olivia is looking forward to sharing her Barnard experiences with prospective students during her time as a BSAR.
Jess Whitlum-Cooper '14 (Head BSAR) grew up in London, England, and moved to New York with her family four years ago. She is thrilled to have found Manhattan and, most importantly, Barnard. She loves writing for the Columbia Spectator and Barnard Bulletin, as well as participating in Athena Leadership Labs. She also served on the board of 85 Broads. She is a Comparative Literature with a concentration in Hispanic Studies. When she isn’t madly running from one side of campus to the other, Jess is generally to be found in coffee shops, art museums and theaters, or just hanging out with her friends.
Elizabeth (Ellie) Williams '16 was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Despite having attended the Latin School of Chicago on the city’s north side, she is a committed White Sox fan. Elizabeth recently joined the Athena Scholars Program and is a prospective Women, Gender and Sexuality major with Pre-law. In addition to being a BSAR, Ellie is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, she is a member of the Barnard/Columbia Choir, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority. In her free time, Ellie loves to travel with her family, sing, and play with her dog.
Hye-Jin Yun '15 hails from San Francisco, CA, where she graduated from Lowell High School. She is majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior. She has interned with NY1 News in the Living Unit and is striving to pursue a career that combines health and broadcasting. She is the Vice President of Programming of CTV, a member of the Athena Scholars Program, the Junior Class Secretary, a VISP Ambassador, and an e r a Dancer. She also had a fantastic opportunity to study abroad in London during Summer 2012 when the Olympics was going on! She is ecstatic to be a BSAR and cannot wait to share her love for Barnard with the prospective students!
Caroline Zola '17 was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, and graduated from Newton South High School. Caroline is considering majoring in Linguistics and Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies (though she is still very much undecided!) When Caroline is not happily working as a BSAR, she spends her time studying Nicaraguan Sign Language as a Research Assistant in the Language Acquisition and Development Lab (a job she absolutely loves). Caroline is also a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority and the Emerging Leaders Program, a Barnard Babysitter, a dancer on campus, and a member of SOUL, the Columbia University Sign Language club. In her free time, you can find Caroline speaking French, practicing Pilates, gallery hopping in Chelsea, shopping in Brooklyn, eating anywhere, or binge watching Grey's Anatomy. She is incredibly excited to be a BSAR and cannot wait to introduce prospective students to the amazing place that is Barnard College!
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In this role, they answer phones and student emails, respond to questions via our facebook page, blog, and through their anecdotes and experiences, provide prospective students with a taste of what life is like as a Barnard student.
If you would like to contact a BSAR for student perspectives on your questions, send your question via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 212-854-2014!
I have 30 chickens and have kept a diary since I was 10 years old
I lived in Sierra Leone for six months.
I am currently in the developing stages of my first novel
Even though I love NY, I absolutely love nature. The best way for me to relieve stress is to choose a random trail in the woods and see where it leads me.
I have a strange addiction to and talent for playing Tetris.
I did research at NASA in high school.
I played tackle football when I was 8.
I hiked into a glacier in Patagonia, Argentina.
My mother is a Barnard alumna and took my Art History class with me for an entire semester.
I cut my own hair
I spent two summers living with families abroad- one in Greece and the other in Italy
I have spent almost a year and a half of my life at camp (adding up all the hours!), I am obsessed with games and you will never see me not wearing a watch
I'm not allergic to anything.
I am obsessed with dogs and memorized every recognized breed with I was 12 years old
My organizational tactics are a little over the top. I have had a planner since I was 13 and love to make to-do lists and hour by hour schedules when I am stressed out
I am a member of the CU hiking club
I have over 10,000 songs on my iPod
I like to beat box
I can lick my elbow
I am a born and raised vegetarian... So yes this means I have never eaten meat!
I have a collection of ugly rooster paraphernalia
I have had three pet snakes in my life (Squirmy, Squirmy II, and Squirmy III, all of which escaped within a week.)
I secretly love to organize; I find it therapeutic
I am a lefty and I play the accordion
I hiked the highest peak in Costa Rica, Mount Chirripo.
When I was in second grade, I gave my friend candy in exchange for her teaching me Korean during recess.
When I was 3 years old I was interviewed on NPR about Barney (the TV show).
I spent this past New Years Eve in Edinburgh at the biggest New Years in festival the world.
I have over 60 pairs of shoes, but that might be underestimate. I am a shoe-aholic.
When I participated in Barnard’s PCP, I had my own radio show called “The Big Picture”
I once hiked to the top of an active volcano in Guatemala and roasted marshmallows over the cooling lava coming out of it.
I have a fear of ketchup
I am a stand-up comedian
I have been blessed by the Dalia Llama
I learned the alphabet backwards before I learned it forwards.
I became a black belt in Shotokan Karate when I was 11 years old.
Though I am from LA, I have never learned to swim or surf. I am tackling my fear by taking beginners swim at Barnard.
I have an excellent collection of doodles in my planner.