Quotes from Students
"It's amazing to live in a community of such diverse people who are so committed to healthy living, women's issues, and social action. Wellness rocks!" -- Michal Shinnar, BC '06
"The Wellness Floor is a selfselecting group of students who share the value of striving toward wellness without being obsessive about it." -- Lorraine Shub, BC '14
"We live very busy lives here at Barnard. Living on the Wellness Floor gives the resident support and encouragement to prioritize her life with wellness in mind." -- Cathy Freeman, BC '06
"I really loved living there. I'd say if you want quieter neighbors, [and] the ability to learn about healthy activities in NYC... you should live on the wellness floor." -- Jessie Stoolman, BC '14
Wellness is a holistic way of thinking about health. Barnard College's Wellness Floor is a First-Year Focus residential community dedicated to integrating the many different facets of wellness -- including social, spiritual, physical, cultural, intellectual, and emotional health -- into the lives of its residents. These students pledge to be alcohol-, drug-, and smoke-free, as well as to focus on healthy eating and exercise. A student's choice to pursue a healthy lifestyle is one part of the Wellness Floor's threepronged mission.
The second part of belonging to the Wellness Floor is RA programming that focuses on health and wellness. Every FYF RA hosts programs throughout the year, ranging from a Scary Story Night before Halloween to movie nights or trivia games. On the Wellness Floor, the activities organized by the RA focus on health and wellness. Some past programming has included a Wellness Forum, yoga workshops, and running together in the park. If you are worried about the time commitment, don't be—Wellness Floor programming is structured in such a way that it will not interfere with your schoolwork or, just as importantly, your sleep.
The final element of the Wellness Floor is its partnership with Barnard's Well-Woman Office. The extent of this involvement has varied over the years, but has sometimes resulted in a specific Well Woman peer educator being assigned to advise residents and to help with Wellness Floor programming around topics such as stress reduction, healthy eating, knitting, and yoga. The relationship with WW is poised to get stronger in the months to come.
The Wellness Floor is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in wellness to form a community and support one another during the oft-stressful first year of college.