Meet the PCA's

Beyond Barnard's Peer Career Advisors are trained to meet individually with students and to present on a range of topics related to career exploration and preparation, along with application materials, interviews, and internship/job search strategies. For many students at Barnard, a meeting with Peer Career Advisors is one of their first interactions with Beyond Barnard. Get to know this year's staff, and come by to introduce yourself!

Keerthana Jayaseelan (BC'19)

Keerthana Jayaseelan, '19
Hello to all! My name is Keerthana Jayaseelan, from Bronx, NY. I am a senior, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior, with a Cellular and Molecular Concentration and minoring in History. I love to watch movies, listen to music, and random DIY projects, during my free time. Over the past summer, I was a research assistant in the New York Psychiatric Institute in Dr. Christine Ann Denny’s Lab, as part of Summer Research Institute, and will continue there as part of my senior thesis! I have previously conducted research at the Columbia University Medical Center, interned at UNICEF USA and the Earth Institute.

Beyond Barnard has been one of the best aspects of my college experience!!! I began as a student worker sophomore year and then became a PCA after. I have loved every minute of meeting my fellow students and building a relationship with all the wonderful team members at BB. I hope to continue to do this this year and looking forward to seeing you in the office :)

 

Carolina Gonzalez (BC'19)

Carolina Dalia Gonzalez, '19
Hi! My name is Carolina and I’m a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Over the summer, I interned at ShopPr/Lippe Taylor - a PR agency located in Union Square that specializes in the beauty and healthcare industry!

Navigating applications and my career path has been somewhat of a rollercoaster, but Beyond Barnard has truly given me the confidence to apply and challenge myself in whatever opportunity I may chose to pursue! As a PCA, I want to give the confidence Beyond Barnard has given me to any student that walks into our office! The job market can be intimidating, but I want to help any and every student have the right tools in order to successfully navigate their career path!

 

Kat Bartley (BC'20)

Kat Bartley, '20
Hi! My name is Kat Bartley and I am a junior at Barnard majoring in Political Science and Ancient Studies with a minor in Dance. In addition to working as a Peer Career Advisor, I am an active member of the Barnumbia dance community as a member of Orchesis Dance Group and Onyx Hip Hop Troupe. This past summer, I interned in the Legal Department at the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group in Washington, D.C. Previously, I interned at Human Rights First, a non-profit that provides legal services to refugees applying for asylum in the United States. I hope to attend law school after college and I am grateful that my internship experiences have strengthened my knowledge of and passion for human rights law.

Beyond Barnard has been immensely helpful in my own internship application processes, particularly with interview preparation and resume revision. As a PCA, I aim to give fellow Barnard students the tools they need to explore and begin their careers with confidence. Don't be shy, stop by!

 

Shoma Nath (BC'20)

Shoma Nath, '20
Hello, my name is Shoma! I am a junior, and first-generation college student, majoring in Political Economics with an interest in the fashion industry. Other than being a PCA, I am an active member of the Columbia Women’s Business Society, an avid eyebrow threader, and very into the arts. This past summer I worked at a consulting firm that provided financial services to non-profit organizations. In previous summers I have done internships at the Better Business Bureau, The Trust for Public Land, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Beyond Barnard was an essential part of me learning about internships and jobs in the Barnard standard. As a transfer student, I felt behind on career goals and industry knowledge, but Beyond Barnard definitely helped me feel more confident about the job application process. As a PCA I hope to share what I have learned and help you feel confident too. Can’t wait to meet you!

 

Gabriella Singh (BC'20)

Gabriella Singh, '20
Hello! My name is Gabriella Singh and I am a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in German. In addition to being a Peer Career Advisor, I am involved with Club Zamana on campus and tutor on Riker’s Island through the Petey Greene Program. For the first half of the summer, I interned with a judge in the civil division of the New York State Supreme Court. As a pre-law student, I appreciated the opportunity to gain insight about the legal profession from a judicial perspective. For the second half of the summer, I took a German language course in Berlin.

Beyond Barnard has provided me with the tools and confidence I need to navigate my future. As a Peer Career Advisor, my mission is to empower and help Barnard students develop the skills they need to achieve their career goals.

 

Beatrice Scott (BC'21)

Beatrice Scott, '21
Hello! My name is Beatrice Scott and I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I am a sophomore contemplating a major in Environmental Science, with a focus in sustainable development. This past summer I worked in a biology lab at Virginia Tech where I had my first experience conducting research both in the field and in the lab. During the school year I am involved with Peer Health Exchange, a program that allows undergraduate volunteers to teach health classes in local high schools. When I’m not otherwise engaged, you can find me running, rock climbing, trying to cook quinoa in a non-boring way, or exploring the city!

Beyond Barnard has been a critical part of my college experience since day one. As a freshman I worked as an assistant in the office, an experience that taught me numerous lessons on professionalism, teamwork, and my own career goals. I am thrilled to continue work in the Beyond Barnard office as a PCA, a role that will not only allow me to continue to work with the same amazing team, but will also provide me with an opportunity to further engage with the amazing Barnard student body.

 

Tina Barrios (BC'21)

Tina Barrios, '21
Hello! My name is Tina Barrios, and I am from Miami, Florida. I am a sophomore at Barnard double majoring in Economics and Spanish Language and Cultures. I love to play tennis with the Columbia club tennis team, bake with my suitemates, and explore New York City restaurants in my free time! I also serve as the Action Committee chair for the McIntosh Activities Council, and really enjoy planning Barnard traditions and new events, working to foster an inclusive and fun Barnard atmosphere! This past summer, I worked at the Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami as a camp counselor supervisor, managing camp counselors and collaborating with other supervisors. I have also been published in Portales, Columbia’s Latin American & Iberian Cultures Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Beyond Barnard has been an incredibly impactful and helpful resource on campus, and transformed the internship search experience from something daunting and worrisome to exciting and full of possibility. I love meeting new Barnard students as a PCA, and hope to simplify the internship or job search process and make it better for anyone who needs help!

 

Maya Weiss (BC'21)

Maya Weiss, '21
I’m Maya, a sophomore from Portland, Oregon double majoring in Dance and Architecture. On campus, you can find me cooking dumplings with the Chinese Students Club, rehearsing with the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, or dancing in one of the Barnard Dance Department shows. In my free time, I bake shortbread and wear clothes that are too big as “fashion statements.” This June I participated in the Dance in Paris program, where I choreographed a solo and learned to salsa along the Seine. For the rest of the summer I was an RA for a group of international Chinese college students. We explored NYC together while we traded Chinese rap songs. Thanks to the help of Beyond Barnard, I was able to translate my background in Chinese culture into a useful skillset to land an engaging summer job. This fall, I will be interning with the Trisha Brown Dance Company Archives helping to preserve the work of my favorite choreographer.

As a PCA, I am excited to help Barnard students use their passions to find meaningful work. Your experience doesn’t have to be directly correlated to a job for it to be useful and relevant!