My First Few Months

From the AABC President

By Sooji Park '90

Sooji Park headshot on campus. She is wearing a white dress and has her arms crossed

Dear Wonderful, Bold, Beautiful Barnard Alumnae Family:

How are you doing? With just a few months left in 2023, are you excited to end the year strong? Or waiting for a new start in 2024?

My wish for you is to make the most of today, this time, this moment. I would love to visit with you over coffee or tea and reminisce and recognize all our victories and accomplishments, as well as the challenges. Reflection and gratitude are ways that I have found to keep expectations, comparisons, and fears on the back burner. So, take a minute for yourself — close your eyes and recollect your brilliant achievements, your magical milestones, and your abundant relationships that comprise this journey called life, and please also remember that we are #Barnard!

In the first few months of my term, I’ve had the great pleasure of welcoming Barnard’s ninth president, Laura Rosenbury, the new Barnard College Class of 2027, and Columbia University’s 20th president, Minouche Shafik. It’s a wonderful time to be part of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College — we want to learn about what you are doing, we want to celebrate with you, and we want to connect you with fellow alums, current students, and the worldwide Barnard community.

Check out all the ways you can get involved at Great organizations need resources to keep them great, and Barnard is at the pinnacle of greatness! As we enter the giving season, I sincerely hope that you will join me in making a gift to Barnard. Please know that I would never ask you to do something that I and the members of the AABC Board of Directors haven’t done ourselves. Make your gift today at

Looking forward to seeing you all in person or online. Thank you for being part of this amazing Barnard community — we are #BetterTogether! I wish you a spectacular rest of the year, one that is filled with joy, health, and fun!

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