With all the programming offered in the Barnard residence halls, you will never be at a loss for something to do! Last year, there were more than 450 programs which took place in the residence halls.
These programs were coordinated by the Resident Assistants and Special Interest Housing suites. Programs included social events welcoming students to their residential area, informal gatherings to watch a favorite TV show or movie, an evening with Well-Women Peer Educators to discuss important health concerns, a resume writing workshop coordinated with Beyond Barnard, opportunities to participate in community service, current events discussions with faculty members, culture celebrations, potluck dinners, academic discussions about issues like picking a major, and a chance to blow off some steam before finals! (to name just a few)
Programs may be geared towards your floor, your residence halls, your residential area, your class year, or to the entire campus. There are ways to get actively involved with programming; for example, suggesting programming ideas to your RA and/or helping to organize programs. Getting involved with programming in the residence halls and on campus is a great way to find and help decide which leadership opportunities are right for you. The most important and exciting part of programming is you!
he First Year Focus (FYF) Program at Barnard is an extended orientation program that continues throughout your first year. Co-sponsored by Residential Life & Housing and the Dean of Studies Office, it combines academic and co-curricular activities to help first-year students adjust to various aspects of college life.
The goals of the FYF Program are threefold:
- To assist Barnard College first-year students make a successful academic and social transition from high school to college life;
- To offer a wide variety of social and educational programs that introduce Barnard first-year students to the College, Columbia University, and New York City;
- To facilitate communication in the residence halls that allows students from diverse backgrounds to share experiences and learn from one another.
FYF is dedicated to the integrity and personal growth of each individual. We strive to sponsor activities that assist students in making progress towards their educational and personal goals: developing academic and intellectual competence; establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships; developing personal identity; deciding on a career and lifestyle; maintaining personal health and wellness; and developing an integrated philosophy of life.
The FYF Program is coordinated by the Associate Director for the Quad.
The Senior Experience Program (S|X) seeks to assist seniors in celebrating the close of their undergraduate experience through interdepartmental programming that will provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their college experience and support in post-college transitioning. Sponsored by the Residential Life and Housing, the Senior Experience Program is the second in a pair of Residential Life bookmarks that exemplifies the college’s commitment to an education that goes beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
Residential Life and Housing has and will continue to collaborate with various campus offices including Alumnae Affairs, Barnard Senior Fund, Dean of Studies, Beyond Barnard, Senior Class Council, the Athena Center, and Student Life to prepare senior class for the next chapter of their lives.