Hailing from Marysville, Ohio, Lyndsie is a rising senior at Barnard majoring in political economics. Through her time interning with start-up Eleven James as well as her role on the Athena Digital Design Agency Student Advisory Board, Lyndsie has developed a passion for the challenge and excitement of creating a unique brand identity and building businesses from scratch. When she’s not in class or interning at Merley Design – a creative services agency – you’ll likely find her at the gym, reading at a café, or in the kitchen fueling her chocolate chip protein pancake addiction. Lyndsie is so excited to be working with PCP for the first time this summer and looks forward to getting to know the students and staff participating in the program!
Yadira is a rising senior majoring in Urban Studies with a concentration in Dance. She is passionate about the ways a city can activate human potential, and sees the arts as a powerful catalyst. On campus, you can find her hosting contact improvisation jams and igniting radical open play on the lawn with a quirky selection of gadgets and toys. Behind the scenes, she has started a new media art collective and co-curates the Arts Initiative's newsletter for must-see events in the city. In the past she has served as coordinator for Alternative Spring Break: New York City Performing Arts, and as president for the free figure drawing club known as the Artist Society. She is beyond thrilled to be in charge of facilitating your adventures in this program. Don't hesitate to reach out to her as a resource for figuring out your own way to enjoy New York City!
Anna is a rising junior from St. Paul, Minnesota majoring in Applied Mathematics. On campus, she is involved in Columbia Youth for Debate – a club that teaches debate to middle and high school students – and the sorority Sigma Delta Tau. She is also a manager at the Barnard Bartending Agency and a fellow at the Barnard Empirical Reasoning Center. Anna spent the last two summers working in a child development lab at the University of Minnesota, but in her free time she can be found eating Diana pizza and watching Parks and Rec. She is so excited to be spending this summer in New York with PCP!
Aurian Carter is a rising sophomore who grew up in a forest in Wilmington, Delaware. She has no idea of her major or future beyond the desire to live in New York City, but has spent an incredible first year at Barnard taking a wide variety of classes to explore her many interests. She is the layout and design editor for Barnard's literary magazine, Echoes, and is normally found covered in paint, thinking about nature, at the Met, or playing her ukulele (sometimes all at once). She is extremely excited for the chance to spend the summer sharing her love of Barnard and New York with her PCP Residents!
Ame is a rising senior majoring in Architecture and minoring in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is an international student and proud Senegalese-American working with the Pre-College Program for the first time after previously interning with foreign service organization USAID in Development Outreach. However, as a 2013 PCP alum, she is not new to the program. Ame has a passion for the arts, for social justice, and for intersectional feminism, and is looking forward to bringing these passions to the Young Women’s Leadership Institute.
Gaby is a rising sophomore originally from Portland, Maine. She is undecided about her major but is leaning towards Sociology or Urban Studies. On Fridays she teaches health advocacy and communication to NYC public high school students through Peer Health Exchange; and she is also a proud Barnard Babysitter. She divides her free time equally between laughing, making jokes, singing Fergalicious, fighting for justice and liberation, and doing Zumba poorly but with a lot of heart. As an alum of PCP, Gaby is a strong believer that YWLI changes lives and is so jazzed to hang with the new members of the YWLI fam and make new friends!
Alani is a rising sophomore potentially majoring in Urban Studies with a focus in either Political Science or Sociology. She is a member of Columbia University Asian American Alliance (AAA), Columbia Japan Society, and CU Taiko. With AAA, she co-directed the annual Crossroads Leadership Conference in the spring of 2016, which brought together over 90 high school youths in the NYC area. When she is not studying or running to meetings, Alani spends her time on YouTube, watching ukulele videos and Beyond Scared Straight. She is interested in under-served communities of color, especially Native American and African American communities, and wants to pursue a career of public service in the future.
Nikki is a rising junior from Tampa, Florida. She is majoring in Political Science and Human Rights and minoring in Spanish and Latin American Cultures. During her time at Barnard, Nikki has been heavily involved in Amnesty International, where she now serves as Co-President. She is also a member of the Barnard Campus Life Committee and the CIRCA Academics Board. She currently works in the Dean’s Office at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs; and in the past she has interned at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and worked as a Barnard Babysitter. When she has free time, Nikki can be found reading, playing with other people’s dogs in Central Park, searching for the best tacos in the city, watching Real Madrid matches, or fervently entering the Hamilton lottery. She is incredibly excited for her first summer with PCP and cannot wait to meet her lovely residents!
Georgette is a rising senior at Barnard majoring in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and a concentration in Human Rights and minoring in History with a focus in East Asia. In addition to a full course load, Georgette is currently interning as a research assistant for Quarto Publishing Group in which she works with a local children's book author whose work incorporates humanitarian and education issues. She has loved having the opportunity to get to know the professional writing and publishing industries. When she is not studying or working, Georgette is trying out new recipes in the dorm kitchens or just relaxing on campus with her friends. She also enjoys exploring the city looking for new restaurants and she is still on the lookout for the perfect café for studying! Georgette loves Barnard and is thrilled to spend another summer in the city with the PCP students and staff!
Isa is a rising sophomore majoring in Political Science and Spanish & Latin American Cultures. She loves volunteering at the Riverside Language School and playing on the Columbia Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and is an avid Barnard Babysitter. She will also be a Writing Fellow and First-Year RA at Barnard starting next semester. She recently interned at Greenwich House, a non-profit that provides social services and education programs. In her free time, she can be found drinking a chai latte at Joe’s Coffee, running in Riverside Park, or dancing two steps behind at Zumba class. She is thrilled to be spending her summer with PCP students and can’t wait to explore the city together!
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Hailing from Byfield, Massachusetts, Mei Li is a rising senior at Barnard double majoring in English and Spanish & Latin American Cultures. Her passions include traveling, food, dance, yoga, and bike rides in the park! She’s also a big fan of both cats and dogs, dark chocolate, Friends, and tea. When she’s not studying, Mei Li can probably be found with Sabor, the Latino dance troupe on campus. In the past, Mei Li has worked with the Barnard Residential Life office, the Franklin Parrasch Gallery, and Norton Publishing Company. She is thrilled to join the PCP team and she anticipates a fantastic summer!
Ronda Kyle is rising sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio, majoring in English with a Creative Writing concentration. She will be a Writing Fellow here at Barnard as well as a Resident Assistant in the upcoming school year. She is also a student caller at Columbia’s Calling Center. When she isn’t studying or working, she’s behind her camera, listening to music, shopping in the city, or writing poetry. Ronda is also a PCP alum (2014) and is excited to return to the program this summer as a part of the student staff.
Isabelle is a rising sophomore originally from Durham, North Carolina. She is potentially majoring in Philosophy and Religion, with other interests such as Literature and East Asian studies. On campus, Isabelle is a graphic designer for the Columbia Spectator; she is also involved in the Asian American Alliance and Symposium, a non-profit organization. When she's not lounging around watching YouTube videos, you can find her at any dessert shop in the city, exploring downtown with her camera, or working a Barnard Bartending job. Isabelle is in love with Barnard and all the experiences she's had within her first year and cannot wait to share her excitement with everyone in PCP!
Julia is a rising junior majoring in Mathematical Sciences or maybe Economics (she's still trying to figure that one out) from Utica, NY. She is a PCP Liberal Arts Intensive alum and probably already knows your name from spending days in the office tracking down your application materials, so say hi! During the school year Julia works at Barnard's college radio station WBAR, DJing and grabbing free tickets to shows for giveaways. Other than that she can be found napping on various benches around campus. She used to be an ice cream scooper at Ben & Jerry's on 104th and Broadway and can sometimes still grab a free cone now and then, so if you're ever craving some Americone Dream she is down for a field trip. She is so excited for the summer to start and to meet you all at PCP!
Debbie is a native New Yorker originally from Coney Island, Brooklyn. She is a Dance major and Art History minor at Barnard College. She began her formal dance training at LaGuardia High School, where she studied Graham, Horton and ballet. As part of Barnard/Columbia Dances she has performed in works by Mark Morris, Pam Tanowitz, Caitlin Trainor and Trisha Brown. Debbie has also created her own choreographic work for stage and film as part of CoLab Arts Collective and other projects. She is passionate about arts education and has worked as a TA at Mark Morris Dance Center. She is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Barnard community where she is constantly inspired by her faculty and peers.
Azul is a rising junior from Houston, Texas. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics and Spanish & Latin American Studies. On campus she is a Research Analyst with Smart Women Securities, an organization focused on educating women about the financial markets and empowering them to invest. She is also the Assistant Philanthropy Chair for her sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and a member of the Athena Scholars Program at Barnard. In her free time, Azul loves to travel and explore the city. She also considers herself a total foodie; her Instagram is full of random pictures from her travels and the aesthetically pleasing food she has consumed. She is incredibly excited to meet her residents and spend a summer with them, enjoying all that New York City has to offer!
Chloё is a reflection of you! She is a rising junior Afro-Latina constantly evolving through art, her writing, and introspective work. She believes in keeping a clean mind and sharing her light with others!
Eilish is a sophomore from Berkeley, California. She is majoring in Economics and Social History. On campus, Eilish sits on the Barnard Honor Board and the Barnard Student Government Association. She is also part of the Columbia Women's Business Society and the Delta Gamma sorority. During her upcoming junior year, however, Eilish will be temporarily studying Economics and Management across the pond at Oxford University. She is thus very excited to have the summer to stay at her Barnard home base, where she cannot wait to meet all the young women entrepreneurs. As a one-time Entrepreneurs-in-Training student herself (she did the program the first year it was ever offered at Barnard!), she knows first-hand what a wonderful time these young women are in for!
Hannah is a rising sophomore at Barnard, potentially majoring in Human Rights and East Asian Studies. While she was born and raised in sunny Southern California, she is truly enamored with the East Coast and all New York City has to offer! She is wholeheartedly involved in Columbia InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and is a Copy Editor for the Columbia Spectator. When she's not studying in hidden corners of the campus and bonding with friends over food, you can find her tinkering around on the piano or boxing. She loves Triscuits, petting strangers’ dogs, and oxford commas. As a former PCPer herself, Hannah is fortunate enough to be able to give back to a program that she loves, and thrilled to get to know the PCP students!
Sharleen is a rising junior from the Bronx, NY. She is a Physics major with an interest in Astronomy. Sharleen loves working with America Reads/America Counts, where she tutors students at a public middle school; this was her second year in the program! In her free time she enjoys going to the gym, practicing the piano, and crocheting. Sharleen is super excited to be an RA and to share her love of Barnard with PCPers this summer!
Aneliza is a rising sophomore from East Los Angeles, California. She is planning on majoring on Human Rights and Women and Gender Studies, with a concentration in Spanish & Latin American Cultures. On campus, Aneliza has participated in Extended Barnard Reach Out, and is currently preparing to serve as a Social Chair of Mujeres next semester. In her spare time, Aneliza enjoys getting lost in NYC, drinking coffee at Café Jax, and searching for authentic Mexican food. Aneliza is excited to welcome her residents to Barnard, and is looking forward to all of the memories and experiences they will share together.
Nika is a rising senior majoring in Biology after transferring from Johns Hopkins University, where she studied Neuroscience and Biochemistry. She is interested in a career in public health and plans to pursue a Masters of Public Health after working in the field for a few years. She also writes and has had poetry published in a student run journal at the University of Oxford called Spleen, as well as in Mad Swirl's poetry forum. CounterPunch published an op-ed she wrote on the Syrian refugee crisis after she worked in Syrian refugee camps in Bulgaria for the past two summers. She plans to work with refugees and veterans in a public health capacity, and is so happy to have found her place at Barnard.
Gabriella is a rising junior, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She loves traveling, stand-up comedy, and pretty much any type of music. At Barnard, she is in the Athena Scholars Program, and is actively involved in Columbia/Barnard Hillel. She is also an officer for the Columbia University Best Buddies Chapter, and works at a Psychology lab at Teacher's College. Although a native Floridian, Gabriella has enjoyed exploring all that New York City has to offer – especially the dance shows and comedy clubs. She is super excited to be a Head RA in PCP this summer and to have the chance to share all that she loves about Barnard!
Maddy grew up in the picturesque town of Bolton, CT. She is a rising sophomore at Barnard; and although she hasn't declared her major yet, her academic interests include theater, creative writing, and art history. She is a member of Control Top – Barnard and Columbia's only all-female improv comedy group – as well as UnTapped, the Columbia tap club. She spends her free time the same way most middle-aged moms do: doing crossword puzzles and watching Antiques Roadshow. Maddy is a Liberal Arts Intensive alumna and she can't wait to welcome a new generation of PCP kids to the college and the city she loves.
Liz Tsourakis is a rising junior from Tampa, FL majoring in Psychology (and taking a ton of Film courses). She fell in love with Barnard when she was a PCP student studying Art History and the Sociology of Crime. When she isn't studying comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade (or practicing with her improv group, Mark Johnson), you'll likely find her eating pizza in Central Park or people-watching on the Highline. If you ever need someone to talk to about comic books, HBO shows from the late '90s/early '00s, Shakespeare, or cats, contact her at once.
Emma is a rising junior majoring in English with a concentration in Film, and is originally from Martinsville, Virginia. In addition to attending classes, she works in Barnard’s English Department, is a member of the Roosevelt Institute – where she writes policy – and dances with various on-campus groups. In her spare time, Emma enjoys trying all the mac n’ cheese the city has to offer and spending too much time talking about how much she misses her cat. She is super excited to spend her second summer in the city with PCP!
Madeleine Wood is a rising sophomore originally from Park City, Utah. She is studying American Studies and Dance, with dreams of going to Law School for entertainment law. On campus, she is involved with the Athena Scholars Program, the hip-hop dance crew Raw Elementz, Zine Club, and Barnard's Outdoor Adventure Club. In her free time she loves going to concerts, art exhibits, and dance performances and avoiding Times Square. She loves cooking/baking and finding the best places to eat around the city. She loves Barnard passionately and is very excited to be a part of the 2016 staff!