Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sending out some love

Just want to say that we are around and if you want to talk or just sit and eat chocolate or cookies with someone or anything at all. PLEASE don't hesitate to knock on our doors or message us or email us or D all of the above.
No one here is alone, and this is us reminding you that we are here for you.

There are so many wonderful resources available if you are feeling overwhelmed or even just feeling a little down, please don't think twice about reaching out. Barnard truly is a supportive community and that is all we want to do - no judgement - just support.

Take some time to breathe.
Be well.
We gotchu.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Fall!

Finally the fall weather has set in. Halloween happened and from what I've seen you all looked FABO!
Some fall tips for you lovely transfers:
 - the Psych Lab Lottery is coming up fast so if you are thinking about taking a psych lab get ready to get on that!
- The city is chock full of amazing hot chocolate but if taking the subway to the east village won't fit in your schedule, try Nussbaums' hot chocolate. It's AHMAZING.
- If you are starting to get illin (not an ebola joke, those are so two weeks ago) make sure you stay on top of your water and vitamin C. And if you need more, don't fear the Health Center!

ALSO if you haven't in a while, a walk through a park (Riverside/Central/Washington Square) recently you must. The leaves are getting all yellow and gold and crunchy and its wonderful.

Midterms are hopefully over for everyone so breathe a little bit and get in full form for finals! Winter break will be here before you know it!

We gotchu!

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Remember those SAVE THE DATEs?
Well tonight in the Elliott courtyard/lobby at 7:30 will be a BBQ fiesta you won't want to miss! There will be dancing, a photo booth, and grilled yummies for all.
This is only a taste of what's to come!


7:30 - Transfers
8:30 - all of Elliott is welcome

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


So. The meal plans. Here's the sitch. Swipes can be used here at Barnard and also in most of the Columbia dining halls (though sometimes with restricted hours). Barnard 'points' can only be used here at Barnard (Liz's place/2nd floor dining hall). For points you can use all over the place you will need to SEPARATELY purchase 'Dining Dollars' or 'Flex' (Flex can be used at some of the restaurants/grocery stores in the area).
If you cook for yourself a lot and always have cash/credit on hand, a large meal plan is not necessary - all the points are dollar for dollar and at most places they will take either your ID or regular payment methods. The main question is how many swipes to get and if you like only having your ID on you. If you are a dining-hall-meal-getter, figure out which meals you eat there and then calculate how many per semester you would need.

Official help links are:

Columbia dining breakdown -

Barnard Dining Breakdown -

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Just a little reminder that on Monday at 11:15 there is a Transfer Picnic to celebrate your making it through NSOP and there will be yummy free foods (not Hewitt food)! It will be on the Quad lawn and everyone will can come and eat and hang with us and still make it to their afternoon city tours! So come on down to picnic town!
Sorry that last line was a bit much.
I get easily excited. 
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Who: The wonderful and amazing transfers
What: Transfer Picnic
Where: Quad Lawn
When: 11:15 Monday the 1st
Why: Food, a special surprise, and dancing with Maddie, Yousr, Larissa and Claire.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pep Talk!

In case the stress is beginning to get to your gut, take a second to remember that while you may still be working on finding your niche, there was a big part of you that said 'Barnard is the right place for me' just a little while ago. Not only that, but Barnard also had to think back at you: 'You are the right person for Barnard."
We are a fast paced, bizarrely lingoed community to be sure. We all worship our president like a cult for her kick-butt, zumba leading, Ice-butcket-challenge-taking, midnightbreakfast-serving awesomeness.
But what we can all be sure of, is that by the end of this first semester, a few short months away from right now, you too will be dropping words like 'program filing' and names like 'D-Spar' on the daily.

So make sure you breathe. Get some sleep while you still can. And let the voices in your head calm down a little.

We Gotchu.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Every school has its own funky set of vocabulary. Here is no different. Registration actually refers to the online 'check in' that says 'Hi yes I am enrolled and actually on campus for good'. PROGRAM FILING is when you sign up for classes.
Sometimes people use them interchangeably but that is only to confuse you. No more likely is that they also get them mixed up and confused all the time.

For when you are down to your last pair of skivvies...

So where do you turn when you are using your bikini bottoms as underwear... again? LAUNDRY ROOM!

In Elliott the laundry room is in the basement, but in other buildings, sometimes they have them on different floors. The common thing though is that they will have machines that if you give them cash (in bills not coins) they will give you a laundry card! I think you have to put 10$ in and get the card with 5$ loaded on it! Each load costs $1.25 for the wash and $1.25 for the dryer (for those of you that are too tired for math, that's a total of $2.50)

Also worth a try though - spend some time getting to know your custodians and if you ask super nicely, sometimes they have extra ones!

Any Q's, email us!

Monday, August 25, 2014


A must have for all your exciting NSOP adventures is the Guidebook app! If you download it and then search for/then add Columbia, you will have access to a list of schedules for the Columbia College First Years, the Columbia Transfers, the Barnard First Years, the Barnard Transfers... What it then allows you to do is to create your own schedule and pick and choose which events from the different schedules you want to add. This means you can put all your mandatory Barnard Transfer events in one portable place BUT ALSO get the information for all the super fun Columbia tours around the city! (I have it on good authority the Thrift Shop tour is awesome..)

Put it on all your mobile devices. So. SO helpful.


App store.
Columbia 2014
all the schedules

Move-In Day Complete


Here is a little video that will help you get to know the Transfer Time RAs!
We are so excited to get to know each and every one of you. So. So. Excited.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Transition tip #1!!!

So. Barnard has a PE graduation requirement - all students must take one PE class before graduation. Pretty self explanatory. However. You cannot register for these classes like regular academic classes, there is a PE class lottery. The classes are listed in the course catalogue under Physical Educstion classes. The lottery though, you can find on your MyBarnard, and it works like this: when the lottery opens you will have the option to select the classes you would want and rank them in order of preference. After the lottery closes you will be notified which class you have gotten into!
Sounds simple. It is simple. But for some reason, is not really announced anywhere...

Any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
We gotchu!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Transition Tips!

The Transfer community is a thriving, tight knit supportive group. Sure, you may be thinking, "ya but everybody says that.." or "well at my last school everyone else thought that and it wasn't for me.." or some such something. However. We really do want to help you make this your home. The grass really is greener on our side and thats why we've compiled a list of things we wish we knew when we started at Barnard ourselves. Every school has its quirks and we have been working on a sort of cheat sheet for how things work here.
Check in here every day for our Transition Tips - and like always, any questions, pop us an email :)

We gotchu.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Room Sneak Peek!!!

Hey Everybody! We know a lot of you are super excited to move in, but also very much looking forward to picturing yourself here - and your space here. To help you out, here are a few pics of what the rooms look like right now! As your rooms are all being cleaned and prepped for your arrival, the furniture is all piled together, but we hope these pics give you more of an idea than just your imagination ;)
The attached pics are from Elliott Hall: half a double - bed and closet views, and a standard sized single - bed and closet views!
Got questions? HIT US UP!!!
We gotchu.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014


       The 'back to school' hecticness is starting up already and the hype is CRAZY. Freshmen everywhere are freaking out over this, that, and the other, but there is a group of people who are not quite so green but are not so seasoned as the returning students. These are the fabulous, driven, brave, brilliant transfers who found that last year they were not where they were meant to be and had the guts to do something about it. 
       We know the last thing you want to do is relive freshman orientation again and thats why we are here for you. We are Transfer Time, and we are here to help get rid of that nervous knot in your stomach and help make your adjustment to Barnard as smooth and spectacular as possible. Whether everything clicks and it feels like home in your first 5 minutes or after 5 days or after 5 weeks, we want you to know you have a team of high functioning ladies here for you for whatever questions or concerns or bizarre complications arise. 

Check back in - More to come!

Please try not to worry. Easier said than done, we know. But know inside - We gotchu.

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