To Barnard’s (Potential) Class of 2018

Dear Accepted Students,

Imagine yourself here.

As you take the next few weeks to make your final decisions about college, I hope that Barnard is high on your lists. I can only speak from personal experience, but I have found that my decision to come to Barnard has been the best one I’ve made in my life thus far. Barnard has opened me up to so many amazing experiences that I am so grateful for and has taught me so much about the world and myself. The people you meet on this campus will amaze, educate, and inspire you to reach heights you never thought were possible for yourself.

Recently, I’ve found myself reflecting on my Barnard experience, as I’m about to wrap up my junior year and soon commence my final year here. Through taking the wide variety of classes that Barnard offers, I’ve discovered my academic passion and what I am so enthusiastic about studying every single day that I’m here. I’ve had the opportunity to work in the renowned Barnard Center for Toddler Development and discover my passion for developmental psychology. My professors and advisors have always taken a personal interest in me as a student and a person and I feel that we’re really lucky to have that kind of attention at Barnard. The friends I’ve made here have supported me like family and we share bonds that will undoubtedly continue far past graduation. The small campus of Barnard has truly become home for me and the traditions we have on campus are really special. Just to name a few, Midnight Breakfast, Big Sub, Spirit Week, and Founder’s Day are all really fun traditions and are always a blast. Coming together with all of my friends on the first night before finals at midnight and being served French toast by DSpar is an experience that is so unique to Barnard. Eating the delicious thin crust pizzas in the Diana for lunch and chowing down on the campus-long sub at Big Sub are just a few of the culinary gems we have on campus that I will surely miss once I’ve graduated. The location of Barnard is absolutely incredible too: New York City has been a playground for exploration, learning, and having a good time. Free access to museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA with our student IDs give us the opportunity to actually see the famous works of art we’re learning about in our art history classes.

It would be a lie to say that I’m happy every day here at Barnard, as the academic rigor does cause a fair amount of stress. Staying up until 3am to finish an essay is a commonplace reality among Barnard students. However, the sense of accomplishment I feel and the knowledge I’ve gained after turning in a term paper or completing a final exam is, in my opinion, worth the effort I put into the material. To me, Barnard is a very special place and a great institution to attend for an undergraduate education.

-Molly Scott, BC ’15
  
Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Image courtesy of Summer on Campus.

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