Senior Snapshot: Jordan Alam

The Nine Ways of Knowing has decided to profile some of the amazing women of the class of 2013… and we’re so sad to see them leave!! If you’d like to be featured on the blog or know someone who should definitely be profiled, fill out our tip form or email us at ninewaysofknowing@gmail.com.

No hair, don’t care.


Name: Jordan Alam
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
Major: Psychology and English (Creative Writing)

What are you involved in?
Well Woman, Asian American Alliance, Knitting Club, Save the Barnard Pool, Society of Asian Soul Sisters, and a bunch of other wellness and social justice matters

Guilty pleasure? One word: Beetlejuice.

Favorite memory from Barnard?
Every time I try to think of just one, five others of equal merit pop into my head, so I’m going to go with a pastiche: teaching someone how to make their first knit stitch, swimming every morning in the Barnard pool, every Well Woman meeting ever, getting my mind blown in The Body and Society, and climbing up on Low roof.

Biggest regret of college? Not getting around to publishing that novel… (people that know me can tell you whether that’s a joke or not).

“I had long hair up until the beginning of my junior year in college, when I to cut it all off got my nose pierced that same day. It marked a really big transition for me moving towards being the person I want to be, rather than others’ expectations of me. Terrifying, but exciting!”


Biggest leap of faith during college? Becoming single at the beginning of junior year. Really changed a lot of things for me (not just romantically!)

What will you miss? Well Woman in all its capacities — the office, the peer educators, our director Jessica… all of it has made my time at campus so unique and memorable that I’m going to have trouble not having it in my life.

What won’t you miss? People saying that we don’t live in the ‘real world.’

Favorite place on or off campus The garden at St. John the Divine across from Hungarian and that giant weird statue – they have a white peacock that comes out in summer named Phil!

In 5 words or less, what’s next? Summer Dean at Sadie Nash

Midnight breakfast or Orgo Night? Uhm, is that even a choice? Midnight Breakfast.

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