The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book: Days 4 & 5

As NSOP comes to a close, branch out across Broadway.

We’re at the home stretch of NSOP, which unofficially ends Thursday night with the NYC Event in Central Park. While the first half of NSOP was exhausting and confusing, the last two days should be markedly better. By now, you (sort of) know your way around campus, have found an NSOP bud to tag along with, and can start to picture what the upcoming year is going to look like. Chances are you’ve gotten bored of NSOP and just want classes to start. Relax hot shot, this weekend is your last opportunity to enjoy the summer. Make it count.

Day 4, Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We recommend that you complete your registration on eBear first thing Wednesday morning. It takes less than five minutes, and if you forget to register before Wednesday, September 4, Barnard will fine you. You can use an on-campus computer or a device connected to Barnard Secure.

First-Year Adviser Group Meetings 10-11am, check the First-Year Blog for meeting rooms
This meeting is required, as you’ll meet your academic adviser for the first time with their other first-year advisees and learn about the role he or she will play in your life at Barnard. Advisers are assigned by the academic interest you expressed on your college application; for example, if you wrote about studying English at Barnard, your adviser will probably be from the English department. No worries if you’ve since decided not to pursue the major you included on your Barnard app. You can change advisers, and many students select a new adviser during the major declaration process at the end of their sophomore year. During this meeting, you will sign up for an appointment sometime between Wednesday and Friday to meet with your adviser individually for formal introductions, discussion of tentative plans, and to solidify your fall program. Be sure to write down your appointment time so you don’t forget!

Tours of Columbia University/Morningside Heights, 11am-12pm, Barnard Gates/Diana Center Lobby
Still having trouble finding your way around campus? Want to explore your new neighborhood? While not required, these tours can be very helpful. And for the record, students much older and wiser continue to have trouble getting around campus.

Charting the Course, Held Lecture Hall, 304 Barnard Hall
Session 1: Wednesday, August 28, 1:30-3pm
Session 2: Thursday, August 29, 9:30-11am
It is required that all Barnard students attend one of the Charting the Course sessions, led by Dean Hollibaugh and members of Barnard’s faculty and administration. The Schedule Book encourages students to attend both, as different speakers will be present at each session. We encourage that you attend one session, especially if you are concerned about the academic transition from high school to college, but both sessions seems a little excessive (and we’re pretty neurotic ourselves).

Perspectives on Diversity, Lehman Lawn
Session 1: OL Groups 1-35, 3-4:30pm
Session 2: OL Groups 36-75, 4:30-6pm
There’s really no way to get out of this required event as you meet up with your OL group beforehand, but it’s important that you attend nonetheless. One of the most important lessons students learn (and continue to learn) in college is dealing with people of different backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. The people within your hometown and high school were probably fairly homogeneous; college may be the first time many of you encounter someone with whom you don’t quite see eye-to-eye or who doesn’t see the world quite as you do. A good introduction to the many forms of diversity at Barnard and Columbia, this event reinforces that these differences are something to learn from and celebrate.

Alma Mater in Spring Breakers.

OL Sibling Dinner, 6-8pm, Lehman Lawn
Bagged meals are nothing to look forward to, and dinner with first-years at Columbia is probably going to be awkward unless you’ve made friends with students across Broadway. Community Forum is worth it though.

Community Forum, 8-10pm, Low Plaza (Rain Location: Levien Gym, Dodge Physical Fitness Center, Columbia University)
Once everyone has found a seat on the steps (which can get uncomfortable after a while), there will be a presentation about the history of Columbia University, the four undergraduate colleges, and the demographics of the Class of 2017. It does get dull (exacerbated by the seating arrangements), but the glow stick dance party at the end of the night is a highlight of NSOP.

Day 5, Thursday, August 29, 2013

Alumna Summer Reading Forum, 1:30-3pm, Event Oval
Alumna and author Elizabeth Benedict ’76 returns to Barnard to speak about her book Mentors, Muses & Monsters, which was mailed to you earlier this summer. This event is not required and is not a big draw, unless you really enjoyed the book. For those students who didn’t do their summer reading “assignment,” you can sleep into the afternoon without missing anything.

Mapping Your First Year with Health Services, 3:30-6pm, Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Columbia University
This required event begins with a play about first-years at Barnard and Columbia trying to navigate their way through their first semester while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and culminates with the infamous Consent 101: Keeping Sex Sexy! workshop. The play is funny enough, and Keeping Sex Sexy! is a relatively painless reiteration of what you probably learned in high school health class. Regardless of your education or experience, it’s a message that should be discussed and repeated, even with the most bashful of students.

NYC Event, 8-11pm, Victorian Gardens in Central Park
Each year Barnard and Columbia first-years celebrate the end of NSOP with a party at a New York City attraction. This year, you’ll enjoy free admission to the Victorian Gardens amusement park in Central Park, as well as a DJ-fueled dance party. OLs are stationed en route to help you find your way, starting at the 116th Street subway station. Put on your highest heels and finest clubbing attire and get your party on.

Need a break from NSOP? You’ve earned it.

Other Noteworthy Events:

eBear Essentials, Friday, August 30, Held Lecture Hall, 304 Barnard Hall
Session 1: 11:30am-12:30pm
Session 2: 12:30-1:30pm
We encourage you to attend this required event because eBear’s layout makes us believe it was developed before we were born and there are plenty of upperclasswomen who always forget how to print out a copy of their schedule (or is that just me?).

Neighborhood Tours, times and locations vary through Labor Day Weekend
Spend your last weekend of summer exploring New York beyond the Morningside Heights community. If you want to blaze your own trails, check out New York’s City’s beaches, from legendary Coney Island to The Ramones’ inspiration Rockaway Beach.

Meet & Greet, Sunday, September 1, 9:30am-6:30pm, Lerner Hall, Columbia University
Clubs and organizations at Barnard and Columbia want to recruit you! If you’re interested in getting involved on campus and meeting awesome people along the way, stroll through the wide variety of offerings in Lerner Hall. The Nine Ways of Knowing will be there, and come say hi if you’re interested in any and all aspects of blogging: writing, editing, and photography.

Community Night III, Monday, September 2, 6:30-8pm, Your Residence Hall
Tomorrow is the big day! Before you prepare for your first day of classes, check in with your hallmates and RA to establish expectations for the year. Afterwards, get a good night’s sleep for a kickass start to the semester.

Click here for Days 1-3 and Transfer Students.

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