Another year at Barnard has come and gone. It seems only yesterday I was stuck in traffic on I-95, trying to make it back to New York for move-in after my cousin’s Labor Day weekend wedding on Cape Cod. As I stare down my last year at Barnard, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on my college experience, what I’ve accomplished and what more I want to do before I don those Columbia blue robes. The Nine Ways of Knowing has been a huge part of that process.
It’s been almost three years since I first stepped foot on this campus as a first-year, nervous and excited, but mostly nervous. As the first student from my high school to gain admission to Barnard, I was literally blazing my own trails. Like many of the people around me, I felt like I didn’t belong, like I couldn’t relate, and worst of all, that I was not as good as my peers at hiding these insecurities. It seems a miracle, in hindsight, that I eventually found my niche amongst the supportive and tight-knit staff of The Nine Ways of Knowing.
Anxious to find some foothold on campus, I wandered through the NSOP club fair on Lehman Lawn. I had been involved with a literary magazine in high school and figured my best bet would be at the publication tables. There, I was enthusiastically greeted by a group of students – my future fellow Nine Ways staff members – eager to introduce me to their blog. Though I was unsure of my talent at blogging, it was one of the first times I truly felt welcomed on Barnard’s campus. Little did I know how much The Nine Ways of Knowing would shape my experience at Barnard.
Each Sunday night I look forward to our meetings. Our staff gets together to discuss the important issues at Barnard, in New York, and around the world. We voice opinions, get into debate, and see the world around us in a different light. We may not always agree, but we respect one another and celebrate the fact that we go to a school that encourages this dialogue. As I think my fellow staff members will agree, being a part of The Nine Ways of Knowing has made us better, more confident versions of ourselves. It has been an honor sharing our thoughts and opinions with you.
This year, we will say goodbye to three of our dedicated members and wish them all the best with their future endeavors. While a bittersweet moment, their impending graduation is an exciting beginning to their futures. Olivia Goldman has poured her heart and soul into The Nine Ways of Knowing throughout her time at Barnard, often working quietly behind the scenes to make sure our voices are heard across campus. Ama Debrah has been a constant ray of light over the years, and her characteristic wit and humor has shined during staff meetings and in her writing. Caroline Thirkill has never been afraid to speak up, and her strength to speak out is incredibly admirable. We will miss each of them dearly.
As a chapter closes, a new one begins. I look forward to the upcoming year and the contributions of our new and returning staff members. Our new executive and editorial boards for the 2014-2015 year are below. Over the summer, be sure to keep in touch and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. We will be back in late August with coverage of NSOP 2014. In the coming days, we will publish a summer bucket list to enjoy completing during our time off.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to our readers for your comments, concerns, and loyalty. Whether you are a current student, alumna, or prospective student, we hope our blog has given you a better picture of what Barnard means to us. In our exchange of ideas, we hope that you will let us know more of what you want from The Nine Ways of Knowing in the coming year.
Have a happy, healthy, productive summer!
Executive Board 2014-2015
Editor-in-Chief: Zoe Baker-Peng
Senior Editor: Laura K. Garrison
Contributing Editor: Mariah Castillo
Managing Editor: Katherine Aliano Ruiz
Social Media Strategist: Danielle Owen
Editorial Board 2014-2015
New York Editor: Kiani Ned
Arts Editor: Kiani Ned
Features Editor: Mariah Castillo
Girl Talk Editor: Clara Butler
Opinions Editor: Clara Butler
Politics Editor: Danielle Owens
Photography Editor: Manuela Hiches
Food Editor: open position
Professional Editor: open position
Laura K. Garrison
Editor-in-Chief, The Nine Ways of Knowing
Class of 2015, Barnard College