|You get to meet Lauren Graham. Because Barnard is awesome.|
Welcome Barnard Class of 2018! Yesterday you moved into your dorm, met your roommate(s), and said goodbye to your family. Over the next couple of days, you will have the chance to become better acclimated with campus, Morningside Heights, and the rest of New York City. Some activities will be more appealing than others, and we encourage you to pursue those that interest you. Get to know your roommates, suitemates, and floormates, but also take opportunities to meet students beyond your hall. You may be overwhelmed, but that’s okay! No two NSOP experiences are the same, and while you should attend all mandatory events, be sure to make the most of each day on your terms. A whirlwind of a week is ahead, and we’re here to help guide you! Check back with The Nine Ways of Knowing for updates, and bookmark the NSOP 2014 Schedule Book for easy reference. Welcome to Barnard, Class of 2018! We wish you a good NSOP and all the best in the coming semester!
Monday, August 25, 2014
Barnard College Campus Tours
10:00-11:00 am and 3:30-4:30 pm
Leaving from the Barnard Gates at 117th Street and Broadway, these tours seek to familiarize students with Barnard. Our campus may only be four blocks long, but there’s certainly a lot to take in! We suggest printing out a copy of your class schedule (printing labs are located in the basement of the Quad) and noting what buildings your classes are in, so you can do a dry run before next Tuesday.
Dinner with OLs – MANDATORY
Whether you love or hate your OL (Orientation Leader) group, you have to go to dinner with them. If you’re less than excited about dining with your group, don’t worry – they don’t exist after NSOP, and there are plenty of opportunities to find friends as the week progresses. The one thing you will have to get used to is Hewitt Dining Hall, and we make no promises about the food selection.
Alumna Book Club
This is not a mandatory event, but it might as well be. You were sent a copy of Someday, Someday, Maybe, the debut novel of actress and Barnard alumna Lauren Graham (BC ’88), aka your childhood idol Lorelai Gilmore from the hit television show Gilmore Girls. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, as we’re sadly stuck fangirling at home. If you head over to the Diana Center’s Event Oval, you’ll have the opportunity to have Lauren Graham sign your copy, and we hope you do so, because we might pay you for it. (Seriously, we’re excited. And jealous. Can we redo NSOP? Please?)
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Public Safety and Community Standards Forum – MANDATORY
Today is chock-full of mandatory events, so be prepared for a long day. Your first stop we’ll be the LeFrak Gymnasium, where you’ll be introduced to members of Public Safety, Community Conduct, and ResLife at Barnard. While much of the presentation may seem like common sense, for many of you this will be your first time living on a campus without a parent or guardian. You’re taking on more responsibility for yourself and your belongings, so take their advice to heart.
Wellness Forum – MANDATORY
11:15 am-12:15 pm
Stick around in LeFrak for information regarding your health and wellness while at Barnard. Though this may not be on your radar right now, it’s important to become familiar with the wellness resources on campus, including Primary Care Health Service, the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center, and the Office of Disability Services. If you have not already done so, this is a good time to remember to save important phone numbers in your cellphone should an emergency arise.
Constellations Love NY
By now you’ve been assigned to a constellation based upon your floor in the Quad (ex. all seventh floor residents are Lyras). Over the course of the afternoon, you’ll have the chance to go on a secret activity with your fellow floormates. This event is not mandatory and can be hit-or-miss (some constellations will be assigned more desirable activities than others), but it’s a chance to do something out in the city on Barnard’s dime. You’ll also meet your Constellation Leader (CL), the person responsible for planning events for you throughout the year. Your CL can be a great resource for your first year at Barnard, and you can drop subtle hints about what you’d like to see for your constellation in the coming year. Constellations will meet in the locations below.
Fornax: Diana Center’s Event Oval
Lyra: Diana Center’s Event Oval
Microscopium: Diana Center’s Millicent Carey McIntosh Student Dining Room on the 2nd floor
Octans: Barnard Hall’s James Room on the 4th floor
Pictor: Hewitt Dining Hall North
Pyxis: Hewitt Dining Hall South
Telescopium: Sulzberger Tower’s lounge on the 17th floor
Floor Meeting – MANDATORY
This will be one of many mandatory meetings throughout the year on your floor. Your RA will go over important information for living in Barnard housing, and you must be in attendance. Don’t be the person who shows up 15 minutes late. This is a great opportunity to continue to meet your floormates, and be sure to make plans to head down to the Ice Cream Social later that evening.
Ice Cream Social
Not mandatory, but you should be there because ice cream. The Schedule Book says you’ll be served by Barnard “celebrities,” aka the administrators you’ve seen (and undoubtedly heard from) around campus. No, Cynthia Nixon (BC ’88) will not be scooping your ice cream.
Be sure to follow The Nine Ways of Knowing on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram for NSOP updates throughout the week and Barnard news over the course of the year. Keep an eye out for The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book: Part II on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
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