The Annotated NSOP Schedule Book: Part II

Get ready to PARTAY!

By now, you’re probably in your NSOP groove. You know what to look forward to each day, you’ve found a group to attend events with, and have gotten a taste of the opportunities available to you as a college student in New York City. If you’re still trying to find your way, no worries! There’s still plenty of time to meet new people and explore new neighborhoods before classes start. With a little guidance from the staff of The Nine Ways of Knowing, you’re on your way to making the most of NSOP!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Please note that Wednesday is the first day of Registration, and every student must register using a computer connected to Barnard Secure at the beginning of every semester. Log on to myBarnard for instructions. Registration begins at 9:00 am and ends Wednesday, September 3. To avoid fines, be sure to register by the deadline.
Being a First-Year Student at Barnard – MANDATORY
9:30-10:30 am
There are plenty of mandatory events to keep you occupied today, so be ready for the long haul. This first event will formally introduce you to the many deans and resources available to you during your time at Barnard. It’s normal to be nervous about the academic transition from high school to college, and you’ll get a better understanding of the expectations put upon you as a first-year. It may seem overwhelming now, but we promise you’ll get the hang of it in no time!
Adviser Group Meetings – MANDATORY
11:00 am-Noon
Depending upon what you listed as your intended major on your Barnard application, you have been assigned an adviser in a Barnard academic department. This group meeting will be your first chance to meet with your adviser and other students assigned to this professor to better understand the role of an adviser during a student’s time at Barnard. If you are having doubts about your intended major, there’s no need to panic! You will formally declare a major your sophomore year and should you choose a different path, you will select a new adviser in that department. Your current adviser is simply here to help you navigate your first couple years at Barnard, and chances are you will have a second (or third) adviser during your time at Barnard. You can find your meeting location here.
Individual Adviser Meetings
Wednesday, August 27, Noon-4:30 pm
Thursday, August 28, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Friday, August 29, 2:00-5:00 pm
During the group meeting, you will have the chance to sign up for a time slot to meet with your adviser one-on-one. Barnard mandates that each student meet with their adviser at least twice a semester, so this is by no means the only chance you’ll get to speak with them in the coming weeks. If you need ideas for conversation starters, discuss your interest in their discipline, your goals for the next four years, or ask their opinion on your fall program. At the very least make yourself memorable in some way, so that they’ll remember you on your next visit to their office!
Pro Tips from Professors: Making the Most of Your Course Work – MANDATORY
Session I: Wednesday, August 27, 1:30-2:30 pm
Session II: Thursday, August 28, 9:30-10:30 am
If thinking about the impending first day of classes makes you anxious, this event should assuage your fears. Located in the Held Lecture Hall at 304 Barnard Hall, you’ll have the chance to hear First-Year Class Dean Rebecca Grabiner and a collection of Barnard professors discuss common academic concerns that students face their first year. The Schedule Book suggests attending both sessions because different professors will be in attendance each day, but only one session is mandatory. While one is certainly helpful, two seems like overkill.
Perspectives on Diversity – MANDATORY
Session I: 3:00-4:30 pm (OL Groups 1-35)
Session II: 4:30-6:00 pm (OL Groups 36-70)
Depending on your group number, you will meet up with your OL group at an above time on Lehman Lawn. As a group, you will head over to an assigned location and meet with a facilitator to begin a dialogue on diversity on the campuses of Barnard and Columbia. College may be the first time in your life in which you meet people of varying backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. It’s important that we respect, value, and celebrate the many voices on this campus, and Perspectives on Diversity is an introduction to that process.
OL Sibling Dinner
6:00-8:00 pm
Meeting again on Lehman Lawn, your OL group will pick up dinner before heading over to an assigned location. This is one of the first official opportunities you’ll have to meet students at Columbia University (boys!), and it may seem a little awkward at first. We promise there will be plenty more opportunities to meet students from the other three undergraduate schools in the coming days.
Community Forum
8:00-10:00 pm
This joint celebration will begin in the Levien Gymnasium at Columbia, and it’s recommended that students use the entrance at 120th Street and Broadway. While the beginning is always dull, the night ends with a worthwhile celebration on Low Steps, perhaps one of the most beautiful spots on Columbia’s campus. Grab your glow sticks and celebrate your arrival at college!
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sexual Violence and Gender-Based Misconduct – MANDATORY, ATTENDANCE TAKEN
Session I: 1:00-3:00 pm (OL Groups 1-35)
Session II: 3:30-5:30 pm (OL Groups 36-70)
Don’t even think about skipping this. Attendance will be taken, and it’s important that all students understand their rights and acknowledge their responsibility in ending sexual violence and gender-based misconduct. OL groups will head over to the Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall at Columbia University.
NYC Event: Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
8:00-11:00 pm
The best part of NSOP week, the NYC Event brings students from Columbia’s four undergraduate colleges together for a party at one of New York’s iconic locations. This year, you’ll dance the night away under the stars at the Intrepid, an aircraft carrier turned museum on the Hudson River. Students are expected to make their own way (preferably in groups) to the museum, located at West 46th Street and 12th Avenue, but OLs will be located along the 1 train line and streets should you need any help. This is a great opportunity to branch out with Columbia students without the awkward, forced feeling of the previous evening.

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 III on Friday, August 29, 2014.

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