Letter from the Editor and New 9WK Staff

Dear Readers,

It’s that time of year again, when the chaos of finals finally passes, and when the senior class is getting ready to start their life after Barnard. In these moments of transition, I look back on my time so far at Barnard, with The Nine Ways of Knowing, and with the wonderful people I have met along the way.

I joined The Nine Ways of Knowing as a First Year, when Samantha Plotner, co-founder of the publication, was a senior. It has been an honor to know her, as well as Olivia Goldman, the Editor-in-Chief at the time, for they helped me feel like a part of the Barnard community from the start. It is through them that I started to find a place for me in the Morningside Heights community. I stuck with the blog up to now, because I still believe in its mission; The Nine Ways of Knowing still continues to be a website by Barnard students for Barnard students, covering events and issues that truly interest us. I hope in my time as Editor-in-Chief, I have continued to live up to this mission, as well as the legacy of the ones who came before me.

I was only Editor-in-Chief for one semester. The Editor-in-Chief before me, Zoe Baker-Peng, is currently studying abroad in Copenhagen and travelling all over Europe (her pictures always give me a little wanderlust). Zoe’s time on the blog was wonderful, and when she left, I had big shoes to fill. This semester has been full of challenges. For starters, I absolutely hate public speaking; talking in front of groups scared me. However, the members of the blog were receptive and open, that it never seemed like I was talking to the members; it was always a grand conversation. Another challenge for me, and for many of us, was trying to stay afloat and find some balance with school, work, extracurricular activities, and other commitments. This challenge has been there since taking my first steps through the gates, but it felt even more difficult this semester.

Luckily, I had an amazing E-Board who helped me out, and a receptive and creative group of writers who made my time as the Editor-in-Chief so enjoyable. I want to thank Laura K. Garrison, our Senior Editor, for helping me out with the blog and beyond. Laura, I hope everything works out for you after graduation! I also want to thank the rest of our E-Board; Kat, Danielle, and Clara, you’ve made my life so much easier in so many ways. To this day, I look forward to our meetings. They always felt like a time where we take a deep breath and enjoy ourselves before getting into the havoc of another week.

I want to say a special Shout Out to the amazing Barnard Class of 2015. Earlier this semester, we restarted our Senior Snapshot project, and we had thirteen amazing women reply, with our last senior’s submission to be posted very soon. To the seniors who submitted a Senior Snapshot, you all rock! To all the seniors who graduated from Barnard yesterday, congratulations! I really wish you the very best.

Another year has come and gone, and, before you know it, the 2015-2016 school year will start again, with many changes to Barnard and to The Nine Ways of Knowing. I will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief to take a few Editorial positions, including my beloved New York Editorial position that I held last year. Our new Executive and Editorial Boards are below. These members have shown their dedication and love for the blog, and I could not be happier to have them on board next year. I hope all of you will stay on for the ride as well.

Executive Board 2015-2016
Co-Editors-in-Chef: Katherine Aliano Ruiz and Danielle Owen
Senior Editor: Clara Butler
Social Media Strategists: Clara Butler and Danielle Owen
Contributing Editor: Jessica Gregory
Managing Editor: Manuela Hiches

Editorial Board 2015-2016
Girl Talk Editor: Katherine Aliano Ruiz
Features Editor: Danielle Owen
Politics Editor: Danielle Owen
Food Editor: Jessica Gregory
Opinion Editor: Jessica Gregory
New York Editor: Mariah Castillo
Arts Editor: Mariah Castillo
Photography Editor: Manuela Hiches
On Campus Editor: Manuela Hiches

I’m saving the best “thank you” for last: thank you readers for sticking with us this whole year. Your views and comments always mean so much to me and the Nine Ways staff. To quote one of previous Editors-in-Chief, “Whether you are a student, an alumna, or a prospective student, we hope our blog has given you a better picture of what Barnard means to us.” We hope we’ve been able to connect with you all in some way, and we hope that you will continue to read and interact with us in the future.

Have a wonderful summer!

So much blogluv,
Mariah Castillo
Class of 2016, Barnard College


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