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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Your First Days on Campus @ 1:52 PM

Hey Lyras!

Thank you to all who attended our first day of Lyra love, Barnard <3 NYC. Not every day that you get to see a volcano in Times Square and then eat pizza with friends. And our next program is going to be even more ridiculous, so look out for upcoming info...

Just wanted to give you guys some helpful tools to help you navigate campus while you meander during this first week (as we all do). So get out the pencils and notebooks, you're about to get a crash course in Barnard-ology...

1. MAPS! MAPS! MAPS! Sometimes I wish I had my very own Columbia/Barnard GPS system. Hamilton-Milbank-Lehman-Schermerhorn (my personal favorite...try saying THAT 5 times fast). You can always ask a friendly face on campus to direct you, but try this interactive map (http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/) to act as your guide.

2. While CULPA.info is often recommended to first-years as a resource to find teachers, I would like to emphasize that it is not the best idea to rely on other people's rants, good or bad. Take everything with a grain (more like 50 grains) of salt and be as open as you can to exploring new professors and classes-- professors/classes are not one-size-fits-all.

3. While CourseWorks (https://courseworks.columbia.edu/) takes a while to get the hang of, play around with it now. Figure out where articles will be posted, where grades will be posted, if class discussions can be done through CourseWorks, and how professors will post updates. It's a really cool system -- educate yourself on how to use it effectively!

4. Finally... while all of these virtual guides are convenient, never underestimate the power of interacting with *gasp* HUMANS (and Professors most definitely count). Profs and TA's are here to help, so stop by office hours if you want to learn more about the class and if it is appropriate for your interest/level. Try to avoid asking personal questions in a 200-person lecture, but take full advantage of any face-to-face time you can get.

So go get 'em, girls. And keep me posted on your accomplishments! If you get published, are involved in a play (off- or on-campus), chairing a fundraiser, or winning a triathlon LET ME KNOW SO WE CAN BRAG ABOUT LYRAS! This blog is a space to support each other, so let's use it well!

Who run the world? Lyras --

Sara

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