The Students

Barnard's students are a diverse and interesting lot.


They hail from nearly every U.S. state and more than 45 countries, explore 50 majors and 2,000 classes, and look at the world in their own brilliant ways. Meet some of these exceptional young women and hear about their lives in New York City: what they study, what they love to do, and what they hope to find.




Nika's collection of poetry is based on her work with Syrian refugees.

Economics major Grace Shadid '16 fell in love with pole vaulting at a young age.

Rachel Herzog '15 directs the Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group's production of Euripides' Ion.

A swimmer whose specialty stroke is the butterfly, Trudi Patrick is a member of the Columbia Lions Women’s Swimming/Diving team.

Computer science major Jada Hawkins is the co-founder of Athena Digital Design

Writer and feminist activist Julie Zeilinger '15 is the founder and editor of and the author of two books, Little F’d Up and College 101

Ariane recently played Liesl in NBC's production of "The Sound of Music Live!" She also plays Eve in Darren Aronofsky's film Noah

Keyanna works in Barnard College's Arthur Ross Greenhouse. Her goal is to make urban spaces greener.

Cinneah is a peer educator at the Barnard-Columbia Rape Crisis Anti-Violence Support Center

Gabby creates content for teen girls at Rookie Magazine and worked as a DIY blogger at Buzzfeed

Joanne's desire to paint grew out of her passion for cartooning. Her newest project involves illustrating a children's book.  

Lulu is the founder of the Barnard/Columbia Design for America Studio, a network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design for local and social impact.