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A Jewish-Asian Barnard Experience

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Anonymous asked: Do you know what the new first-year dean, Rebecca Grabiner, is like? I just admired Dean Hollibaugh so much; it's a bummer she switched departments..

I don’t know anything about her, sorry.

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Anonymous asked: Is anyone really going to care if we have wall decals? I went to pre-college at Barnard in high school and used wall decals. I KNOW that this particular brand is not damaging. I also used pushpins in the wall and did not get fined or reprimanded. Did I just have a cool RA/housinig inspector or is it actually not that big of a deal?

Reslife is soooo hit or miss with fining. If the room already has walls covered in holes with pealing paint or whatever, no one will care if you put new holes into it. But if the wall is freshly painted (every so often they are), you probably will be fined. It also depends on when the RA is checking your room—if your room is the last room she checks in a very long Reid/Sulz hall, then she will probably be a bit more sloppy in finding things to fine you for. Also, with wall decals, yes, you might think that this particular brand will not leave residue, but if for whatever reason something goes wrong, you’d be screwed if you happened to have the wrong RA; if you do use blue painter’s paint, and something goes wrong with that, you will always have the defense of “but I used blue painter’s paint and that’s allowed.”

Also, do keep in mind that following reslife policies re: room decorations isn’t just about incurring fines, it’s also about keeping the rooms nice for other future residents. Barnard rarely touches up the paint or renovates rooms, so a lot of the rooms are very shabby from years of residents putting holes in the walls, leaving command hook residue, or just being careless in general. This makes the rooms feel grosser, shabbier, uglier, and smaller. If you pride yourself for not getting fined for putting pushpins into the walls, then you are probably an asshole; many more people are going to have to live in that room, which will not feel as nice or homey if there is paint peeling or tons of holes in the walls. Think about it, would you really want to move into a room with peeling paint, sticky command hook residue, and tons of holes in the wall?

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Anonymous asked: Define "extra furniture."

Extra chairs (beanbag chairs, butterfly chairs, etc.), rugs, bedside tables, etc.

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Anonymous asked: Yo! Question. Not at all related to college, but you give fantastic advice. So, I received a bunch of scholarship money and I worked my ass off this summer, so I have a comfortable amount of cash. My mom asked if she could use some of it to pay a bill that's been hanging over our head for some time. Problem is, she didn't direct ask, but she hinted, which pisses me off, but that's our family's way. (I do it, too.) Anyways - ADVICE? Should I use school money to pay the bill, or be selfish? xoxoxo

lol I mean I guess if this is the direction this blog is heading

In a perfect world, people would not be financially responsible for their parents until they were helping pay for their parents to go to a retirement home. But obviously, that doesn’t always happens, as there are a lot of different circumstances that might put way more responsibility (financial or otherwise) on a kid than they should have at their age.

First of all, do not touch your scholarship money unless you are paying tuition with it, end of story. That money is not meant to help out your family, it is meant to help you and to help you be able to attend college when you otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

I guess it depends on the nature and the size of the bill. Like, if this bill isn’t paid and your family will lose heat/electricity/water/lodgings/other important thing if it isn’t paid, then I’d offer to help out, but if it’s a credit card bill that’s been piling up over time because your parents have been purchasing luxuries beyond their means, then I think that should be on them. I’m not sure how big this bill is, obviously, but if you’d have to blow all of your savings to pay off this bill, then leave it, it probably wouldn’t be worth it for you.

If you do decide to help your parents out with this bill, then you should make sure that they repay you at some point. Sit down with them and explain your reasoning for paying the bill (you don’t want the family to lose the house, this bill has been making everyone stressed, you want to help out, whatever) and also explain that this really isn’t and shouldn’t be your responsibility and that you’re being pretty generous and that you would like some kind of assurance that you will be paid back at some point. Set up a payment plan for them or a deadline or whatever needs to happen for you to get your money back because, honestly, a family bill should not be your responsibility.

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Things not to bring:
Your entire bookcase. Similar to closet, you likely will not read the entire Harry Potter series again during your freshman year (unless you’re really motivated or committed to reading). Books are heavy and take up valuable space.
Cooking materials. Cooking in the quad is logistically difficult and you’re on such a huge meal plan that you kind of don’t need to. I would instead bring: lots of tupperware so you can pack stuff out of the dining halls; either cheap plastic plates, bowls, and silverware or disposable plates, bowls, and silverware; and whatever you need to make your preferred morning beverage (coffee maker, water boiler, keurig, blender, whatever).
Storage units and additional furniture. You might need these, you might not, but you will not know until you have unpacked and have fully moved in. There are many rooms in the quad where you would be hard pressed to find space for additional storage units and furniture. And many rooms provide sufficient storage that you just won’t need under bed storage units.
Office supplies that you wouldn’t have used in high school. A lot of large “what you need for college” lists tell you that you need office supplies galore, but you really only need what you know works for your study habits. Only buy stuff that you use habitually because the rest will collect dust in its packaging in the back of your desk.
Things on Barnard’s prohibited items list. Some of these things aren’t very obvious, so do double check as you finalize your packing.
Do bring:
An entire semester’s worth of all toiletries. This includes: toothpaste, shower stuff, feminine hygiene products (try something reusable), cosmetics, medications, etc. It’s a pain to have to buy this shit and it’s also nice if you can get your parents to buy it for you while you’re at home. Also, this shit is expensive in NYC.
A lot of socks and underwear. Most college students don’t do laundry as much as they should. Most things can be re-worn for days, but socks and underwear? Not so much. I did laundry three times this summer while living in a house where the nearest laundry facilities were sorta far away on the other side of a big hill and where my only transportation was a kinda shitty bike—could not have done this without like a month’s supply of socks and underwear.
Slippers. You can use your shower shoes for this purpose, but warm slippers really help make the linoleum floor feel more inviting if you don’t feel like buying a rug. (Rugs are a bitch to store.)
Bathrobe and turbie twist. I had never used either of these until this summer and they’ve made my life way easier.
A stapler. You will likely need this for all of your classes. Your professors likely will not bring one to class the day that problem sets or papers are due and it’s awkward to sheepishly ask the desk attendant in Sulz to use their stapler every time you have a p-set due.
Hangers. Okay so maybe this is just something that I forgot, but my brother forgot it too, so I’m guessing it’s a commonly forgotten item.
Over the door hangers. So many of you freak out over the fact that Barnard strictly forbids command hooks, but forget that these beauties exist. Get them and put them on your door if you are pissed that command hooks aren’t allowed.
Blue painter’s tape. You will want to decorate your room immediately. You will forget this. It is expensive af in Morningside Heights. Buy it at Walmart or something.
Power strip. Power outlets are rarely well placed in the quad.
Anonymous said:

about hangers - THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT AND I SO FORGOT THEM AND THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE IN NEW YORK. Try to buy thin hangers to save space (this may be Sulz-specific, but it’s way more important than you think) OR the type that have little hooks on them for dresses/rompers/camis. I’d also strongly suggest a steamer. If not, hang wrinkled clothes up in the showers while you’re in there (as close to the shower as possible BUT DON’T DROP THEM) and it works just as well. Wish I knew that a lot sooner!

Yeah seriously! Bed Bath And Beyond have hangers that can hold like three or five garments each, too… they’re pricey, but they’re great for utilizing space. As for bringing a steamer: I would recommend bringing as few articles as possible that require steaming or ironing. Yeah, business professional or whatever, but (a) you’re not going to dress business professional all that much unless you get an internship that requires it and (b) you can get nylon button down shirts instead of linen button down shirts and you will not have to iron them.

Things not to bring:

  • Your entire bookcase. Similar to closet, you likely will not read the entire Harry Potter series again during your freshman year (unless you’re really motivated or committed to reading). Books are heavy and take up valuable space.
  • Cooking materials. Cooking in the quad is logistically difficult and you’re on such a huge meal plan that you kind of don’t need to. I would instead bring: lots of tupperware so you can pack stuff out of the dining halls; either cheap plastic plates, bowls, and silverware or disposable plates, bowls, and silverware; and whatever you need to make your preferred morning beverage (coffee maker, water boiler, keurig, blender, whatever).
  • Storage units and additional furniture. You might need these, you might not, but you will not know until you have unpacked and have fully moved in. There are many rooms in the quad where you would be hard pressed to find space for additional storage units and furniture. And many rooms provide sufficient storage that you just won’t need under bed storage units.
  • Office supplies that you wouldn’t have used in high school. A lot of large “what you need for college” lists tell you that you need office supplies galore, but you really only need what you know works for your study habits. Only buy stuff that you use habitually because the rest will collect dust in its packaging in the back of your desk.
  • Things on Barnard’s prohibited items listSome of these things aren’t very obvious, so do double check as you finalize your packing.

Do bring:

  • An entire semester’s worth of all toiletries. This includes: toothpaste, shower stuff, feminine hygiene products (try something reusable), cosmetics, medications, etc. It’s a pain to have to buy this shit and it’s also nice if you can get your parents to buy it for you while you’re at home. Also, this shit is expensive in NYC.
  • A lot of socks and underwear. Most college students don’t do laundry as much as they should. Most things can be re-worn for days, but socks and underwear? Not so much. I did laundry three times this summer while living in a house where the nearest laundry facilities were sorta far away on the other side of a big hill and where my only transportation was a kinda shitty bike—could not have done this without like a month’s supply of socks and underwear.
  • Slippers. You can use your shower shoes for this purpose, but warm slippers really help make the linoleum floor feel more inviting if you don’t feel like buying a rug. (Rugs are a bitch to store.)
  • Bathrobe and turbie twist. I had never used either of these until this summer and they’ve made my life way easier.
  • A stapler. You will likely need this for all of your classes. Your professors likely will not bring one to class the day that problem sets or papers are due and it’s awkward to sheepishly ask the desk attendant in Sulz to use their stapler every time you have a p-set due.
  • Hangers. Okay so maybe this is just something that I forgot, but my brother forgot it too, so I’m guessing it’s a commonly forgotten item.
  • Over the door hangers. So many of you freak out over the fact that Barnard strictly forbids command hooks, but forget that these beauties exist. Get them and put them on your door if you are pissed that command hooks aren’t allowed.
  • Blue painter’s tape. You will want to decorate your room immediately. You will forget this. It is expensive af in Morningside Heights. Buy it at Walmart or something.
  • Power strip. Power outlets are rarely well placed in the quad.

Anonymous said:

about hangers - THEY ARE SO IMPORTANT AND I SO FORGOT THEM AND THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE IN NEW YORK. Try to buy thin hangers to save space (this may be Sulz-specific, but it’s way more important than you think) OR the type that have little hooks on them for dresses/rompers/camis. I’d also strongly suggest a steamer. If not, hang wrinkled clothes up in the showers while you’re in there (as close to the shower as possible BUT DON’T DROP THEM) and it works just as well. Wish I knew that a lot sooner!

Yeah seriously! Bed Bath And Beyond have hangers that can hold like three or five garments each, too… they’re pricey, but they’re great for utilizing space. As for bringing a steamer: I would recommend bringing as few articles as possible that require steaming or ironing. Yeah, business professional or whatever, but (a) you’re not going to dress business professional all that much unless you get an internship that requires it and (b) you can get nylon button down shirts instead of linen button down shirts and you will not have to iron them.

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Anonymous asked: Can you have overnight visitors during NSOP?

Yes, but please please please make sure it’s okay with your roommate(s) first.

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Anonymous asked: Do dorm windows have blinds/shades? Or if not is there a rod to hang a curtain? (If you happen to know what's in Sulz that would be most helpful)

All dorm rooms have blinds, but you can bring your own rod and curtains to add a personal touch to your room if you want.

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Anonymous asked: whats barnard babysitting club

Barnard Babysitting Agency!

It’s a student run organization on campus that connects students to parents who need babysitters. You attend an orientation and are given access to the online database, from where you will find jobs. It’s great, I have three regular families that I met through the Agency and it’s really good money.

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These days, mathematics books tend to be awash with symbols, but mathematical notation no more /is/ mathematics than musical notation /is/ music. A page of sheet music /represents/ a piece of music; the music itself is what you get when the notes on the page are sung or performed on a musical instrument. It is in its performance that the music comes alive and becomes part of our experience; the music exists not on the printed page, but in our minds. The same is true for mathematics; the symbols on a page are just a representation of the mathematics. When read by a competent performer (in this case, someone trained in mathematics), the symbols on the printed page come alive- the mathematics lives and breathes in the mind of the reader like some abstract symphony.

Keith Devlin- The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible

Enjoying my lovely birthday gift from exponentiate <3

(via a-heart-of-calcifer)

(via ryanandmath)

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Anonymous asked: is it true that chinese is only taught in traditional at the university? please let me know!

I’m not familiar with the Chinese program, sorry.