As many of you probably know, the first day of Barnard’s Room Selection for the 2014-2015 year happened today. Regardless of the outcome, this process almost always comes with a lot of stress, tension, and worry. Choosing where you’ll be living can feel very high-stakes, and having to form groups can be really challenging, especially for those of us who can’t think of enough people with whom we’d be willing to live, or are having to choose between too many potential roommates, or who don’t have good enough lottery numbers to get a suite for their group in the first place. In light of the added stress that will be present on campus during Room Selection, I wanted to remind our community that you can stop by Well Woman in 119 Reid for a place to vent, or to just hang out, drink tea, and eat chocolate! Staff office hours are from 1 to 4 pm Monday through Friday, and student office hours are from 7 to 9 pm Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I also wanted to leave you with this picture of happy wild swimming pigs, and a link to an article about their island home.
Enjoy your weekends!!
This week, our Monday Message was all about getting a flu shot. Getting a flu shot is an important thing to do for your health and the health of others around this time of year, and it’s especially important in college communities, where people typically live close together. I got my shot at Primary Care’s first Flu Shot Fair of the semester, but if you missed it and don’t want to wait until the next one, Primary Care at Barnard gives flu shots any time by appointment, or on a walk-in basis from 9am to 11:30am Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 4pm on Fridays. Barnard students can reach Primary Care at (212-854-2091) for more information, or to make an appointment!
Me after my flu shot – feeling fine, and I got an awesome sticker!
I just found out about RightRides, an organization in NYC that partners with Zipcar to provide safe rides to individuals who might be at risk for gender-based harassment or assault. They also have other projects aimed at eliminating this kind of harassment. I don’t know very much about them yet, but it sounds like a great cause. Read their mission statement from their website:
RightRides for Women’s Safety builds safer communities by ending gender-based harassment and sexual assault. We work towards this by community organizing and offering direct service, safety education and advocacy programs.
Through our flagship RightRides program, we offer women and LGBTQGNC individuals a free, safe, late night ride home on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:59 PM – 3 AM, (early Saturday and Sunday mornings) in 45 NYC neighborhoods across four boroughs. To call for a ride, the dispatch number is (888) 215-SAFE (7233). Since 2004, more than 6,000 individuals have received safe passage home.
And check out the rest of their page here!
Today was the first day of room selection, for groups of all rising seniors. While Barnard offers some great housing options, the selection process can be incredibly stressful, and doesn’t always turn out the way we hope it will. So on that note, to those who haven’t selected yet, good luck! To those who have, I hope you’re happy with what you got! To everyone, take some time during the process to relax and think about how best to be well in the upcoming academic year, whatever your living situation.