One of the great things about being a SIPA student is that while students have access to the wonderful resources SIPA offers, students also have access to the resources of a world class university comprised of 21 different schools and affiliated institutions. The following entry highlights some of the benefits. The entry was written by SIPA student Carrie Dorn.
Gaining admission to the School of International and Public Affairs not only opens up your access to SIPA’s institutes, events and student groups— it also allows you to access to the rest of Columbia University. Once you learn your way around the International Affairs building and find your favorite seat in Lehman library, students can get so wrapped up in SIPA life that they don’t venture out to explore the rest of campus. Here’s a cheat sheet of resources to take advantage of during your time at Columbia.
Feed Your Brain: CLASSES
Did you hope to enhance your academic repertoire by learning about health literacy, media culture in China or land use law? With SIPA’s flat rate tuition, you can cross register at other graduate schools and may be able to count relevant classes towards your concentration and specialization.
Cozy Up With Your Textbook: LIBRARIES
While SIPA’s Lehman Library has everything you need, why not vary your study environment? Your CU ID gives you access to swipe into libraries all around campus. Many students like Teachers College library, around the corner from SIPA on 120th St., which provides a relaxing environment for students to comfortably do group work. Others enjoy the Social Work Library, located 3 blocks up from SIPA, where windows overlooking Amsterdam Avenue and 121st Street offer direct sunlight and some good people-watching. Night owls may prefer to spend late paper-writing nights uptown in the Health Sciences Library at 168th St., which is bustling with medical students at all hours. With some exploration you can find the perfect study environment for you.
Explore NYC’s Creative Side: CUarts
Even Columbia knows that you didn’t move to New York City to spend all of your time in the library! That’s why the Arts Initiative at Columbia University works to make art and cultural events accessible and affordable for students. Your student ID allows you free admission into more than 30 NYC museums and can get you discounted tickets to movies, restaurants and Broadway shows.
Refuel Your Day: GOOD EATS
Wherever you find yourself on campus, there is no shortage of places to pick up a snack. SIPA students are lucky to have a café on the 6th floor to grab lunch and coffee in between classes. Brad’s, located in the School of Journalism, is a great place to buy coffee, salads or baked goods to help get through your day. You can also watch the buzz around the Morningside campus in their semi-open seating on warm days. In the winter, a better option may be Lenfest Café in the Law school—accessible through the south hallway at SIPA—which offers a variety of sandwiches, sushi and other prepared foods. On Thursdays and Sundays you can find locally produced cheeses, organic veggies and freshly baked bread at the Farmer’s Market while strolling down Broadway (between 114th and 115th Streets).
Relax Underground: MUSIC SPOT
Under the beautiful St. Paul’s Chapel, located right on campus between Avery and Buell Hall, the Postcrypt Coffehouse offers acoustic music every Friday and Saturday night during the school year. In an intimate setting, you can unwind at the end of a busy week while listening to the tunes of local talent.
Columbia University Directory of CLASSES: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/bulletin/uwb/
Columbia University LIBRARIES: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/libraries.html
GOOD EATS: http://www.bradsbrew.com/