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Events/Workshops

First-in-Family Programs (FiF) serves Columbia’s first-generation undergraduates in order to help them thrive in the college environment. We offer programs, academic advising, social events, and informal support to build community and help all Columbia students excel.

First-in-Family Fall Events & Workshops

First Week Check-in
Friday, Sept. 8, 2-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
 
Career Fair Preview
Friday, Sept. 15, 10-12:45pm – Location: TBA
 
Train your Brain: The Science of Time Management workshop
Friday, Sept. 15, 2-3pm – Lerner Hall 401
 
Writing 101: Writing Practices for Success
Friday, Sept. 22, 2-3:00pm - Lerner Hall (An event for first-year first-gen students)
 
Career Day: Columbia Entrepreneurship
Friday, Oct. 6, 1-2:00pm - Location: TBA
 
How to Connect with Faculty
Friday, Oct. 27, 2:00-3:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
 
First-year Spring Group Advising Sessions
Friday, Nov. 3, 12-2:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
 
How to Survive Finals Workshop
Friday, Dec. 8, 1-2:00pm - Lerner Hall 401
 
Study Break with Stress Busters 
Friday, Dec. 15, 12:00-2:00 - Lerner Hall 401
 
Additional Events Throughout the Term:
How to Succeed in Frontiers of Science; Alumni panels & dinners; Fellowships and Study Abroad seminars; Career Outings, etc.
 

Resources for Students

Your advising dean will work with you to help make your Columbia experience as productive and rewarding as possible. Visit early and visit often to discuss everything from academic planning to college adjustment. Your advising dean is a Columbia expert and can connect you to helpful resources throughout campus.
 
Free tutoring service for select intro courses. If interested, connect with your advising dean.
 
The Financial Aid Office helps you understand your aid and can be of service if you face a financial emergency.
 
Free counseling. CPS can be a resource if you find yourself struggling with difficulties ranging from anxiety to homesickness to stress.
 

Visit Our Office

All students are invited to visit First-in-Family Programs staff. Call or email any time, or visit us during the Berick Center for Student Advising during walk-in hours, Monday through Friday, 3-4:30 p.m.
 
James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising
403 Lerner, 212-854-6378
 
Alex España - Associate Dean
 
Darius V. Echeverría - Advising Dean
 
Catherine Steindler - Advising Dean
 
 

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising

Visit

403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Office Hours
Monday–Friday
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walk-in Hours (Sept-May)
Monday–Thursday
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.