Senior Wisdom: Helam Gebremariam
Written by Bwog Staff
Today, the 6th installment in our Senior Wisdom series…bringing you a bunch of ’07ers you should have met but won’t have time to.
Claims to fame:
Wearing an LLBean backpack with my initials (HAG) monogrammed on the back for most of 3rd and 4th grade, living as an RA in McBain as a SENIOR (I love you McBain 7), facilitating conversations whether or not I’m asked to (shout out to my lovely ROOTEd facilitators). Also, I’m that kid in all the Columbia “look I swear we’re diverse” admissions publications.
Preferred swim test stroke?
Whatever keeps you afloat. Some combination of flailing arms and kicking.
What are three things you learned at Columbia?
1. Institutional change rarely (ever?) happens without student action. Columbia’s divestment from South Africa, the establishment of courses in Ethnic Studies, the foundation of the Malcolm X Lounge, and the creation of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (just to name a few) all came as a consequence and as a result of student protest.
2. TA’s do all the work but don’t even get health insurance.
3. There is Monet and then there’s Manet. Ohh Art Hum…..
Justify your existence in 30 words or less.
Living for and working with the people and communities that I love.
What was your favorite controversy in your time at Columbia?
I thought the massive uprise following the announcement of our Class Day speaker was a bit out of line. If only people got that heated about the other controversies in our time here. Come on guys, the FED! Hate Crimes! And we get all antsy over THIS??
Which professor do you think would be the best kisser?
Eek. I feel like KJ (Kenneth Jackson) was a Matt Dean back in his day.
What percentage of seniors do you think are virgins?
[Insert stereotypical SEAS joke here] I don’t know. 10%?
Would you rather permanently give up oral sex or cheese?
Haha. I plead the 5th. I swear my father has a GoogleAlert on my name.
Days on campus memory?
Days on campus and NSOP have fused into one collective memory. I remember CUnity – was that Days on Campus? I just remember it being really warm and everyone being outside. That seems to happen every year, the prefrosh come, see the students on the grass playing Frisbee, decide to come, and then find out that the grass is only available those 2 days out of the entire year.
Not taking more electives, oh…and majoring in Econ.
If you’re burning for more class of 2007 profiles, check it: Frances Howorth, Josh Bolotsky, Jenni Oki, Seth Flaxman, Maria Baibakova, Karen Fu (scroll), David Chait (scroll), Dan Okin, Anthony Walker, Nick Klagge, Claire Lackner, Paul Sonne, Karina Garcia, and Sakib Khan.