Your student council presidents would like to say hello and impart a few words of wisdom. Listen to them!
Lara Avsar, SGA President
Welcome (back) to Barnard!
I hope you had a wonderful summer! Whether this is your first time on campus or the first week of your last year, get ready for a great 2010-2011! I honestly hope that y’all are as excited as I am for events like CU Homecoming, Spirit Day, Big Sub, and Midnight Breakfast! (First-years, you will figure out the awesomeness of these events soon enough!)
Also for the first-years, the best advice that I can give you is to get involved and enjoy every minute of your time here. I think the seniors will agree with me when I say that it goes by way too fast. One opportunity to get involved is through SGA First-Year Elections. They will be held at the beginning of the semester and I really hope you will consider using this opportunity to become leaders on campus. If you have any questions or concerns about this (or really anything), feel free to email me (email@example.com) or stop by the SGA Office (304 Diana).
Learned Foote, CCSC President
Welcome to Columbia College! You’ll soon learn that this is a decentralized university. And when you’re walking to 3 different buildings to accomplish 1 task, you’ll be happy that we enjoy a dense city campus.
As you choose between hundreds of different organizations to join, both on- and off-campus, I recommend you check out student government. Whether you care about academics, pre-professional advising, or even vending machine selections, chances are that the Columbia College Student Council is involved somehow. We write and pass policies that impact student life, carry on College traditions, and more.
Every year, a number of first-years get involved in our projects, and– with a bit of hard work– gain access to the top administrators at Columbia. You can absolutely do the same. Come to a meeting, join a committee, run for election, or just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to vent a bit. Cheers!
Jacqueline Thong, GSSC President
Welcome to orientation! This is said to be the best part of a GS student’s experience here at Columbia. So, embrace it!
If there is one piece of advice I can give you, it is to make the most of your relatively short time here. Beyond learning as much as you can while at Columbia, you should get to know as many people as possible. In other words, I don’t want to see you for the second time on Graduation Day. It’s about whom you know as much as what you know.
Historically, GS students have not been the most active participants of on-campus activities. This year, as president of GSSC, my goal is to devote 100% of our energy to improving student life and encouraging GS students’ participation around campus. Let me give you a list of big, not-to-be-missed events:
- Right after Orientation, we will have a Kick-off Rooftop Party at Hudson Terrace, exclusively for GS students. So, be sure to come out and mingle.
- Then, you might want to start making a stack of official Columbia business cards in time for the alumni networking luncheon.
- Around spring time, you might want to start looking for a date to bring to the fabulous GS Gala.
- Finally, start polishing up those hidden talents of yours for the 2nd Annual Talent Showcase, and join us to be wow-ed by your fellow GS students.
These are some highlights of the many activities we have in store for you this year. So, remember to pick a GSSC September-October event calendar postcard, and watch out for the oh-so-useful weekly reminder emails. Be sure to say ‘hi’ when you are around campus, I would love to know what you are up to and how you are!
I wish you all a great semester ahead.
Chris Elizondo, ESC President
The next four years of your life will cover every adjective in every dictionary of every known language in the universe. Columbia is an incredible institution and has an array of opportunities, but never forget that it was your drive and ambition that got you here and they are sure to get you through and beyond the Gates of 116th. Welcome to the family and attack the City of New York with every ounce of energy in your body, make sure you enjoy your classmates and rip through any conceptions of social normalcy you came to college bearing. Let the madness ensue…