Senior Wisdom: Lila Neiswanger

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Name, Hometown, School, Major: Lila Neiswanger, Portland (Oregon), Columbia College, Drama and Theater Arts.

Claim to Fame? I’ve designed and teched something like a zillion on-campus productions, I was News Photo Editor for the Spec, I was on the NSOP Committee, I’m working on this year’s Senior Week, I do graphic design for a lot of student groups, and I change my hair color every two weeks or so, maybe you’ve seen it.

Where are you going? Sydney, Australia, for about a year, and then (hopefully) grad school back in the USA.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. Food always tastes better when it’s free.
  2. It’s totally possible to have an excellent time doing almost anything if you’re doing it with people you like. Even homework. Even manual labor. Even waking up early.
  3. The stairs in the back hallways of Lerner Hall are so, so much faster than the ramps or the elevators. Find them. Use them.

“Back in my day…” Some people actually used their ROLM phones and Ferris Booth served better food.

Justify your existence in 30 words or less: I’m like a craft supplies boy scout: always prepared. I walk a little too fast. Sometimes I wear winter hats even when it’s warm out.

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? I’m not sure I’d say there ever was a War on Fun. At any institution, there are going to be rules about what you can and cannot do. Having worked with the side that establishes these rules, I understand why a lot of them exist. This doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to have a good time. And it doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of ways to get around the rules.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Oral sex might be awesome fucking, but cheese is fucking awesome.

Advice for the class of 2016:

  • Get involved. There are so many exciting and interesting things to do on campus that you maybe didn’t know even existed. It’s totally cool to just go to a new club one day because you feel like it. In fact, the club members will probably be glad you did.
  • Conversely, you can’t do everything all the time, as much as you would like to. Sometimes, you have to learn to say “no” to things. Not “maybe”, not “we’ll see”, but “no.” The occasional missed opportunity will be more than made up for by the sleep you get and the free time you have.
  • Get off campus. See interesting theater, eat new foods, go for walks in the park.
  • Studying abroad is definitely worth it. I know some people worry they’ll miss out if they go away for a semester, but you’ll see so many new things, meet new people, have interesting and exciting experiences, and you’ll realize which things are most important to you at Columbia because they’re the things you actually miss while you’re away.
  • Play in the snow.
  • Board game night is a fun thing.
  • It might take a while, but eventually you’ll find the perfect niche at Columbia.

Any regrets? I regret that I never spent an afternoon sunning on Low Steps. I regret never joining a pub trivia team. I regret that I didn’t join KCST earlier.

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  1. Anonymous  

    Don't know her that well, but what I know I liked. You're a cool girl, Lila. Good luck with everything!

  2. The Dark Hand

    >News Photo Editor for the Spec

    Good riddance

  3. Matt  

    Truly an awesome person. She will be missed sorely!

    Much love, Lila!

  4. CC'14

    Lila came up to talk to me at this cookout thing during NSOP, and she was incredibly friendly. You probably don't remember me, but I definitely remember thinking you (and your hair) were awesome.

  5. cr  

    Lila is simply the best.

  6. Lila

    is one of the most incredible people I've ever met at this school. WE'LL MISS YOU NEXT YEAR!

  7. Anonymous  

    So you're one of the reasons senior week is pathetic.

    It's embarrassing that there are events that can not hold the entire class. Its senior week not selective senior week.

    • Anonymous  

      RUDE Lila Neiswanger is one of the people working hardest to make sure that the events can accomodate your ungrateful ass. She is also a complete class act and has more skill in one tie-dyed hair follicle than most of us have in our whole bodies. ILU LILA

    • woah buddy  

      I'd like to see you do better. I didn't get all the shit I wanted but at least I recognize the ridiculous amount of effort that went into planning senior three days.

  8. CC 12  

    Knowing Lila since way back when in freshman year, I can say that she has always been an awesome, awesome person. Congratulations, Lila!

  9. Anonymous

    I can't wait for all you loud obnoxious columbia students to leave the neighborhood.
    You attend a college in the middle of a city, yet act like you are on a college campus. Take your drinking, puking asses back to the place you came from. Good riddance!!

  10. Anonymous  

    She has a neis wang

  11. Shakespeare  

    Oh, Lila Neiswanger, the kind, the smart,
    The wise, committed friend and great T.D
    She has the coolest hair, but a warm heart,
    And I'm glad she loves KCST.

    At times she's blunt, but she is never mean.
    Through this, she gives direct, silly, honest
    and awesome advice to twenty-sixteen.
    (Listen and you'll succeed as promised!)

    I'm glad I met Ms. Lila my first year,
    We've had some talks that I'll never forget.
    She's become one of my closest friends here;
    I wonder where I'd be had we not met.

    Oh how I will miss Lila when she's gone.
    And I'm sorry this meter isn't spot-on.

  12. Anonymous  

    LILA IZ AWESUM!!!1111!!!eleven1!1!!

  13. CC '13  

    Lila is one of nicest people at Columbia. Gonna miss her next year.

  14. Anonymous

    I saw you eating cheese on a toothpick at west side market. it was like sex!!

  15. Anonymous

    I usta love this neighborhood. Youth! Fun! Now, I know just how awful living right next to a university full of privileged aholes is like. Can't wait til my lease is over.

  16. Anonymous

    Track me cause you don't like what i say?


    Bring us Sam Klug

  18. The Masked Cloak  





  19. Anonymous

    hey lila nice wanker!

  20. Anonymous

    seriously, now you can get a nice dye.

  21. Anonymous

    BWOG is only for comments they deem acceptable.

  22. Anonymous

    its only tiny til its in your mouth!

  23. Anonymous

    so, if a comment is posted that bwog does not like, it is censored?
    What kind of blog is this?

  24. Anonymous  

    she unnecessarily makes rude comments about barnard and their students. like the girl, love the girl! have worked with her on many shows, but that always seems low of her to do.

  25. Anonymous  

    The Columbia theater community is not going to be the same without Lila. She will be dearly missed.

  26. Jessie  

    Lila, my girl crush on you will never subside. I can't wait to see what you do! You're amazing, and I'm grateful to have known you.

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