Senior Wisdom: Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti

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Name, Hometown, School, Major: Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti, affectionately known as EKG. NYC, CC, Religion/Human Rights concentration

Claim to Fame: A fondness for hugs, a head for names, and a willingness to get dirty.

Where are you going? Come Fall, I will be heading to Sacramento to begin training for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. I’ll be roaming the Pacific Northwest for a year collaborating on infrastructure and stewardship projects and working to foster urban and rural development.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. Moisturize and floss. Medical professionals have scolded me for inconsistent performance of both. They’re the experts, right?
  2. Practical knowledge: use the bibliographies of scholarly papers to lead to you other valuable sources. When you start noticing a pattern of names, then you know you’ve gotten yourself into that circle of the academic world. I wasted aching hours on CLIO before I figured out this little gem.
  3. In the four years at CU, many share accolades on public forms, express excitement about achievements, and generally #win. Self-doubt creeps in through these cracks in your Facebook wall. Take heart, though: we exist here as a community of peers. The successes of others functionally augment the collective well-being; we are all made stronger by each other’s accomplishments. A healthy dose of competition does the body and brain good, but sharpen your claws too sharply and you’ll end up cutting your own jugular.

“Back in my day…” I’m currently in an awesome if unexpected relationship with a freshman (everybody always said I was maternal), so Sir Mike of Carman fame has been a much more familiar face than I had anticipated. It’s a comfort to know that that the class of 2015 is passionate, intelligent, and willing to hang out with a geezer like me.

That being said, it’s Frontiers. I’ll have none of this Fro Sci shit.

Justify your existence in 30 words or less: Professor Zoo. Pooping in Butler. Give and Go Green. Pithily titled, silly projects.

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? Where the hell did this rhetoric of “War on ___” come from? Seriously, Google “War On” and you get “War on Religion”, “War on Terror”, “War on Drugs”, “War on Want”, and now ““War on Fun.” I though war was good for the economy? Why are we in such a recession if there’s so much combat?

Speaking of battle, though, my Assassins story is pretty entertaining. As a freshman, I played Assassins totally unprepared for the insanity that the game required and evoked. My target lived in Beta house and operated elusively; I knew I needed to surprise him at home if I wanted to be successful. Impulsively, I ran to Beta and rang the front door, no plan in mind for what I would do when someone answered. One of my target’s teammates serendipitously opened the door for me and asked who I was looking for. Without thinking or reason, I blurt out “Lenny”, referring to my tall German friend who had nothing to do with the circumstances. “Lemmy?”, he asked as my eyes widened and pulse quickened. “Yeah, Lemmy lives here. I don’t remember where, though. Let me check.” The dude proceeded to walk me to my target’s room where he checked about the living situation. As my target turned to his computer, I snaked my arm through the doorframe like lightning and shot him in the back, shouted “GLOCK GLOCK!”, and then ran down the stairs and out the door.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? As long as somebody is eating, I don’t have a preference.

Advice for the class of 2016:

  • Seriously do not take yourself seriously, at least not all the time.
  • Get to know Raj Ramachandran, generally found in Butler Café. He is an integral part of this campus. Give and Go Green could not have possibly happened without his help, and every interaction with him is a pleasure. Also, hey, spend time getting to know the people who make this place run.
  • Lastly, there’s nothing like a fire burning in your belly. Try to discover the things, people, and motivations that light one, and don’t be concerned if sometimes that fuel isn’t what you expect it to be.

Any regrets? Sometimes I wish I were premed so that I could become a cardiologist and fulfill my nominal destiny.

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  1. Best response  

    to the oral/cheese question ever.

  2. RRA  

    After reading this, I feel warm inside. There is no one like you, EKG.

  3. LM

    EKG is one of the most genuinely talented, witty, kind-hearted, and humble people I know.

    Have fun saving the world next year!

  4. Anonymous

    There are few people here that can brighten your day the way EKG does. She's just amazing and this senior wisdom is one of the best I've read.

    Also, I was on her assassins team and she rocked at it. Very sneaky.

  5. gumption  

    So much love for this fine fine lady

  6. Raj from Butler Cafe  

    God incarnate.

  7. These..  

    ..senior wisdoms are getting hotter and hotter.

    ...Still just have to go back and read them now.

  8. CC'12  

    EKG word on Frontiers

  9. Anonymous  

    Elizabeth is a very smart and awesome person, but she's also extremely fake. She tries to be friends with everybody, and ends up with very few real friends in the process.

  10. Raph  

    I <3 you. Nothing to be Anonymous 'bout.

  11. CC 12  

    EKG, you are an amazing, wonderful, talented person. Stay awesome!

  12. Anonymous

    I have a pretty strong fake-dar and think EKG is one of the most genuine and wonderful people here.

  13. Anonymous

    ^(that was in response to the previous "Anonymous")

  14. Anonymous  

    She was in my Art Hum class and is such a sweet girl. I really appreciate her saying to get to know Raj, he is such a nice man and always says hi, along with a lot of the other Columbia staff.

  15. this girl

    literally tried to start a secret society her senior year


  16. Anonymous  

    it was very secret.

  17. Platonic Sir  

    Ah - this lady is just so dedicated, so intelligent, insightful, compassionate, helpful, expressive and FUN that one can't help but be caught under her spell. I'm so so so glad I've had the chance to get to know her, as her propensity for honest, genuine conversation and holistic support is beyond comparison. A truly inspiring individual, she's CONSTANTLY wowing me by pulling out a new talent that I'd never known she had. Singing, ukelele, acting, etc.

    I'm so grateful that she's been here at Columbia, verily living out the notion that we're all in this together, so we might as well eat, drink and be merry as we learn.

  18. Anonymous  

    The oral sex/cheese question is the only proper measure of one's character, honestly. She wins.

  19. Rega  

    EKG, thank you for always smiling, hugging, and for always finding the time, regardless of what plays or projects or world-saving you're doing, to be kind. You've made Columbia a warmer place.

  20. Anonymous  

    EKG was in my Race and Place class and she just constantly wowed me with her intellect and sheer beauty. YOU ARE JUST TOO GOOD EKG.

  21. AmeriCorps  

    NCCC is awesome! I hope you enjoy your travels around the Pacific Northwest!

  22. Anonymous

    BWOG keep the senior wisdoms coming!! but maybe include an athlete or two??

  23. Adrenaline Sister  

    Elizabeth is marvelous! Brilliant lady to be in class with, a blast to live with, a fantastic listener, ridiculously talented singer and actress, and of course a fearless skateboarder. Keep on keepin' on beautiful!

  24. Aurora  

    I am so sorry that I only got to know her our last semester as she is such a sweet, caring, and funny person who is unabashedly herself. You will be missed, EKG!!

  25. Anonymous  

    Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti is the most wonderful and caring person I know. For all our ups and downs, it has been a pleasure.

  26. Somebody Eating  

    --wait is that a double entendre?

  27. Shamm Petros  

    You are amazing EKG!!!! I really want to be more like you! also, that was the best answer to the cheese question.

  28. Anonymous  

    HUGE crush on EKG

  29. Anonymous

    Interesting regret comment- I assumed she would have mentioned her campaign/ withdrawal last spring and the people she letdown .

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