Actual Wisdom: Prabhjot Singh
Written by Bwog Staff
Next up in the series is Prabhjot Singh, professor of international and public affairs at SIPA, who’s been in the news a bit recently. You could probably find even more wisdom on his Twitter @prabhjotsinghNY.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Bwog, you are like the Sphinx! So I will answer duly:
“Make your body a home of equanimity
Acquire shining intellect and insight
Equip your mind with proper knowledge
Thus work for emancipation”
—loose translation of a Sikh shabad
Claim to fame: In my neighborhood, it’s my super friendly, chatty & incomprehensible 15 month old. Also, getting punched in the face.
What’s your most valuable or unexpected college experience? Falling in love, breaking up. Both unexpected. Both valuable.
Back in my day… Drones hadn’t entered the book business.
What’s the craziest student excuse/extension story you’ve heard? “Professor, I had to do an assignment for another class and couldn’t finish yours.” #jilted #forreal? #denied
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? So our young scholar encounters another riddle on his Bwog journey. If this question were for a tenure decision, he would be denied all three.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
- Being “of the City of New York” means more than enjoying its fruits; we must join in its labors.
- It’s the perfect time to retool scholarship to address “street level” problems. It was always the perfect time.
- The students here are preternaturally savvy.
What’s your advice to students/academics/the human race in general? Give back what you can. You’ll have less to carry.
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