Senior Wisdom: Emma Sulkowicz

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Emma Sulkowicz

Re-enter the real world after your finals today with another senior wisdom from an outgoing senior! We bring you Emma Sulkowicz and her words of wisdom this Monday night.  

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Emma Sulkowicz, CC, Visual Arts, New York, NY

Claim to fame: None.

Where are you going? I’m going to stay in New York for a bit and chill out after the craziest year I’ve ever had.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2019?

1. Feminism is cool, and super important. Try a class with Rosalyn Deutsche if you want to see why feminism is so cool! She was the first person to explain it in a way that made sense to me.

2. It’s impossible to make change and stay sane without the right support. I would be nothing without my friends and the professors who guided me. They’ve taught me more than I could have ever learned just in class.

3. We all freak out because we feel friendless at some point. I know just as well as anyone: that feeling of being too weak and depressed to get out of bed in the morning, or the feeling of waking up on a wet pillow soaked with tears. But you all are loved. You all might be mired in shit right now, but I promise you that you are loved. Your real friends get that you’re not perfect, and that’s why they love you.

“Back in my day…” ADP was cool.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I’ll never justify my existence through words. I hope my actions speak louder than my words ever will.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Feminism and Postmodernism in Art with Rosalyn Deutsche. Photo with Tomas Roma. Sculpture 3 with Jon Kessler. Sculpture 3 with Rirkrit Tiravanija. Senior Thesis with Emily Henretta and Tomas Vu. Text, Magic, Performance with John Pemberton. Modern Dance with Caitlin Trainor and Jodi Melnick. Music Hum with Martha Newland. Intro to Digital Audio with Brad Garton. Philosophy of Art with Lydia Goehr. 20th Century Art with Rosalind Krauss and Catherine Damman. CC with Andrew Nathan and Souleymane Diagne. Art Hum with Brigid von Preussen. Painting 1 with Miguel Cardenas. Lit Hum with Anjuli Raza Kolb.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese: Oral sex pales in comparison to cheese. The cream cheese at Absolute Bagels is basically oral sex, anyways. (Does cream cheese count?)

One thing to do before graduating? Find others who share your passions and surround yourself with them and create a passionate network of passionate people feeling passionate feelings and thinking passionate thoughts. It’s like an awesome form of masturbation.

Any regrets? I regret not beginning my feminism-studies the moment I got to campus. I regret living in Schapiro my junior year. I regret not having a lawyer guide me through my investigation, attend my hearing, and help write my appeal request in 2013. I regret trusting people who did not deserve my trust. At least, through all of this, I’ve learned who does deserve my trust now!

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  1. interesting  

    in a total reversal of roles, Emma just trolled Bwog

  2. Anonymous  

    you know, i may not agree with what she's done, but she seems cool. and her senior widsom was infinitely better and more down to earth than zoe ridolfi starr's...

  3. Paul  

    That blue hair is sexy af

  4. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    dis gon be gud

  5. Anonymous  

    RIP comment section

  6. co-survivor  

    you are a role model to me, and i think you are incredibly brave. thank you for your presence and actions this year!

  7. Anonymous

    ADP was never cool

  8. Anonymous

    "awesome form of masturbation" -How Very Classy!

  9. anon

    Thank god for the track button.

  10. Anonymous

    "The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed, the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction." - Bertrand Russel

  11. Anonymous  

    So Rosalyn Deutsche is to blame?

  12. Emma Sulcowicz  

    Bush did 9/11

  13. hah  

    your lawyer would have noted that you had no evidence to launch an investigation, you irrelevant, spineless fool

  14. Ben

    What semester was text magic performance last offered? who was the prof.

  15. lol  

    i love how Bwog is deleting all the negative comments
    you guys are honestly pathetic

  16. Serpent  

    Why are all of these senior wisdoms from activists? There are plenty of people at this school who are not activists. Why did this person get one over me?

  17. Anonymous

    "Claim to fame: None." lol

  18. anonymous

    Where's Paul's senior wisdom?

  19. Anonymous  

    You have the support of lots of people here. Best to you Emma!

  20. Anonymous

    Emma won't get a real job in NYC because her hipster visual arts major only qualified her to carry mattresses around. Good thing she found feminism so she'll be able to blame the patriarchy instead of the fact she picked a shitty major.

  21. Anonymous

    is this the one who carries a bed across campus?

  22. Still confused

    So, it's ok to falsely accuse as long as you're artistic about it?

  23. Still confused

    So, it's ok to falsely accuse someone as long as you're artistic about it?

  24. GOOD Riddance!

    I believe the rest of your life will be marked by your stunt in a negative, rather than positive way and and your conscience (if you still have any) will get to ya! Have a nice life! Your name will be in the annals of the notorious false accusers, bad, wannabe artists, and people without integrity.

  25. How can she live with herself?

    How can she live with herself?

  26. Anonymous

    George Bush doesn't care about black people

  27. Hmm

    Why is everyone so angry when exactly no one (besides a couple of people) know all of the facts?
    We are supposed to be thinkers. Right?

  28. Anonymous

    Dont let the drivel of ignorant mysogenists get you down, Emma! You are strong, you are so brave, and your work has meant the world to all of us who have hurt, who have suffered, and who have been cast aside by our university and our peers. Thank you for all you do.

    • Anonymous

      You are absolutely fucking crazy. She lied, simple as that. They had engaged in anal sex before and she had no problem with it until much later -- when she found out Paul was with other girls.

      She lied for the attention and fame. Stop encouraging it.

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