Daily Archive: May 9, 2017



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Say (EC)heese!

Here is a byline for probably the shortest senior wisdom ever. We love it though. Congrats, Ricky :’) 

Name, College, Major, Hometown: Richard Wolff; Columbia College; Math/Counting Studies; Winesburg, Ohio

Claim to Fame: Pretty tall. Stares in Butler.

Where are you going? Why do you want to know

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?

1) Sell out.

2) Go down.

3) Grow up.

Also, finish your language requirement before you’re a second semester senior.

“Back in my day…” Cannons was for sex pots, not hot pots. RIP.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer. I pay Student Life Fees, therefore I am.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Algebraic Topology. I’d explain but you wouldn’t understand because you study like history or whatever.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Oral sex

One thing to do before graduating: Ecclesiastes

Any regrets? Not having got IB job at Goldman Sachs. Also, not having played a show with my four-piece jazz combo, the Gold Man Sax.

Not even gonna give this one a jump via Ricky



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I’ve probably spent more of my life in Blue Java than I have in my own suite kitchen, so I’ve wasted a great deal of time staring at and connecting with the little cards stuck in the pastries. But I assume (hope) most of you guys have lives and haven’t really noticed how ridiculous some of them are. Here are some of my favorite ones, enjoy.



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Flower power

Dana Kim is all about cheese pizza and respecting her professors. Check out her senior wisdom!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Yoobeen (Dana) Kim, General Studies, Economics/History, Busan, S. Korea

Claim to fame: Chief of Finance on GSSC and numerous arguments within council about funding this or that. S/o to Bwog’s Jennie and Romane for faithfully sitting through all the long meetings!

Where are you going? Squatting in my NYC apartment for as long as my visa will allow me. JK. Continuing research for a professor in the Economics department, and working for a documentary on Korean diaspora in Latin America.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1)  GSers are much cooler people than I ever imagined. Being a more “traditional” student in that I only took a gap year between my freshman year at the unfortunate institution downtown named New York University, before transferring to GS, I approached many of my fellow GSers with much prejudice. It didn’t take me long to learn that they are just as brilliant as all other undergrads of Columbia and bring in a vibrancy like none other to our community. It was such a meaningful and gratifying experience serving the GS community this semester and learning about how rich our community is.

What other wisdom can Dana offer?



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College Walk of fame

Before heading to Ireland, Peter tells us about the good gyms on campus and time management. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Peter James Kiernan, General Studies, Political Science, Babylon, New York


Claim to fame: I’m that guy who did the 6mm campaign to get Trump to release his tax returns, I’m also one of the few GS students to be a varsity athlete. #GSgrandpa #stillgotit

Where are you going?: I’ll be knocking out my master’s degree in Ireland courtesy of the Mitchell Scholarship.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1) Life is all about how you prioritize your time, so pick 3 things and focus on them. (Usually, academics is one, and a social life or relationship is two, be careful with the third)
2) “You learn more from the misses than you do the hits,” if you are not failing at anything you’re not pushing yourself far enough out of your comfort zone. For every one success I’ve had, I’ve racked up about 10 failures.
3) Being an athlete is the secret way to get access to all of the good gyms (there’s more than a couple).

“Back in my day…” Jeb Bush was a staunch conservative.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer.  I’m just trying to save the world one political problem at a time. Cautiously optimistic about the human condition and representative democracy.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Poetics of the Warrior changed my life.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I should probably cut down on the calories anyway..

One thing to do before graduating: Jump off the “C rock” up by the stadium and boat house.

Any regrets? Not being around more for my friends and the people who love me.

Future so bright via Peter



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Butler reacts only

If you’re an English major facing a literature exam, or a classics major facing an astronomy exam, or any other writing-heavy humanities major facing any other kind of exam, there’s a decent chance you’re currently panicking about it. This is pretty understandable – you’ve trained yourself to make arguments in Word documents at 2 am, not in little blue books, and test-taking is a skill best honed with practice. To help assuage your despair, resident science/humanities double major Betsy Ladyzhets has some studying advice.

1. Re-type all of your notes. By not only reading through your lecture (or seminar) notes, but also re-typing them, you’ll really engage with the material. If your notes are sparse (or if you tended to take a brief nap around forty minutes into every class), find a friend to share notes with.

2. Make flashcards. Tons of flashcards. Mounds of flashcards. Mountains of flashcards. Every class can be a flashcard class if you believe it can. You can use up all of the paper in Butler to do this, or, if you’d rather not cramp up your wrist, use Quizlet.

Other ways to study for tests.



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The Liz’s Place stereo definitely keeps us wide awake

Know the best place on campus to take a public nap? Jannine is looking for suggestions in exchange for some wisdom.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Jannine/J9. Barnard College. Sociology major, statistics minor. Bergen County, New Jersey.

Claim to fame: Hitting the trifecta of cultural, religious, and political organizing under MSA, Turath, and Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine. Doing some inflammatory arts and crafts my freshman year, putting those crafting skills to further good use as your RA.

Where are you going? Back home. Both to Palestine to visit + see family, and New Jersey to settle :3

Will you be napping on the way?



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You can build a fake forest like this AND avoid studying.

Bwogline: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified to senators regarding her warning about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s potential connections to Russia. (Washington Post)

Study Tip: The app Forest (available on the App Store) is a helpful way to get you to stay off your phone for more than a few minutes at a time to help you study!

Music: Whether you’re packing your stuff go home for the summer, saying goodbye to this place forever, or merely wishing you were done, enjoy this NSYNC throwback.

Procrastination Tip: If you’re already in Butler for studying, find a book you’ve been meaning to read (for fun) and check that out! Read it every time you don’t feel like studying so that at least you feel productive.

Overheard: “It’s not that I didn’t cite anything, it’s just that I didn’t read any of it.”

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