Senior Wisdom: Peter Kiernan

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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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