COÖP move-in is tomorrow, so get ready to have a fun few days in nature and spend the next four years reminiscing nonstop about it. We asked COÖP Queen Daniela Lopez to share some insight about the program.
First thing’s first: what is COÖP?
COÖP stands for
Columbia Obese Owl Protection Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program and it has three divisions: Hiking, River Canoeing, and Biking (also known as the vaguely adorable HÖP, RÖP, and BÖP). Because it starts the week before the mandatory Columbia orientation, COÖP can be thought of more as a pre-orientation program. Like other Columbia pre-orientation programs (e.g. CUE and ISOP), COÖP is optional and, currently, only for incoming Columbia College and SEAS freshmen.
What’s the schedule like?
Students move in Wednesday the 20th, 4 days before NSOP. Take advantage of your early move-in time by staking a claim on the better half of your room before your roommate arrives. We also recommend using this extra time to throw empty vodka bottles, general effluvia, and a liberal amount of trash all over your future roomie’s bed to make a great first impression.
After move-in, all 200-ish participants take part in
an awkward orgy super fun group bonding activities for the afternoon before breaking up into smaller groups and programs for the evening. To get you pumped for the glory that is the coming days, you’ll all sleep together under a huge tarp on Butler Lawn — how picturesque and snug. In your next four years, the only other time you’ll get to sleep on Butler Lawn will be after Bacchanal and you won’t remember it. So enjoy this.
Students then spend 3 days in the great outdoors (hiking in the Catskills, river canoeing on the Delaware River, and biking in the Hudson Valley) in small groups and bonding over delicious meals made memorable by meatstick, bean juice, mac ‘n’ cheese, hummus, and Nutella (sometimes all combined if you’re feeling
like you’re the worst person ever adventurous). By the time your return to Columbia, you’ll have most likely turned into a disgusting dirt-monster. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is squeaky clean and 10 is Pigpen fucking a disinterred body, expect to be around a 12.