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Probably thinking about the Bachelor

For our last Senior Wisdom, we have star former Managing Editor Courtney Couillard, who knows her way around the three D’s – data, drama, and the Diana.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Courtney Couillard, Barnard College, Political Science, Dover, NH

Claim to Fame: Helped run this gossip site at Columbia as Managing Editor. Broke Bacchanal headliner news before Spec. Told Columbia it should pay for my period. Ate more Diana white pizzas in the past four years than I’m proud to admit.

Where are you going? Probably to get a Harvest Bowl at Sweetgreen and watch Great British Bakeoff.

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

1) There is a difference between solitude and loneliness. Both are perfectly ok to experience during your time here. I challenge you to seek out the former. This can be through solo walks in Riverside, going to a museum alone, spending the entire day reading a book. As for loneliness- it seems impossible that you could feel alone in New York. But loneliness has its way of tapping you on the shoulder from time to time, and it’s completely normal. Do know that loneliness is not a sign of weakness, and it’s always ok to ask for help when you can’t handle it on your own any longer.

Advice on breakfast and more after the jump



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Pondering Bwog’s next poll?

Our next Senior Wisdom comes from Joe Milholland – former CCSC Bureau Chief, wearer of excellent socks, purveyor of delicious snacks, and, let’s be honest, the patron saint of Bwog. We wish you a small apartment in a big city with many books, Joe.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Joseph Milholland; Columbia College; English and Comparative Literature; Atlanta, GA

Claim to fame: If you count this as a Bwog article, I wrote for 9 of the 17 editors in chief of Bwog, an organization that began when I was 10. For three school years, I went to and reported on every CCSC meeting for three school years straight for Bwog. Also covered Usenate, GSSC, and other student council meetings, along with the occasional Suzanne Goldberg interview.

I also sat on the executive board of the Columbia University Science Ficton Society for two years as treasurer and secretary, wrote several articles for the Blue and White and managed their Facebook page this year, am a Phull and Engorged member of the Philolexian Society, lived on Hartley 8 my first year (H8 4evah!), and, as my greatest achievement at this institution, was briefly listed as part of the “Lion Society of Friends,” along with Nicolas Biekert and Robert Hornsby.

Where are you going? Hopefully to a small apartment in a big city.

Wisdom (and wisdom, and wisdom, and wisdom) after the jump



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Maddie mourning Maggie :'(

Today’s next Senior Wisdom is from Maddie Stearn, who transferred into Barnard and into our hearts. This one is short and sweet.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Maddie Stearn; Barnard College; East Asian Studies; Vienna, Virginia

Claim to fame: Bwog’s former Managing Editor

Where are you going? Back to Virginia to sleep on my parents’ couch. My dog is a jerk and won’t give up my bed.

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

1) Keep your senior wisdom short.

2) Paste in plain text.

3) Transferring schools is hard and feels like a huge deal, but it will probably be worth it in the end.

“Back in my day…” I don’t know, I didn’t go here. I’ve heard Bacchanal was good?

Cheese and regrets after the jump



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Who is he?

For our Senior Wisdoms, who else could be wiser but our very own bona fide Tech Man and WordPress extraordinaire, Kevin Chen? As someone who reports to eat prereqs for breakfast, Kevin dishes out advice on 6000-level seminars and bootlegging.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Kevin Chen; SEAS; Computer Science; Pleasanton, California

Claim to fame: Once, I calculated that there’s a 1 in 3 chance you’re running my code on your phone right now. If that’s not enough, my photo of pizza rolls is now the first picture Yelp shows for John’s of Times Square. If you ever go there, get the spinach and mozzarella. Those pizza rolls are the best thing ever.

Where are you going? Over the summer, I’ll be working on software to help people take better photos. After that, I’m coming back to Columbia to finish up a master’s in CS. Although I’m not sure how my parents talked me into another year of school, I have recently come to accept it as a fact of my life.
More on Kevin after the jump



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This pose should inspire all of the Class of 2021.

We’re back again and better than ever: this evening we share with you some words of wisdom from Vida Biggins! 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Vida Biggins, GS, Philosophy Major, Atlanta, Georgia

Claim to fame: First Multicultural Affairs Representative for GSSC and VP of Students of Color Alliance. I’m also known for smiling too hard, giving inappropriately long hugs, and being obsessed with Beyonce.

Where are you going? Austin, Texas. I’ll be working in management consulting and bringing a gang of magical black girls to the top with me!

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

1) The moment you find yourself bragging/joking about how much sleep you didn’t get or how overwhelming your sense of existential dread has become, check yourself. Take a moment for self-care. Nothing -not even your GPA- is worth your personal health. Oh, and be nice to people. Columbia can be a huge, lonely place for many people. The more we smile at each other, the more we take care of one another, the more we show compassion to our classmates, the better this place is for all of us.

2) This next one is best summed up by a quote from the movie Poetic Justice that my grandmother likes to remind me of when I need to loosen up: “The world’s just a big place for us to go and fuck up in it.” College is the most appropriate place to make mistakes and when you stop obsessing over perfectionism and allow yourself room to mess up a little bit, you create the space you need to discover new things about yourself and learn valuable lessons. When I look at my transcript, it’s the biggest dips in my GPA that tell the most interesting, pivotal stories of my journey through Columbia.

3) You’re in Harlem (no matter what they tell you), bro! Get out of the Columbia bubble and take advantage of the rich culture around you. Do Harlem stuff! Eat you some real Caribbean/soul food, listen to you some good ol’ jazz, and support you some black theatre.

More on Vida after the jump



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Jennie Olson Smiling and looking down at a cup of milk(?) which she is about to drink.

Can you make that drink if you’re in CBA?

One of our most request Senior Wisdom recipients, Jennie Olson managed the Columbia Bartending Agency and has rocked the Earth Science world. Read on for her words of wisdom.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Jennie Olson. CC. Earth Science Major, Sustainable Development Concentration. Berkeley, CA.

Claim to fame: Manager of the Columbia Bartending Agency for two years. Overenthusiastic COÖP leader. Fell backwards off a bench while giving a campus tour. Also known for always being asleep.

Where are you going? Moving to DC to do environmental policy work with Environment America. Before that, road-tripping and hiking all summer.

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

1) Don’t be too hard on yourselves. Keep in mind that school is just one small part of the college experience, and not by any measure the most important. Carefully reflect on the things you think you want to take away from Columbia when you walk out in that cap and gown— Sure, you probably want to walk away with a decent GPA, a solid resume, future prospects, etc. I did, too (and still do). But please don’t, in that pursuit, forget to walk away with as many memories, friends, and experiences as possible.

Tip 2: Break out of your comfort zone.



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What a studious student.

As time runs down on another year at Columbia, Bwog is here to present some wise words to the incoming class. Today, Romane Thomas adds her two cents. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Romane (and no it’s not pronounced like the salad, do you really think my parents would have named in after a salad? It’s actually French. It’s pronounced like this: Row Mahn.). General Studies (Dual BA between SciencesPo and Columbia), Human Rights, St Etienne (France).

Claim to fame: I am GSSC’s favorite live commenter. Also, I was in Paris one time, ran into Dean Awn and he recognized me. It was maybe the most fulfilling day of my life.

Where are you going? This summer? To California, from New York, by train, for four days. And next year? To London! More precisely to the London School of Economics. So while I am supposed to study there, I am secretely planning to escape to Scotland, be taken back in time to the 18th century and meet a ruggedly handsome Scotsman. This is a reference to Outlander by the way. If you don’t know what it is, I just gave you your summer reading assignment. You’re welcome.

More on Row Mahn after the jump :)



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Smoulder, Mike, smoulder.

Accepted your fate for that final in an hour? Take some time to read our next Senior Wisdom, featuring Michael Glendinning!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Michael Glendinning – Columbia College 2017, Neuroscience major.
I’m from New Providence, NJ.

Claim to fame: I was a lead activist for the CU Dems and was an organizer for Columbia Divest for Climate Justice! #divestnow. I also am a world champion dreamer.

Where are you going? I plan on living in NYC and working in a clinical research lab in my gap-years before med school. My friends and I are actually looking for somewhere to move in to after graduation. An affordable 4br apartment somewhere in Northern Manhattan would be convenient and awesome for us. Please let me know if you have any leads!

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

1) If you are having any legal issues, related to the school or not, go to the Ombuds office!! It is the most underappreciated resource on campus when you’re in a jam, of any kind. They saved my rear end one time and I’ll be forever grateful. And they are super duper nice.

2) I’ve learned that people here in particular have this weird thing hating on New Jersey all the time! As a proud New Jersey native, I am pissed about it and want the facts cleared up on the Internet! Sure the NJ turnpike kind of sucks, and our state politics are sometimes embarrassing. But, only from a truly incredible cultural epicenter could American heroes like Ice-T, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi have been born. We have, hands down, the greatest beach towns in the entire country, and the best diners too. Where would modern life be without the light bulb, the transistor, and the laser, all of which were invented in NJ! People from New Jersey are also the best looking people in the nation! Class of 2021’ers, if you know what is good for you, you will make a friend or two from The Garden State! You won’t regret it!

3) I’d like to share the H17 with no peppers on ciabatta (+ arugula sometimes) with the Class of 2021. It’s the best sandwich nearby.

More on Mike after the jump



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Lookin’ good (and slightly sideways)

Tatini Mal-Sarkar, former ill-informed Bwog advice columnist, charmed her way through Columbia one fried cheese product at a time – and now, she’s here to share some wisdom with you.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Tatini Mal-Sarkar, Columbia College, Sociology and Psychology (after, like, thirteen other departments), proud Midwesterner by way of Cleveland, Ohio.

Claim to fame: I once sent myself a CU Admirers post. It went something along the lines of, “U cute.” Even when hitting on myself, it seems I am not the most creative.  I also wrote a truly terrible advice column. It’s unclear why anyone let me publish it, nor why I’m linking you to the most blatantly fabricated article I ever penned.

Where are you going? Dinner! Just kidding. Actually, after four years of non-stop complaining that people expect me to read and write things, I’ll be continuing to read, write, and complain uptown, studying public mental health at Mailman, Columbia’s public health school.

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

Okay, here’s where I’ll get on my soapbox (I’ve lowkey been drafting this since I first joined Bwog freshman year. Actually, scratch that, I don’t believe in lowkey. I’ve highkey been drafting this for forever.)

Find out what Tatini has to say from her soapbox after the jump



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The bright smile of someone with bright ambitions

Earlier today, we posted the Senior Wisdom of a campus politician. Now, we’re posting the Senior Wisdom of an off-campus politician: Isabel Rothberg, who dropped out of school for a semester to work on the Clinton campaign.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Isabel Rothberg, CC, *concentration* in political science (ask me about how I had to change my major January of senior year…), Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

Claim to fame: Dropped out of school to work for the first woman to win the popular vote in an American presidential election. Dedicated three wonderful, crazy years of my life to CU Dems. Gave many, many campus tours. Was an annoyingly confident freshman who knew way too much about Columbia (just kidding, I will never apologize for being confident.)

Where are you going? Nothing set in stone yet, but hopefully spending some time outside the east coast liberal bubble.

Advice on friendship, choosing classes, and more after the jump



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What’s in a chip?

Once, a Facebook group that Lauren Beltrone started while taking a shit went viral. Now, she’s sharing her wisdom – on taking advantage of resources, great bathrooms, and more.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Lauren Beltrone, Barnard, Cognitive Science, Lake Oswego, Oregon

Claim to fame: Creating the fb group “columbia buy sell memes,” being That Cute Boy Chris Beltrone’s sister, walking an incredibly floofy chow chow named Lila, haunting Ferris. Also a graveyard of creative ideas like I’m Too Skinny And Too Many Boys Like Me, Truck Improv, and Drama @ CU.

Where are you going? South Williamsburg bc I am yuppie monster

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

1) Make Barnard Your Daddy — Barnard wants to please you but sometimes it doesn’t know how. That’s why you gotta tell it what you want. I scammed my way into getting a special major (aka I never had to take a class I didn’t want to), free housing 2 summers in a row (SRI is lit), access to professional film equipment (shouts out IMATS), lots of one-on-one hw help (tysm peer tutors), and a $800 check for a fall internship (grants are real). You can do all these scams too! Just know about your resources and don’t be afraid of paperwork.

Which bathroom is the best on campus, though?



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We’re unsure what this facial expression is meant to convey

Beta bro and future consultant Mike Starr shares his thoughts on dining halls and Russian literature in today’s next Senior Wisdom.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Mike Starr, CC, Financial Economics and Slavic Studies, the glorious suburb of Avon Connecticut

Claim to fame: I’m famous?

Where are you going? Hanging out in West Virginia and Montana for the summer, then coming back to the city in the fall to find a bar other than 1020 to hang out in and start work in consulting.

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

1) The greatest resource you have at Columbia (and in life) are the people around you. Go out of your way to make and maintain genuine friendships and don’t let the endless bustle of Columbia stop you from keeping up those relationships. Resist your first impressions, and treat every person you meet as a friend. You will be amazed how many fantastic people you will meet every day when you’re not afraid to flash a smile at someone you barely know.

Questioning assumptions and food choices after the jump



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A propic worthy of several CCSC campaigns

Today’s first Senior Wisdom is from Abby Porter, who has done a lot of policy work and carried a lot of tampons.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Abby Porter, Columbia College, Political Science, Houston, TX

Claim to fame: Got really lucky and made really great friends who got me involved in policy work on campus that I’m proud of. More likely, I’m known as the obnoxious girl who spammed Facebook with elections photos four years in a row, and who spent her senior spring carrying around bags full of tampons.

Where are you going? Back to Texas to hang out with my dog.

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

1) Please tell someone or reach out to anyone if you are struggling with your mental health. There are resources at Columbia (Counseling and Psychological Services, Sexual Violence Response, Nightline, etc.) that are all confidential. It can be scary to do this, and there are a lot of real concerns that people have when talking about mental health. It is definitely true that these resources aren’t sufficient for everyone, but, if you are struggling, please try to reach out to someone.

Student government and community after the jump



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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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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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