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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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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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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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Yes friends, that’s @koliflower6

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Koli (no one on this campus remembers my name is actually Fatima), Barnard College, Computer Science and Urban Development with a self-declared minor in Race and Performance, from Queens, NY

Claim to fame: President of the Muslim Students Association, Co-Chair of the Muslim Protagonist, basically the girl who does all the muslim things on campus. also Phi Beta Kappa.

Where are you going? Ideally? All over the world.

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

1) Become okay with being uncomfortable. So much of what you think you know will be challenged and you can either use those opportunities to stay stubborn or you can use them to grow as a person. This doesn’t mean giving up your beliefs, it does mean being willing to listen.

On to the ish dropping



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A cheese philosopher

Meet Sophie. She’s a stellar midwestern gal who’s about to make the leap across the pond. Read on for her wise words of wise wisdom. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Sophie Wilkowske; CC; History; Duluth, Minnesota

Claim to fame: Winning prizes for being nerdy; trying to act like a cynic and an ingenue at the same time.

Where are you going? To the Midwest for a few weeks, then New York for the summer, then to England to study at Cambridge next year.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1) Cultivate a sense of irony that will let you interact realistically with the world while preserving your capacity to idealize and dream. It’s fine and healthy and human to have different selves for different situations; try to leave it an open question which one is the “real” you.
2) Learn from your elders and betters. At the same time, maintain a standpoint that lets you ask questions.
3) Apply to jobs and internships and scholarships and schools that you think you’re way underqualified for—you’re probably not. Raise your hand in class. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”

“Back in my day…” Back in my day everything was perfect! Nobody believed in the dangerous power of a utopian mythical past!

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: None of us need to justify our existence, at Columbia or on Earth or anywhere in between.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Every single history class I’ve ever taken, and some true gems in English and Russian. Top prize goes to Telling About the South, taught by Barbara Fields and taken with a delightful seminar cohort.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? What does it really mean to give up cheese? If I gave up eating cheese, could my friend eat my cheese? Could I watch other people eat cheese together? Could I eat bread while thinking about eating cheese? I hope you give these questions some consideration the next time you eat… cheese. As for my answer: I’d give up cheese. Sorry mom and dad and Wisconsin!

One thing to do before graduating: Change your mind about something serious, and pay attention while it happens—in my experience, the most valuable and elusive process there is.

Any regrets? Yeah, of course! But also lots of moments of joy and comfort and marveling. It balances out.



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Meet Mark! He’s a CUMB-y who’s worked at the UN and flown all over the world. You wish you were as cool as him. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Mark Jamias, CC/SIPA, Political Science/Economic and Political Development, Suffolk, Virginia (real Virginia)

Claim to fame: Worked for an airline for three years, and developed a bad habit of flying away from my problems. Went to work at the United Nations for two semesters where I spent my time looking at flags, running late to meetings, and embarrassing my British colleagues by pointing out that their UN flag was upside-down. Around campus I babysit high-school and university students for CIRCA’s Model UN conferences, and pole dance, in a wholesome, traditional Filipino sense (tinikling), with the Liga Filipina. Last, I’m a Bandie who makes noise around campus, at other Ivies, and at Penn.

Where are you going? Nowhere apparently. I’m stuck in IAB s.o.s. please someone help me finishing my Master of International Affairs degree at SIPA.

Can you fly from Harmony to Pupin?



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Cory or Andy in the house?

Meet Andy Truelove! He was featured in Bwog his freshman year, and now he’s back. Check out what he has to say. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Andy Truelove, CC, Political Science, Grand Prairie, TX.

Claim to fame: Well I had an election scandal covered in Bwog my freshman year then that got me into Orgo Night. The next year I became President of the Columbia University College Republicans.

Where are you going? Texas!! Attending Baylor Law School in the fall!

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1) As cliché as it sounds don’t just stick to one club or friend group. The best friends I have at this school are people I literally just saw in a hallway or lounge and just started to talk to them. It’s those random interactions, which have made the last four years so exciting.

What else should they know?



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Menna looking majestic

Menna imparts her wisdom with her background in Under1Roof and Turath, asking us to never justify our own existence, and never second-guess whether or not we deserve to be in Columbia. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Menna Elsayed, Columbia College, Sociology Major, French & Francophone Studies Concentrator. I grew up in the Bronx, NY and Cairo, Egypt, but home is Brooklyn, NY for now.

Claim to fame: While I wish it were that I’m Queen of Tetris, it’s probably that I’m the former Turath president (non-dictator, by the way!) who got a non-partisan cultural club to take a moral stance by publicly supporting CUAD’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign. Also, I might have been your Under1Roof facilitator.

Where are you going? Home to my parents’ place in Brooklyn.

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

1) You really don’t need to take 5 or more classes every semester and you really don’t need to exceed the minimum number of credits to graduate. I’ve personally learned just as much–if not more–from conversations, panels, teach-ins, and performances, as from classes and academic texts. Some of the highlights of my college experience have been talking to students in different departments and hearing people talk about their experiences and work at events. Seriously, events on campus and around the city are awesome! They’re also a great way to meet and stay connected with people.

Advice on papers, speaking up, and more after the jump



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sLiving life to the fullest

In his Senior Wisdom, Caleb told us to scheme, to randomly email our professors, and to surprise everyone all the time. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Caleb Alan Oldham, Columbia College, Economics, Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Claim to fame: Introducing this campus to a man named Joe Fusco (pictured below). He’s my soulmate and the background of my phone. We’re living together after college. I’d love to introduce you if you haven’t already met.

Joe Fusco (pictured here)

Where are you going? To live with Joe Fusco in Brooklyn.

South Park references and more after the jump

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