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A POWER POSE!

In our second Senior Wisdom, we’ve got Nza-Ari Khepra, future McKinsey employee and former Bacchanal President. Her greatest accomplishment? Graduating in one piece.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Nza-Ari Khepra, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Claim to fame: I honestly have no clue…Bacchanal President? Gun violence prevention work? Still not sure I can claim fame.

Where are you going? Home! Catch me in Chicago, consulting for McKinsey.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

You’re not here to compare yourself. I know this seems like it’s a generic statement, but during my time here, I was surprised to see how many people allow comparison to negatively influence their mental and physical states. I understand many of you are going to pursue higher degrees or trying to get the best jobs out there, but those opportunities will be inaccessible if you break yourself trying to “keep up” with the stress culture this school and city permeates. Graduating in one piece, figuratively and literally, should be your one and only goal. Do that at your own pace, because you can’t compare where you don’t compete honeyyyyy (;

She’s right though

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The wise Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus once said, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.” Learn about how senior Alangoya Tezel managed to do it all below. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Alangoya Tezel; Columbia College, Neuroscience and Behavior/Philosophy double major; Louisville, Kentucky

Claim to fame: During a Faculty House lunch, I convinced Mowsh to rename her problem book “The Learning Manual.” I’ve been the Victoria’s Secret PINK campus rep for two years, and I passed the Swim Test without knowing how to swim. I convinced my friend AJ to drop pre-med to pursue botany.

Where are you going? Medical school, I think? Practicing Emergency Medicine sounds like the dream.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

I’ve talked to so many first-years who feel like they have nothing figured out. In retrospect, I guess I felt like that, too. Just take it slow and remember that you have time to find your people (and you will) and you have time to find out where you want to be. In the meantime, hold onto the knowledge that everyone, albeit in varying degrees, feels the same way you do. This isn’t meant to be a negative thing but a communal experience. We’re all in this scary, transformative experience at Columbia together. You’re exactly where you need to be.

Apply for everything, even if you feel completely unqualified. One of the most powerful things one of my mentors told me is that “whether you say you can or you can’t, either way you are right.” I’ve gotten so many positions and jobs I never thought I would get, but because I was bold enough to apply and confident enough to believe in myself, I got them and learned so much. College, maybe more than any other stage of life, is about creating yourself, not finding yourself. Figure out what kind of person you want to be and try to put yourself in the experiences you need to be that person.

More wisdom after the jump

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Maybe Elon is just looking for the top lip to his bottom lip.

Bwogline: Who the hell is on Melania Trump’s staff that they keep plagiarizing her stuff? She put out a brochure on cyberbullying (the irony is still insane) called “Be Best”, and many noticed that its contents are “nearly identical” to an Obama-era booklet on the same topic. Citations are not that hard, guys. (BBC)

Study Tip: E-mail your TA with any last questions, and one of them may as well be “Do you want to get lunch sometime?”

Music: Restore your self confidence with this 2013 bop by Justin Bieber while imagining all the crazy shit he would have done with the Met Gala theme. Probably host a church service or something tbh.

Procrastination Tip: Pack up your stuff and clean your room! No late or cleaning fines > good final grades.

Overheard: “I know all of Twitter is shitting on Grimes, but come on y’all, who wouldn’t hop at Elon as a sugar daddy?”

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Buthell looking good despite it smelling like no one in it has showered for 3 days.

We’ve finally reached the end of the semester! After doing Field Notes for the entire 2017-2018 year, the messiness of Bwog Staff’s weekend is finally coming to a close. Here are this weekend’s highlights, from free bleeding to finals despair. If you have any stories you would like to be added to this week’s Field Notes, email us at tips@bwog.com and we will add it!

Bwog in the City:

  • Spent the money I collected in my douchebag jar on groceries for a wholesome dinner with my friends.
  • Went to Suite for the second time ever and last time for my first year.
  • Got flirted with by men at Suite (unfortunately).
  • Babysat for the last time this semester and it felt very freeing.
  • Best friend came into town for a glorious 24 hrs so we ate all the food and saw HAIM!!!
  • Decided to get Mexican food at midnight then went to South Ferry where we got stuck on the train both there and back because of the #MTA.
  • Went to my old college for closure and to increase my superiority complex over my former classmates.
  • Slept on the floor of Penn Station while waiting for the Amtrak.
  • Went to a Mets game and saw Yoenis Cespedes pick at his butt.
  • Went to see the RBG movie at a bougie theater in midtown where the seats recline and even have adjustable FOOT RESTS.
  • Went to yoga high. Aligned my chakras.
  • Stayed in the city for a day longer than I needed to so that I could go to a #Marx200 party in Brooklyn, but everyone I was planning on going with bailed at the last minute due to finals. Decided to just stay in and catch up on Better Call Saul. (Night well spent.)
  • Went out driving alone at 10:30 at night with no destination in mind. Ended up skinny-dipping in a public lake—my first time doing that sober!
  • Went to Book of Mormon with my roommate to celebrate a year of living together and not killing each other.

Finals drama found here.

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Anna living her best life

Following the three wonderful CC women we featured earlier today is bold Barnard woman Anna Stoneman – who, true to her third point of advice, asked for an extension on this senior wisdom.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Anna Stoneman, Barnard, Urban Studies/stats concentration, Albany, NY (some call it the capital in every way that matters)

Claim to fame: Acted in two somewhat space-themed student theatre plays. Also in non space-themed plays. Speaking Fellow. Unauthorized Trader Joe’s Brand Ambassador (plz hire me).

Where are you going? tbd where I’ll live, but I’m staying on the west side.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. You can do all the things (or a lot of them) if you really want to, but you don’t have to. There are endless options of clubs to join, classes to take and things to do but only 24 hours in the day, so you have to make choices. Try to makes the choices conscious and choose what you enjoy as much as possible.

What else?

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This next senior wisdom is from Cindy Liu, known for her work advocating for music performance space at Columbia. She spent a lot of time “sweating it out at the piano” but sadly “can’t code for shit.”

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Cindy Liu, CC ’18, English & Sociology, born in NYC & sadly raised in DC.

Claim to fame: Yelling at the Columbia administration about how musicians don’t have a performance space on campus. Running with Grassroots Columbia for CCSC (and losing :(). Also, compiling the NYC Food Bible, sweating it out at the piano, and screaming (in general).

Where are you going? Staying in NYC to continue stuffing my face as associate manager of violinist Joshua Bell at Park Avenue Artists in Chelsea :) hmu for great music and good vibes!

Read Cindy’s advice after the jump

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You can teach me anything you want

While this anonymous staffer previously wrote about her torrid love affair with her TA, its time to give some attention to the big daddy in charge: the hot professor. 

As the semester comes to a close, my heart increasingly longs for my T/R lectures. With three days to the exam that I am not prepared for, I find myself solemnly resenting the classes I spent online shopping instead of listening to you spout out historical facts as the fluorescent lights of Hamilton reflect off of your cheekbones.

This post is not to purely point out your expertly crafted bones structure that accompanies your doctorate but is intended to thank you for keeping me awake and engaged during my senior year. Did I google all my professors before I took a class this semester? Of course, I’m a senior. You, however, exceeded my expectations. While I thought I would dread waking up for a midday class that interfered with my spin class, I have come to adore looking up at your powerpoints and listening to your melodic voice as your eyes deepen whilst talking about a deathly war.

Since I have four days left to my collegiate career, I have no other choice but to say goodbye to you. Thank you for entertaining a second-semester senior and allowing her to stare deep into your eyes from the second to last row. It has truly been a semester to remember, and I’ll always associate coup d’etats with your firm hands.

As you welcome a new lecture class next September, I’ll be sitting on my couch reminiscing about the times we shared; just you, me, and the 80 other students in the class.

You deserve that RateMyProfessor chili pepper.

Sincerely,

Your humble student.

Photo Credit to Warner Bros Entertainment

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Just Do It

You might know Kirsten Dodson from seeing her at CCSC giveaways, but you should read her senior wisdom for her wit and wise advice on staying confident and finding balance.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Kirsten Dodson, Columbia College, Neuroscience & Behavior, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Claim to fame: I probably handed you a free *insert CCSC giveaway* at one of the many events I volunteered at. Or maybe you saw me being THAT girl living her best life “bacchstage” every year at Bacchanal. Or, for you Class of 2022ers, maybe I gave you your info session when you visited campus.

Where are you going? The Upper East Side to live out all my Gossip Girl dreams

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. College is a great place to make lifelong friends and it’s also a great place to become acquainted with your own wants, needs, and thoughts. So, don’t shy away from being alone sometimes, whether that’s in the library, at a dining hall, or off exploring the city.

2. Spending the past four years surrounded by some of the most high-achieving/annoyingly over-achieving people I’ve ever met has done a number on my self-confidence at times but I’m here to tell you that after failing numerous times, standing back up and trying again deserves just as much applause as those who got it right the first time.

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Beautiful blossoms and a beautiful young woman

Today’s first senior wisdom is from Karen Lopez, notable for her work in the Latinx community and her food insta.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Karen Lopez, Columbia College, Economics and Hispanic Studies, Hempstead, New York (Long Island)

Claim to fame: Doing a thing or two for the Latinx community, possibly going to too many alumni related events, and posing for pictures on Low steps.

Where are you going? I am going offline for a bit and returning to NYC to join the corporate ranks.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. Try really hard to not compare yourself to others around you. Many of you will get to campus and realize that you are surrounded by extremely gifted individuals. It’s only natural for us to compare ourselves to others but it can be very harmful. It took me a while to realize that while the finish line is the same for all of us, not everyone begins at the same start line. It can be difficult to not fall into a self-deprecating cycle when you’re surrounded by constant stress. Remember that it is more than okay to take a day off to replenish—you should not feel pressured to stay in Butler all day and night because your friends are doing so. You might ask yourself if you should be doing more and the answer is almost always that you should be doing less. Be kind to yourself!

What else does Karen have to say?

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Tbt to when Kanye visited campus. Yep, this really happened.

Bwogline:  Melania Trump will announce her formal platform as First Lady during a Rose Garden event today. Past First Lady platforms include Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program working against child obesity, as well as Laura Bush’s “Ready to Read, Ready to Learn,” which promoted early literacy. (CNN)

Study Tip: Eating bananas is a natural cure to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety. Did you know? Just kidding. For a real study tip, try reviewing your notes just before going to bed when you’re the sleepiest. Because the brain forms new memories during sleep, this will help you strengthen your memory of that one formula you’ve been forgetting all day.

Procrastination Tip: Two words – Donald Glover. He hosted SNL this past Saturday, and skits like A Kanye Place and Barbie Instagram have made this Bwogger personally cackle out loud in the middle of Butler 202. Also, the music video for Childish Gambino’s new song This is America is out, so go watch that.

Music: Cardi B’s album, because today we all need to feel like that bad b who can accomplish anything, including her Calc final.

Overheard from Bwog meeting: “Every time I hear about taxes, I want to become a Republican.”

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The title for this image is “reuben2”. I’m not mad at it.

Want to learn more about yourself and your style? Seth Benjamin has some wise words to share about being your genuine self.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Seth Benjamin, CC ’18, Computer Science w/ Linguistics concentration, West Lafayette, IN

Claim to fame: After-hours denizen of WKCR and foulest-mouthed 1004 TA. Some ADP kid once described my guitar playing as “just random shit, no talent”.

Where are you going? I’m staying in New York to work as a code monkey.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?
Embrace change. I came in with a lot of plans about what I’d study and who I’d be. My gut abandoned them all on Day 1, but my brain took a few semesters to catch up. Let yourself become who you need to become.

Respect your own style. I am incapable of following a schedule or going to bed at a reasonable hour. Sometimes I want to stay inside and be very boring. One of the most valuable things I learned in college is that all of these things are fine. The only person your workflow, social life or hobbies need to work for is yourself.

Should I take Mandarin?

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Simple but effective.

What are Columbia students doing to engage with the recent movement of increased activism against gun violence? Daily Editor Isabel Sepúlveda found out by speaking to members of new organization Columbia University Against Gun Violence and attending two of the group’s events.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting this past February, there has been an uptick in activism across the country as high school students realize their political power and work to make change in their communities. While it would be impossible to say that Columbia students have been unaware of their ability to make change, even our community has been empowered by this new wave of student activism as seen in the formation of the new student organization Columbia University Against Gun Violence (CUAGV). Though only in existence for a few months, CUAGV is already ensuring they will make their mark.

Just before the March for Our Lives on March 24 of this year, I attended a poster-making event in Lerner Hall in an attempt to find a few members of CUAGV who could talk to me about their organization. I ended up talking to a few of the grad student organizers of the NYC March for Our Lives, who both highlighted the role that CUAGV played in the organization of the event and its role in bringing the campus community together. This significant organizing power was astonishing given how recently the group had come together.

A March for Our Lives participant, making a poster at the party co-hosted by CUAGV.

I mentioned this in an interview with founder of the club, Nikki Shaner-Bradford, BC ‘19; she told me that reception in the CU community to the establishment was generally positive, as there had previously been no student-led groups or initiatives at Columbia or Barnard dealing with this issue. Membership “took off exponentially” as the march approached, and activists looking for a way to get involved with the newly re-energized fight against gun violence joined. As a result, she told me that turnout from the community and those interested in the club was “far beyond expectations,” leading the group to be able to march with New York Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. She described that moment as “inspiring,” and added that it was “really important that we use this momentum to push our next steps.”

And use this momentum they have. It’s been a little over a month since the March for Our Lives, and already the group has held a letter-writing event, done an event on Comedy Central, and co-hosted two panel discussions. Shaner-Bradford emphasized these new partnerships as “crucial” as CUAGV works to come into their own as an organization and figure out the best way to contribute to this conversation. About a week ago, I made my way to one of these events, a panel discussion on gun violence in America co-hosted by the Barnard Human Rights Department. Shaner-Bradford sat on the panel alongside CU Dems Lead Activist Joanna Cohen, CC ’20, Barnard history professor Matt Vaz, and Vanderbilt professor of psychiatry Jonathan Metzl.

How did the panel discussion go down?

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“I am a God” – both.

It’s been an eventful few weeks ever since Kanye returned to Twitter. Can you distinguish his outlandish statements from classic Columbia Fuckboy quotes? Play and find out!

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That cookie does look pretty damn good.

In our next senior wisdom , Juan Pablo Gatica, reminds us of the importance of the Oxford comma, getting outside your comfort zone, and getting a bunch of ice cream.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Juan Pablo Gatica, Columbia College, Physics and Math Concentration, Miami, Fl

Claim to fame: I was once in a metal band… teenage me was a very different person.

Where are you going? L.A. to reapply to grad school and figure out how to adult.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

Don’t let work/studying get in the way of friendships and getting to know people. There is no point in spending these four years without any friends to share with what will be some of the best and most fond memories.

Should I pull that all-nighter?

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Everything’s beginning to look up.

For Malaya Sadler, there are other things to life besides Columbia and New York. Learn about your life’s purpose in this senior wisdom. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Malaya Sadler, CC, Anthropology, San Francisco.

Claim to fame: Lerner front desk girl

Where are you going? For a walk.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?
Though admissions marketing might have you believe otherwise, Columbia and New York are not the center of the universe. The things we value here, on this campus and in this city, aren’t remotely universal, normal, or sane. The prestige, social status, and resumé brownie points you rack up here might have their pragmatic uses, but these uses are fundamentally limited. Don’t resign yourself to “selling out” just because it feels like there are no other options—don’t build your personality around a unnecessarily specific, intellectually impoverished definition of success. Take a weird, no-name internship just because the people are interesting. Join an archaeology dig in Kazakhstan. Join a political campaign. Date off-campus. Drink off-campus. Change your major if you’re not in love with it. Decide on a class based on flipping through reading lists in the back of Book Culture. Go very far away and see who you are without this place. Contrary to how it feels or what consulting recruiting timelines and your mother might tell you, you have plenty of time.

Don’t sell out, even after the jump

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