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Max, looking excited – about baseball?

Once upon a time, Max Rettig was a sports writer for Bwog. Now, he’s a sports writer for bigger and better people (and, no, we don’t mean Spec).

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Max Rettig; GS/JTS (Joint Program); Creative Writing/Modern Jewish Studies; New Hope, PA

Claim to fame: I’ve interviewed Alex Rosenberg and Maodo Lo; David Speer; Matt Duran; Katie Meili, Natalie Coughlin and Cammile Adams; and Al Bagnoli.

Where are you going? To a baseball game

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

1) Take a class in the Creative Writing department. Even if only for a semester, the department becomes a home to you. Whether it’s a workshop or a seminar, you come out a better writer, reader and thinker. If University Writing teaches you to write academically, Creative Writing teaches you to write. Nothing in my academic experience has been more invaluable than the honest critique of my peers and professors in those classes.

Sports, sounds of the city, and more after the jump

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Katie, in a tree, looking wise

Can’t get enough of Senior Wisdoms? Don’t fret: we’re back to showcase yet another amazing senior, Katie Zheng!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Katie, Columbia College, Comparative Literature & Society, Alpharetta, GA

Claim to fame: I facilitate conversations about power and privilege but probably most people would only know me as the annoying Asian girl who doesn’t shut up in class and wears too much makeup.

Where are you going? Immediately, doing a Eurotrip. Long-term, coming back to New York to work, so I’ll be around.

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

1) Never do all the readings. I swear to god I did all the readings for like, the first three and a half years of my time at Columbia and as a result, I missed out on all the actually important stuff that happens in college, like going out irresponsibly and crying about your life story to strangers on the train. Those are the things you actually grow from, not knowing whatever Rousseau has to say about the state of nature.

What other advice does Katie have?

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Avinoam’s title for this photo is “my one day as a social justice warrior”

Our last Senior Wisdom of the day is from Avinoam Stillman, who lives at the Bayit, is often mistaken for a GS or grad student, and has some thoughts on the Columbia bubble. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Avinoam Stillman, Columbia College, Religion, Brookline, MA

Claim to fame: All sorts of Jewish things: second cousin once removed of Hasidic pop star and GS student Lipa Schmelzer, living at the Bayit, playing trumpet in Columbia’s klezmer band, studying Yiddish, participating in religious life at Hillel. Also, having the great distinction of living between Rachel Fifi Culp and our RA in John Jay freshman year.

Where are you going? First, on a national park/cross-country road/camping trip with my best friend from childhood, then hanging around New York for a month or so- I’ve still got a lot of issues to resolve in my love/hate (mostly love) relationship with this city. In September I hope to join several thousand Jews in the Rosh HaShanah pilgrimage to the grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Uman, Ukraine: it’s sort of like a Hasidic Burning Man held in a post-Soviet urban wasteland. After that I plan on starting an MA program in Jewish Thought in Israel for a couple of years, followed by more decisions.

Rare books, Shakespeare, and more after the jump

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Elizabeth Hiss hails from France, Boston, and a time when you could basically walk into Cannons.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Elizabeth Hiss, Dual BA Program between Columbia and Sciences Po, Economics and Political Science, Boston, MA

Claim to fame: Getting nominated for Senior Wisdom having only spent two years at Columbia?

Where are you going? Saving the world, one financial model at a time. Or rather, working in financial services in New York. Still in the market for an apartment though, so hit me up if you (or mom and dad) have a spare penthouse you aren’t using!

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

1) Everyone at Columbia is so invested in their future, what’s next, lining up internships, applying for jobs. But truly the best investment you can make is in your friendships. Nourish them, procrastinate on that paper or problem set to have dinner with them or sit on Low steps and avoid Butler with them. As graduation looms, I started to realize that while everyone will walk away from this place with a diploma, you take much more with you if you cultivated strong relationships with people here. And take a cue from your Econ classes and diversify your friendship portfolio with some wildly different characters – they’ll pay you more dividends than you can possibly know.

Should we befriend PrezBo too?

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This is Lucy’s senior wisdom not the onion’s

Here’s some wisdom from the CU Sad Girl, Lucy Jakub. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Lucy, Columbia College, Nonfiction, Blue Hill, ME

Claim to fame: Co-founder of the Sad Girls Club, part-time frat anthropologist

Where are you going? Back to the woods

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

1) I used to think it was annoying when people said they “did it for the story”. Now just about everything I do is for the story.

What did you learn about bedbugs

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Soon to be scholar!

Not so fast, Michael Miller. History and MESAAS have the best courses of all time, according to Saaleh Baseer. Read on to find out why. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Saaleh Baseer, General Studies, History, Fremont, CA

Claim to fame: You might me know as the guy who’s always talking about colonialism and/or Pre-Partition India, or shaking a leg at South Asian or Middle Eastern dances, or doing Adaab (a greeting common to the Mughal elite where you raise your right hand in front of your nose and bend your head) to strangers.

Where are you going? Somewhere in the Orient.

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

1) Don’t take Political Science classes. Explore the History and Mesaas departments. Most people major in Political Science because they have a strong interest in politics. But what most people don’t realize is Columbia’s Political Science department does not do justice nor acknowledge histories that extend beyond the twentieth century which is especially crucial in understanding modern politics in South Asia and the Middle East. Plus, can you really understand modern-day politics without situating Edward Said and Orientalism?

ok…… what else

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Cats on cats on cats on cats.

Get to know Amram Altzman, a GS/JTS activist for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-Jewish issues. He discusses Sweetgreen, Butler, and the Morningside Heights bubble below.

Name: Amram Altzman; GS/JTS; Sociology and Jewish history; Brooklyn, NY

Claim to fame: I’m just a run-of-the-mill bougie li’l socialist trying to make my way in this world. I helped start JQ, the LGBTQ-Jewish student group on campus, and the first group specifically for LGBTQ students of faith on campus. I also spent three years as a contributor for New Voices, an online independent magazine by and for Jewish college students. I was that weird New York kid who never got a driver’s license, so I had to use my passport to get into Mel’s on my 21st birthday. I’ve also done car commercials. In Japan.

Where are you going? I’m taking the summer off to learn how to ~adult~ before starting work for an organization called Keshet at the end of August, where I’ll be their Youth Program Associate, working to create spaces for LGBTQ-identified Jewish teens around the country.

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

  • You can make salads for yourself, but Sweetgreen is always going to be more convenient. That’s just, like, the rules of capitalism.
  • Butler smells. It’s not worth it. Go study somewhere else. Literally anywhere else. Morningside Heights, Harlem, and the Upper West Side are filled with coffee shops, libraries, courtyards, bars, sketchy restaurants, parks, roofs, and so many other surfaces where you can sit and study, and there’s no reason to ever enter Butler unless you need to check out a book from there.

More advice from Amram below

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Make this your LinkedIn headshot!

Virginia reminds us of old Bwog in one of these links… can you find it? 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Virginia Fu, CC, Computer Science and History (both concentrations), North Andover, MA.

Claim to fame: Literary/Senior editor for the Blue and White mag, Potluck House resident, honorary member of CDCJ (I think), third-tier member of SWS. The UAW made this nice animation of me, based on a true story.

Where are you going? Home for an internship, to see if a life with computers is the right life for me.

You belong here!!!

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Keepin’ it real

The Westside Cheese Aisle, stress culture, and bouncing boobs are all topics in Brett Krasner’s senior wisdom. Get some context below.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Brett Krasner, GS/JTS, Political Science/Talmud (Rabbinic Law), West Chester, PA

Claim to fame: I’m currently the 21 year-old that plans events for my aging GS peers so they don’t impeach my ass. Prior to being a washed up senior, I was the only non-funny member of The Federalist’s editorial board. I’m also known for being willing to fight for Wawa’s honor.

Where are you going? I’ll be working in consulting in the city! On the weekends, you can probably find me bar-crawling with friends for a made up holiday, or trying to reenact It’s Always Sunny because #phillypride.

It’s always sunny in Lerner 505

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Probably the most productive thing done at that booth

Helen Cane tells us the importance of activism and orgasms. Happy Friday :-) 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Helen Cane, Barnard College, Economics, Palo Alto, California

Claim to fame: Co-founder of Divest Barnard from fossil fuels campaign. Barnard Writing Fellow. Well Woman Peer Educator. You may have seen me doing homework or compiling Disorientation Guides in 1020 because I’m a masochist, but I like beer.

Where are you going? To Durham, NC to join the Revolution and learn to fix cars.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1) Learn the history of student dissent at Columbia in 1932, 1968, 1984, etc. Learn about the many students who fought personal battles here. There have been so many incredible people who have come through this institution and struggled for their visions of justice, of inclusion, of recognition, for basic rights for themselves and others. In many ways, these students made this school what it is and are the shoulders we stand on today. In many ways, these students’ legacies have also been coopted by the school and turned into selling points—it’s important to understand the difference between honoring struggle and coopting it, and I think one of the best ways to truly understand this school is to understand the fights that took place to shape it.

And what’s a better stressbuster than Insomnia cookies?

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Giving too many fucks or none at all?

Your last senior wisdom of the day comes from Haley Fica, Barnard Physics major and dancer extraordinaire.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Haley Fica, Barnard, Physics, Alpharetta, GA

Claim to fame: I’m the girl who wears shorts all year long, even in -20 wind chill, whoops. I’m in almost every dance group on campus (Orchesis, UnTapped, CoLab, Raw Elementz, Dance Department shows, you get the point), perpetual sayer of “I can’t I have rehearsal”, and one time I built some parts for a telescope in Chile.

Where are you going? Surprise! I’m not leaving. I’m getting my Masters in Mechanical Engineering at SEAS while attempting to be in a Broadway show.

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

1) Give a lot of fucks, but try not to give too many fucks. Study, work hard, do all of those school related-things, but go have fun too. Go rush a Broadway show, go to the Sig Ep party you’ll probably regret, go to 1020 and ponder the mural and the random movies in the back, ask the boy out. I promise that it’ll be okay. You are allowed to have fun here too and you need to do stuff that is not related to Butler 209 or to your senior design project.

Which fucks should we give, Haley?

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Four faces, many names

Women’s Rowing Captain and Senior Fund Co-Chair Laney McGahey shares her senior wisdom with you next! 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Laney, Lanels, Lanith, Lentil Soup Marron McGahey (ps my real name is Elena), Columbia College, Rowing and American Studies, San Francisco, CA

Claim to fame: Sunshine Chair and lucky resident of Symposium Penthouse @Lill @G @Em (thank u guys for everything). Also captain of the Women’s Rowing Team and Co-Chair of Senior Fund!

Where are you going? Today? Definitely Ferris. Tomorrow? Also Ferris. In life? Hopefully somewhere with a dining hall because I can’t cook (but headed back to the Bae Area in the meantime so hmu if you’re headed there too!)

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

I’m going to give you guys 6 (well, 7) pieces of advice because I feel really strongly about all of them:

1) Appreciate the little things and keep life in perspective. Seriously! When you get stressed, think about how lucky you are and how many wonderful things happen to you every day: you get to sleep with a roof over your head, you can take a hot shower, you can watch a beautiful sunset and sunrise, you get the luxury of learning in a classroom, someone will say hi to you, etc. This is amazing! And rare! Don’t forget all of those little things because they make the big things possible

2) Follow-through is KEY. If you tell someone you’re going to do something for them, follow through with your commitment.

Five more pieces of advice (and other pieces of wisdom) after the jump

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Less LED than Lerner

More senior wisdom comes from Wong Hui Yu, CC’s artsy anthropoligical art historian! 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Wong Hui Yu, Columbia College, Art History Major and Anthropology concentrator, Singapore.

Claim to fame: Friendly coordinator of about a year’s worth of figure models in Dodge 501 sketch sessions. Profferer of loose bits of advice in the darkroom on Wednesday evenings. Prescient advocate of some of tomorrow’s loveliest filmmakers, writers, poets, artist-activists…you know who you are !

Where are you going? Back to Singapore and an indefinite summer.

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

1) Let your friends be your teachers too.

2) The days begin to merge, very quickly, and the small moments get lost. It doesn’t seem like much, but having recorded some of it—what you did that afternoon of feb 3, the look a friend gave you—could be strangely edifying later. For those moments when the past is a blur and you feel you have done nothing.

3) Demanding these years to be the ‘Best of Your Life’ right from the beginning is fatiguing. Be suspicious of this promise and all the things it tells you to perform. Take the pressure off and leave that judgement for later (or never).

Nude modeling and more after the jump

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So much yellow

Next up on our Senior Wisdom lineup is Barnard’s Alexandra Warrick, famous for prize-winning and Latenite-ing. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Alexandra Warrick, Barnard College, Film and English, New York City (I grew up by the 72nd street stop.)

Claim to fame: I won the Andrew Sarris Prize for a thesis on Tim and Eric, Eric Andre and Million Dollar Extreme, so you can say I’m Morningside’s foremost scholar on Men Puking On Themselves. I buzzed my whole head for a KCST show and have co-created a smattering of controversial Latenite plays. I’m also “Grayson’s Sister”.

Where are you going? I’ll be around, scribbling.

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

1) Please, please, please, I beg of you, keep your head screwed on about this extracurricular shiz. So you’re the editor-in-chief of a thing or you’re the lead of a show or you’re the captain of the shebang – okay. That’s great, take pride in that, but try to create some form of identity outside of that, for Christ’s sake, and always be sure to let the air out of it just a little. Don’t be the arrogant kid who thinks their star turn in the Lerner Black Box automatically proves anything, and don’t be the poor sap who scrambles all four years to be the big dog only to be spat out into the world having wasted their time on dominating the kiddie sandbox of campus engagement. I mean, play around, get better, hone your skills doing clubs, but maintain a healthy dose of cynicism as you do so.

More advice and theater after the jump

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On his way to Westside, probably

Next up in our Senior Wisdom series, we have Yadir Lakehal – who is meme famous and 3D prints food.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Yadir Lakehal, SEAS, Mechanical Engineering 3-2 Program, Casablanca, Morocco

Claim to fame: Most of my friends know me as the dude who 3D prints food in the first floor of Mudd, but my greatest achievement was reaching ~3k likes on a columbia buy sell memes post.

Where are you going? I’m usually on my way to Westside. Where are you going?

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

1) Your life leading up to Columbia was and is probably going to be full of successes, but you will also see lots of failures. Don’t let your past failures define your path. For example, I once got a 6% on a midterm, eventually did better than a C in the class, and subsequently ended up writing a Senior Wisdom, so we can all do great things.

Can we talk more about 3D printing food, though?

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