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Is this the TC pillow pit?

Zoey Chopra brings home our last senior wisdom of the day, with advice on living your best life at Columbia.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Zoey Chopra; Columbia College; Econ-Math, Biochem, Classics; Oakland, CA

Claim to fame: Turn 21 on Class Day; Member of every Columbia and Barnard FB class page; the better half of Zohab

Where are you going? Off to Michigan for 10-ish years to do an MD/PhD in Economics

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

  1. Laugh
  2. Cry
  3. Free and amazing food most weekends in Warren Hall for MBA students – there are usually leftovers.

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A flattering picture

This next senior wisdom is from Gary Kim, who has dealt with Social Media Editor Youngweon Lee’s “extraness” for six years and counting.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Jeong Soo (Gary) Kim, SEAS, Mechanical Engineering (Minor in History), Seoul, South Korea.

Claim to fame: Not very famous. However I’m the one kid that runs shirtless in the 8th floor gym in EC at 11pm every night. What should actually make me famous is that I dealt with Youngweon’s extraness for six years and counting.

Where are you going? I’m going to sign off at least four years of my life to the Navy. I think I’ll become a Surface Warfare Officers (the guys that drive ships and shoots missiles) and hopefully be able to go to Nuclear Power School to play with reactors. Before I become a sailor, I am sticking around in NYC, and I think I will be working at an aerospace company, washing planes and giving weekend tours at the Intrepid Museum.

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Small girl in a big sculpture

Today’s first senior wisdom is from Shoshana Lauter, former CU Dems president, who has some thoughts on civic duty and the 72nd Street Trader Joe’s.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Shoshana (Shosh) Lauter! ~The Barn~ @Sociology *NewYawkCity*

Claim to fame: being dems president. being the person who thinks she’s too cool/old to live on campus (and so she doesn’t but really isn’t).

Where are you going? Dr. Lauter has a nice ring to it so…medical school? is this a terrible idea? am i crazy? anyone wanna try and talk me out of this one?

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

1. This campus of ours isn’t always the brightest, especially in the doldrums of winter. smiling and being kind and warm to people is an amazingly powerful thing—both in college, and in this pretty messed up world we’re living in. the more positive and open energy you put out, the more you will receive in return.

What else has Shosh learned?



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Gurnoor is oozing with confidence and wisdom.

Here are a few things Gurnoor Tucker, star of WBAR and CU Dems, has learned through his time here at Columbia.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Gurnoor Tucker, Columbia College, History and Financial Economics, Edison NJ

Claim to Fame: Bhangra, Sewa, Dems, Studying for the Midterms w/ Ben and Gurnoor (s/o WBAR), my dog Georgie, and submitting papers late w/out getting penalized.

Where are you going: Staying in the city to work in infrastructure investing, but not sure what I’ll do after that! Let me know if you have any tips.

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

1. Surround yourself with people who lift you up– no time for #FakeLove real ones only. You’re gonna meet a lot of people at this university and it’s really easy to get lost among multiple social circles. Make sure that you give enough time to people who are there for you– those are the ones who you’ll be able to call lifelong friends.

We’re not done yet



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You may not have found the owl, but you found some good lighting.

There are some things that you just can’t learn inside the classroom. Senior Justice Betty has a couple of things that you can learn before your brain turns to mush over the summer.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Justice Betty, GS (Dual BA with Sciences Po), Political Science, Toronto

Claim to fame: I forgot to look for Alma’s owl, but I guess everything worked out.

Where are you going? This summer, I am going back to my roots in the Caribbean. Followed by a return to my home and native land, and hopefully through work I’ll be going around the world Monday-Thursday.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022? Go outside your comfort zone whenever you can with the intention of expanding your comfort zone over the next four years. Celebrate your wins as much as you mourn your losses. Be inspired by your peers, not intimidated. You’re here for a reason and bound to accomplish great things at Columbia and long after you leave Morningside Heights. Although things can get hectic, it is vitally important that you define success on your own terms. Take the time to figure out who you are and what you need to be more of your true self.

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Go Terps!

Today’s first senior wisdom is from Ben Hord, toilet seat maestro, who spent a lot of time on the Pupin roof and lowered a lot of curves.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Ben Hord, CC, Astrophysics/History, Dobbs Ferry, NY

Claim to fame: Almost crushing someone with a radio telescope falling from Pupin roof, the Starbites podcast, former CUMB Spirit Manager, answering angry research emails at 3am so I can get my name as the last author on science papers, playing a toilet seat.

Where are you going? I’ll be pursuing a Ph.D. in Astronomy at the University of Maryland in the fall (if Emlyn Hughes will please just give me at least a C in Quantum Mechanics).

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022? If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it. If you’re not doing well, don’t worry. If you don’t succeed, don’t give up.

“Back in my day…” If you didn’t almost die on the Ferris staircase, were you even a Columbia student? Ollie’s was not on fire. They kicked your drunk ass out of JJs at 1am.

How does one justify their experience?



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Bwog loves our SEAS students.

Looking for some wise words to get you through your day of studying? Charles Harper has some reassuring tips to get you through the rest of your time at CU. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Charles Harper; SEAS; Environmental Engineering; Dallas, Texas!

Claim to fame: I’ve probably harassed you about the planet, either through EcoReps, ESC, or the Roosevelt Institute’s carbon neutrality campaign. Also I occasionally portray birds in Latenite Theatre.

Where are you going? Hopefully staying Up North to work in environmental policy! AKA not going back to Texas.

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

1. Take advantage of all the cool professors and classmates you have now. Go to office hours, even if you aren’t in their class. As an underclassman I would always chicken out and tell myself I had more time, but now I’m graduating and I wished I’d started taking advantage of all the awesome people we have at this school sooner. The biggest benefits of going to a good school like Columbia or Barnard aren’t in the buildings or the resources, although those are nice, but in the concentration of brilliant people. You might learn more from going to a panel/speaker event or club meeting or staying up late talking to your neighbors than you will in your actual classes, and that’s fine. Make the most of it.

Charles the Wise!



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So radiant, so wise, so Nicki.

Feeling knocked down by finals? Nicki Felmus knows just what to say to get you back up and running in no time.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Nicki Felmus, CC, American Studies and Education, Richmond, Virginia

Claim to fame: NSOP lady, president of Roosevelt, CCSC class rep, spams you to buy challah, I didn’t pee for 30 hours on my COOP trip, and that education girl

Where are you going? Washington, D.C. to teach middle school humanities

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

1. Get off campus. My freshman year I barely left campus and I really struggled with mental health/ succumbing to stress culture. Sophomore year, I vowed to myself that I would leave campus at least once a week and I’m a much happier and healthier person for it. Whether it’s going to Riverside for a walk, a coffee shop to work on reading, or exploring the East Village, you will thank yourself for hopping on the 1.

2. Advocate for yourself. There are so many resources on Columbia’s campus, but none of them will reach out to you. You need to do the research to find the resources and use them. I found my first two years to be very frustrating because I never knew which office to ask about what. Additionally, i had a really difficult Junior fall and I wish I had been more communicative with my professors.

3. Columbia tends to knock you down, but you can and will get back up. Everyone faces a lot of troubles and stresses. Sometimes you feel as if you can’t get back up from falling. I’m here to tell you that you can. You can still be a leader of a club if you lose an election. You’re still a fantastic human being if you didn’t get into the group you applied for. You are worthy, you are strong, you are brilliant, and you can get back up.

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Be. That. Guy.

Done learning for this year? Think again: hear about what Ben Gersten has to say about his unique Columbia experience. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown:

Ben Gersten, GS/JTS, Neuroscience & Linguistics (CU) / Bible (JTS), Roseland, NJ

Claim to fame:

  • As a TA for Science of Psych, during a guest lecture about the auditory aspects of different letters, I accidentally said, “You might want to measure this sound’s ‘P’-ness.”
  • For 5 semesters I was a dedicated participant in the group fitness Zumba, Cardio Kickbox, and Step Aerobics classes at Dodge… and I never saw another guy in one of my classes. Do you lift bro?
  • Past CoChair of KOACH, the traditional egalitarian community at CU/BC Hillel and still riding that wave.

Where are you going? Washington, DC. I will be working at the National Institutes of Health in a lab that studies the interaction of cancer drugs and hearing loss.

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

1. A email address is powerful. Even though we can all name about a hundred things we wished Columbia could give us, the one thing it did give us was an email address that means something to people beyond Morningside Heights. The worst that someone can do to a cold-call message that came out of the blue from a plucky undergrad with a can-do attitude is delete it. Master the art of the perfectly worded message and own it. “Dear Role Model, Hope all is well. Can you do me this favor because I hope to be successful someday?” You can create your own opportunities and take control of your own success just by hitting “Send.”

Be What Guy?



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He DOES look like Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Need some guidance after a long last day of classes? Senior Andres Aguyao has some advice to get you through this semester and the rest of your time at Columbia. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Andres Aguayo; SEAS; Computer Science; Dallas, TX

Claim to fame: Better known as “That Guy On Campus That Looks Like Lin-Manuel Miranda.” Less interestingly, Executive Director of the Columbia Bartending Agency, Inc.

Where are you going? San Francisco! I’ve always wanted to live in a place where I could go to the bars in a Facebook T-shirt and have strangers shove their start-ups and salaries in my face. So fun.

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

1. JOIN THE BARTENDING AGENCY. Scrap together some money, grab your friends for the group discount, and take the bartending class because it was hands down no question the best decision I ever made in my time at Columbia. Having mixology knowledge will not only impress all those friends that will inevitably become obsessed with craft beers and cocktails the second they turn 21 – it will also give you the opportunity to make obscene amounts of cash by doing minimal work in some of the most unbelievable spots around the city. Get involved enough and you could even become a teacher for the class where you literally get paid to drink with your friends. Like, come on. Join the CBA.

2. Get off campus. I know, I know. You have so much to do this weekend and you couldn’t possibly make the time to get to Brooklyn for that show tonight. Well, as someone who is about to move across the country, I could not tell you how badly I wish I just had that little bit more time for all the amazing things there are to see and do here in NYC. Don’t find yourself looking back and regretting how little you explored just like EVERY OTHER SENIOR AT THIS SCHOOL. Fuck your GPA. Take a mental health break. Get out of this pressure cooker of a campus. Go do shit – I promise you’ll thank me if you do.

3. Seriously, join the bartending agency. Rush CBA.

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Catie is unstoppable in that blazer.

We at Bwog decided to show our diplomatic side for the day by inviting the former Editor in Chief of Spectator, Catie Edmondson, to come give us wisdom! We’re all ears, Catie!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Catie Edmondson, Barnard, English, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Claim to fame: Editor in Chief of Spectator

Where are you going? Diving headfirst into the swamp (Washington) to cover national politics for The New York Times.

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

1. Nothing good happens at 1020 after 2 a.m.

2. Take care of each other. Probably everyone at Columbia will have a tough time at some point, and life is so much better and worthwhile when you know you have at least one person looking out for you, and who will always make time to help you out.

3. You should constantly be evaluating whether what you’re doing is worth it. One of the most eye-opening experiences for me was freshman year when my best friend at Barnard, who was having a gut-wrenchingly terrible time, chose to leave and go somewhere else. Having the moxie and sense of self to say, ‘this isn’t working’ and then make a change left a big impression on me. That’s an extreme example, but I think a lot of people here put so much pressure on themselves and think that they “have” to do certain things, whether it’s double majoring or putting up with a friend, colleague, or professor who seems hellbent on making their life miserable. Most of the time, you just don’t. There were a lot of times at Columbia when I felt powerless, and looking back, it was always needlessly so. There are always ways to change things, or other choices you have the power to make, and I wish I would’ve taken that to heart more.

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I want cute grad photos like this one!

PHE leader. Comedian. And so much more. We’re kicking off today’s Senior Wisdoms with self-proclaimed Beat master Julien Reiman.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Julien Saint Reiman, Columbia College, History, Atlanta, GA

Claim to fame: Hosted a Spiritual Cleansing of Butler Library, a recreation of the 1967 Central Park Be-In, a Beat Generation Tour of Columbia, an Ice Cream Tour of New York City, and other events that you wish you went to.

Where are you going? I’m teaching English for a year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, then going to graduate school for a degree in History.

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

1. Find the Money: A lot of cash in this wealthy university is available to you if you know where to look. The Office of Undergraduate Life and Columbia/Barnard Hillel gave me $500 to host a party in Central Park because it cultivated community. The CU History Department gave me $2,500 to live in NYC during the summer and travel to England, mostly because I paid attention to their listserv. And as a member of the Philolexian Society—a student group that anyone can join—I made $5,500 in a speech competition. Talk to administrators, join clubs, and read emails: in addition to helping you find your niche at CU, they might lead you to riches.

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We want that hat. And those dogs. And those dogs’ hats.

Our last senior wisdom of the day is from Henrietta Steventon, Latenite extraordinaire. Read on for advice about theater, British accents, stress, and more.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Henrietta Steventon, Columbia College, English Major, Hometown: Oxford, England/ Urenui, New Zealand

Claim to fame: Playing a drunk old woman in every student theatre production/ kissing Lil Dicky sophomore year.

Where are you going? NYU Tisch Grad Acting Class of 2021!

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

1. If you have a British accent and go to an American university, people think you’re a lot more attractive than you actually are. It’s alarming how many Mr Beans there are at this school pulling as though they were Prince Harry just because they pronounce aluminium in a somewhat charming way. Get those points for Gryffindor whilst you still can, fellow Brits.

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What’s making them smile? Probably their Appletree sandwich.

It’s almost time for finals, which means it’s time for more Senior Wisdoms! Learn about Julia Lubey’s time at Barnard below. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Julia Lubey, Barnard, unfortunately Economics, Utica NY!

Claim to fame: that person on Barnard’s campus that’s always sitting down, mostly in LeFrak. also WBAR.

Where are you going? Making plans, making moves, heading on up to West 122nd St and hoping to be employed soon.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?
1. Appletree Deli is superior to every other restaurant or store in Morningside Heights
2. It’s cool to participate in student life events, go get that free food and make some friends
3. A breakfast at Hewitt is only 5 points

“Back in my day…” There were bean bag chairs in the library and a lawn for me to nap on

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Sesame bagel toasted with butter and jelly, large coffee black with 3 sugars, Italian grilled cheese from Appletree Deli, whiskey neat, a full night of sleep.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Mafia Movies: From Sicily to The Sopranos. Intro to Translation Studies was also cool as hell.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I’d become celibate to keep cheese in my life forever.

Whom would you like to thank? Izzi and Mo, for endless beer and nonsense

One thing to do before graduating: Do a wbar show that runs from 2-4am.

Any regrets? never going to surf n turf :-(

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Pay for porn folks.

If you’re looking for a distraction, this next Senior Wisdom has just about everything. 2. Here’s what Matt Malone has to say about Columbia. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Matt Malone, CC, Linguistics, NYC

Claim to fame: Prominent eyebrows

Where are you going? To the mall

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

1. Eat more salad

2. Wear more makeup

3. Repeat

“Back in my day…” Everyone much prettier

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le #ClubWhore

What was your favorite class at Columbia? CS Theory with Tal Malkin / Symbolic Logic with Achille Varzi / Introduction to Linguistics with John McWhorter

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? :( Boring Q :(

Whom would you like to thank? The Biking Orientation Program

One thing to do before graduating: Pay for porn

Any regrets? When Bwog called the Latenite play I wrote and directed “good, not great.”

Image via Matt Malone

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