This is the fourth post in the senior wisdom series. Read the rest here.
Montse Ferrer, CC ’06.
Claim to fame: Community Service Guru.
Post-grad plans: Bogota, Colombia for the summer to work with a program that is demilitarizing paramilitaries and then starting law school in the fall– still not sure about where.
Preferred swim test stroke?
Still haven’t taken the swim test… ooops. Will be able to answer this question when I realize I never got my diploma and have to come back in the fall for the swim test!
What are three things you learned at Columbia?
1. There are A LOT of weird people at Columbia (I tend to include myself there too), much more than any average liberal arts school… BUT THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS SCHOOL.
2. If you come to Columbia and you see there’s something you want to change, something that at the beginning seems impossible to change, no worries– things DO change at Columbia, but they require three things: a lot of time (grad school here too haha), a lot of effort from your part (Fight, fight, fight), and allies within the administration. I recommed working THROUGH and WITHIN they system to change it and not the inverse.
3. LSAT is the ONLY thing that matters when you apply to law school (GPA is important too, but LSAT is the priority)… with the good exception of Yale. So, if you want to go to law school being editor-in-chief of a journal, president of that, and leader of that… they’re not near as important as the LSAT (is that the American expression??). That’s not cool but that’s the reality.
Justify your existence in 30 words or less.
I’m no different to anybody else—just one more of the many ants. But since I’m here, I hope to plant one more tree…
What was your favorite controversy in your time at Columbia?
Favorite: “I am being silenced” protest (Spring 2004). I have truly learned so much from that rally. I remember coming into CC class that day and asking if we could discuss what was happening outside. I’m an international student so I wasn’t too aware of the racial differences in this country. We never discussed that rally in CC class. And yet, since then, this controversy has come up in so many conversations, and I’m happy to say it has taken me places where I never thought I would go. (I wonder what would have happened if we would have discussed it during CC class.) Thank you to those who were there, dressed in black, with a sign, I AM BEING SILENCED.
What Columbia memory best exemplifies your college experience?
Pulling an all-nighter on the 4th floor of Butler and by 5 a.m. turning the music on so loud celebrating I was alone in this gigantic room that is always cohabited by asian grad (and more recently undergrad) students!
Which Prof do you think would be the best kisser?
A blond guy who teaches political phiolosphy… a GS-only class. But I went there on the first day of class and melted.
What percentage of seniors do you think are virgins?
If I base it on my own friends, the percentage goes up high, so I don’t think my estimate is too accurate… being generous to what my European friends told me when I left Spain, I’d guess only about 20-30 percent… but that would be CC. SEAS may be higher.
Would you rather permanently give up oral sex or cheese?
No doubt, AND I MEAN NO DOUBT, oral sex. I eat cheese three times a day!
Days on campus memory?
Never came ;-( International students…
Everybody tells me I should regret having spent half my life in Butler/Lehman libraries and the other half in a Lerner room planning events… but that’s BS (Jenny J., agree??). But I do regret one thing: always rushing when I would meet with friends, cancelling on them, always telling them I had a meeting. That I regret for them but especially for me. I’m sorry to all of those I did that (majority of my friends!).
@Robert Que bueno!Estva navegant un ratet per interne i mira qui m’he trobat! La noieta del BFIS que feia tenis, jajajajaja! Apa petonets i diverteix-te mes que la vida son 4 dies!
@B.Adams Montse estic enamorat de tu!!
@aznaznaznaznaznaznaznaznaznaznaznazn White girls with asian guys, man. White girls with asian guys. 174 Carrotlover Jakki Coolness Tide Detergent IBM Computers
@Eva Montse — no et conec tan be com volia, pero et desitjo molta felicitat amb tot el que facis. Una chica tan intel.ligent i amb el teu seny, jo se que tu faras coses magnifiques en aquest mon.
Quin missatge mes bonic. Gracies! Quin catala mes bo, per cert!
@Brendan Ballou I hesitate to post this, because 1. I think it will tick people off, 2. I am very clearly identifying myself, 3. I don’t know if B&W’ers are allowed to post. But I want to do this anyways, because it’s the end of the year. I think the comments, especially in these senior wisdom posts, have been needlessly combative and annoying. These posts are meant to be celebrations, not debates. you all finished four years at a great school, and now you’re about to start real life. why dampen that with comments like “how big of a pompous tool is this meyerhoff fellow”? It’s pointlessly combative without making any meaningful statement. Is it trite to ask people to say something nice? Sure, the bwog is fun because it’s a place to argue and vent. But it should also be a place where someone can be happy or enthusiastic without being declared a racist. Don’t get so worked up: it’s the end of the semester!
@not going to identify himself Hey Brendan…I agree, man. That’s why I posted comment #4.
@max agreed. stop the anonymous internet hating.
@Montse is great You can’t expect roses out of lemon. This is the online environment you have cultivated. Now you have to lay on the bed you made.
@ronaldinho montse = awesome
i dedicate my goals to her
@Montse And I’m your number 1 fan!! FORCA BARCA! hehehe…
@how is that racist? it’s not racist if it’s just a descriptive word. some people are black, some people are asian… so what?
@question So Montse, what if you could have oral sex three times a day?
@Montse I’d have to think about that one hahahah!
@Fuck you erf All these jackasses who keep putting down the seniors they’ve never met are really starting to piss me off. Montse is one of most unbiased and genuinely affable people I have ever met…quit the stupid baseless insults.
@Montse Thank you ;-)!
@McFister Blow it out your ass. Making reference to race doesn’t automatically make you a racist.
@Huh It says “Asian” now. Does that make it any less racist?
@Erf “Pulling an all-nighter on the 4th floor of butler and by 5 a.m. turning the music on so loud celebrating I was alone in this gigantic room that is always cohabited by [black] grad (and more recently undergrad) students”
Obnoxious racism by someone who claims to have been enlightened about race relations?