Jul

19

Freshmen Profile: Dan Cho, Witty or Bitter?

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In the first Freshmen Profile, Tania Harsono was giving a chance at redemption. This time around, Bwog staffer Lucy Tang pokes and prods at Dan Cho’s insecurities.

RA RA SHISBOOM BAH

Here’s Dan Cho

Friend or Foe? 

Hometown: The twilight city that’s gonna set my soul on fire. (For non-Elvis or Dead Kennedy fans, that’s Las Vegas, NV)

Prospective Major: I’m not a big fan of the whole “making money” thing, so probably English or Film Studies. You never know though.

Where are you looking to begin the first of the best four years of your life?

On an isolated tropical beach, surrounded by beautiful women, and enjoying the soft symphony of gently rolling waves. I’ll be spending my freshman year of college at Carman though.

How long do you think it’ll take you to lose your…

Dignity? I lost it during my first tour in Nam.

Moral compass? I lost it during my second tour in Nam.

Sanity? Third tour.

Virginity? I can’t really think of a facetious answer to this, so I’ll leave it as “no comment.”

While 2010 went nuts with the myspace, 2011 is the first official class to actually meet each other over the internet. Do you think you’re missing out on part of the college experience?

I guess this will expose me as the naïve incoming freshman with only a cursory awareness of the long-standing and rich traditions of the fine institution he has been allowed to attend that I am, but exactly what “college experience” is the Internet precluding? We’re still going to have to actually interact with each other face-to-face when the time comes. The only thing Facebook is allowing me is the chance to avoid having to embarrassingly ask someone their name after hanging out with them for two weeks. I welcome this brave new world of technology if it prevents the major faux-pas (I’ve never taken French, so I have no idea what the plural of faux pas really is) that hamstrung many of my potential relationships in the past.

What are you doing with your last pre-college summer?

Working a menial job for a few bucks over minimum wage, interspersed with the occasional “chilling out with my homies.” No exciting globetrotting adventures in philanthropy or mind-expanding intellectual pursuits here.

Columbia students are often typecast as cynical, elitist, and bitter (haven’t you read half the comments on Bwog?). What is the most cynical/elitist/bitter thought you’ve ever had?

An easier question would be what is the least cynical/elitist/bitter thought I’ve ever had. The answer to that question would’ve been an observation on a funny comment my friend made about the Seahawks-Broncos game back in 2005.

Also, I am responsible for a quarter of the crappy comments on Bwog.

I lived in Carman last year, I’ve seen used tampons, sparkly tube tops, condoms, beer cans, and drunk kids left in the elevator. Still excited for the so-called “party” dorm?

I live in Las Vegas. While those things aren’t really parts of my daily routine, they’re not completely foreign sights for me either. I’ll get over it.

What did you lie about on your application?

Seriously for once, I didn’t really think I’d get in so there was little to no self-aggrandizement in my application. I just wrote as honestly as I could about myself, my accomplishments, and my ambitions, and something about that appealed to the admission office. I guess there was a shortage of middle-class second generation Asian-Americans with decent grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities at Columbia or something.

Is this irony a defense mechanism against any potential hateful comments?

Wow, you don’t pull any punches. Alright, you caught me. This macho, sarcastic tough guy bullcrap is just an act I put on to hide my deep-set fear that someone I don’t know might type something mean about me on the Internet. God, I feel sick just thinking about it.

One last question, willing to fess up to any “crappy comments on Bwog”?

In all likelihood, I’m probably the first comment for this interview. Even if it’s an ad hominem attack on myself.

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30 Comments

  1. sorry

    beat you to the first comment.

    who is this, bwog?

  2. beat

    you to second post too

  3. i'm embarrassed  

    ...to say this, but members of the class of 2009 met each other over the internet, too. i still have a couple facebook friends whom i've never met; i should really just delete them.

  4. Yeah, we even  

    "went nuts on myspace" in 09.

    We did not, however, enjoy our SAT vocab worksheets as much as this guy.

  5. an asian

    american majoring in english and/or film. what a waste.

  6. douche  

    ' Working a menial job for a few bucks over minimum wage, interspersed with the occasional "chilling out with my homies." No exciting globetrotting adventures in philanthropy or mind-expanding intellectual pursuits here. '
    IWorking a menial job for a few bucks over minimum wage, interspersed with the occasional "chilling out with my homies." No exciting globetrotting adventures in philanthropy or mind-expanding intellectual pursuits here. '
    Is that how he wrote his essays too? d-bag

  7. fresh and naive

    So how do I whore myself out to Bwog for my freshman profile?

  8. mlp

    "While 2010 went nuts with the myspace, 2011 is the first official class to actually meet each other over the internet."

    I don't know where Bwog came up with this fact, as it's clearly wrong. I was a freshman RA for the classes of '09 and '10, and both of those classes came in with pre-made Facebook "friends."

  9. 2010  

    our class met with each other, too. we planned get-togethers and did the whole shebang; i'm no longer friends with most people i met prior to coming to columbia, but that doesn't discount the fact that we still met. you're giving 2011 more credit than is due.

  10. Media McWhoreson

    They're not giving too much credit. It's required that any source of journalistic information exaggerates the technological involvitude of younger people. It's the wave of the FUTURE...Future...future...

    I mean, if they didn't, you might have older people learning about new things. And you simply can't have that.

  11. '07

    '07 was the last class that came to school pre-facebook. Not that that's some great honor, but there was a certain charm to it.

  12. tech

    Back in the summer of '99, members of the class of 2003 also met each other over the internet--using internet groups/message boards and e-mail of all things!

  13. mr. cho

    just fall in love and work hard. you'll be better off.

    scuse me while i find my adult diapers.

  14. my eyes!!!  

    my eyes!!! my beautiful eyes!!! i think that picture burned my retina.

  15. nostalgia

    i miss the days when we all met our friends the old fashion way, over usenet.

  16. Anonymous

    am i getting old? damn. i'm only seas '06 and i still remember usenet and irc.

  17. ttan

    I remember Gopher and FTP and GWBASIC and Netscape 2.0 and how fuckin excited I was when DoubleSpace came out. Yeah. :-P.

  18. man

    I remember when we had to send telegrams to our future classmates and then ride our carriages through ye olde manhattanville

  19. i remember  

    days on campus with alexander hamilton. he was pretty pissed that he didn't get into princeton and said something about going to their campus and putting a cannonball through nassau hall. i didn't think he was serious....

  20. thoughts

    tao, didn't you graduate?

    dhi, nice, but how about a real dictionary instead of wikipedia?

    usenet is still alive and well for a small cadre of poor pathetic people who pay for their porn

    faux pas is the plural of faux pas

  21. come on

    usenet is dead. the meow wars pretty much killed it off.

  22. why

    what's your point? he used it correctly. admittedly, a bit ostentatiously considering the context, and it renders 'on myself' redundant, but whatever.

  23. okay...  

    this guy seems really funny and smart. especially compared to 1/2 of the class of '07 farewell profiles that were posted on bwog in may. but someone please tell the kid to skim through a grammar book before he comes here.

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