Senior Wisdom: Maxim Pinkovskiy
Written by Bwog Staff
Maxim Pinkovskiy, CC
Claim to fame:
I was the 2004 M&M Peanut Minute Student of the Year in Xavier Sala-i-Martin’s Intermediate Macro class!
Ph.D. in economics at MIT, then – I hope – professor at Columbia University.
Preferred swim test stroke?
Walk three lengths on the bottom of the swimming pool on my hands.
What are three things you learned at Columbia?
1. How to reconcile Thucydides’ interpretation of history as guided by characteristics of people as a whole – desire, hope, pride – with his deep interest in individual leaders.
2. How to prove the Central Limit Theorem.
3. “Everything has an economic intuition.” – Xavier Sala-i-Martin
Justify your existence in 30 words or less.
Cogito ergo sum (1/10th of 30 words)
What was your favorite controversy in your time at Columbia?
Once, a Spectator editorial criticized the way economics is taught at Columbia…my friends and I had a fun time talking about how to respond.
What Columbia memory best exemplifies your college experience?
Falling off my chair in Econ Forum while arguing about the New Deal.
Which prof do you think would be the best kisser?
Sophia Kovalevskaya (1850-1891)
What percentage of seniors do you think are virgins?
That must be an imaginary number.
Would you rather permanently give up oral sex or cheese?
In the dictionary, the word “turophile” has my picture next to it – I vacuum-clean all the cheese at formal events. I hope this answers it.
Days on Campus memory?
I stayed up having a philosophical conversation with some people until midnight – this was the first time I had done this, and would prove not to be the last.
Columbia has been a blessing to me all four years, and I am sorry that this phase of my life is coming to a close. I also regret that Professor Seidel moved to California before I could take more of his classes.