Connect with us

All Articles

And How Hard Were Your College Apps?

We know that almost all of us had to overcome something to get to Columbia, but let’s be honest: some had to overcome more than others.

As the first example of this, the New York Times presents Carrie Montgomery, a new member of the class of 2013, and one of twelve Times scholars this year. Despite growing up in the South Bronxwith 9 siblings and an ailing single mom, Montgomery maintained a 95.6 average in four years at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice, and now joins a group of 12 that will recieve $30,000, a laptop, and (perhaps just as precious in this economy) a guaranteed internship at the Times.

The Times reports that Carrie wants to be a lawyer, and hopes to write an autobiography some day to encourage young people like herself to work hard and succeed despite their backgrounds. We’d say she’s off to a good start. (photo via the Times)

Write a comment

Your email address will not be published.



  • right on. says:

    @right on. warms my heart.

  • agreed says:

    @agreed touching stories all — it’s good to be reminded of what a fucking gift going to this place really is … I am deeply humbled by some of these kids and will do my best not to squander my (fleeting) time at this place

  • The girl says:

    @The girl The girl living on $10 a month is outstanding. They’re all outstanding. Mind blown.

  • these kids says:

    @these kids are badasses. congrats to all.

  • ddd says:

    @ddd affirmative action :(

    1. wow... says:

      @wow... congratulations, you’re a douchebag. go back to jersey.

    2. yeah says:

      @yeah I think everyone should just buy their way in like this guy did

  • averagecolumbian says:

    @averagecolumbian we need more kids like these who knows the value of education. unlike the toolbag above me.

  • ??? says:

    @??? Why would anyone want to come here?

  • Dominique says:

    @Dominique She seems awesome, and is representing the Boogie-down!

  • yea says:

    @yea bravo to these kids. their stories always sound like life was no fucking picnic whatsoever. i hope that the rest of the ridiculously high price of college gets covered by financial aid.

  • hmmm says:

    @hmmm doesn’t sound like the typical Columbia kid…i come from one of the richest counties (highest median income) and i feel poor here

    congrats and hope the mom gets better

  • 2010 says:

    @2010 holy goodness. that is so crazy… jesus I feel like a tool now when i complain about my highschool experience. CONGRATS!!! our Columbia bubble helps us forget that people have legitimate hardships. I’m really proud we’re going to have a winner at our school!

  • congrats says:

    @congrats to these kids, who have gotten here against the odds, and who will appreciate the value of a Columbia education more than most kids here.

    And congratulations to the NYT, who to their credit aren’t letting nationality precede merit, unlike Congress and the Senate.

  • Dear Bwog says:

    @Dear Bwog I love you, I do. But please learn how to spell “receive”. Thank you

  • amazed says:

    @amazed Reading this article makes me feel ashamed about my own life; it is hard to imagine that these students were able to put themselves through such hardships and succeed in the end astounds me. My heart goes out to them; they truly deserved to get this scholarship. Bravo!

  • Have Your Say

    What should Bwog's new tagline be?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

    Recent Comments

    is it too late to bully them into letting me take a gap year? :( (read more)
    Academic Calendar Updates, Pre-Orientation Programs Canceled Or Modified
    June 29, 2020
    This is great news Columbia is opening up on schedule. (read more)
    Academic Calendar Updates, Pre-Orientation Programs Canceled Or Modified
    June 25, 2020
    EXPEL ALL RACISTS FROM COLUMBIA! Tod Howard Hawks, Columbia College, Class of 1966 (read more)
    Racist Messages In FIJI GroupMe Surface, Involved Members Asked To Disaffiliate
    June 25, 2020
    It is great Columbia will be opening on time in the fall. (read more)
    Academic Calendar Updates, Pre-Orientation Programs Canceled Or Modified
    June 25, 2020

    Comment Policy

    The purpose of Bwog’s comment section is to facilitate honest and open discussion between members of the Columbia community. We encourage commenters to take advantage of—without abusing—the opportunity to engage in anonymous critical dialogue with other community members. A comment may be moderated if it contains:
    • A slur—defined as a pejorative derogatory phrase—based on ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or spiritual belief
    • Hate speech
    • Unauthorized use of a person’s identity
    • Personal information about an individual
    • Baseless personal attacks on specific individuals
    • Spam or self-promotion
    • Copyright infringement
    • Libel