Name, School
: Peter Valeiras, SEAS

Claim to fame: President of the Engineering Student Council

Post-grad plans: Teach For America New York. High School Physics… keeping some form of engineering alive!

Favorite study spot? Avery Library… I’m probably the only engineer that knows about this place.

What are three things you learned at Columbia?

1. Engineers would probably not survive a huge flood or invasion because we do not have a swim test and really can’t build a boat… or catapult… in a reasonable amount of time to escape.

2. You can always get free things at Columbia… examples being that I have gone a week without buying food and all of college without buying a single t-shirt. And now I even got a free USB Memory Stick.

3. John Jay trays make the sturdiest sleds, although they are a little small.  Best sledding spots include: the steps, Riverside Park and the steps out to 120th by Mudd (although you need to make sure that you do not hit the wall).

Justify your existence in 30 words or less.

I think that I am supposed to be able to design a bridge… I can’t… and therefore really can’t justify my existence.

What was your favorite controversy in your time at Columbia?

When President Ahmadinejad visited and got torn apart on stage by PrezBo. Varsity Show did a great job incorporating this last year. Hunger Strike does come a close second.

Any battle wounds/war stories from the War on Fun?

Trying to convince the administration that we should have more alcohol at Glass House Rocks and then getting yelled at for it… at least I won’t have to watch the mass dumping of beers after Lerner Pubs next year.

Would you rather permanently give up oral sex or cheese?

Nothing hits the spot after oral sex like a grilled cheese from HamDel, so I can’t exactly give up one without giving up the other, but if I had to I would definitely stop eating grilled cheese……. oh, hi mom!

What do you wish you could tell the Class of 2013 before they come here?

Take advantage of all the activities on Columbia’s campus… I know some people say not to do this, but sign up for as many listservs as possible, this way you always know where the free food is and can maybe make a few more Facebook friends!


I wish that I took the Core.

Although people told me it was a bore.

Now all I can write

Is this limerick, so trite.

And really, nothing much more.