Senior Wisdom: Kate O’Gorman

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Name, school: Kate “Kate-O” O’Gorman, BC

Claim to fame: Prez-O of the Dems, Roosevelt Policy Director, RA, assorted other things along the way.

Where are you going? Still looking for a job. Know anyone who is hiring?

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. In my first-year, I learned about the competition to be the “most stressed” person. By senior year, I learned that isn’t a competition you want to win.
  2. What a hipster is. Really, before Columbia I thought it was someone mispronouncing hippie.
  3. No matter how many times you wish, SEAS, CC, or GS isn’t going to change their mascot to a tiger so that you can cheer Lions, and Tigers, and Bears. Oh my!

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Sleep camel. Midnight decorator. Pepsi enthusiast. Pragmatic Progressive. Strong, beautiful Barnard woman. Still trying to figure out how to justify her existence.

Any war stories from the War on Fun? Well, I’ve been an RA for three years but haven’t been really warring on fun at all. Though, one night, while on duty, I broke up a party only to realize that I was dressed in an Army t-shirt and hat. Guess I took the War on Fun a little too literally. It’s OK, they were in costume too. A penguin (full mascot costume) answered the door.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I’ve never liked cheese (waits for the boos that generally follow that statement). But seriously, to all the Seniors that are pledging to give up cheese: it’s probably a good thing you’re graduating. You have no idea how often “refreshments” translates to cheese platters. And you’ll probably miss your night cheese too.

Any advice for the Class of 2014? Take advantage of everything that you can while you are here. You only get four years. On a cornier note, Columbia, Barnard, and New York are like an awesome buffet. Problem is, you only get so big a plate. Try not to overflow it unless you can swipe another meal.

Any regrets? Sleep is a priority, not an option.

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  1. Dueaa Elzin

    I quietly screamed when I saw this SW. Kate-O is truly one of the best people I've met on this campus, not to mention an amazing RA ('07-'08 Reid/Sulz 4 FTW) who made everyone feel welcome and at ease. A true progressive, expect to see her make it big in a few years.

  2. Kate-O!

    Kate-O, Kate-O, Kate-O, Kate-O! My faaaaaaaaavorite RA on the planet! What an incredibly accomplished, intelligent, and kind person. Although, I refuse to believe (that you believe) that sleep is not an option.

  3. Night Cheese reference  


  4. Joy  

    Kate-O! It's so exciting to see where the lovely ladies of Reid/Sulz 6 have gone. Congratulations on everything. Thanks for that swiping metaphor and for your humility.

  5. Seriously Kate-O  

    How much do you actually sleep? 2 hours a night?

  6. Anonymous

    "Still looking for a job. Know anyone who is hiring?"

    America's graduates of '09 embrace you with open arms.

  7. love

    kate o is the best!

    i'd hire her to sing about my night cheese any day!

  8. i really wish  

    i had met kate-o during NSOP and not last month. an absolute pro

  9. classy!  

    kate-o, you are amazing
    your fellow CC member

  10. thank god  

    this woman represents Barnard

  11. Anonymous  

    Kate-O, I think you have underhandedly inspired so many individuals during your undergraduate career at Barnard and Columbia University. Thank you for your dedication, your wisdom, and your fellowship. <3

  12. Anonymous  

    that simile sucked

  13. anonymous  

    kate-o!! this woman is going places. such a great person.

  14. Aaaaaaand  

    Kate O is awesome.

    ps- she's also the hostess with the mostest.

  15. Kate-O

    is just incredible.

  16. love love love her  

    kate-o is so great!!! and also pretty hot, if you ask me

  17. Anonymous  

    be a revolutionary, baby

    (hope i didn't just give myself away...)

  18. srsly.  

    Kate-o hands down one of the best people i've ever met in my life.

  19. Anonymous  

    One of the most inspiring, amazing women I've had the privilege of getting to know during my time here. So accomplished and brilliant, and absolutely the most modest and un-pretentious people out there. I will be sad to see her go. You will do great things, Kate-O!

  20. liz lemon

    workin' on my night cheeeeeeeese!

  21. on behalf of res life

    go team kate-o!!! forever and always

  22. Kate-o  

    makes being an RA bearable. She is incredibly smart, kind, fun and classy. I'll be proud to say I knew her when. And anyone who makes a night cheese reference deserves undying love even from the most hateful bwog commenters.

  23. Resident  

    Wow, this is hands down THE most boring senior wisdom article of the year.

    Congrats, Kate!

  24. Admirer

    Great, great woman.

  25. 2014

    I love this! Thanks for the advice.

  26. Yay for Kate-O  

    Hurrah for Kate-O! She's one the best Barnard or CC has ever seen.

  27. Demz 4 Lyfe!  

    Kate'O is actually the most amazing person ever and back. I will miss her SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO much :(. It took until my second semester as a freshman to actually be inspired b someone, and here she came! Get a job in NYC so I can bother you all the time :D! (And make me your sec' of soulja boy dance when you become prez!)

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