Senior Wisdom: Nick Serpe

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Name, school: Nick Serpe, CC

Claim to fame: I’ve thrown my hat in a fair number of campus rings, in about this order: Amnesty International, COOP, Responsible Endowments Coalition, the Current.

Where are you going? I’m moving to Brooklyn’s fairer shores, but I’ll be working back Manhattan-side at Dissent magazine.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. Yes, the wonders of the City lie just beyond our gates. It’s true, that some come to Columbia for the metropolis. But for what it’s worth, there are also great friendships and communities to be found on our campus, in our dorms. I’m excited that I’ll be staying in New York after graduation–but I don’t regret making Columbia my home while I was here.
  2. I once heard a wise person say, in more or less these words, “Most of you get into a school like this because you’re well-rounded, but the aim is to get some dents.” I came to school wanting to be everything and to do everything, but I’m glad to have found passions worth having.
  3. Beware of the fruit punch in the orange Gatorade cooler.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I’m an old-fashioned humanist. I think each and every one of us matters, and under those conditions I suppose I’m justified, too.

Any war stories from the War on Fun? Don’t let them (the “Man”) tell you what you can or can’t be. Everyone who’s trying to keep your party down, they can’t touch you. You have the power, you have the party, you are a partisan for the cause of Fun! Attica! Attica! Attica!

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I was a vegan during my high-school years, and I still had a great time.

Any advice for the Class of 2014? Don’t listen to anyone’s advice. And do your homework.

Any regrets? A great number.

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  1. A great

    COOP leader. Nick could hike for miles with a whole watermelon hidden in his backback.

    Also, Bwog, I don't know if you already do this, but I hope you'll put up a post at the beginning of next year with all the Senior Wisdom Advice for 2014, since most of 2014 is probably not reading Bwog yet to receive it.

  2. Anonymous  

    tsk tsk bwog and nick sharpe! TYPOS!
    Beware OF the fruit punch...
    Each and every ONE of us matters...

  3. nick is  

    a DUDE! seriously great guy

  4. cc'10  

    yess, dog day afternoon
    but really, i have had the pleasure of knowing nick all 4 years here, and when he says he thinks we all matter, he really means it. definitely one of those people that makes putting up with the rest of columbia's bullshit [ie the 1.5 hour wait to get into senior ball] totally worthwhile.

    ok. almost totally worthwhile. that line SUCKED.

  5. nick is  

    a DUDE! seriously awesome guy

  6. CC'14

    I've been stalking bwog/spec since I got in ED in December.

  7. Anonymous

    seems genuine if a little boring

    great dog day afternoon reference though

  8. Anonymous  

    i wish i had gotten to know him better.

  9. Anonymous

    Serpe is awesome. COOOOOOP!!!

  10. Anonymous  

    I wish that Nick would man up and do guys in the shower. But no worries, he is still one of the best guys on this campus by far.

  11. Anonymous  

    is he single? straight? both?

    long shot for Columbia I know but he is a cutie

  12. corop  

    nick serpe is seriously one of the most amazing people i've met on this campus. he is incredibly smart (pbk first round), humble, and, most importantly, really really fun and friendly. a true columbia gem.

  13. Anonymous  

    nick serpe! you are so awesome.

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