Senior Wisdom: Varun Gulati

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Name, school: Varun Gulati, SEAS 2010 (or maybe BC? I’ve told that lie…)

Claim to fame: That gigantic Tamasha banner, a few dance teams (aka “dance team slut” — NOT MY WORDS), a certain Spec op-ed.

Where are you going? New Orleans for TFA.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. A little bit of un-anonymous, positive love in Bwog comments goes a long way.
  2. Best places in the city: Taqueria y Fonda, Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
  3. Robert, the security guard who’s often on shift in EC, is the coolest man ever.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I got CAVA-ed on the fourth day of NSOP…for MSG poisoning :(

Any war stories from the War on Fun? In a brutal, heart-wrenching confrontation with Public Safety, I was instructed to stop doing this.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Inappropriate, Bwog! Umm…hi Mama.

Any advice for the Class of 2014?

  1. First, learn this dance. It will make your time at Columbia infinitely more exciting.
  2. Go crazy. Seriously, try everything and push your limits. Write for a campus publication. Volunteer to tutor kids. See every single museum on this list. Sit in on a class you’re not signed up for. Visit all five boroughs. Smile at everyone on College Walk, and see who smiles back.
  3. Don’t buy into cynicism. There’s a lot more to be happy about, and a lot more to love — sometimes you have to search for it.
  4. Apply to, and if you get in, join Columbia Urban Experience. It changed my life, no joke!

Any regrets? I wish I had gone to a Postcrypt Coffeehouse event! Also, never been on the roof of Low or Butler.

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  1. Woo!

    That's 2 MBHS alums in Senior Wisdom! Go Blazers!!!

  2. Anonymous

    Biggest tool at cu...

  3. Don't know him  

    but love the positivity!!!!

  4. ummm

    chicken noodle soup is no joke

  5. Jonny M  

    Varun, I have those exact same regrets!

  6. Patrick McGuire  

    A little bit of un-anonymous, positive love for you, Varun.

  7. any relation

    to Sunil? :D

  8. Anonymous


    You are an incredible person who has had such a tremendously positive influence on so many people here. You were always willing to help, give advice, or just be a sounding board, and it was such a privilege to get to know you and I speak for a lot of people when I say we can't even begin to express our sadness at your leaving. Best wishes for the future, and come back and visit us!

  9. Anonymous

    That bow tie is a mess.



    -BLUE HONDA F****

  11. Joy  

    I will un-anonymously say that you are incredibly giving—and that I forgive you for leaving me alone on the ramps for a few odd Mondays.

  12. narayan

    congrats varun on getting the least negative comments in bwog history! :P

  13. your favorite MC  

    i think i saw this kid at Taqueria last night shoving chips, salsa, a tostada and a sope into his mouth. this kid loves that place, it's really not an exaggeration at all. Also, wondee siam is right across the street. they have a CU student discount =P

    a few things when you see Varun:
    -ask him to do his Harlem Shake and Chicken Noodle Soup
    -ask to see his nerd impression (then run away immediately. it's horrifying)
    -throw eggs, bee stings or MSG at his face.

  14. yay!

    varun is the best!

  15. ok i'm guilty

    i love pretty much everything about varun gulati. except the fact that I only met him this year. varun why do you have to leeeeeave??? :(

  16. sexi admirer

    gimme ur gamecock

  17. Naina

    VARUN BOOBOO I nominated you for this! Now we are even

  18. Anonymous

    absolutely wonderful guy who will do great things with his life.

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