Name, school: Ginia Sweeney, CC

Claim to fame: Spec editor for a while, enemy of athletes (for literally years!), head of Postcrypt Coffeehouse and one of the founding fathers of the now-annual folk festival.

Where are you going? I’ll be living in Brooklyn and working full time in children’s book publishing for at least the next year, and in the meantime putting my Art History degree to use by writing a trashy thriller about a Titian painting. After that, hopefully traveling and grad school in Art History.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. The administration cares about money far more than students.
  2. If you work hard and enjoy your classes, even hotshot professors will love you and pay attention to you.
  3. Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I regularly Gchat with Tony Gong.

Any war stories from the War on Fun? Oh, yes. First and foremost, the long battle with the administration over Postcrypt, well documented in both this blog and the Spectator (curse you, anonymous Bwog commenter!). Also, I was written up for a noise violation after hosting a party attended by a number of folk musicians. As evidence of the debauchery he witnessed, the RA wrote in his report that he opened my door and “three people were holding [acoustic] guitars.”

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I spent a month teaching English in rural China (read: population 100,000, no cheese), and—especially as a vegetarian—a month without cheese was fairly torturous.

Any advice for the Class of 2014?

  1. Push your limits. Do something that takes you out of your comfort zone, be it taking a class you’re not sure you’ll like or modeling for Artist Society. You’ll learn something about yourself and increase your self-confidence along the way
  2. Join a lot of clubs and activities and then whittle them down to the ones you love.
  3. Get off campus. These might be your only four years in this city, so take advantage of it while you can.

Any regrets? Not taking computer science classes sooner. Who knew this die-hard humanities girl would love programming so much?