Claim to fame: I’ve probably interviewed you and your dean at some point for Spec (former news editor).
Where are you going? In the short run, the Wall Street Journal. After that, who knows? (Will cover education policy/city politics for food.)
Three things you learned at Columbia:
1. It’s never too late to change your mind, to switch majors, to meet new people. This is trite, but there’s nothing wrong with following your dreams.
2. The Columbia University undergraduate community exists, and it’s made up of students from all four schools. This truth is hard to ignore when you see them toil together to put out a daily newspaper.
3. Free fountain soda refills at Brad’s!
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I laugh at everything. I can read Middle English. Little fascinates me more than wonkish chats about Columbia University’s organizational structure.
Any war stories from the War on Fun? I’m kind of boring, actually. But it was sure fun to explain this concept to oft-confused administrators in interviews.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Hi Mom!
Any advice for the Class of 2014?
1. Spend as much time as possible on the steps.
2. Spec and Bwog are better when read together.
3. Surround yourself with people who know when you need to be challenged or supported.
Any regrets? Not taking classes with Eric Foner or Margaret Vandenburg. Not learning more languages. Missing incredible campus events because I was too busy editing articles about them. Not meeting all of you.