Claim to fame: Carman 10, ROOTEd & Asian American Alliance Political Committee, intellectual intercourse (new group on critical engagement w/the Core), Ethnic Studies stuff, bluegrass, etc.
Where are you going? Colorado/Arizona/NYC for a few years to decide exactly what I want from grad school, or something.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
- Activism is in the everyday.
- Professors are super awkward people, just like me and you! Also, just because you’re in a huge lecture doesn’t mean they don’t recognize you…
- People will always, always surprise you if you give them the time of day (or night) & there is always time to check in with an old friend, an acquaintance, a neighbor, a friend of a friend, or a classmate.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I think, therefore…
Any war stories from the War on Fun? There is no War on Fun if you get off-campus. Or put a towel under your door.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? The former. Turning down food is often just rude.
Any advice for the Class of 2014?
- Talk to people you see every day; dorm security guards, the 114th&bway coffee stand man, Al in JJ’s…they recognize everyone on campus and know whats up.
- Take classes whose ideologies/praxes vary radically – if you take a Jeff Sachs class, take a Mamdani class (which will be better). and vice versa. for me, it was Econ & Anthro classes – not that these are complete opposites necessarily, but take classes where one’s premises or “givens” are the other’s explorations.
Any regrets? Arriving here after Edward Said stopped teaching & after Columbia’s West Harlem expansion plan was already towards the end approval stages. Womp womp.