Senior Wisdom: Akosua Ayim
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog checks in with another wise senior…
Name, school: Akosua Ayim (or just Ko), Columbia College
Claim to fame: ….I guess that would be my roles in all things multicultural *kanyeshrug* Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Multicultural Greek Council, the African Students’ Association and Black Heritage Month 2011. The random performances of spoken word poetry at open mics. And that one time I performed in The Colored Museum with BTE.
Where are you going? JP Morgan, somewhere in the I-Bank. Living in HarlemWorld.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
1. Not all philosophers were created equal. And therefore you should take the Core with a grain of salt.
2. Nobody will ever give you anything, you have to take it. And that’s okay because it feels so much better once you finally have it. This is totally directed to the Economics department. Yes, I am talking about my degree.
3. There is more to learn outside of the classroom than within it. So if you’re having a great conversation at 6am with random people on the Steps, don’t feel bad about missing your 9:10am.
“Back in my day…” A subway swipe was $2.00. We had all-day unlimited metrocards (excellent for those random Saturdays when you wanted to discover what made Brooklyn amazing) and the monthly unlimited was $89.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer:
I get my energy from my inner G
I be in outer space, but I got inner peace
So tell my enemies, they can’t injure me
I know that irritates, you have my sympathies
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? Well…we all know the answer to that from the Greek aspect of my student life. But in general I’d have to say the War is not over and we’re probably at a stalemate right now. There’s work to be done but CU has a lot of potential. If students took more of their partying off-campus (host a party at HK Lounge or Crimson) then the students would definitely have the upper hand. War stories? The Free Weezy party FAIL. Although Public Safety did hold us down that one time.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Every year I am SHOCKED by the amount of seniors who are not willing to give up cheese. This makes no sense to me.
Advice for the class of 2015:
1. Make sure you have a car or a friend with a car at least during your senior year. The subway system is ridiculously BAD on the weekends and it made all the difference in the fun-factor of my senior year.
2. Major in something you are GOOD AT! Especially if you’re in CC (not sure how well this works with SEAS). Major in something that will guarantee you a dazzling GPA which will then lead to a dazzling job offer. Most places spend tons of time training on the job, so the actual major doesn’t have as much weight as it used to. What matters is that you did well.
3. If you have a kitchen in your living space after freshmen year, you do not need a meal plan.
4. Make friends (real friends) with people who do not look/sound/dress like you. Perspective is everything.
5. Walk to 96th street every once in awhile. And walk over to Amsterdam and down to Manhattan Ave. There is more to this place than 116th & Broadway.
Any regrets? I think I’ve milked this place for more than what it’s worth and I’m ready for whatever is next. I guess my one regret would be not going to Senior Night as much as I probably should have. Or not having as much fun as I could have in general. But I’m sure Senior Week will fix that.
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