Senior Wisdom: Alice Mottola
Written by Bwog Staff
Claim to fame: Co-President of Latenite Theatre for two years. Pretty decent actress, despite once bitterly dividing Bwog commenters. This semester, I wrote and directed a play called “Brightness” that people really seemed to enjoy. I’ve also been called a cult leader on more than one occasion. Non-theatre kids may know me as that slightly gothy-looking girl in their CS class, or as their TA for COMS 1004 (Hi students! Good luck on your final!).
Where are you going? First things first: I’m going home to my gaming desktop to play through my perfect run of Dragon Age 2 (female mage, romance with Fenris). I messed it all up last time.
Then, I have a list of dream roles I want to play before I die. It includes (to name a few) Hedda Gabler, Cleopatra, Ophelia, Mrs. Lovett, and Winnie from Happy Days. I’m going wherever will take me closer to checking items off that list. For now, I guess that means Brooklyn…
Three things you learned at Columbia:
1. My wonderful director Rob Bundy passed on this quote to me last semester: “A religious person is someone who believes in hell. A spiritual person is someone who’s been through hell.” It really is true that nothing strengthens the spirit like a dark night of the soul. My first two years of college were extremely difficult, but I don’t regret any of it. They were the two most valuable years of my life.
2. There is no bad mood that cannot be lifted by talking to a GLD (good-looking dog) on the street.
3. The best way to be a feminist is not to call yourself a feminist. Just be the baddest bitch you can be, and let your actions speak to your worth.
“Back in my day…” I ate my thin crust pizza in the McIntosh Center. Yup, I’ve been here for five years. (Two years of Japanese + trying to schedule bio labs for my major = no way around it, 5 years.)
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I have an unmistakable aesthetic and a strong sense of honor. I’m a spirit nurse. And I’m always willing to help an animal in need.
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? The War on Fun will never be over. The best way to swing the pendulum toward our side is to take your parties off campus. I’ve got some of the best war stories this side of Mars, but they have nothing to do with Columbia Public Safety.
However, to the people starting up Morningside After and related events: I salute you! Godspeed.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese?
When the sorrows of knowledge appall,
And this life seems a puppeteer’s stall,
Special time with a friend
May your troubles suspend,
But cheese achieves nothing at all.
Advice for the class of 2015:
-The two most powerful forces you can wield on this campus are comedy, and the written word. Even better if they’re combined. Write something. Show it to people. Get others involved in your creative work, and your whole life will suddenly change for the better.
-You’re going to run into a lot of people who act like they know what they’re doing. Don’t let them get away with that, until they prove it to you.
-Go to a Philo meeting (and the after party). If it’s not for you, you’ll know, but if it is, you’ll have a welcoming, awesome circle of friends right away.
-Keep a journal. Interesting and valuable things happen to you every day, but if you don’t remember them, you’ll never learn anything. But don’t treat it like an academic exercise. Engage with your mind and your heart. Write only what’s important, or what might be important later on.
-Acquire a copy of Grant Morrison’s one-shot comic “Kill Your Boyfriend,” and read it once every few months.
Any regrets? Same as everyone else: not meeting all the excellent people who have attended this school concurrently with me. I enjoy making new friends in weird ways, so if you think we might have some things in common, feel quite free to e-mail me at [email protected] and say hello. (Current 93/Thomas Ligotti fans encouraged.)
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