Senior Wisdom: Aviva Buechler
Written by Bwog Staff
Claim to fame: Bride at Hangama, President of Hillel, Butler Prankster Group, the “Aviva” dance, Community Impact Leadership Program Co-Coordinator.
Where are you going? I’ll be here in NYC, and Teaching for America.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
1. There are twenty-four hours in a day and seven days in a week…and it’s possible to use them all (or most of them). It’s best to fill them with fun adventures, awesome people, great campus-related activities, or discovering some funny YouTube videos.
2. You don’t need to buy t-shirts. You’ll acquire enough free ones over your years here. But, definitely buy enough underwear to last you a while, or get creative.
3. Fun fact: There’s a lottery for lockers in Butler. Try to win or make friends with someone who won so you can store your thesis books.
“Back in my day…” There were no visible bed bugs in Butler. Birds were just called hawks. If your suite inadvertently started a fire, you somehow still landed a free oven. We had dance parties on Ellis Island.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I got “married” on Low, love laughing at “funny” things, have “rocking” dance moves, “own” a fondue machine, and “hang out” drinking wine with Bob Kraft every now and then.
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? Bwog: This one’s on you! Last spring, Hillel’s exec board hosted a free breakfast at 6am during finals week. I sent Bwog an email to post the free food event, and received the following email from you: “Being awake at 6 when you have an exam that day just doesn’t seem like a good idea whether you’re staying up or waking up early. I wonder what the thinking was here.” The war on fun continues.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Even though I once ate a piece of cheese, and my cholesterol went up to 900, I’ll have to go with oral sex.
Advice for the class of 2015:
1. Get involved in campus life. There are really unbelievable opportunities on campus, and you will discover such amazing, passionate, diverse, and talented people along the way.
2. Go to homecoming senior year. You get four free beers.
3. Experience “Reacting to the Past.”
4. $4 margaritas at the Heights from 4-7pm and after 11pm on weekdays.
5. Explore your passions, keep upbeat, and challenge yourself by the people you meet. Step outside your comfort zone to experience something new, and see a different perspective that will help shape your identity.
6. Attend events from Bwog’s Bucket List. There are some incredible lectures and film screenings that happen here. And make use of the free food events, as they will satisfy any cravings, save you money, and make someone’s board or organization happy that you came.
7. Eat a Vermonster (or a few) with friends.
Any regrets? I’ve had such a great four years here, but I do wish that I could have taken Organic Chemistry.
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