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Senior Wisdom: Mikhaela Mahony

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You may have left campus, but the wisdom endures! Next, hear from a four-time SW nominee. The KCST director and PBK recipient is known for packing 1020 with theatre folk on Wednesdays, among other achievements.

Name, School: Mikhaela Mahony, BC!

Claim to Fame: President of KCST, writer of long emails with only a little genuine content, lover of CAPITAL LETTERS, otherwise known as that girl with the loud voice in the polka dots yelling “WHOOSH” and “Where’s Kyle?” on Low late at night and outside EC early in the morning.

Where are you going? Well FIRST I’m going to Paris and then backpacking around for a bit. Then Massachusetts to do MORE Shakespeare, and then returning to the city. Was this question referring to jobs, though? Are we talking about JOBS? HA. Who needs one? (I do.)

Three Things you learned at Columbia:

1 Never ever EVER say, “Hey, [good friend of mine], let’s go to Butler! We’ll study together!” You will NOT study together. You will gchat or pass notes or leave the study rooms altogether and sit in the lobby and talk all night long. It will be 3 in the morning, and you will have accomplished nothing. Alas. Friendship.

2 Listen to your friends (they love you) but only sometimes. No one knows your life better than you do.

3 There is nothing in the world more beautiful than eating HamDel on a Wednesday at 5 in the morning on the Steps. The lobby of the Law School comes close second. Dear Janitor, I’m sorry I dropped all the lettuce from my sandwich that one time. Thank you for being so nice about it.

“Back in my day…” La Negrita had ONE name, and it was “La Negrita.” And if you were nice to the bartender you got control of the iPod, and could put on whatever you wanted. Made for some random playlists but OH MAN IT WAS THE BEST.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Why be quiet? Loud music is always better. So are loud colors. I was once given a microphone, and had it taken away again because my voice is made of TITANIUM STEEL.

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? The War on Fun will never be over, and that’s the best part of EVERYTHING. Because think about it: Who would Harry Potter be without Voldemort? Might Ducks without Iceland? Ernie without Bert? You’ve GOT to have a worthy adversary so that you keep FIGHTING and keep drinking in inappropriate places and dancing on rooftops. Columbia will always be there to tell us when we can and cannot play Frisbee by flying red and green flags. And WE will always be there to REBEL against color coded nonsense! Because rebellion is just more fun.

Would you rather give up cheese or oral sex? Annie’s Mac for Life! I owe my EXISTENCE to this woman/bunny! I would literally lose my will to live without any and all forms of cheese.

Advice for the Class of 2015: There’s a rule in theatre and in improv that WHATEVER YOU DO, you have to say yes. Because it’s wicked lame if you’re doing some sort of scene, and your scene partner says, “We’re on the moon!” and then you say, “No we’re not. You’re crazy.” WHAT A TERRIBLE SCENE. So instead you have to say, “Oh man! I forgot my moon boots! What a fashion oversight!” or something significantly better than that because that was terrible BUT THE POINT IS: When you arrive at college, you may feel overwhelmed (or o’erwhelmed. SHAKESPEARE, GUYS.) or nervous or afraid. But there are incredible people here, and incredible restaurants and bars and shows, and I think my advice is never to say no to these things. There will always be a reason NOT to go, but I guarantee you that I have cherished all my late and sleepless nights, when I should have been writing That Paper. And I haven’t regretted a single one.

Any regrets? UMM…I wish I’d climbed up to more roofs.

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24 Comments

  1. I  

    fucking love this girl, great senior wisdom

  2. Matt Martinez

    One of the most caring and encouraging people here. Wherever she goes she will inspire all who meet her. I WILL MISS HER!

  3. Anonymous

    Mikhaela Mahony is one great big huge win of a person.

  4. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY...

    ...has this young lady ever fucked an asian guy?

  5. Anonymous  

    MIKHAELA IS THE BEST PERSON. EVER. But really, capitalization aside, she's one of the kindest, most genuine, warm and fuzzy people out there. She has this uncanny ability to make you feel special, and I'm going to miss her SO much next year.

  6. Jessie Cohen

    So, here's the thing. This woman is THE most amazing human being on this campus and on this Earth. Love love love.

  7. Lorenzo

    I also yell "Where's Kyle?" at 5 a.m. most nights.

    Seriously one of the most wonderful people I've ever met. I will cherish and pass on her advice to 2015, though I've already learned from her example.

    Also, her voice IS made of steel. And so is her caps lock. Respect.

  8. you are  

    the coolest. SUCH A TALENT THIS ONE!!

  9. Alyssa  

    I don't think I've ever met anyone as good natured or as pleasant and fun to be around, and I'm so happy to have known this woman for as long as I have.

  10. The advice

    is spot-on! It's a great idea to treat life like improv, because both are so crazy and unpredictable!

  11. Just reading this

    made me want to go guzzle down a bucket of sunshine, this is just so HAPPY and the advice is so GENUINE and GOOD. Girl, your friends must absolutely love you. I know if I would if I had someone so wonderful in my life. Great SW.

  12. *

    "2. Listen to your friends (they love you) but only sometimes. No one knows your life better than you do."

    What a brilliant piece of advice.

  13. Anonymous

    Mikhaela Mahony is the absolute greatest person. EVER. (She is the reason all caps are such a large part of my writing style now.)

  14. Wow

    this really may be the best senior wisdom yet.

  15. Anonymous

    I love Mikhaela and this was great and all, but at this point, Senior Wisdom itself is getting really boring. Enough is enough, Bwog.

    But love you Mikhaela <3333

  16. Anonymous

    An amazing friend and person! : )

  17. Anonymous

    By far the worst senior wisdom. This girl sounds obnoxious.

  18. Anonymous

    using capital letters THAT OFTEN can get REALLY ANNOYING.

  19. Anonymous  

    I wish you all the joy that you can wish. So much LOVE.
    -Chip

  20. Anonymous  

    She is like one of those girls that at first you are like, WHATEVER, but then YOU realize how great she is. DO you agree? DON'T lie. She is a true gem. Using capital letters is not annoying. GO eat a salad. Or go TO hell. capital letters are awesome. Barnard should be in all capital, like BARNARD, that's finer. HALL of fame.

  21. BC 2011  

    She is like one of those girls that at first you are like, WHATEVER, but then YOU realize how great she is. DO you agree? DON'T lie. She is a true gem. Using capital letters is not annoying. GO eat a salad. Or go TO hell. capital letters are awesome. Barnard should be in all capital, like BARNARD, that's finer. HALL of fame.

  22. Anonymous

    MIKHAELA MAHONY WHY ARE YOU THE BEST PERSON EVER?

    But seriously, Mikhaela actually makes everyone's day better (even if you don't know her. She just adds good karma. To everything.) And I love that this sw sounds exactly like her, just like Office Hours emails.

    (I wish I had a Shakespeare quote to finish off this bwog comment. Oh well.)

  23. Anonymous  

    Mikhaela Mahony, I love you. It is because of you that KCST rehearsals were pretty much the best part of my week, and it is also because of you that I am going to keep doing KCST for the rest of my Columbia career. Your enthusiasm, incredibly loud voice, and superhuman ability to remember names have been such a part of my first year here and have been such an inspiration. You will be missed.

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