May

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Senior Wisdom: Grace Laidlaw

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Name, school: Grace Laidlaw, Columbia College

Claim to fame: Director of Nightline (Dec. ’09-Dec. ’10); Scriba, then Whip of the Philolexian Society; Writer for CCT; Maker-upper of puns

Where are you going? Stay tuned. I know I will.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

1. That clothing can be purchased by the pound.

2. That switching to the 2/3 is usually worth the risk.

3. That the swim test requirement is serious business. (The “24 hours after your last exam” rule, not so much.)

“Back in my day…” Uni was Pinnacle, 5 de Mayo was Bengal Café, dining points were worth having, and the Morningside Bible Guy didn’t go below 110th.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: My last UWriting essay was about morality in Titus Andronicus. I titled it “Unsavory Characters.” (… Get it? Get it? Eh, eh?)

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? Honestly, I think we’re doing okay. Then again, I may be biased because I never got over the novelty of staying up late. I still think there’s something inherently fun about being awake after dark, and I’ve found plenty of fellow night owls at Columbia; Philo afterparties routinely last until daylight, and Nightline counselors are up until 3 a.m., even on school nights—really, they haven’t got a choice.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Hrm. I’m guessing head cheese is out either way?

Advice for the class of 2015:

1. Take advantage of free campus theater. Latenite and the KCST spring show in particular are not to be missed.

2. Beg, bribe, or blackmail your way into Nicholas Dames’s Lit Hum section.

3. CC/SEAS kids: If you want a single as a sophomore, apply for LLC housing.

4. Reach out to people. It’s easy to drift apart from the friends you make freshman year, but it’s not inevitable.

5. Relax. No one else has things completely figured out, either. And in case you ever just need to talk, there’s this really great hotline you can call…

Any regrets? Wish I’d stayed indoors more and found an SPF that would protect against fluorescent lighting. I once very nearly got a tan.

 

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13 Comments

  1. up until 3 a.m.

    on a SCHOOL NIGHT!!!

  2. YAY

    Grace is awesome! Her talent for wordplay is remarkable.

  3. titus andronicus  

    because they ate each other? gotcha.

  4. WGWAG hunter

    That's all fine and dandy as I'm sure Ms. Laidlaw is a very fine, trustworthy, and decent individual.

    However, the more important striking question is: Has Ms. Laidlaw ever laid a young strapping gentleman of Asian descent?

  5. THE NEXT PERSON BELOW ME

    may pick one of these generic Bwog responses as a comment to this fine young senior's wisdom:

    1) This was by far, the BEST SENIOR WISDOM EVER.
    2) Omg sooo true. This was a very genuine senior wisdom.
    3) She sounds really nice! I regret not meeting you sooner.
    4) She's going to go places. One of the more genuine senior wisdoms I've seen.
    5) OMG I LOVE THE ANSWER TO THE [INSERT QUESTION, e.g. "Cheese"] QUESTION.
    6) She sounds like a tool.
    7) She tries too hard to be funny.
    8) I found it funny!
    9) That wasn't funny.
    10) Something about barnard.

  6. Oh, Grace...

    I'm going to miss you. Dickwise.

  7. 2. Beg, bribe, or blackmail your way into

    NICHOLAS DAMES' LIT HUM SECTION. YESYESYESYESYESYESYEYSYESYESYES. YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE FOREVER.

  8. penguin-y fresh

    Grace is one of the funniest and smartest people I know. She is awesomeness personified.

  9. just sayin'

    Grace gives me a boner in my boner-getting place.

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