Senior Wisdom: Ajit Pillai
Written by Bwog Staff
The Austin Quigley Black Box Theater was once temporarily renamed the Ajit C. Pillai Memorial Theater. Next, hear from the Swedish Lerner tech wizard, who hopes to match his father’s record of visiting all six inhabitable continents.
Name, School: Ajit C. Pillai, SEAS ’11.
Where are you going? Next year I’ll be doing a masters at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Three Things you learned at Columbia:
A passport photocopy is always a valid form of ID.
Roofs provide the best views of New York City.
“Life’s a bitch, you know? The second law of thermodynamics proves it.” -Pejman Akbari (Turbomachinery Professor).
“Back in my day…” You could access the remains of the cyclotron in the basement of Pupin. I remember getting locked in with some friends on a tunelling adventure. We had to use a credit card to pick a lock to escape.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I have my own twitter trend: #makeajittweet. (Thanks Sarah Dooley).
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? I was once written up for eating a cookie in Hartley my sophomore year. My junior year we were cooking steaks [weekly steak night] in Watt when we set off a fire-alarm. My friends ended up having a hearing about their behavior. I believe the hearing recommended that they take a cooking class to avoid this in the future.
I think the war rages on, but it has definitely subsided. I don’t think I’ve been to a single EC party this year that has been shut down, as compared to freshman year when everything was shut down always. They even let us have a real 40’s on 40 this year
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Yes.
Advice for the class of 2015:
Love every moment that you’re here.
Make friends who are upperclassmen fast (they throw out a lot of good stuff when they graduate).
See the roofs. IAB is still accessible (if you try hard enough), Mudd is great, and NOCO is the highest-point on campus.
Any regrets? Never.