Senior Wisdom: Cara Buchanan
Written by Bwog Staff
Name, school: Cara Buchanan, Columbia College
Claim to fame:
Hometown: born & raised in fabulous las vega$
Residence: Caesar’s Palace during the week, the Bellagio on weekends
Where are you going?
… off to DC to work on radical health care reform in Congress *where hopefully I will learn that all Congress-people are not aliens*
… then to South America to do environmental health research in the Amazon rainforest
… and finally back to Johns Hopkins University for a post-bac pre-med program before m.e.d.i.c.a.l s.c.h.o.o.l
Three things you learned at Columbia:
1. Agitate. Challenge authority. Never be silenced. Remind Columbia that when they put up a banner up about “neighbors helping neighbors,” they’re still
gentrifying colonizing Harlem.
2. Turning off my phone and signing off Gmail for a few hours can bring much peace & clarity.
3. Walking around NYC alone makes me feel alive
“Back in my day…” people bumped into me because they were drunk, not because they were sexting. little kids had no style.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I engage and deconstruct. I love without rules. I know who i want to be – just don’t try asking me what I’m doing more than 2 hours in advance.
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? you.live.in.new.york.city…there is no war on fun, there’s just people that are too bored and sexually repressed to think of anything else to complain about.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I could get pretty excited about a fellow vegan, experienced, man
Advice for the class of 2015:
Fail a class
Break someone’s heart
Have your heart broken
…adversity introduces a woman to herself
Also – join ROOTEd
I regret thinking that if I ever wanted to be a doctor I had to be pre-med right now.
I regret thinking that I should never openly discuss intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, socioeconomic status, religon or family background.
I regret thinking that all service is good service.
I regret thinking that there was a right path to anything.
* I’m happy to now replace “regret” with “appreciate.”