Name, Hometown, School, Major: Peter Wallerson, Brooklyn NY, SEAS Biomedical Engineering
Claim to Fame: Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Ocean’s Eleven, Brooklyn’s Finest, most recently House of Lies…
But really though, the other day I went to see Seminar on Broadway (got Alan Rickman’s autograph and it was awesome, but I digress). I was waiting outside with the CEAA NY group to see him, and this woman is standing next to me and she says: “…Mister Cheadle?” Now, after years of people saying every possible iteration of “hey, you look like Don Cheadle,” this couldn’t really be happening right? Maybe I’m just hearing things. Then she tapped me on the shoulder and asked again.
Where are you going? Dreaded question number one. Well, still looking for a job I suppose. I have some interviews lined up but we’ll see. And if I don’t get a job, oh darn I have to stay in New York City.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
“Back in my day…” There were 151 Pokemon, and that was enough (now they’re at 649, can you believe it?) Campo was Campo, Pinnacle was Pinnacle. NoCo wasn’t even a thing. And of course, back in my day Gateway was an absolutely useless course.
Justify your existence in 30 words or less: Tough question. My life is all about improving the happiness and lives of others; it’s why I’m doing biomedical engineering. So far so good if I do say so myself.
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? Yeah I think I missed the War on Fun. I mean, rooftops and tunnels are still very accessible. There are so many events on campus that are always fun. And people do their own thing all the time and there’s no harm done unless people get absolutely trashed and CAVA gets called, in which case how can Columbia not respond? I don’t think the War on Fun is real; I’ve had a fantastic time here.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Well I mean, there are other types of sex. But cheese is cheese, I could never.
Advice for the class of 2016:
Any regrets? Yeah, no. I don’t do regrets. There are things we’ve done that we probably shouldn’t have. There are things we haven’t done that we probably should have. I don’t regret either of them; they’re both essential to who I am. Lessons learned, right?