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Senior Wisdom: Sarah Camiscoli

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Name, Hometown, School: Sarah Camiscoli, Vacuous Shell of a Suburb, New Jersey, Immaculate Heart Academy- A Haven for Well-Behaved Women

Claim to Fame: One of those girls who started FemSex, and/or that girl who brought up irrelevant points about slavery and gender performance during Lit Hum discussions of the Odyssey.

Where are you going? Abroad on a fellowship to teach ESL. Three avenues east, 6 blocks north.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. Your relationship with your family will structure the way you see the world no matter how many times you change your major.
  2. Your relationships with your friends will be the stages upon which you are asked to expose, challenge, and expand that vision.
  3. Manifestations of race, gender, and class are not as visible as we assume them to be.

“Back in my day…” Lion Laundry was Dormaid and I was the Dormaid Girl.

Justify your existence in 30 words or less: The people who love me and want to share their time and brilliance.

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? My god. Get off campus.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Difficult. But funny. I should start FemCheese.

Advice for the class of 2016: Expose. Focus. Shatter. Push. Feel uncomfortable. This place is rich with possibility.

Regrets? Not pushing myself to name the difference between fear and shame.

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39 Comments

  1. The Dark Hand

    this is almost as disjointed and painful to read as your average Spec article...

  2. Anonymous

    Glad she wasn't in my LitHum.. Most annoying Senior Wisdom so far.

  3. Anonymous  

    Why did this even get posted?

  4. CC'12

    I don't know Sarah, but she sounds like the type of person that I will never meet again once I leave this place. Even if she can come off a bit pretentious, I think its great that Columbia has people like her to challenge the way we think, and I'm sad that there are not enough people who do that outside of Columbia.

  5. met sarah  

    very briefly once. She was quiet friendly and very warm. I think she might be trying a little too hard to seem like shes not trying in this Wisdom though...

  6. yo sarah!  

    you are the shit. you are kind, smart, caring, and a dope ass friend. i love that i have gotten to know you here because you've made my experience so much better.

  7. carman 5  

    just killing it.

  8. Anonymous

    ...you know she's a lesbian right?... not to be confused with pretentious

  9. carman 5 too  

    so much pride for carman 5!!!!

  10. even more carman 5  

    literally just like carman 5 is my ish!!!!!!

  11. Anonymous  

    Oh god, I know IHA. Glad you survived.

  12. Anonymous  

    everytime I look at you I get dizzy. mainly because you're so beautiful, but also because gender non-conformity is against my religion. but really more cus you're beautiful.

  13. CC '12  

    Girl is legit.

  14. Anonymous  

    I had lit hum with Sarah and she was wonderful.

  15. Anonymous  

    damn the first few comments are just depressing. it's clear you have no idea who you're talking about. this place is wonderful but it can be pretty fucking frosty, and this girl is a gem.

  16. so much carman 5  

    carman 5 is the best!!

  17. Andrea Garcia-Vargas  

    Sarah---this senior wisdom is so you! I am so glad to have known you. Don't ever lose that burning passion that you always brought to every FemSex fac meeting. You're a wonderful person, and I will never forget you.

  18. Anonymous  

    WHAT A BORING HUMAN.

  19. rando sophomore

    i've talked to sarah on various occasions over the course of the past two years, and though I don't know her nearly as well as i'd like, i think she's a fucking superhero. i've met few people on this campus who seem so comfortable in their own skin and so tenaciously devoted to what they believe in. at the beginning of the year i had a brief discussion with her about the culture of morosity and academic masochism that seems to pervade our campus and she said that "some people will spend four years here, and they might to wonderfully academically, but they will fail emotionally." sarah, if you read this, thanks for (even in that brief, insignificant moment) reminding me to keep things in perspective. you're amazing.

  20. Anonymous  

    she added me before i came to columbia when we were still in high school. I have NEVER SEEN HER in my four years hear.

  21. Anonymous

    You above commenters must not have met Sarah—she's sensitive to when something's not right, and she's REAL. I think this SW would read differently to you if you knew her. Sarah, you're awesome, and I can't express how much I admire your strength and passion. Thanks for being an inspiration. -Hannah Goldstein

  22. Anonymous  

    Sarah is so awesome. Her intellect is so astounding, her love is so strong, and her selfless pursuit of social justice is so fierce, I am consistently blown away by her. I wish her only the most amazing future, and I know that she has the guts to make it happen. Love her with all my heart

  23. Aaron Johnson  

    I will forever remember you as that girl I awkwardly say hi to but have never had a conversation with but it's chill cause we run in the same circles.

  24. put some effort in!

    whether sarah is awesome or not, this senior wisdom sounds like it was written in a minute and a half. there could have been an awesome one in its place...

  25. she is  

    actually, the single most lovely human being on this campus. actually.

  26. Yawn  

    She's more Barnard than Barnard...

  27. Sarah Camiscoli  

    Hi friends!

    Two quick things

    1. Thank you for your love. And your hate. And your indifference. They are all tickling.
    2. As for public hate, if commenters feel inclined to express distaste for me, please continue to do so. I would request though that this not become a space for a resurgence of the misogyny towards the folks who attend, identify with, or find community in Barnard.

  28. Anonymous

    You mean like a GPA?

  29. some white dude  

    what i like about sarah camiscoli isn't how her gender/class/race performance frustrates my white, heterosexist, able-bodied gaze, but how she reminds my queer, able-bodied friends of color that their gaze isn't so different from mine.

  30. Anonymous

    I like her. She was just an acquaintance but she went totally out of her way to help me once and it was unsettling because few people at Columbia had really done that for me before...much less someone who seemed to be so on top of her shit.

  31. Fuck yall  

    Sarah is the shit

  32. Anonymous

    Lion Laundry/Dormaid girl? Well that company is basically my savior so I like her already!

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