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Senior Wisdom: Jasmine Senior

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Name, Hometown, School, Major: Jasmine Senior (yes, that’s my last name), Army Brat, Columbia College, Political Science/French and Francophone Studies

Claim to Fame? I consistently provide people with free food throughout the academic year. I have also never pulled an all-nighter. In part because my body just won’t let me (probably jinxing myself…)

Where are you going? After I finish writing this I’m going to take a nap. Then write papers, take exams, hang out with friends, crash parties, graduate, have an amazing sunshine-filled summer with old and hopefully some new friends, spend time with family and then in the fall, start the MPP program at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

Three things you learned at Columbia:

  1. Many of the most important things you’ll learn won’t be in the classroom. It was at 5am in the hallways of dorms or in community spaces surrounded by my peers, all coming from different backgrounds with different perspectives that I learned the most and grew as an individual.
  2. It’s okay to make mistakes and not be good at everything. In fact, it’s healthy and humbling.
  3. Most of the people here are actually super nice. I would say, on average, approx. 40% of the people I wave to everyday don’t actually know who I am. But they wave back anyway.

“Back in my day…” There was only one place within the Columbia 10-block radius to buy bubble tea and it only took dining dollars.

Justify your existence in 30 words or less: Jesus! And my mommy, well for the obvious reason but also, I would not be where I am today without her love and constant support.

Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? There’s a war? Hmmm well I must be pretty lucky: Basketball Mania, puppies in John Jay, Shakespeare on the steps, Dollarama, 2012 Boat Formal, “All Black Everything”, Matsuri, Varsity Show, MGC Yard Show, Senior Dinner….the bullets totally missed me, I’ve been having a blast.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? My love for food goes beyond rhyme or reason (and often common decency). I’m also a French concentration so I think my choice is quite obvious!…Okay maybe not.

Advice for the class of 2016:

  • Don’t be afraid to challenge others and be challenged.
  • The people here are beyond amazing. I am constantly humbled by everyone I encounter. Engage with as many people/groups/communities here as often as you can. Attend student events held by groups you’ve never even heard of so that you can learn a little more about their interests and their struggles. Do research with professors and hang out with administrators. And even though you’re busy, take some time to stop and chat with the security guards, cooks and other Columbia staff to learn their life stories.
  • Outside of the required courses of the Core, only take classes you want to take. Period. Make sure your major is something you’re actually interested in and always approach each class thinking, “I may not be sure of the immediate benefit of this class, but I will value everything I’m able to learn and the people I’ll get to encounter”.
  • Watch at least one movie on the steps via jumbo-tron.
  • If you’ve never had bubble tea, TRY IT. You may be scared at first like I was but it’s quite possible it will become one of the most amazing and beautiful parts of your life (to the unfortunate detriment of your wallet).

Any regrets? Nope. I believe that everything in my life has happened for a reason. I learn from the past and keep moving forward with that knowledge into the future.

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41 Comments

  1. Anonymous  

    LOVE jasmine!

  2. Anonymous  

    Honestly, one of the most lovely and caring people I've met at Columbia. You are a big part of why I walk around these streets smiling everyday...keep doin what ur doin homey.

  3. Anonymous  

    Love you Jasmine! thank you for being such a genuine and sweet person <3 I appreciate you!

  4. Joanna  

    You're the best Jasmine!!

  5. Anonymous  

    I had to reread her "Justify your existence in 30 words or less" answer about 20 times to understand it because I kept thinking she was saying "Jesus!" as an exclamatory response to having to have to justify her existence. It literally didn't even occur to me that was her answer to the question. Does this mean I'm going to hell?

  6. Anonymous  

    It's great that she can give an answer like 'Jesus' in an environment I've found to be predominantly agnostic or athiest. I don't think I'd have that courage.

    I've only met her a few times, but she does seem like a genuinely nice and caring person. Good luck next year!

    • Anonymous  

      lol Jesus. were all so fuckin superstitious and shit.

      that said... she's a great girl and a super nice person. Also, kinda cool that her last name is Senior and she's doing a Senior Wisdom LMFAO ROFLCOPTUR

  7. RRA  

    Jasmine is BEAUTIFUL! I love you!

  8. Anonymous  

    A truly kind and genuine person! Jasmine definitely made this campus a better place!
    Now she's off to do great things at Georgetown!

  9. what did you do

    as a freshman!!??!

  10. Anonymous  

    everything doesn't happen for a reason! no! it doesn't work that way!

  11. Anonymous

    She's definitely a great person!

  12. Anonymous  

    This post is great for symmetry's sake.

  13. religion is awesome!  

    Misogyny - “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

    Pro-slavery - "However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way." (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)

    Women forced to marry their rapist - "If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
    (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

    I cant believe people actually believe this shit. What makes this nonsense any more true then Harry Potter? Sure, you read it in a book, so of course it must be true! But really, how the fuck are y'all at Columbia if you're not smart enough to realize how many fucking non-sequitors and just straight-up nonsense is tossed into the heap of garbage we call the bible. Seriously, what are you guys thinking?!??!!?! WAKE UP.

    • Anonymous  

      You know you can believe in the God and the messages of Jesus without taking every word of the Bible literally, right?

      • Anonymous  

        If you were a jury member and a witness was caught lying not once, not twice but throughout most of his/her testimony, would you give credence to their story? I know I wouldn't.

        Simply put, belief is built on assumptions. If those assumptions are shown to be false, then the eventual conclusion must therefore be erroneous. IE: If the foundation of a house is built with weak, crumbling bricks, you will inevitably collapse the entire structure upon adding another story.

        • Anonymous  

          I believe in forgiveness, kindness, and love. Personally, I haven't had any problems with those foundations yet.

          • Anonymous  

            that's cute. you can resume shaming jesus's unwanted gay children in the name of kindness and love. how noble and righteous you are for showing those awful homosexuals the error of their ways!

          • Anonymous  

            Many members of my congregation are openly gay and accepted. You're making a lot of generalizations. Just because one believes in Jesus and/or God does not mean they discriminate. You, however, do seem to discriminate against Christians quite a bit.

            There's a difference between faith and following a strict set of rules that say you have to believe certain things or act a certain way.

      • FALSE  

        That's not what Jesus thinks... he thinks that “It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid.” (Luke 16:17). So I don't know what you are talking about "following the message of Jesus". His message was quite clear: You gotta follow ALL of it.

      • Anonymous  

        Or you can just live by your own code of goodness and morals, without having to believe in an imaginary being that some dude wrote about in a story book.

        Because that's what a bible is. A storybook. Written by a man/men to create order in the society of his/their times, as desired by some party.

    • ok reddit  

      which one of those did Jesus say???

      • The Shadowy Faithful  

        "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets." -Jesus

        "I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." -Jesus

        "It is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass away than for the smallest part of the letter of the law to become invalid." -Jesus

        "“...the scripture cannot be broken.” -Jesus

        "Know this first of all, that there is no prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation, for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God." -Peter

        Jesus has a punishment even worse than his father concerning adultery: God said the act of adultery was punishable by death. Jesus says looking with lust is the same thing and you should gouge your eye out, better a part, than the whole. The punishment under Jesus is an eternity in Hell. (Matthew 5:27)

        Do not think u r living by the word of god, you CHARLATANS. Don't think you can reject ANY of the teachings of the lord. Jesus is clear on this. We must repent for our homosexual sins.

        • Anonymous  

          I understand it when people get irked at Christians all up in their faces with this, that, and the other but in this case she just attributed her existence to Jesus. I don't get it; by attacking others, saying that you can't really believe in Jesus unless you follow everything to the letter, etc etc, aren't you being just as bad as the Bible-thumping fundamentalists who tell you you're going to hell for anything and everything? Love, live, and let live.

          That being said, I've only interacted with Jasmine a few times but I can surely say the girl is AWESOME!

    • felice fawn  

      omg ur so rite! forever reblog

  14. Bubble Tea  

    I tried bubble tea... I don't get it. I find the texture of the tapioca pearls absolutely nauseating. It just doesn't feel like something that should EVER belong in one's mouth. Am I missing something??

  15. Amazing  

    senior wisdom.

    That said, can we just eliminate the word "peers" from the English language right now?

  16. Anonymous  

    I have had a HUGE crush on this girl since I met her when we were first-years. Beauty brains and a real personality? unreal. you're the best jasmine, good luck next year!

  17. she is  

    the best. actually

  18. Fact Check  

    Cafe Swish bubble tea? Anyone?

  19. seriously  

    C'mon guys. There were at least two or three other Christians who were interviewed for Senior Wisdom - and they mentioned it in their statements. Why does Jasmine have to be the one to get hated on in the comments for being Christian? She's not only a sweetheart, but has also done a ton for Columbia and its community, and she deserves better than to have her comments section turn into a flame war about random Bible verses. That's not the point.

  20. People just

    want to ruin every senior wisdom. Gahh anyway LOVE THIS and Jasmine. She's so genuine. Good luck next year and beyondddd

  21. Anonymous  

    hi Bwog more wisdoms please please

  22. sucks to be a lady

    Dear Bwog,

    Not to discredit the talents of the lovely females who you interview for senior wisdom, but I have noticed that not a single woman you've posted about has majored in anything remotely science related. Every female interviewed has been some sort of humanities major. As a lady trying to do math, this is super depressing. Should probably give up now and resign self to being a pre-school teacher, a barista, or...pursue a graduate program.

    • Awesome to be a math lady  

      You don't need bwog to validate you. If you're a math/science major, you in fact don't need *anyone* to validate you: the real world does it for you. Don't give up!

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