Claim to fame: Hanging out like it’s a sport. Also I once 911-ed myself
Where are you going? To the Netherlands, to study soil ecology.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
Aside from academics, which vary greatly between majors,
“Back in my day…” I had to budget 15 minutes (a full NY hour!) to get to Milbank, Owning a radio was less preposterous than it is today (although it was still pretty strange), and the lack of widespread smartphones meant you could actually get lost in the city…
Justify your existence in 30 words or less: I am pretty pleased with my current situation, I think that’s good enough.
Is the War on Fun over? Who won? Any war stories? Enforcing the rules/laws is the job of Public Safety Officers. Sadly, rules/laws tend to be terribly outdated, but enforcers are simply doing what their job requires, and in many cases they are very accommodating. Is it a war? Is it a slow and bureaucratic process? Does it matter? Below, 3 illustrative cases.
I’ve been to a party which had been carefully planned for weeks in advance but was busted at 11 pm on a Friday, before it even started. That was not fair.
On the other hand, I participated in a pretty impressive Labor Day barbecue on Riverside Park which never got busted. That was a lovely time.
Most importantly, turning 21 blurs the lines. This year’s Passover Seder tally: 16 people, 20 liters of wine, 0 broken rules.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I would give up oral sex, easy. The cheese variety out there is simply unrivaled, and eating bread and cheese by the river will never be frowned upon. Can’t say that about the alternative.
Advice for the class of 2016:
Any regrets? I never did get to see Hair or the Rockefeller Center’s tree-lighting ceremony. Other than that, it’s been a great run.