Our senior wisdoms will be running every night — and maybe even more often than that — for the next few weeks, so keep coming back to get your knowledge fix. Tonight: Evan Welber, mustached master.
Name, Hometown, School: Evan Welber, Coral Springs, FL, CC
Claim to fame? I still haven’t managed to raze memories of my mustached past.
Where are you going? In June, I’m leaving for New Delhi to complete a summer internship at the Centre for Civil Society, a public policy think-tank. In August, I’ll be moving to Dushanbe for an academic year to complete a fellowship at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan.
3 things you learned at Columbia:
“Back in my day….” Winters were finite, everyone was going to major in anthropology, and the IIliad was like gangster rap.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Trying to leave behind something more than a carbon footprint.
Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: Yanyi Luo, thank you for always making time for me. Thank you for being so passionate about so many things and for being so devoted to what you do. Thank you for being a great friend.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? The week I spent in Paris thinking I was lactose intolerant was the worst week of my life.
One thing to do before graduating: Spend a whole day drinking on the steps with your friends in spring. Wine, warmth, music, food, conversation— these simple pleasures have been enjoyed long before the opening texts of Lit Hum.
Any regrets? I regret ever allowing myself to believe that busyness is a legitimate excuse for neglecting friendship or self-cultivation. We’re all so busy at Columbia. We all have work hanging over our heads all the time. And it’s likely that that will be the case for the rest of our lives. It’s up to us to decide when we will actually start living our lives instead of deferring real living for the future. We’re rarely so busy that we can’t spend a few nights a week exploring this city and the minds of those who inhabit it. If you can’t manage that as a busy Columbia student, you seriously need to cut down on your commitments.