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Senior Wisdom: Mason Silber

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Mason Silber

Mason Silber

Today’s first Senior Wisdom: Mason Silber, the ¬†force behind the original Penthouse Club and the first senior to make a Milano’s shoutout in his wisdom (how did it possibly take this long??).

Name, Hometown, School: Mason Silber, Elkins Park PA, CC

Claim to fame? Threw the original Penthouse Club on McBain 8 with my roommate Hadi sophomore year for my birthday party. This is what the hallway looked like. And our punishment was that we had to buy plastic cups for our next floor meeting. Not mad.

Where are you going? Working at Twitter as a software engineer on their iPhone/iPad team starting in the fall, first in San Francisco then back in New York. Yes we get free food, no I can’t get you verified.

3 things you learned at Columbia:

  • 1. If you want something, whether it’s learning something new, or an internship, or a date, or anything else, be proactive about it. Don’t be shy, and don’t wait for it to fall into your lap, because it probably won’t.
  • 2. Whenever something looks interesting or exciting, go to it! Columbia has more events in one day than you would have time to go to in a week, so take advantage of those opportunities. In my four years here, I’ve had the chance to see Al Gore, George Soros, Nicolas Sarkozy, Herman Cain, Mike Massimo (an astronaut and SEAS alum), and Snoop Dogg. There aren’t too many places with opportunities that diverse.
  • 3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Columbia is an intense place, and the competition can be out of control sometimes, but there’s help if you’re willing to ask.

Back in my day….Ferris served burritos, Uris was a lot more welcoming, Saturday nights meant blue kamikazes in Carman, and NoCo was a hole in the ground.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I survived this. I was a pretty dumb freshman.

Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: Aoife, thank you for listening to me bitch for the last four years, and for helping me figure out my life. Absolutely could not have made it through college without you.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Have you ever tried an H17 without cheese? I’m not about that life.

One thing to do before graduating: Explore the tunnels and roofs. There are so many hidden places under (and over) this campus, and the view from the top of Mudd is unbelievable.

Any regrets? Only trying to take on more than I could handle, and neglecting friends in the process. There are always too many things to do, and not enough time in the day, and I wish I had spent more time with my friends and less time juggling everything else.

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36 Comments

  1. JJ11 4 Lyfe  

    MA$E we heart u yeah the fuck dawg

  2. Anonymous

    Mason is brilliant. Just sad I didn't get to spend more time learning from you. Twitter is lucky to have you. Best of luck with everything!

  3. McBain RA  

    lol that's a Penthouse party? weeeeeaaaak.

  4. Anonymous  

    So when you say when you wanna date someone you like, do you mean you don't date them...but then date someone else instead? I think I'm picking up what you're putting down.

    yolo

  5. Grace Rosen CC 14  

    I was in Mason's OL group and literally followed him to my first college party. Not like he invited me, but I grabbed a few of my random floor mates and actually stalked him across campus to some EC suite. He was totally cool about it, introduced me to his friends, and still says hello to me three years later. A+ senior wisdom, wish I had known you better!

    Also I was at that Penthouse party. Those who weren't there will never understand.

  6. Anonymous  

    Fucking creep.

  7. 10/10  

    ...would friend

  8. CC '16  

    Ferris still serves way too many fucking burritos.

  9. HFS.  

    HOW MAD I AM STILL BETTER THAN YOU.

  10. Anonymous  

    I love Mason. Such an amazing guy. Very handsome too!

  11. Anonymous

    Mason, although we've only had limited interaction from drive-hi's at parties, and overlapping classes (quantum / comp networks) it was always a pleasure running into you. You're a really smart, kind and personable dude and so I have no doubt you'll be off to do great things. Congrats on your success and here's to the class of 2013!

    Cheers,
    Cole

  12. SEas 2015

    We need a SEAS senior wisdom.

  13. Anonymous  

    LOL vivek

  14. Penthouse Party attendee

    That is not what the hallway looked like. The hallway looked like a sweaty mass of human orgy (and smelled like it, too), and when you'd try to squeeze through, you'd either get spilled on or run into somebody's drunken makeout sesh. People's rooms offered a small reprieve, insofar as you could probably find a patch of floor to sit on, but you were guaranteed to rub elbows (or more) with other spitting drunk sophomores.

    It was like the whole floor was 1020 at midnight on Thursday night.

    Best. Party. Ever.

    fin.

  15. Hipth  

    Tis appropriate that this SW is posted on such a historic night.
    Also, "Don't be shy"?
    Furious.

  16. Anirudh Kumar  

    MASON. THE. FUCK. DAWG.

    I LOVE YOU LONG TIME SO MUCH I LOVE YOU TO DEATH

  17. check the spelling!

    it's Mike Massimino

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_J._Massimino

    Mason's a good guy tho

  18. Anonymous

    lol, they look like fuckin dorks, and the greatest dorm party looked like 40 dudes and I think thats a one girl, it might be casper the ghost, Ill tell you when I can open my eyes again, I havent been blinded with pastiness like that in...ever.

  19. Not Mad  

    Oh you must be furious

  20. Anonymous

    Man, I been slinging Scala three years and I can't get a job at twitter. If you're reading this, what's the interview process?

  21. Steve C.  

    I've always greatly respected your chill attitude even when we had huge problem sets on the horizon. Columbia needs more of this and will never have as great a penthouse party again.

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