May

13

Senior Wisdom: Natalie Robehmed

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Natalie Robehmed

Natalie Robehmed

Next in the never-ending stream of Senior Wisdoms: Natalie Robehmed, a former WBAR staff member who eats beer for dinner and loves a red lighthouse. 

Name, Hometown, School: Natalie Robehmed, Dubai, U.A.E., Columbia College (not “the” college.)

Claim to fame? WBAR DJ/staff member emeritus; New Poetry person; loud laugher.

Where are you going? Joining the lemming migration to Brooklyn, hopefully making a living spilling ink. (makeitrain.gif)

3 things you learned at Columbia:

  • 1. Beer can be both a meal and a drink. Thank you, 1020.
  • 2. Surrounding yourself with people who love you will get you through almost anything. Columbia (and the world!) is a difficult place, but you should, can and WILL find communities to make it worthwhile. S/O all my fams #nonewfriends. Also, CPS.
  • 3. “All your hours are wings that beat through space from self to self.” That one’s Khalil Gibran, but I think I figured out what the passage means to me in the past four years. It is possible to effect meaningful and tangible change on student bodies and within student groups, even if it feels as though you are grasping at thin air most semesters. As for the self-to-self, people will probably forget what you say in class and do on campus, but they might remember how you make them feel. I learned not to feel obligated to stick to my chosen hours — it’s okay to change activities or majors, just as it’s okay to alter your courseload for a semester and intern, or to take time off. Some of the most important minutes for my own self have been spent skipping class to sleep, bike or read (sorry, Music History). “Life is slow dying,” carpe diem, hold fast to the spirit of youth etc. etc. but really — pour yourself into Columbia; don’t get lost in it. You’ll do just fine.

Back in my day…. Amir’s was gross, Campo was grosser, O’Connells was Cannons, NSOP was dominated by frat parties on 114th, JJs Place had no Jamba Juice, 8.40am class didn’t exist, Cardomat and original Four Loko did. Senior wisdom asked about the “War on Fun” rather than CU Admirers.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: <p align=”justify”> your existence </p>

Write a CU admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: WBAR, your studio may look a little rough around the edges but you are the flyest damn club in the Columbia/Barnard Community. I’ve learned so much from you and I’m just so glad we’ve been able to take our relationship to the next level. You made us a we, and I’m thankful I’ve been given the opportunity to care.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? A cheese ethnographer once guest lectured a Food, Ecology, and Globalisation class I took. It seemed like a ful-filling occupation. ;)

One thing do to before graduating:

Outdoors: Get your hands on a bike and cycle up to the little red lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge. One of the nicest spots to take your reading.

Indoors: If you have the opportunity to do so, get to know your security guards. It’ll brighten both your days, and they’ll look out for you in ways you might never expect. One of Watt’s stalwart desk attendants recently told me “love and school are two different lessons.” The take-home of the conversation was that juggling academics and personal relationships can be difficult, but that learning about people and friends and dating in college can be just as important as the classes you attend. 9.4 Best New Advice.

Any regrets? Very few serious ones, tbh. Not writing for the Blue and White, not taking photo with Roma, not taking classes at the Computer Music Centre, waiting until senior year to take my first (only) creative writing workshop… Mostly, though, I’m thankful. LUV U.

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24 Comments

  1. JJ13  

    girl you've had my heart-beat running away for four years now. so much love and admiration.

  2. Noah

    Why are we getting so many senior wisdoms from the mentally unstable?

    • wtf  

      what even...who are you? leave

    • Anonymous

      Since when does talking and being open about your problems automatically make you "mentally unstable," whatever that means? As far as I know, those two words have such a negative connotation that I don't even know what you're trying to say with them.

      Noah, if you've never had unstable emotions or been depressed, that's great. Awesome for you. Bloody fucking awesome. But you're in the minority, and you cannot deny that. I'd hazard a guess that most people here have been depressed in their lives. It's just that only recently have people been able to open up about going to CPS.

      And do you know why? It's because people like you are so willing to attach this stigmatized label—"mentally unstable"—on them at first glance. It is because of attitudes like yours that this silence around mental "un"health exists.

  3. Anonymous  

    WHERE IS THE DARK HAND'S SENIOR WISDOM BWOG? I DEMAND TO KNOW.

  4. Anonymous  

    Watt 2 for life!

  5. Block RA  

    Block Love <3

  6. MPM  

    So much love for you Natalie! You're an extremely caring, bright, and lovely person. I'm so glad we started off our Columbia careers together.

    Emma says high =)

  7. Sorry but  

    " people will probably forget what you say in class and do on campus, but they might remember how you make them feel"

    That ones Maya Angelou

  8. RNB  

    NATALIE IS THE FUCKING BEST. every time she makes a point in class, it makes me completely reconsider my previous views -- and yet there's not a pretentious bone in her body. Also, she taught me about ASOS.

  9. Anonymous  

    Natalie is perfect in every way. This is the first Senior Wisdom I've ever cared about.

  10. Anonymous  

    O'Connell's hasn't been Cannons since 2005.

  11. Beyonce Pad Thai

    Yay, Natalie!

  12. Grace

    Natalie is the best!!

  13. Anonymous  

    Terrific RA. Yay Natalie!

  14. rj  

    Ahhh @natrobe, can't thank you enough for everything you do. Quietly and unassumingly, you've been teaching me how to live. Secretly and from a follower's modest distance, I've been learning everything I can. Thank every fucking higher power there is that we will always have the internet





  15. rebecca gray

    natalie! let's bike together!

  16. i love you. wanna grab a drink?

  17. yl  

    your justification: I can align with you.

    @natrobe, even seeing your senior wisdom pop up made me smile. you're one of the most generous and competent people I've worked with, you say smart things in #technosocial seminars, && I can't wait to continue mdashing with you through ideas and poetry and laughs in the city after graduation. much love.

  18. former resident  

    best RA ever and makes the most incredible fucking cookies i don't even

  19. Chris Evans

    Natalie you are the best 7abibti in the world!!!!! <3

  20. Proud Barnard-Columbia student

    I don't know you, but I love you for pointing out that there are many colleges that make up this amazing Columbia community.
    Good luck with everything you do!

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