And now for the first of our very own graduating seniors: David Hu, former Bwog managing editor, who does some ambiguous, then not so ambiguous, admiring.
Name, Hometown, School: David Hu, Virginia Beach, SEAS
Claim to fame? Managing Editor of this Bwog thing for a year. I might have helped you draw on Low or write on Butler at some point (these don’t work that well anymore :( ). Made a few websites here and there too. Somebody once said my Gchat statuses were funny.
Where are you going? So many places! The next two months will be a blur between San Francisco, Europe, and China before I settle down in the Lower East Side and start working for Foursquare.
3 things you learned at Columbia:
- 1. The #1 most valuable thing in life is time. The #2 most valuable thing is time with friends, and #3 is time to yourself. Some people may argue swapping #2 and #3 (and I’m sometimes guilty of it myself), but don’t let that get to you.
- 2. People matter. You’ll like classes because of your professors, not the content. You’ll enjoy events because of the people around you, not the thing itself. You’ll get job leads because of your network, not your cover letter. I wish the last one weren’t as true as it is.
- 3. If you pretend to be confident, you’ll actually be confident. No one will know the wiser.
- 3.5. Don’t break rules. Bend them.
Back in my day….Club 1020 was Club Campo, and Carman didn’t have a forest in its basement. We only had one dining hall and enjoyed it. You squeezed sophomores into the doubles in EC and Juniors couldn’t regroup. Gateway was a pretty shitty class.
Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: Hey… it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Your hair looks different now than it did before. Everyone seems to hate it, but if we keep it just between you and me, I kinda like it. But more than your hair though—you’ve also changed a lot on the inside since you and I were together. I’m still not entirely sure I like the new you, but I guess we all have our phases. Was it something I did? Or didn’t do? Maybe I could have been more supportive as I saw our relationship come to an end, and after we did break it off, perhaps I could have stuck around a little longer just to show I cared about you. I guess I’ve changed some too, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t do us all over again. When we were together I poured my life into our relationship—remember when we went to the Varsity Show together or when we stayed up til 2am trying to dissect Columbia’s bureaucracy? Sometimes I really miss those days when we were together. I guess what I’m trying to say, Bwog, is that even though I don’t know what to think about us right now, I still love you and thank you for being one of the most fulfilling things I did in college. 1020 sometime?
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Cheese.
One thing to do before graduating: Stay close with at least a couple of people from your high school. They can be your emotional and mental grounding sometimes when you just want to get away from it all. Thanks, M, P, and B.
Any regrets? Giving up cheese.
But actually: I actively try to not regret much and consider everything in my past a very specific path leading to where I am, which I’m generally content with. The one definitive thing I do regret though is not going abroad Junior year. I could have totally done it (in SEAS!), and it would have worked out just fine and not set me back too much in terms of credits or career. Seriously, you’re never gonna have the time to just romp around the world like you do in college—take advantage of it!
Oh and I wish that when I walked by you in passing, I stopped and said hi. Sorry bout that.