Here’s Logan Donovan, who Athletics should really get in contact with. Congratulations!
Name, Hometown, School: Logan Donovan; Nellysford, VA and New York, NY; SEAS CS
Claim to fame? I was on ESC and spent most of my time doing policy work. I co-wrote Columbia’s Medical Amnesty Policy, got the undergraduate schools to come together, and pushed for pass/fail for non-technical electives in SEAS.
Where are you going? Right now I am traveling around the country for the summer skydiving to make up for all of the jumps I didn’t do during the school year. Starting in September I will be working at a startup called pingMD as a software developer here in the city. Looking forward to finally having time to hang out with everyone who will still be in the city since I never had time during school.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
b. During your time here you will at times feel like you rule the world and at others that the test you just bombed is the end of the world. It happens to everyone, take a deep breath and go and get some food with some friends. I promise, in the end everything will be fine. Also, during your time here you will have many accomplishments and they are worth celebrating… responsibly.
c. Professors are more important than the class subject; you are paying a lot of money to be here so it’s important to get something out of class. Also for all of the engineering students who only want to take math and science classes make wise use of your humanities electives, they are worthwhile. Also, take CC or Lit Hum instead of Global Core, they are great classes and being in SEAS is not an excuse to be a bad writer.
Back in my day… I went to a school where 20,000 people crowded into a football stadium most Saturdays in the fall to sing the Good Ole Song, I miss the school spirit not the sundresses. I looked forward to being prepared for the “real-world” like all the 4th years I knew (there are no seniors at UVA, TJ believed that educated was a lifelong pursuit).
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I have jumped out of a combination of planes, helicopters, and even a hot air balloon 736 times while I’ve been enrolled at Columbia. No, I’m not crazy; I enjoy the feeling of flight. One day I want to jump into a Columbia Homecoming game and land on the field with the game ball – Athletics, we should talk.
Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: Professor David Vallencourt, for honestly believing in students and wanting to improve our experience here. He believes that engineering should be exciting and hands on. Endlessly trudging through theory doesn’t always keep students motivated and engineering is about building cool things, we should do more of that.
My former CSA advisor Dawn Strickland for all of the support. Without it, I wouldn’t be graduating on time.
To my fellow students, who continually inspire me with all of your amazing achievements and general awesomeness, thank you for being my friends, supporting me, and helping to motivate me.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Cheese
One thing to do before graduating: Make an effort to get to know at least one new person in each of your classes. Go get coffee or tea or whatever they drink. It’s so easy to go to class every day and sit next to the same people and not even know their name. Especially in engineering where all of your classes are with the same people.
Any regrets? Not having asked for help when I needed it, both with personal and academic issues. Meeting so many people in my last semester here that I wish I could have been hanging out with for the last 3 years. Not doing graphics for Spectator or joining ADI or SAE… the list goes on. No matter how hard you try, you can’t do everything while you’re here. I chose one path through Columbia, and it was the one that I needed to take at the time, so ultimately, I’m happy with it.