Our next in the endless Senior Wisdoms parade: your CC salutatorian, who makes some very logical calculations.
Name, Hometown, School: Yoshiaki Ko, Millbrae, CA, CC (Neuroscience & Behavior)
Claim to fame: Salutatorian! Also, pianist in the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange; you may find me often in the Lerner piano lounge, trying to learn some Schumann, for example.
Where are you going? Master’s program at Juilliard while continuing research at my lab in the Psych department – time to live the life of a musician for a couple years, before (probably) heading back into academia. I love music, but I think neuroscience is where my future lies.
3 things you learned at Columbia:
Back in my day…NoCo didn’t exist/was under construction and we had the Epic of Gilgamesh in Lit Hum (the best reading by far, though I feel like I’m the only one who liked it),
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: At the very least, I’d like to think of myself as a pleasant person, and so hopefully that tilts the cosmic scale slightly in favor of “it is better that Yoshi exists.”
Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: To the practice rooms in Schapiro: thank you for your service. I know a lot of people hate to practice on your upright pianos, but I have developed a certain affinity for them, which I will actually miss.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Probably oral sex. There are other ways to sex, but there are no other ways to cheese.
One thing to do before graduating: Take chances. My most rewarding experiences at Columbia have been when I jumped into something that was a little out of my comfort zone; by doing so, you learn, you grow, and you’ll better get to know yourself! And honestly, when else are you going to do it? College may well be the last time before the “real world” takes over.
Any regrets? None at all.