Now we have one final Senior Wisdom to close out the Class of 2013. We love you all and wish you all best!
Name, Hometown, School: kapwatt. As true as it is that I was born and raised in Queens, I can’t deny that I’m an NJ’er at heart. If browntown were a real word, it would mean my hometown, Edison, NJ. And SEAS BME all the way.
Claim to fame? Co-Coordinator of the Hindu Students Organization (HSO). CEO of the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal (CUSJ). Beatboxer for CU Sur. The guy playing piano at strange hours in the EC 2ndfloor lounge. Dude with the cereal wall.
Where are you going? Straight to question 4.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
Back in my day… I was welcome in Uris. The trip from home in Carman to dinner in John Jay meant tripping on bricks at least twice along the way. UNI meant only your university access code and NOT a one star eatery. (That was called Pinnacle). Dining from meal swipes meant you had two options: John Jay or Hewitt. Getting through the old EC lobby on a Thursday night was impossible. We used the “Old Courseworks” which may have been uglier but which I feel was faster at getting you what you needed.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: In this moment I have your complete attention. If you think your time is worth anything at all, my existence is justified. If you couldn’t even read your LitHum books but you read my answer to this question, then my existence is justified. If you thought about the length of this answer and worried that it may exceed 30 words, if my answer matters THAT MUCH to you, then my existence is justified.
Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: Possibly the easiest question here. My post goes out to Dr. Kanak Manav Gupta, GS ’13. He has as many degrees as the sun and is the most out-of-the-box mind that I know. He demonstrates by example that it’s okay to take the wackiest, most absurd sounding risks as long as you believe in them, even when people around you label them foolish. Instead of feeling discouraged, Kanak proves those people wrong, achieving huge success that is predictable only to those who know his ways. Despite being a self-made spectacle of success by pursuing what he really loves, he continues to learn and try new things for the sake of knowing, making him the epitome of well-roundedness. He seemingly knows everything about everything, so don’t be baffled to see him help someone with homework from a class that he never took in his Godknowshowmanyyears of education. Or to see him get really into a conversation about the most random topic with someone he meets for the first time. Anyone, no matter how young or old, will feel like they are a friend of Kanak’s within minutes of talking to him. You can count on Kanak to make room for necessary comic relief even in serious situations. And because CU Admirers posts are not books, I’ll end it now with Kanak’s generosity. Whether with time, money, or attention, this guy will put anyone before himself (serious understatement right there). This post is for Kanak because he is an unheralded hero who improves life for those around him day after day, expecting nothing in return. Love you dude.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Cheese vs OS. There’s a real Kraft to answering tough questions with logic. I’ll try my best to reason it out without letting anything slip pastyoureyes. But please don’t have a cow if you disagree with me. Let me approach this with our freshmen, the babies of Columbia, in mind. When they enter these gates, OS is not the first thing on their minds – rather, they are hungry and look at their dining options. But without cheese, even things which couldn’t get worse would get udderly worse – imagine john jay pizza without cheese. “Mac and cheese” would just be called “mac”, and people may confuse it with laptops or makeup, leading to health hazards. I won’t comment on Hewitt pizza because we all know that it’s legendairy. There is a subset of freshmen who don’t shower and who would begin to emit odors, possibly cheese-like. These freshmen would reap the benefits of both entities under question even if they were to give up cheese. This is unfair to those who DO shower. Based on established priorities and standards of fairness, there is no whey I can justify letting cheese go. It is and will always be grater than OS.
One thing to do before graduating:
Any regrets? I can’t get over the fact that I didn’t explore Dodge Fitness Center fully. How did I enter Columbia never having played squash and then leave…also never having played squash? I’m not obsessed with it, but the flavors listed at Café East and Tea Magic make me curious and I regret not having tried all of them. Most of all, I regret not majoring in buildingatimemachinesoicouldob