Welcome back to another round of our short December Senior Wisdoms, shouting out to those midyear graduates. Here we have Pazia Miller—we can’t believe her life, either.
Name, Hometown, School: Pazia Shayne Miller (Pronounced Asia with a P at the front), raised in Baltimore and transplanted to White Plains, New York (REPRESENT). Barnard College always.
Claim to fame? Outspoken feminist-type and listener, gender studies major/former slam poet. I am the interim campus astrology expert. I helped organize a rally for Ramarley Graham’s family during a finals week. I have shamelessly gone on two international BCRW trips. I live in Brooklyn.
Where are you going? For the next four months, I’ll be on a backpacking trip from Costa Rica to Argentina. I can’t believe my life.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
Back in my day… Professors were cancelling class so that you would be out on the street demanding that universities make school affordable during Occupy Wall Street.
Uni Café was called Pinnacle before it was shut down by the health department at least 3 different times.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Are you implying that some people have to justify their existence?
Write a CU Admirers post to anyone or anything at Columbia: To the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Barnard: you all have changed me and have opened up my experiences. Thank you for making college worthwhile. Special shout-out to WGSS senior seminar 2013: I want to write with your support always.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Audre Lorde once said, “Our erotic knowledge empowers us, becomes a lens through which we scrutinize all aspects of our existence, forcing us to evaluate those aspects honestly in terms of their relative meaning within our lives. And this is a grave responsibility, projected from within each of us, not to settle for the convenient, the shoddy, the conventionally expected, nor the merely safe.”
One thing to do before graduating: Live in New York. Not Morningside, Columbia, but New York. Let yourself experience the city outside of the Columbia bubble. You might be surprised how much you can feel at home here…and how much you might actually go to class.
Any regrets? I didn’t make it to a single senior night as a senior. I’ll never know what I missed.