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Senior Wisdom: Emma Sulkowicz

Emma Sulkowicz

Emma Sulkowicz

Re-enter the real world after your finals today with another senior wisdom from an outgoing senior! We bring you Emma Sulkowicz and her words of wisdom this Monday night.  

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Emma Sulkowicz, CC, Visual Arts, New York, NY

Claim to fame: None.

Where are you going? I’m going to stay in New York for a bit and chill out after the craziest year I’ve ever had.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2019?

1. Feminism is cool, and super important. Try a class with Rosalyn Deutsche if you want to see why feminism is so cool! She was the first person to explain it in a way that made sense to me.

2. It’s impossible to make change and stay sane without the right support. I would be nothing without my friends and the professors who guided me. They’ve taught me more than I could have ever learned just in class.

3. We all freak out because we feel friendless at some point. I know just as well as anyone: that feeling of being too weak and depressed to get out of bed in the morning, or the feeling of waking up on a wet pillow soaked with tears. But you all are loved. You all might be mired in shit right now, but I promise you that you are loved. Your real friends get that you’re not perfect, and that’s why they love you.

“Back in my day…” ADP was cool.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I’ll never justify my existence through words. I hope my actions speak louder than my words ever will.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Feminism and Postmodernism in Art with Rosalyn Deutsche. Photo with Tomas Roma. Sculpture 3 with Jon Kessler. Sculpture 3 with Rirkrit Tiravanija. Senior Thesis with Emily Henretta and Tomas Vu. Text, Magic, Performance with John Pemberton. Modern Dance with Caitlin Trainor and Jodi Melnick. Music Hum with Martha Newland. Intro to Digital Audio with Brad Garton. Philosophy of Art with Lydia Goehr. 20th Century Art with Rosalind Krauss and Catherine Damman. CC with Andrew Nathan and Souleymane Diagne. Art Hum with Brigid von Preussen. Painting 1 with Miguel Cardenas. Lit Hum with Anjuli Raza Kolb.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese: Oral sex pales in comparison to cheese. The cream cheese at Absolute Bagels is basically oral sex, anyways. (Does cream cheese count?)

One thing to do before graduating? Find others who share your passions and surround yourself with them and create a passionate network of passionate people feeling passionate feelings and thinking passionate thoughts. It’s like an awesome form of masturbation.

Any regrets? I regret not beginning my feminism-studies the moment I got to campus. I regret living in Schapiro my junior year. I regret not having a lawyer guide me through my investigation, attend my hearing, and help write my appeal request in 2013. I regret trusting people who did not deserve my trust. At least, through all of this, I’ve learned who does deserve my trust now!

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  • interesting says:

    @interesting in a total reversal of roles, Emma just trolled Bwog

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous another senior wisdom without any wisdom…on a roll this year

      1. I dunno says:

        @I dunno I mean these are pretty solid class recommendations

    2. wat says:

      @wat Since when has Bwog trolled anybody?

      1. is that a joke says:

        @is that a joke or are you a freshman

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous The only wisdom she has is how to ruin a mans life for sport

  • CC18 says:

    @CC18 Liar.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous She lied, simple as that. They had engaged in anal sex before and she had no problem with it until much later — when she found out Paul was with other girls.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous you know, i may not agree with what she’s done, but she seems cool. and her senior widsom was infinitely better and more down to earth than zoe ridolfi starr’s…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous How can she be “cool” if you know (and don’t agree with) what she’s done?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous A promise: Your ‘student

    2. hmm says:

      @hmm If you do not “agree with what she has done,” and presumably therefore believe that she falsely maligned a fellow student– accusing him of one of the worst possible crimes– how could you possibly dismiss the heinousness of her actions?

  • Paul says:

    @Paul That blue hair is sexy af

  • Woah says:

    @Woah It’s back yo

  • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

    @¯\_(ツ)_/¯ dis gon be gud

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous RIP comment section

  • co-survivor says:

    @co-survivor Emma,
    you are a role model to me, and i think you are incredibly brave. thank you for your presence and actions this year!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous If she’s your role model, then good luck to you. I hope you have some other ones too.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous disguise’ is as thin

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous is Osama Bin Laden also on your top ten list?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous ADP was never cool

    1. lol says:

      @lol what semester did you rush?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “awesome form of masturbation” -How Very Classy!

    1. co-survivor (again) says:

      @co-survivor (again) lol clicked “track” embarrassing that you’ve commented on this four times under different usernames

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I don’t have different user names, you idiot, don’t they all say “anonymous”? And your user name for all your comments is “co-survivor”? I guess that makes it less anonymous. And what is that anyway, a “co-survivor”?

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous as a tissue. If

  • anon says:

    @anon Thank god for the track button.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You can track me again. It will make your life more meaningful.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous you go away we’ll

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous promise to miss you.

        2. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous wtf are these incoherent comments

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous Wait just realized if you track that person they make a sentence. “A promise: your ‘student disguise’ is as thin as a tissue. If you go away we’ll promise to miss you.” And they’re all in response to that one pathetic off-campus person that keeps commenting lol, someone is procrastinating their finals hardcore.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed, the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction.” – Bertrand Russel

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous So Rosalyn Deutsche is to blame?

  • Emma Sulcowicz says:

    @Emma Sulcowicz Bush did 9/11

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous try spelling her name right lol

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Extra C for Cheney

  • hah says:

    @hah your lawyer would have noted that you had no evidence to launch an investigation, you irrelevant, spineless fool

  • Ben says:

    @Ben What semester was text magic performance last offered? who was the prof.

  • lol says:

    @lol i love how Bwog is deleting all the negative comments
    you guys are honestly pathetic

  • Serpent says:

    @Serpent Why are all of these senior wisdoms from activists? There are plenty of people at this school who are not activists. Why did this person get one over me?

    1. Well, says:

      @Well, Were you nominated, sis? Maybe ask your friend group why they don’t think people need to hear what you have to say!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “Claim to fame: None.” lol

  • anonymous says:

    @anonymous Where’s Paul’s senior wisdom?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You have the support of lots of people here. Best to you Emma!

    1. Bwog is part of the problem says:

      @Bwog is part of the problem Do you also support child murder, too?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Emma won’t get a real job in NYC because her hipster visual arts major only qualified her to carry mattresses around. Good thing she found feminism so she’ll be able to blame the patriarchy instead of the fact she picked a shitty major.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous is this the one who carries a bed across campus?

  • Still confused says:

    @Still confused So, it’s ok to falsely accuse as long as you’re artistic about it?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous lol good one! Not if you’re a guy, tho

  • Still confused says:

    @Still confused So, it’s ok to falsely accuse someone as long as you’re artistic about it?

    1. only says:

      @only It is enough that you’re a woman and YOU disguise your harassment as “art”. Those group thinkers and your cowardly school would not dare to contradict you.

  • GOOD Riddance! says:

    @GOOD Riddance! I believe the rest of your life will be marked by your stunt in a negative, rather than positive way and and your conscience (if you still have any) will get to ya! Have a nice life! Your name will be in the annals of the notorious false accusers, bad, wannabe artists, and people without integrity.

  • How can she live with herself? says:

    @How can she live with herself? How can she live with herself?

    1. How can she live with herself? says:

      @How can she live with herself? we’ll see what’s next

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous George Bush doesn’t care about black people

  • Hmm says:

    @Hmm Why is everyone so angry when exactly no one (besides a couple of people) know all of the facts?
    We are supposed to be thinkers. Right?

    1. to "hmmm" says:

      @to "hmmm" We know enough to accuse Sulkowicz of false rape allegations. Period.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Dont let the drivel of ignorant mysogenists get you down, Emma! You are strong, you are so brave, and your work has meant the world to all of us who have hurt, who have suffered, and who have been cast aside by our university and our peers. Thank you for all you do.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You are absolutely fucking crazy. She lied, simple as that. They had engaged in anal sex before and she had no problem with it until much later — when she found out Paul was with other girls.

      She lied for the attention and fame. Stop encouraging it.

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