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Senior Wisdom: Sara Wright

Definitely not Sara Wrong

Say hello to Sara Wright! She’s a New Yorker who’s not from the city and she’s crazy about wind instruments. You heard it here first, folks. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Sara Wright, Columbia College, Double Major: Political Science and French, Mamaroneck, NY

Claim to fame: Being President of the Columbia University Wind Ensemble because, even if you don’t know what the Wind Ensemble is, you’ve probably heard me yelling at every elevator in Lerner to just let me move the damn percussion (Yes, there is percussion in a Wind Ensemble).

Where are you going? To do the one thing naïve high school me swore I’d never do: work in law.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?

1) First and foremost, the stress culture is not worth it. Your health and your mental sanity come first. If that means your grades are a little lower or you don’t socialize every weekend, that’s fine. Take care of your happiness first and foremost because it is what will bring you the success and achievement you crave. Just trust me on this.

2) Your best friends are the ones that forgive you. You will make mistakes. You won’t always be able to hold up to your promises because you’re learning and you’re still growing up. The people that call you out on your mistakes but forgive you anyways are the ones that will never leave your side.

3) Keep an open mind. I told myself I would never study Political Science nor want to go to law school, yet when I let myself test it out, I fell in love with those fields. That girl you initially think you hate may turn out to be one of your best friends if you give her a shot. That Wind Ensemble you said you would never get into may just accept you and make you President one day. Don’t hold yourself back. Try everything. You’d be surprised what you fall into and who you’ll meet along the way.

“Back in my day…” Bacchanal was a day of pure shenanigans instead of another security line.

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer. Most of my life inspiration comes from hockey and this passion is only rivaled by my Canadian father.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Art Humanities in Paris with Holger Klein

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Oral sex could be a necessary condition to marrying Sidney Crosby and I would still choose a good French brie.

One thing to do before graduating. Watch the sunrise over campus with my suitemates.

Any regrets? I should have gone to more office hours, but the real answer is that I regret not always being there and holding on to the people I should have. They’re off doing wonderful things now, but I wish that I had opened my heart a little more.

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