This Senior Wisdom is from Bridgette Tolbert, WBAR star and one of the finest photographers on Bwog’s Social Media Team.
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Bridgette Tolbert. Columbia College. Economics. Los Angeles, California!
Claim to fame: Starbucks addict and host of “Bridgette” on WBAR!
Where are you going? I’m taking a much needed vacay and then coming back to New York to work on some passion projects.
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1. Whatever happens to you happens for you. Learn from the highs and the lows and know that you can handle anything that comes your way.
2. Try out anything and everything and don’t be afraid to step away from something if it doesn’t make you happy.
3. You have a lot more power in this community than you may think. If you think that could be changed or improved, don’t just complain about it. Set up a meeting with the appropriate person and share your ideas! You’ll never know where that could take you.
“Back in my day…” KDR parties were always packed and Cannon’s existed/was the best campus bar.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Before we filmed this segment, Wendy Williams (one of my faves) told me that if she had a daughter she’d want her to be just like me.
What was your favorite class at Columbia? I have so many! Drugs and Behavior with Dr. Carl Hart, Economics of Life with Professor Daniel Hamermesh, Inequalities of U.S. Law and Society with Professor John Salyer, Principles of Econ/Sports Economics with Professor Sunil Gulati, Introduction to African-American Studies with Professor Josef Sorett and the Modern Caribbean with Professor Natasha Lightfoot.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? What would Rihanna do?
One thing to do before graduating: Drink a Smirnoff Ice in PrezBo’s mansion.
Any regrets? The times I stopped fighting for myself, any time I did not shoot my shot, and definitely that time I won a Columbia crewneck from CSSC my freshman year and forgot to pick it up ☹
Also, I didn’t know what a Canada Goose was before I arrived on campus in 2014 which I definitely regret because they used to sell a pink version of the Kensington Parka which I totally would have purchased because pink is my favorite color and it honestly would have changed my life.
Photo via Bridgette Tolbert