You might have seen Wing-Sum Law (and/or her choreography) in Raw Elementz, and now you get to hear from her in her senior wisdom.
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Wing-Sum Law; SEAS; Mechanical Engineering; Shoreline, WA
Claim to fame: Questioning mechanical engineering curriculum choices in front of the entire class
Where are you going? Stanford, for my PhD
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?
1. If you can say it in fewer, shorter words, do so. Excessively high-brow language only makes statements unclear and inaccessible.
2. You should see a therapist when you feel overwhelmed. They are literally professionals in unpacking emotions and determining healthy coping mechanisms. I’ve heard people say that they aren’t anxious/depressed/whatever enough to see a therapist, but there isn’t some magical threshold at which it’s time to see one. Besides, it’s much better to see one for preventative strategies before you’re in crisis mode. So take the leap and make an appointment!
3. As young people at an “elite” university, you will often be told how smart you are and how bright your future is. And that’s all true! But it’s important to remember that you are still a worthy human being at your lowest points – even if you fail your biology exam and get rejected from every internship to which you apply. It’s easy to feel insufficient in the midst of so many brilliant people, but the truth is that you are a good and capable person whether or not you find success in the traditional sense. Just meet others with kindness, understanding, and generosity. In the long run, things will be just fine.
“Back in my day…” Pupin Plaza became an ice rink for the months of Nov. – Feb.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: You don’t have to justify your existence to anyone
What was your favorite class at Columbia?
Engineering: Morphogenesis with Karen Kasza or Modeling and ID with Nicolas Chbat
Other: Music Hum or East Asian Cinema with Ying Qian
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Cheese never disappoints
Whom would you like to thank? My parents, for being there since before day one; my sister, for being so, so strange; Raw Elementz, for being such a lit crew with which to dance; and Chiara Ferrari-Wong, for literally keeping me alive since day 1 of Physics 1601 – y’all are the realest
One thing to do before graduating: See RAWCUS 360º! It’s quite literally the best event Columbia has to offer.
Any regrets? Any time I stayed up past 1 AM for school work – it’s never worth it