Sarah Lubin legally lives in Altschul, a feat in it of itself-and tells us to please don’t spread ourselves too thin.
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Sarah Lubin, Barnard, Biochemistry, Westchester
Claim to fame: Always coming from lab, lives in Altschul (literally on my state license), starting Planned Parenthood Generation at Columbia, and being a mom, nice jewish girl, and resource for all things healthcare.
Where are you going? Working for an investor relations firm in the healthcare and biotech industries.
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2023?
1. Commit to your commitments! Engage in clubs and activities, but find your priorities and truly commit. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Otherwise half-assing it is a disservice to yourself and peers.
2. Go to office hours. Ask your questions, listen to others’, form some familiarity with a professor or TA (great for a letter of rec)
3. Trust yourself and stick to your convictions. Having choices can be incredibly overwhelming but figure out what’s right for you and don’t look back.
“Back in my day…” Milstein was Lehman Library, Barnard students needed to be swiped into JJ’s, and M2M and Cannon’s were still a thing.
Favorite Columbia controversy? Free speech on campus (?)
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I’m gonna pass on this one.
What was your favorite class at Columbia? Social History of American Public Health with James Colgrove and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties with Paula Franzese.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Is that even a question? I’ll take the cheese.
Whom would you like to thank? My parents, because how could I not! Thank you for making Barnard and everything in my life possible and supporting me every step of the way. For inspiring in me the passion, drive, and chutzpah to achieve my goals. And for equipping me with amazing classic movie references. My brother always being there. Also thank you to the most supportive and inspiring friends! For the best conversations, late nights, debauchery, etc. And of course- thank you Barnard!!! I will forever love you.
One thing to do before graduating: Run through all five boroughs!
Any regrets? No Ragrets (see previous answer)
Alt answer: I lived in a lot of self-doubt in college. I don’t regret these things, but I think constant questioning of myself had a hold on me in ways that was both exhausting and energizing to untangle.