Paige Moskowitz might just be the reason you’re registered to vote. Thank her by reading her other, equally wise words.

Name, School, Major, Hometown:
Paige Moskowitz; Barnard and JTS; History and Talmud; Houston, Texas

Claim to fame:
Registering people to vote, working in dean’s office and admissions to welcome first-years, taking 23 credits spring semester freshman year, knocking over eight bottles of wine in International and breaking them on accident.

Where are you going?:
Currently in an intense daily commute from my bedroom to the living room couch.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2024?

  1. No one knows what they’re doing. Anyone who acts like they have their shit together is faking it. So stop comparing yourself to others because 1. you’re comparing your inner worst ideas of self to their perfected public persona and 2. no two people’s success will look the same. Another person’s definition of success is not your own. Keep doing you.
  2. You won’t feel bad for missing a reading for class every once in a while, but you will feel bad if you miss every night out with friends or fun events to do homework. Do you really need to read Locke if you know some CC guy is gonna monopolize class time to give his trite thoughts on it for like 17 minutes? No, you don’t. So go do something fun with friends. A concert, senior night, a random event you saw on Instagram. Get out of the neighborhood!!
  3. You can make a lot of things happen at this school if you say “y’all” and have manners. The things you can accomplish in New York City with Southern Hospitality is, honestly, astounding. Also just be nicer to each other in general. 

“Back in my day…”
Vine Sushi was the go-to, it was CUvotes, there was a tunnel in the middle of campus, classes happened in person, and I liked JTS.

Favorite Columbia controversy?
Mario Badescu facial cleanser theft.

What was your favorite class at Columbia?
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties with Paula Franzese and Social History of American Public Health with James Colgrove.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese?
I did not spend four years at Barnard being told I can have it all to end my college career by making a divisive decision. 

Whom would you like to thank?
The deans for letting me cry in every office and getting away with a lot, Dorothy for letting me do whatever with my major, Bob for telling me to keep truckin’, and everyone who answered when I asked them if they were registered to vote. Naava, Megan, Marina, Tova, Noa, Willa, Ella, Lexie, and Sedalia for truly putting up with so much. And can’t forget my parents, the real MVPs who kept me from falling apart during college and also probably in post-grad!!!!

One thing to do before graduating:
Ask for an extension. Ask for many extensions. Just do it. It’s not as big of a deal as you make it out to be.   

Any regrets?
So many. Do I feel bad about any of them? No.