There has to be some greater meaning here somewhere…

Here’s a pro writing tip: tear your own work apart by leaving yourself mean comments. In doing so, I’ve found that these comments are surprisingly applicable to the Columbia experience as a whole. I will share my findings with you, dear reader, as a testament to the efficacy of this writing tip.

At its core, your college experience is about pushing your boundaries. You are exposed to new and terrifying things, more so than you ever have been, and this exposure begets moral quandaries. What, if anything, is right?

There’s a certain anomie about college. What are the rules here, if indeed any exist? In this new context of independence and exposure, you pick up new habits and determine to what degree they are accepted by both your immediate college sphere, and society as a whole. (Note: we can in fact swear on, motherf***ers.)

Okay, a break from waxing poetic. This is about the Schermerhorn Extension. I’m not sure where it links to, but it sure does not link to Schermerhorn in a logical way.

You may find yourself experience a sinking feeling as you’re studying for a midterm and you realize that you don’t understand half of the material. Instead of letting this feeling enrage or distress you, try to go with it. Yeah, it doesn’t make any goddamn sense, but why should it?

On Zoom, our desire to maintain a social life can prove quite challenging. We want to connect with our peers on a deep and personal level: to learn their goddamn names, and have them learn ours; to be known and seen. Yet, in surface-level interactions with Zoom squares, that connection is enormously difficult, and some might even say, “bad”.

It’s very likely that by this point in the semester, you’re doing too much, and stretching yourself too thin. Let this comment be your sign that it’s okay to take some stuff out of your life. Delete a little. You will be better off for it.

Me, musing via Wikimedia Commons