Ah, the bygone days of the Diana smoothie.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Eve Bell, Barnard, Biology, New Rochelle, NY

Claim to fame: Building community amidst a pandemic through On Campus Columbia-Barnard, President of Gosh Yarn It, Eve’s Fridge

Where are you going? Consulting Analyst at Accenture

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2026?

  1. Columbia is in NYC. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. My absolute favorite place is Washington Square Park. Even if only for an hour, get out there! 
  1. After NSOP it may seem hard to make friends and it can get pretty lonely even when surrounded by people that love you. You are not alone! This is your life, you choose who stays in it. Surround yourself with people who make you feel alive, happy, and support you. There are always others looking to meet new people too!
  1. There are a lot of rich and legacy people here. If you’re not one you might think you don’t fit in and deal with imposter syndrome. If you were brilliant enough to get in on your own merit, trust me you absolutely deserve to be and belong here.

“Back in my day…” Diana had the BEST smoothies and tree lighting meant free t-shirts.

Favorite Columbia controversy? Non-ac dorms were so hot that one summer hot people would vomit and get heat stroke. Admins response was to “eat celery”.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? COMS 1004 intro to Java with Paul Blaer. This man is hilarious and tells the best story. This class should be a right of passage for any Columbia undergrad.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Cheese stinks!!

Whom would you like to thank? My friends and students with extenuating circumstances who helped me build a community during the height of COVID-19 in 2020. And as Snoop Dog said: “Last but not least, I want to thank me”.

One thing to do before graduating: Learn to pronounce Schermerhorn.

Any regrets? Starting off as a pre-med. Overloading myself. You don’t need a million extracurriculars and classes to succeed. Do what’s required and what you want. That is more than enough. This is your college journey, own it.

Portrait via Eve