Before former Senior Staff Writer Camille leaves Columbia to feed her Tamagotchis, she recommends you contribute to lit mags!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Camille, Columbia College, Comparative Literature & Society and Creative Writing, Sullivan County NY

Claim to fame: Ummm probably being on the staff/being co-EIC of Quarto, and being a contributor for 4×4… lit mags 4ever!

Where are you going? To feed my tamagotchis… they are hungry!

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2027?

  1. Leave campus and go for a walk in the park! You won’t realize how ill Columbia’s campus can actually make you feel until you leave for a couple hours! Peace of mind is easier to find in nature, so go! Listen to the trees! :)
  2. When you realize what you love the most, commit to that! Dedicate yourself to the communities which are very very important to you instead of spreading yourself too thin! The spaces that you put your care into will care for you right back!
  3. Value fulfillment instead of success! 

“Back in my day…” DUO didn’t exist, and you had to know your password to print anything

Favorite Columbia controversy? Keeping with the lit mag theme, when 4×4 was born, famously as an alternative to Quarto… but also it was formed from Quarto staff in response to departmental foolishness… so in reality, we are cut from the same cloth of valuing student writing, and the more lit mags, the better!!

What was your favorite class at Columbia? All of my poetry workshops!! No other space like that exists. Also the Abolition Practicum at CLS! Also everything with Ana Fernández-Cebrián! Also Walking and also Daily Life with Jon Cotner!

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Guys come on

Whom would you like to thank? Sooo many people, not enough time!! My parents! Charlotte, duh! All of my Quarto angels! Armaan, who is my archangel and deserves his own line! Debra and Chad! Everyone at Avery! Sam! Stacy and all of our baby writers, who always make me feel so hopeful! Timothy, Dottie, Carlie, Alex, for making me better! Dorla! Honestly every person who has ever come into my life, if only for a little while!

One thing to do before graduating: Take a class that doesn’t count toward any major or Core requirement or anything, and remember what it feels like to learn as an end, not as a means toward a job or degree or anything!

Any regrets? None worth dwelling on!

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