Heaven is a place on earth and it’s the Pinkberry at 93rd Street and Broadway.
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Jane, Barnard, Cognitive Science, Hong Kong
Claim to fame: I take photos sometimes, @thisisbarnard, Ratrock Magazine’s visuals mom
Where are you going? A sweet two-bedroom in Brooklyn (hopefully) from which I will be commuting to the Ogilvy office in Flatiron come September. Eventually, though? The world is my oyster… as they say!
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2027?
- If it says “dry clean only” you could probably get away with rinsing it out in the shower, or in a mesh bag in the washing machine on a cold delicate cycle… maybe avoid washing linen J-Crew slacks in the washing machine though…
- Go to Trader Joe’s and get yourself goat cheese and brioche. Top it off with some honey and you’ll have yourself the best breakfast (or midnight snack) ever.
- Putting yourself out there is horrifying and being perceived is a mortifying ordeal but you’ve got to do it. Introduce yourself. Say hello to strangers. (And be kind to yourself while doing it. Take it easy.) There’s truly something valuable to be learned from every encounter. Anything can open doors and teach you something new about yourself!
“Back in my day…” Barnard still has its abandoned swimming pool and a crappy gym currently being demolished </3
Favorite Columbia controversy? Which CULPA is the real CULPA again?
What was your favorite class at Columbia? Politics of Crime and Policing, Professor Matthew Vaz
Whom would you like to thank? The Not For Everyone podcast for getting me through laundry days, The Holy Trinity (Paloma Faith, Adele, and Joy Crookes), the Pinkberry on 93rd and Broadway, John Jay power sockets, the Merrell shoe company. The little 6-year-old who, when I was having a really bad day last summer, ran up to me in front of Butler and whispered “You’re really beautiful”. Hewitt, I love you and will miss you.
One thing to do before graduating: Collect condiments from the dining halls to christen my new home.
Any regrets? Underutilizing the Barnard Design Center. I still have corduroy pants in need of hemming and camera parts to 3D print. Think of the number of screenprints and sewing projects I could’ve made!
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@Jane This is Jane, submitting an Amendment… Bonus thing (maybe the most important thing, actually) that I’ve learned at Columbia…
4. Follow your gut when it comes to pursuing a creative passion or a hobby. Don’t be intimidated if what sparks joy is something less mainstream, or if your parents warn you against it. It will be scary, but if you love something, you can make something beautiful out of it. You can carve yourself the space to flourish as a creative here at Columbia and also beyond. Building a portfolio seems overwhelming, but all that means is creating anything at all, whether that be a collage, a short poem, or a 30-second video that you’ve been thinking about bringing to life. Find people that match your energy and mess around together. Make something dumb! Slowly but surely you’ll find what kind of expression flows out of you easiest, and yes—you can make art and people should and will pay you for your work! Now go out there and make some shit! If you ever need help, email me firstname.lastname@example.org
@Jane I also forgot to thank IMATS and all its student workers, Liz’s Place (bomb chai lattes), the Claremont Milstein Entrance, and my BCIT family. <3
@Anonymous That’s my best friend!!!