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?

  1. 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… 
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Jane via Jane