Senior Staff Writer extraordinaire and historically aware of digital footprints.
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Linus Glenhaber; CC; History; Somerville, Mass.
Claim to fame: Once retweeted by SIPA, history major who potentially has taken the fewest number of classes with the “HIST” prefix (four)
Where are you going? Up to a week ago I thought it’d be a job then studying the Book of Job but just learned that it may be studying the Book of Job then a job!
“Back in my day…” We had a different President, Provost, Dean of CC, Dean of SEAS, President of Barnard, Executive VP of Arts and Sciences, etc., etc., etc.
Favorite Columbia controversy? Probably when we habitually lied to US News.
What was your favorite class at Columbia? It’s close between a couple but probably Justice and Punishment with Liza Knapp. Generally all of my literature-based classes were top tier though. It’s a great way to round out a schedule and shift to a different headspace.
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2027?
- Take as many seminars as you can, as early as you can. Depending on the class it’s not necessarily more work than a lecture, and they’re usually much better. My favorite class freshman year was a seminar about the history of rivers in America—I basically took the only history seminar that I could get into, but it was great to have that deep a look into environmental history which I had never really thought about. Also, don’t worry about these seminars being outside your major. You’ve got more space for flexibility in your schedule than some people give credit to.
- Clubs really should be more for finding friends than anything else. One thing about this school is there’s a general pre professional atmosphere (or at least clubs that treat themselves as if they should be professional). The end goal should always be finding a community you enjoy, no club is worth suffering for so you have a line on your resume or whatnot.
- I know it’s said in every senior wisdom, but remember to get off campus. Go to museums and special exhibits (that you get into for free with friends)! Explore the city alone! I studied abroad in my senior fall. It’s never too late to get extremely far off campus.
Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese?
- Know what a digital footprint is.
Whom would you like to thank? So many people. Nico and Nathan for living with me all this time; Jalen, Shannon, Conner; Board Games Club in its past and present iterations; BWOG; Chorus; and tons of people who I’m definitely blanking on right now.
One thing to do before graduating: Have a friend swipe me into JJs one last time for old times sake—Linus dinner part ii?
Any regrets? None that I’d want to dwell on this close to leaving
Linus via Linus