Have you heard about the Rugcident?

Name, School, Major Hometown: Lizzie Quinn, Columbia College, Environmental Chemistry, Washington, DC.

Claim to fame: 

1. Fastest time to drink a quart of skim milk 

2. 10:52 beer mile 

3. Only read half of Don Quixote for Lit Hum 

4. Got an A+ in a STEM class 

Where are you going? I’ll be doing Multiple Sclerosis clinical research with the Longbrake Lab at Yale Medical School during my gap year before medical school. 

What are three things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2028? 

1. Don’t be afraid to do things by yourself. Go to the Whitney Museum on a random Tuesday afternoon. Roam the halls of Butler. Sit in the back room in John Jay with a mound of green beans. 

2. Walking fast does actually make you better than everyone around you.

3. You only have to read half of Don Quixote for Lit Hum. 

“Back in my day…” Back in my day, we didn’t even need an NSOP to make bad decisions!

Favorite Columbia lore? I recently heard about the ‘Rugcident’ on the Carman 8th floor at an Alumni Dinner I attended. Insane lore. 

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Life at the End of Life: Palliative Care and Service with Dr. Craig Blinderman. 

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? Cheese, but I’d even say that the two go best hand-in-hand. 

Whom would you like to thank? Everyone in the Italian department, the Dodge front desk staff, the librarians (specifically C.V. Starr East Asian Library in Kent), all of the facilities and dining hall staff, and Susanne the Ruggles security guard!

One thing to do before graduating? Visit all of New York’s five boroughs in one day. Or check out a book from one of the libraries. 

Any regrets? Not being an Italian major. Probably the best department there is.

Lizzie via Lizzie