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Madison Harden ’20

Madison Harden ’20
Meet Madison Harden ’20, an economics major from Philadelphia who will work for L’Oréal after graduation.

Top Core Moment

“I loved W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk. When I read it in sophomore year I was also taking‘Introduction to African American Studies’ and ‘Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies,’ and we read that book in both. I had three different settings in which I was reading the same text!”

My Favorite Spot

“As cliché as it is, I really like sitting on the Steps. I think different parts of the day have a different feeling — when it’s a sunny day, it’s very crowded and it feels like the campus is alive and spirited. It’s also nice at night when it’s not so crowded, you get to look out at all the lights — it’s very serene in those moments.”

Class Act

“I’m taking ‘The Social World,’ which I decided to get into on a whim — I’d never taken a sociology class. We’ve been reading a lot of texts that describe the development of the self — that you’re not actually able to develop without being socialized and interacting with others. We brought that into discussions of more modern topics like race and gender. I think it’s really interesting; that concept definitely stuck with me.”

“This year I’ve gotten heavily involved with alumni activities —
I’m president of Columbia College Student Ambassadors,
so I help plan a lot of events with alumni. I’ve gone to a lot of different events where I interacted and talked with people in really cool occupations.”

Night at the Museum

“In my free time, I like to explore the city and art museums. I really like the Frick; it’s where I take anyone who visits me!”

Last Chance

“I’m using this semester to try to take classes in any last area I haven’t gotten to try.”

Coffee Break

“I try to go out once a weekend to a coffee shop with my homework; I think it’s nice to be in a different environment.”