What were you like when you arrived at Columbia?
I was a fairly conservative Christian, nerdy, gangly, closeted kid … who was very curious! My saving grace.
What do you remember about your first-year living situation?
I lived in Hartley with a bunch of folks. There was Shuo from China, with whom I went on trips to Flushing; EKG, who did theater, couldn’t bring herself to speed-read Lit Hum texts, and with whom I’m still good friends; and my roommate who once said, after I slept over at the apartment of a woman I was seeing, “Wow, you must’ve stayed up all night at the library!” That was how nerdy and closeted I was!
What Core class or experience do you most remember, and why?
Relationships are maybe the most important thing to me. After a few weeks of CC, I noticed this one guy in my class, Yusuf, who asked the most astute questions and who seemed remarkably humble. I decided I wanted to befriend him. One day, I decided to trail after him out of class, and after many late-night conversations (at the IRC, etc.), we became fast friends. :)
Oh, and I really loved the Marx-Nietzsche-Freud sequence in CC.
Did you have a favorite spot on campus, and what did you like about it?
The office of Nightline, the student peer-listening hotline, where I volunteered for three years. It was in a secret location, had a lot of snacks and I sometimes took naps there during the day.
What, if anything, about your College experience would you do over?
Not go to my dad’s church so often; visit a progressive church; essentially, take steps to carve out a progressive faith.