By Max F. Neuman, Blythe Edwards, Nathan Santos, Liberty Martin, Milagro Chavez-Cisneros, Sam Wilcox, Lana Awadallah, Daphnie Ordoñez, Sabina Jones, Kalena Chiu, Jacob Kaplan, Emma Gometz, Venice Ohleyer, Sabina Maurer, and Yasna Vismale
DISCOURSE & DEBATE
I think it’s safe to say that when you attend a school like Columbia, everyone expects you to be extraordinary. Your family, your friends, your high school, even your Columbia peers and professors. I look around and I find myself surrounded by so many outstanding people: students who have done more in the span of their four-year high school career than others have done in 15; professors who are pushing the boundaries of science, challenging the interpretation of identity, and dissecting the meaning of age-old and contemporary pieces of literature alike....
I returned to school in September desperately clinging to the slippery kite tails of a summer romance. It was puppy love. Long distance wasn’t ideal, but by the end of summer, I figured that with the right person, anything was possible. And let’s get real—I was so infatuated that I threw all logic to the wind. When I stepped onto the jet bridge to board my flight from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, I was sure that I’d return home to him in December happier, stronger, and more devoted than ever....