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The Map For My Bladder
May 7th, 2020
Walking around New York City can be stressful. Walking around New York City after drinking a cup of coffee and a glass of juice and a glass of water at breakfast can be very stressful. I have experienced this type of stress, and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone—especially if you are like me and afraid to ask restaurant hostesses, baristas, and store managers to use their restroom...
All is Scary and Bright
May 7th, 2020
I woke up on a hospital gurney three days after Christmas. This was 2018: I was younger (a given) and dumber (another given). I had worn a black dress and heavy eye makeup to go out the night before, which was now horrifically smudged, and the state of my face suggested that I’d taken a narrow strip of sandpaper to it. I came to slowly, with a growing awareness of the heaviness of my limbs, in a ward full of people older and sicker than me. Eyes open, I didn’t move for the next hour or so. I wanted to fade back into oblivion. I knew full well what I, in my lightly blood-spattered black dress, looked like to the elderly man with the fractured arm in the bed next to me...
Student Groups Search for Space on a Crowded Campus. A Recently Open Brownstone is the Answer for One.
February 16th, 2020
Just through the front door of the brownstone at 542 West 114th Street, strings of lights run along the walls of the room on the right, casting a warm glow through the windows and onto the sidewalk below. A print of a Gustav Klimt painting is tacked up above the fireplace, and the room is full of a hodge-podge of furniture. In this front room and throughout the brownstone, residents host club meetings and Friendsgivings, cook alongside each other in the kitchen, and chat over homework. Here, Columbia’s transfer student community has found a home. The residents trade in corridor-style living for a living room shared with neighbors who can relate to their path at Columbia. On a campus where almost every inch of space is claimed before they arrive, here is a house that has been set aside for them—but only for this year...
Happy Future Something
February 11th, 2020
“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” - C.S. Lewis..
Brilliant and Proud: Inside the Student Program Providing Support to LGBTQ Homeless Youth
October 4th, 2019
One day last fall, Jeff walked into Lerner Hall and turned left into Café East, heading past the security desk on the bottom floor, past the neon blue “We Are Columbia” sign, and past the small white tables populated by packs of Columbia and Barnard students. He was here to meet his tutor, and though Columbia’s Morningside campus is contained by just 10 or so city blocks, Jeff had come a long way from home. ..
How to Meet Your Sister
October 4th, 2019
I’m sitting on the couch in the living room next to my older sister. We just met. Her name is Anna. We study each other’s fingers, which are skinny and long, with rounded tops. After a pause, we ask each other about food allergies and lactose intolerance. We’ll ask each other about shared feelings, but that’s later. She asks me if I like purses. She tells me that she has a collection. I’m not much of a purse person. She’s not into wide-leg pants. ..
Meet the High School Student Auditing Your Courses
October 3rd, 2019
Sitting at a rickety white table in Joe with her white earbuds in and her red hair falling over her face as she pores over a neatly organized but well-used notebook, Silvie Schlein looks like any other Barnard student. But Silvie wouldn’t spend her day migrating through campus attending classes, racing to club meetings, and tackling piles of homework in Butler Library. Instead, after attending Introduction to African History in the Diana Center, Silvie leaves the boundaries of Morningside Heights and heads to her home downtown. There, she resumes her day-to-day as a homeschooled high school senior: studying for AP exams, taking online classes, and writing college applications. ..
Columbia Has More Veteran Students Than the Rest of the Ivy League Combined. But How Are Women Vets Getting in the Door?
October 2nd, 2019
While the typical undergraduate can only grasp the Cold War era through textbooks, Rose Gibbs, who graduated from the School of General Studies last spring, has been to the Soviet satellite state of East Germany herself. It was there, almost 40 years ago, that she paid $3 for a full seven-course, soup-to-nuts Russian meal. ..