“It has caught a lot of people by surprise.”
I’m not a senior. But more on that in a bit.
With the semester coming to a close, there are a number of University-sponsored events that you might want to attend. . These include a discussion of the injustices related to the pandemic, a lecture on the foundations of ethical decision-making, or a conversation about queer liberalism and marginal mobility. With these options, you are likely to find something in line with your personal interests that would enrich your understanding of civic responsibility. Take a look at the event descriptions below, and consider transforming your study break into an educational experience....
My roommate’s pepperoncinis spilled all over my fridge. The pungent smell of pickles ruined my safe space, the space where I unwind and cook scallion pancakes, s’mores cookies, or fluffy buttermilk pancakes....
Commencement is in less than 40 days and finals end in fewer than 30 days. Despite this, Columbia has neither delivered on its promise of in-person activities leading up to Commencement, nor has it promised the class of 2021 any sort of in-person celebration once it is safe to do so....
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Content warning: Some aspects of this article discuss thoughts of suicide, death, and eating disorders.
As I return to Columbia from a semester off, I am confronted with the same jarring culture shock I experienced my first year—the experience of existing in a predominately white and wealthy institution while coming from a predominantly Black and poor community. Unlike many of my peers and many Black students who attend Columbia and other elite institutions, I didn’t attend a wealthy and white school nor was I raised in white picket-fenced suburbia. After spending my summer and fall in the predominantly Black and lower-income community of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, I return to Columbia with the same anxiety and feeling of foreignness....
I had just finished packing my bags and was ready to board a plane to New York City. It was mid-August, and I was scrolling through my social media feed, filled with fresh faces that I had followed from the class of 2024 Instagram page. I remember telling myself, “Some of these people might even become your closest friends,” which made me feel excited and nauseated at the same time. Overall, however, I was looking forward to being able to meet these people on campus—in real life—even if it was going to be socially-distanced....