We are often quick to dismiss the importance of experimentation and failure.
What does it mean to be successful at Columbia? Does success have the same metric for all Columbians? How should we seek success? What is the relationship between success and passion?
Our acceptance letters from Columbia, objectively, made high school a success. Once we step foot on campus, though, we’re little fish in a big pond of straight-A students, club presidents, published researchers, and impossibly popular peers. We spend a lot of time thinking about postcollege success, however you define that, without considering what it means to be successful while we’re at Columbia.
In this week’s Canon, we ask contributors to reflect on Columbia’s definition of success. Is success serving on student council or working a Wall Street internship? Is success getting straight A’s or challenging oneself intellectually with wide-ranging courses?
As we all strive for success in midterms, dress rehearsals, and relationships, it’s important to step back and ask what it is we’re really searching for.
Emma Finder and Dan Garisto
Editorial Page Editors
It's hard to find success in an environment where we're constantly trying to live up to others' expectations.
Success means learning from your mistakes and pursuing goals despite obstacles.
Concrete achievements and awards are easiest to connect to success, but is it the best way to recognize our own and others' accomplishments?