Leo Schwartz is a Columbia College senior majoring in political science and Latin American studies. Rationalizing the Irrational runs alternate Mondays.
Leo Schwartz reflects on the Core, thoughts that transcend time, and the universality of the Columbia and human experiences.
Leo Schwartz thinks about his past few years writing for Spec, and the selfish nature of the column as a project.
Leo Schwartz on embracing the unoriginal New York experience—loving, and hating it.
In today's TV, we can pretend to be consumers of the thought-provoking.
We need to avoid self-destructive coping mechanisms as we approach graduation.
If we remove people from our discussion by preventing them from joining our arguments, we commit an injustice to ourselves.
As we come of age, we realize that our experiences aren't as novel as we may have once felt. True meaning in life comes from our relationships.
There's got to be more to post-grad life than being part of the 87 percent of people who are unfulfilled in a boring job.
We compromise our young ideals by settling for routine in an unfulfilling post-graduate life.
Our identity is influenced by many factors, not always apparent on the surface.
Our identities should not restrict our ability to participate in campus discourse.
We may all be a little more privileged than we think.
College is a concentrated experience where we spend every moment together, and everyone is looking for the same escape from the loneliness of transition.
The endless tortures leading up to graduation are a tragic fact of senior life.
Absence makes the heart fonder, fostering appreciation through perspective.
We need to gain perspective to truly appreciate other cultures.
A clear night sky conveys the impossibility of infinity that is both humbling and terrifying.
Getting outside our comfort zone makes us appreciate everyday moments more.
Taking a trip out of the ordered and familiar is something we all need to do.
Welcoming the unfamiliar
Reflections on reflections.
How important is it really to sail uncharted waters?
The state of limbo between existentialism and productivity for Columbia students.
What we can do to help allieve our financial burdens in paying our tuition.
Social networking has changed the way students interact with their friends and acquaintances.
Figuring out our existential crisises begins with self-reflection.
The learning we do outside of class may be the learning that matters.
None of us should have to play the "I am fine" game.
Our generation needs a voice.
Columbia culture forces us to give up self-fulfillment.
Let's not look to online comment boards as representations of campus views.
We need the moderate voice when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In defense of political incorrectness.
We need to look at issues for their reason—not for their espousal of faith.
Growing up is hard to define, but college is part of the process.