Former Speccies share their experiences and thoughts before graduation. Check out our four final senior installments for May 16 featuring two columns by the editor in chief and managing editor of the 138th managing board.
In his column, Luke Foster contemplates the implications behind graduation on both old and new friendships.
Columbia’s Core Curriculum solves the meaning of life.
I’m impressed by how regularly life shifts and things end. College lends itself to that, as each semester to some degree changes whom I see, what I do, and how often. And if someone wasn’t graduating, taking leave, or transferring, then I was the one moving away from friends.
Columbia’s aggressive social activist atmosphere makes it hard for low-income students to become involved, because the inability to commit large chunks of time to activism is seen as an act of selfishness or apathy, rather than of circumstance.
Is it so wrong to feel pride and gratitude in our Ivy League status even if parts of it make us uncomfortable? Is it wrong to use it for our gain? Are we hypocrites if we emblazon our résumés with our allegiance to “Columbia University,” but shun negative associations with the Ivy League?
Instead of being tied to an implicit judgement of my ability, help has been offered simply as the most obvious solution to an unresolved need. “Of course I will help you,” a friend once told me — we are part of the same team.
In this week’s column, AJ Stoughton argues that Medea’s place in the Core Curriculum forces Columbia students to engage in critical feminist thought.
The Columbia Karl dreamed of attending was markedly different from the Columbia Karl actually attended.