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Marybeth S.

From the Lions Mouth: 
“Fall break coincides with Election Day every year--for a purpose. I love that Columbia has a holiday on this weekend not just for its employees and their own voting rights but so students can become politically engaged. Columbia wants to help its students engage not just with ideas but also with the outside world so they can become effective intellectuals. That's what I love most about this tradition and this school: it cultivates active nerds.”
My Columbia Day: 
  • 9:10 a.m.

    Start my day conjugating verbs in Beginning German II, one of many languages I’ve studied at Columbia.

  • 1:10 p.m.

    Enhance my skills in Intermediate Swahili II. I lived in East Africa for a short time before coming to Columbia, so it was great to dive into this language my first semester.

  • 4:00 p.m.

    Attend Languages of America, a course where I get to apply themes about identity from the Core (especially Contemporary Civilization) to my love of language. The discussions are always heated and revelatory!

  • 6:00 p.m.

    Have dinner with friends from the Linguistics Society in Lerner, where we talk about language (we cover at least 25 languages from all inhabited continents) and end our talk with some amazing frozen yogurt (that beats out Pinkberry) from Café East.

  • 9:00 p.m.

    Meet with the Columbia Democrats, where I serve as Lead Activist. My involvement with the Dems has given me an incredible view into the life of a political organizer. I’ve helped plan campaign trips to engage with the world at large.