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Matthew J.

From the Lions Mouth: 
“One night when I was studying abroad in Paris, I had a picnic with both Columbia and Parisian friends overlooking the Academie Française, where we spoke French the whole night. It was an everyday moment that really connected me to France and to my semester abroad.”
My Columbia Day: 
  • 10:00 a.m.

    Meet with Columbia/Barnard Hillel Executive Board. One of my proudest leadership moments was helping to make the Hillel building even more welcoming for all community members, regardless of denominational or religious affiliation. Hillel has also helped me find a spark of political activism, one famous Columbia quality that I had never expected myself to embody.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    Go to Contemporary Civilization with Professor Adam Kosto. When I met with him as a first-year, he took a vested interest in my interests and academic plans

  • 1:10 p.m.

    Discuss paintings from the 18th and 19th century in Arts of Japan, an Art History department course.

  • 4:00 p.m.

    Take a call from the SLCE Architects firm where I’m interning this coming summer. I’m excited to learn some of the nuances of the field for my future career, plus I’ll be able to stay in New York City.

  • 5:40 p.m.

    Hear about how the brain processes language acquisition in The Science of Psychology.

  • 7:00 p.m.

    Have an editorial meeting for NOW!HERE, the Columbia Journal of World Travel. As the study abroad editor, I have learned and shared the inside scoop on the many opportunities Columbians have to explore the world.