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From the Lions Mouth
“One of my first professors recommended a lighter courseload for my first semester in order to better experience Columbia’s campus and New York City. I was really glad I listened to this advice because it helped me adjust to Columbia, and then I was able to focus my second semester on taking advantage of activities and internship opportunities.”
My Columbia Day
  • Attend Music Humanities. As a music student, I am enthusiastic about the material we discuss. One assignment even asked us to write a paper about our favorite song – one of the coolest assignments ever!

  • Meet with an adviser in the Office of Global Programs. I studied abroad in Italy the summer after my first year based on a suggestion from my professor, and I am hoping to go to China in the near future!

  • Go to my Comparative Literature seminar. A paper from this class – where I couldn’t find much scholarly research in the field – has led me to conduct independent research. I’m looking at the intertextuality of the novel Frankenstein

  • Head down to P.S. 145 to teach guitar lessons to students as part of the Musical Mentors Collaborative. It’s a great way to get off-campus and to continue my passions for music!

  • Meet with members from other literary publications on campus (including the Columbia Review, Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, Writers House, and my organization, Columbia New Poetry) to discuss a future collaborative open mic program. Last semester, we held an event called “the League of Extraordinary Litérrateurs,” which celebrated our publications and included readings of poetry, fiction and even haikus. It was a great opportunity to celebrate literature on campus.