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From the Lions Mouth
“People operate in millions of different circles at Columbia. Most social interactions form around shared passions for intellectual exploration, social activism, and living life to the fullest. The nice thing about community at Columbia is that the people that surround you – the people you sit in the library with, the people you rehearse with, the people you order takeout with on a snowy day – all have strong, well-founded opinions and perspectives that challenge you to think outside of your box.”
My Extracurricular Activities
My Columbia Day
  • Attend my Advanced French Grammar and Composition class, where we refine our knowledge of French grammar and work on formal dissertation writing. My professor has a background in anthropology and philosophy, so we read Levi-Strauss's Race et Historie and write about how his critique of ethnocentricity applies to current events.

  • Grab lunch at Dig Inn Seasonal Market using my Columbia Flex dollars. They source local and fresh ingredients, and have incredibly delicious and healthy food (the broccoli is to die for).

  • Attend my Dance Composition class with Tony- and Emmy-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp. We learn all 20 variations of her famous "Fugue." Throughout the class we explore the different ways that dances can transfer from generation to generation, and learn multiple compositional techniques to use in our own choreography.

  • Hold rehearsal for a piece I'm choreographing for Orchesis's Spring Showcase. The piece is a reaction to the injustice and inequality that is so prevalent in our world. The piece includes lots of intense partnering and weight sharing, so my dancers quickly develop trust and a sense of unity.

  • See "Disgraced" on Broadway with a discounted ticket thanks to the Columbia Arts Initiative. The play was written by a Columbia School of the Arts graduate and explores the intersection between religion, race, privilege and identity.