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Kunal K.

From the Lions Mouth
“New York City is an amazing place to be a student because of the ways in which the city complements and enhances your educational experience. With the city at your fingertips, you have the chance to visit museums for free with your student ID, and have the opportunity to look at paintings, listen to concerts, and watch plays that you could be studying in your classes! I remember last year I went to see King Lear while we were reading it in Literature Humanities, and I was able to bring back that experience to our discussion in the classroom. NYC is a place that will never stop surprising you. I have been able to go see The Daily Show after class, camp out for SNL tickets, and spend relaxing Saturday afternoons in Central Park. From Columbia you can take the #1 train to explore so many different areas of the city and see things you would have never known are so nearby. If you are at all adventurous, New York City is the place to be as a student.”
My Columbia Day
  • Grab a quick lunch from Milano Market, which is conveniently located next to my dorm, McBain, and has a great selection of sandwiches and salads.

  • Head off to Fundamentals of Computer Systems, taught by Professor Martha Kim. This class demystifies the hardware behind computers, helping me better understand the building blocks of computational logic. 

  • Learn about the C programming language in Advanced Programming, a class taught by Professor Jae Lee. In this class I am learning how to think like a programmer and pulling back the curtain of abstraction around programming to see what being a computer scientist is really all about.

  • Have rehearsal with Uptown Vocal, Columbia’s premier jazz a cappella group. We not only perform our jazzy harmonies on Columbia’s campus, but we also are able to make the most of the jazz venues downtown as a benefit of living in New York City.

  • Go to practice with Columbia Bhangra, a competitive bhangra dance team, a style native to the Punjab region in India. With CU Bhangra I am able to travel to perform in competitions in Boston, Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

  • Grab some cookies at Cookies and Code with Application Development Initiative, a student group that has helped me grow as a programmer and developer. Cookies and Code is a great way for me to eat delicious treats, meet others who are passionate about development and design projects, and share some of my own ideas as well!