AHHH omg I just realized I have two little minions mentees. They’re Facebook and text messaging me questions about class registration and I have this maternal instinct to show up to their dorm the first week of classes with brownies, a campus map, and some vodka. My babies are growing up c: 


What I learned from this text: Fuck, Fuck, Fuck, Fuck, Fuck…


What I learned from this text: Fuck, Fuck, Fuck, Fuck, Fuck…

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I lost it at the “truncated periodic table” not gonna lie.

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One day, college-advice, barnardbaby, and myself should get together and compare weird messages we’ve received on our advice blogs. Like. Wow. I can’t.

Can we plz. I just got a slew asking what it’s like to be dating a professor at Columbz. Excuse me — what

Anonymous said: Hi there! I'm going to start attending Columbia this fall, and one thing I'm worried about is the gym situation. I really love working out and sort of have an obsession. I also have heard multiple times that the gym at Columbia (Dodge) isn't exactly the greatest. If i got a gym membership in, lets say, the Upper West Side, would it be a hassle for me to get there every other day? Will classes suffocate me so much that I won't leave campus? I'm really worried, advice would be appreciated!

Nah, the gym isn’t too bad. Sometimes it smells, is crowded, and loses service (since it’s underground). I would say — try the Dodge gym for the first half of the semester, but also investigate other smaller-gyms around the dorms. Even though I lived in John Jay, I would go to the mini-gym in the basement of Carman; it only had 2 treadmills and 2 ellipticals, but there was at least one always open when I went. (Plus, it helps in the gym when you don’t want to wear work out clothes underneath three sweaters and a coat across campus.) 

If that doesn’t work, then I would consider venturing off-campus. But also, how sucky would it be to wear work out clothes underneath three sweaters and a coat across the Upper West Side? 

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Anonymous said: I don't have the best of grades, but I would love to be accepted into a prestigious school like you do. I understand personality is a large determining factor, but what else helps? X

Passion — for learning, academia, your activities, and, at Columbia, New York City. 

Anonymous said: Hey there! Hope you're having a nice boring/afternoon/evening. I was wondering what the greek system is like at Columbia compared to other school, specifically big state schools.

It’s not particularly huge like you would see at some of the state schools (University of Florida, Ohio State, etc.); but it is growing. We’ve had a new slew of sororities this past year, with a lot of rushers/rushees (I never know what to call them) and offers. I would say it’s becoming bigger on campus, but it’ll no way take off the school’s social scene. Yeah, the frats/sors have parties on the weekends, some exclusive, some not, but it’s there if you want it, and not there if you don’t.

Anonymous said: I'm not sure if you can help but I wasn't sure who to ask lol I used to be premed and currently majoring in bio but I've decided I don't want to do premed anymore and now interested in the business/management side of healthcare. I'm minoring in business but I've heard minors are useless? Should I just change my major to business?

Nah, minors aren’t useless! Whatever you don’t take seriously and won’t be applicable to your future is useless. If you want to do the major, do it. You’ll take more classes in business and probably learn more than you would if you only did the minor.

In this world, we could use more empathetic businessmen (and women). 

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Anonymous said: I'm coming to Columbia in a month as a freshman. What can i realistically expect from NSOP socially (hookup and party wise?)


Meanwhile, me: 

Anonymous said: what does one major in if they want to work for a company and plan the company's events and work at the company's events?

PR (public relations), all the way, man.

But a lot of dumb people say that it’s a “dumb major” and who knows, in 10 years, it might be ruled irrelevant. 

My advice? Major in what you want, but focus on doing internships at different companies’ PR offices. Every company has PR needs, especially now that so many customers/clients are dependent on the combination of digital and word-of-mouth referrals. It would help if you sat down and thought of which industries you are most interested in. You could work in fashion, software, finance, or hell - you could start your own PR firm. Here’s a good article from BoF about 3 rising PR firms in London, NYC, and Paris

Anonymous said: Hello! I hail from Toronto. This year, I had heavy extracurriculars and as a result, I didn't do well in my Gr. 11 Functions (Math) Course -I got a 86 in the course. I was wondering if that would significantly harm my chances of acceptance to the ivies (and other top schools) and was looking for some advice to remedy the situation? I was in grade 10 at the time (in a pre-IB program - overall average 94%) and I will be in the IB next year. (if it helps, i got 96s in gr 9 and 10?) Thanks! :)

Nope, just keep up your other hard work!

Anonymous said: Hi, i would be really glad if u wrote something about people at Columbia university. I mean, are they intelligent and well-behaved? Or more like students in American comedies(e.g.21 jump street)?

It’s college …….

Anonymous said: Hey! Thanks so much for running this blog. Could you say anything about work study and how to get campus jobs at Columbia? I'd like to work at a library, but I'm not sorry if that's a totally casual job to get or if I should be running to apply before classes start? Thanks!

I never got the chance to work on-campus, so I only speak from the experience of my friends and my job interviews.

From what I’ve gathered, it’s fairly easy to work an on-campus job. You’ll be assigned to something as mundane as the library or dorm, where you could stack books after they’re checked in or swipe in students; or perhaps something as dynamic as the Call Center, where you’ll get yelled at for asking about donations by Columbz alumz. 

It’s totally a casual job; just set aside perhaps 2-3 full days (usually Fridays, since most students have no Friday classes; and then a second day earlier in the week) for the job, and, once classes start, go here for work-study jobs (if you’re eligible) or here to look at LionShare and to contact departments directly. 

explorez said: Hey, I'm an international student (from New Zealand) and my top schools are NYU and Columbia. However, I'm trying to decide which one to apply early decision to, and the main factor influencing this is the amount of financial aid or scholarships that the schools will give to international students as studying overseas is very expensive. Would you be able to give a comparison? I am a good student - 4.0 GPA, 2270 SAT and lots of extra-curricular activities but I need financial support. Thanks!! :)

Because I’m not an international student, I can’t really provide more than the perspective of a U.S. student; however, I was very passionate about attending college in NYC, so I obviously looked into both schools. Also, while attending Columbz, I also met and made a nice chunk of friends at NYU, including a frequent boyfriend (or something like that). 

I do a full comparison (haha “full”) between the schools here, but I can tell you that NYU is more stingy with financial aid, especially for international studies. 

I recommend applying to both, emphasizing how you would need financial aid to attend either, and see which one bites. 

Anonymous said: do you know anything about the photography classes? are they hard/a heavy load?

I’m majoring in photography!!!!! 

The ones at Columbz are a bit harder than the ones I took in high school. Then again, some of the professors have had their work shown at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, so. That being said, the classes are more intimidating than difficult. You have to grow confident to photograph things that really touch you, which is a personal process; and then, show those photographs to your class (who are, hopefully, doing the same; so that gets easier), and to your professor, who expects to see not only something personal, but also some sort of story — a context — y’know, why is this photo important? Why was it so important you took a photo of it? 

I would say… map out times in your schedule for shooting and darkroom days. The class is broken up so one day of the week is spent in a class, critiquing photos, and the other day is in the darkroom, so you automatically need time to shoot things. On top of it, you’ll need additional time in the darkroom if you’ve never learned how to roll, process film, or use the enlarger. 

If you’re interested in taking Photography 1, and have no experience, take it in the fall. When it’s winter, you don’t want to go outside when its snowing to shoot things because a) it’s mo’foing cold and b) the photos won’t come out as good with so little sun. 

Also, if you don’t get “officially” “registered” on “SSOL,” just go to the class and emphasize that you need this class.