Today I saw one of my friends walking with other people. While he walked, not once did he look up. He walked with his head down, and I could not help but wonder if it was because he is ashamed of himself. He often talks about how he wants to change and be someone else. He wants to do something with his life, but he’s always scared or ashamed of speaking up. I think walking with your head up high is a good way to start………………
theater tickets can be gotten for cheaper than normal NYC prices, but how often does this actually happen. I was also wondering how much living in the city takes away from aspects of a more traditional campus experience - for example, are there many parties on campus, or do people usually just go out to bars and the like? Lastly, I've heard bad things about Columbia professors not caring about students and career advising being not so great. Do you find this to be true? Have you had some
Hey, no problem. I need some distraction. (: As a freshman you’re required to get a meal plan and you have housing on campus, so it’s not that expensive. Now, if you’re into shopping and all of that, money flies. I had a good amount of extra scholarship money my first semester, and I spent it all in a matter of months which forced me to completely stop spending this semester. It’s just a matter of spending wisely. I’m not sure which school you got into, but i’m in the engineering school, which means I rarely find time to explore the city. I really only go out during breaks and sometimes on the weekends for groceries, etc. Columbia has a program called CUArts that offers free admission to almost every NYC museum and discount tickets to concerts/broadway shows. I know this year I got free tickets to see Daniel Radcliffe on “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and “Spiderman” and I got to visit the MoMA. Also, I got discount tickets to see a classical music show at the Lincoln Center. Columbia is great in finding discount tickets.
I’m not much of a party person, but people do tend to do both. A lot of people have fake ID’s and what not. Most of the parties on campus consist of mostly drinking, but there is the occasional fun dancing party.
In terms of professors, it’s just like any other school. Some professors care, others do not. I took classes at UT before coming to Columbia, and I can say that the quality of the education offered here is much better than any state school. The difficulty and competition is insane. Advising is okay. There are a lot of majors and not all the advisors are knowledgeable about every class. Most of the time you have to do your own research with other students. It’s what has become the easiest for me.
I don’t know what your financial aid package is like, but I know that I haven’t had to waste a lot of money or take out any loans. Congrats and I hoped this helped!
Yesterday I watched the documentary, “First Generation”. All I have got to say is that I’m extremely lucky to be where I am now. I could see a little piece of myself reflected in each of the students featured in the film. It was eye opening to see how many students are so much worse than I was. I’m glad I took the time and dedication to do it all right. I could have easily gotten a rejection letter like so many others. I thank Columbia for seeing something in me…. http://firstgenerationfilm.com/
There’s a lot of people that claim to have “class”. I guess everyone has their own idealized images of themselves… yet I really don’t find it classy when people say they are “classy” but still end up getting into millions of cat fights… then they post indirect stuff on other sites about the people they’re fighting with. There’s a couple people that I’ve noticed do this on FB all the time. It’s kind of annoying. I don’t care about your personal bitch problems. Keep them to yourself… that’s much more classy. When you don’t acknowledge them they will just go away…….
I haven’t taken the time to appreciate what has happened within the last week. Just two weeks ago I was depressed from all these sudden deaths, and then completely bummed out because of my midterms. However, it all seemed to get much better this past weekend. My birthday came up, and I was very excited to go out to dinner with my friends. We ended up going to Little Italy, and I didn’t pay for anything. It was the first time since coming here that I realized how much of a bond I’ve created with some people here, even though sometimes I feel like I’m alone. I was disappointed when I found out that the bill wasn’t split fairly…. Also, the plan was to visit Top of the Rock afterwards; however, one of us didn’t have enough money for that… which I don’t understand. If you knew we were going to top of the rock, why come along in the first place and ruin it for the rest?
Before leaving, I found out that I got matched with an INROADS internships at Pfizer… PFIZER!!! :DDD It’s like the largest pharmaceutical company in America. I couldn’t stop smiling of excitement and joy. Now, I’m still in the process of getting the internship, but even if I didn’t get it for whatever reason, the fact that they showed interest in me is overwhelming.
The weird thing is though, that despite all this, I still felt tired. So tired of not sleeping in three days, my head hurt… and I slept, I think. But it was still there. I think I’m no longer cut out for all nighters…. Yet, I didn’t let any of this put me down. It made me go back to last years birthday….
Last March 30th, when I was turning 18, I received my acceptance letter to Columbia. I remember being so nervous throughout the entire day. How could I possibly enjoy my day when I knew my future was on the line. It’s been a year and a couple of days since then, and I’ve been through so much since.
I’ve met some awesome people, and seen things I would have never been able to see back in Brownsville. I can only look forward for what is to come in the next three years. Hoorahhh!
has been one of the worst and one of the best weeks since coming to Columbia.
I got to go and see Phantom of the Opera, found out I aced my midterm, had several classes shortened, completed my homework’s, got tickets to see America’s Got Talent auditions on April 12th, AND i LOVED the Hunger Games midnight premiere….
Two relationships, of which I could really care less about, ended. It’s not the people I care about, it’s the fact that it could so easily happen to me as well….. My Music Hum. professor went on medical leave due to multiple myeloma on Tuesday. (I looked up the prognosis, no known cure.) My Mech. Eng. Lab professor went on medical leave for an unknown disease on Thursday. My friend’s mother back home perished to breast cancer.
Yet despite all this, I don’t feel terrible or wonderful. I just think it makes me appreciate what I have so much more. My parents are fine and healthy, but anything could happen at any moment. It saddens me to think something could happen to my family with me being thousands of miles away……. I know these things happen all the time, but I feel like, maybe, I’m noticing it for the first time?
As I was exiting my Music Humanities class today, I looked at the trash can for some reason, and I saw a rose sticking out from all the trash. It was so beautiful, and I only saw it for a brief second because I was in a hurry to go to work. It made me… sad, to see it in the trash can. What a wasted beauty… If I would have had the time, I would have gone back for it… I would definitely appreciate it…….
An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
But yesterday and today I’ve felt so alone. I want to curl up into a ball and just sleep most of the time. I haven’t even been able to get work done. I think it’s this whole valentine’s day thing and realizing I’ll be alone.
Or i’m just hormonal because I’m on my period… -.-“
for this coming week have been shattered. I had purchased a whole bunch of new nail stuff so that I could start making pretty little designs on my nails and whatnot, and today I found out that my black leather china glaze nail polish is missing…. I can’t do anything that I wanted to do now! :c I need them for cookie monster’s and pikachu’s eyes! D: I think I’m just going to have to buy an OPI Black from Ricky’s. :c Oh well. Yes, I’m being dramatic but I don’t give a faaaaack. <3
I can’t believe I have to take so many classes!!! It sometimes bothers me when I hear other people have to take like half the amount of classes (maybe i’m exaggerating a little, more like 2/3), but still! I should have taken on a larger course load last semester. Now, I feel like I’ll be living in Butler for the rest of my undergraduate life…
Chem. lab takes up so much time, it should definitely be worth more than the actual class. -.- It’s one of the classes that I think I’ll love to hate but hate to love. I like doing the experience and what not, but the lab reports, and pre labs… What is the point of buying the book if you can’t even use it during lab…? -.-“
Chem II is okay so far. We haven’t had any exams, but I don’t feel like we’ve covered hard material yet. My TA seems nice as well, but her quizzes are a little harder than I expected, but whatever. We’ll see how it goes, since TAs are supposed to “normalize” quizzes. I did okay on the first one though.
Calc II will be tough for sure. I’ve always been horrible with trigonometric substitution and what not, and I always make the dumbest mistakes! Besides, he gives us harder problems in the homework than in class. I used to enjoy partial fractions, but now I think.. not so much. What sucks the most, is that I can’t even attend calc. II tutoring because I have lab at that hour!
Surprisingly, music humanities has been easier than I expected. We’ve only had two… tasks? I won’t even call them assignments. I’m happy for now, but I know that this means that we’ll have a major assignment that I’ll be completely clueless about because I am not a musician…
Physics II is going okay for now. I’ve gotten behind with one homework assignment, but they aren’t even graded, so it’s a little difficult to motivate myself to do it with all the other work I have. The lecture is actually very fun, which I’m very surprised to admit. Hughes is very lively and enthusiastic, but I’m terrified for the first midterm. I’m not sure what to expect, even though they’re not supposed to be too bad. I should really get to knowing Gauss Law a little better.
Gateway will also begin to take up more time. I have no clue how to program with MATLAB AND very little interest in solar panels, but there was no more space in my schedule. :c I’m currently in gateway lecture with Vallancourt.. I’m sure his intensions are good.
On top of that, I still have to go to work and lab. Work is nice, I get to do my homework, or prepare for class most of the time. Yesterday, while at work, I started to look for upcoming concerts and realized that Florence is coming in May to NYC, and the tickets aren’t even that expensive! the horrible thing is that the concert is during finals week! FML!!! I probably won’t go… but we’ll see if I can convince someone to go with me. :P
I feel like I’m not performing as I should in lab. I keep messing up, and I feel like my credentials are slowly fading. I have learned some things, but progress is slow since I barely go in because of my schedule. Thankfully, my mentor is patient with me… for now…
I’m not pretending to be a writer or will never pretend to be one. This is simply a summary of what my first semester at Columbia has been like. There were goods and bads, but the good overcomes the bad in my case. After three months living in NYC I feel like I’ve grown not only intellectually but as an individual as well. I’ve learned to be, for the most part, independent and responsible. I went through some tough times, but I always had my friends to back me up when I needed it the most. So here goes a random rant as I head home on the airplane-
I’ve always thought that starting off with the bad is the best. It’s the best way to just get things over with. Besides, the good usually ends up compensating for all the previous “bad” things. Anyway, for the most part, there weren’t any “bad” situations. Most were unavoidable… I still remember telling my dear aunt Rosita (RIP) that I would go see her as soon as I returned home. I visited her the weekend before leaving. Plagued with cancer for 17 years, she was finally approaching the end; the doctors gave her only six months, it was her third. I hoped that I’d be back in time, and I now feel selfish knowing that I took visiting her again for granted. I guess I didn’t really understand the gravity of the situation, but my aunt died exactly six days ago. It was the worst day possible, the morning before finals, the day when I had to focus the most…
I woke up to my sister’s ringtone, thinking, “what can she possibly want,” only to hear her telling me my aunt was gone. It was such a shock; I really did not react for a couple of minutes. On one hand, I felt like I had to mourn for her, she was the closest person I had for a grandmother, and I hadn’t even been there to say goodbye. I remember tearing up for a couple of minutes, and then sucking it up to begin the day. I didn’t sleep for the next sixty hours, but now that I think about it, it wasn’t because I had three finals for the next three days… it was because I did not want to find myself alone thinking about her death. I was, for the most part, surrounded by my friends, and I wasn’t able to mourn her death until after finals. Now, as I head home, I can’t fill the hole that I have in my stomach, but I’m hoping my family will help me get through this in the next couple of weeks.
On another not so serious note, what else did I not like about this semester…? I admit it was hard getting accustomed to the new style of living, but I’m sure it was like this for everyone. I always knew, but didn’t realize, just how much time I’d have to dedicate to school. I’m sure my ASP buddies are still tired of listening to me whine about UT’s educational system, but, I think that sticking to Columbia will definitely benefit me the best in the future. I learned to appreciate the test scores I get, and for the first time ever, I DEPENDED on the curve. It’s a nice life lesson I guess. It’s nice to be challenged, but I learned that no matter how well or bad you do in something, there will always be that one person who tried harder, or didn’t do anything at all. Just focus on your stuff and you’ll do just fine.
Now for the good! J Well I could probably write another 600 words times two, but there really is no reason to. I love my ASP family, especially those that I’ve become attached to: Boucard, Chris, Darson, Siggles, Tyneshita… We’ve spent countless evenings studying together (how boring and uneventful), but in some occasions we’ve also been out to explore the city. Time Square, Chinatown, Midtown, Downtown, the Bronx! And there are still places we haven’t yet explored. I love my intended major, for now at least. I’ve learned to love my grades and effort. I’ve tried to not be so judgmental (t’s not working very well yet), and I’ve tried to lighten up a bit sometimes. Sometimes I might be a complete bitch, but I apologize.
Anyway, the juice cart is here! So that’s it for now. Remember to enjoy and cherish the three weeks you will be at home, if you are, and if you’re staying on campus; use your time to explore! If you’re religious, woo for baby Jesus! Sorry for my grammatical errors and horrible word choice. Remember, I’m a bilingual student in SEAS! :P Yummy orange juice! Toodles! <3