Monday, August 4, 2014

Imagining Life at Columbia

My chaperon Jenny, NeMoW (cohorts and I) are on an Amtrak train traveling back to Providence, RI. This morning, we met Beulah, (who participated in the Ivy League Connection at Columbia Presidential Powers in 2010) for breakfast before our personal tour of Columbia. At the breakfast diner, I had an eggs Benedict and small fresh-squeezed orange juice.
I had the opportunity to sit next to Beulah and ask her questions about Columbia, and living in New York City. First, she explained it was definitely challenging living in New York Freshman year and getting used to the dense space of overcrowded rushing, irritable people on sidewalks and subways trains. Growing up in Richmond, attending Middle College high school and Portola middle school, Beulah shows us that we can achieve our hopes too. Dedication with following your aspirations, will get you far in life, it depends on whether you spot it and take those opportunities. Beulah is a rising senior at Columbia University, and majors in African American Studies and Jazz studies. We spoke on her transition to living so far from her family in California. Learning to get used to the dense populations and rigorous academics took a strain on most of the students. There are so many student resources for almost anything you can think of. When reflecting back on it, they do not have regrets on attending Columbia. as everything became a lesson even outside of their classes, that will prepare them even more for workforce. After breakfast, Beulah gave us a personal tour of Columbia University.  I learned more about Columbia as a university I can live, study and grow in the next four years of furthering my education. Columbia is fifty percent Caucasian and rest of the people is diverse. Columbia has many sources available, such as student clubs and organizations, admittance to Broadway and concert tickets, METs museum. 

Around 11:30 our tour ended, and we thanked Beulah for taking some of her personal time off on a Sunday morning to help us, give us advice, and a personal tour of Columbia. 

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