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Dear Bret Stephens,
Thank you for your non-congratulations to the members of the class of 2012. Since you asked me to, I will indeed spare you self-pity about graduating. And I will tell you why I can spare you:
You wrote that we will be moving in with our parents after graduation. You wrote, based on an experience you once had giving one (1) interview, that knowledge counts, and we, the Class of 2012, don’t even know who the President of the United States was in 1956. You wrote that we’re in worse shape than our peers “in places like Ireland, France, India and Spain,” where people speak several languages—”Unlike you,” you wrote. You wrote that our resumés are endless advertisements for ourselves with things like “internships” and “school papers” (I think you and I may have a different opinion of what a CV is, but I digress). You wrote that our “generation has an especially bad case” of comforming “because your mass conformism is masked by the appearance of mass nonconformism.”
Here is what I have to write to you: More »
Good morning Columbia! Just because this semester will soon be ending does not mean that student life is screeching to a halt. Tonight at 8:00 PM in Roone Arledge will be the 118th Annual Varsity Show.
Read this: Months after the fallout between SEAS faculty and Dean Fenionsky Peña-Mora, many SEAS professors insist that the administration’s efforts will not be able to resolve the conflict. One professor says, ““no matter what the structure, the dean is not good for this school.” [News]
Weather: A windy and cloudy day, with a 56-degree high and 36-degree low.
I was thinking about what advice I should give in this, my last advice column ever (unless, like, Dear Prudence mysteriously vanishes and everyone’s like, “Quick, we’d better get a recent college graduate with minimal blogging and very little life experience!”). And so I was thinking back over the questions that were submitted over the course of the past year. And I realized that the best piece of advice that I can give you—or that anyone can give anyone, for that matter—doesn’t even come from me. More »
After turning her column over to Lanbo for April 1st, Emily is back. She’s glad you all enjoyed the guest blogger (less glad that some of you strongly preferred him to her even though she’s been slaving away over a hot laptop churning out advice like butter for you all year, but she digresses), and reminds you that you can submit questions, comments, concerns, and queries right here. And now, in this weeks’ installment of Just Ask Emily, one reader looks for meaningful relationships with professors, and one looks for a meaningful relationship of another kind.
How do I make more meaningful connections with my professors?
Teacher’s Would-Be Pet More »
Dear Class of 2016,
First of all, congratulations and welcome to Columbia! There are, I am sure, all sorts of statistics and testimonies that say that you’re the strongest class yet (and that I would not get in today if I had to compete with you, but I digress).
I’m graduating in a matter of weeks, so I won’t actually get to meet any of you (my suite may be hosting a couple of you for days on campus, but you guys know what I mean). But, since I’m (among other things, I swear) the advice columnist here on Spectrum, I thought I’d give you a word or two of wisdom before I left.
I thought all day about what those words should say. There’s plenty that I could tell you. I could tell you not to worry that you will hate college if you don’t like Orientation (which was, to this day, the worst week of my college career).
I could tell you that you should not mistake lack of knowledge with want of intelligence. I could tell you what to eat in John Jay Dining Hall. But none of that would mean anything to you just yet. So here is something that hopefully will: More »
As always, we begin by reminding you that you can submit your questions, comments, concerns and queries to Emily right here. And now, in this week’s installment of Just Ask Emily, a reader wants to know about Emily’s present thoughts on the future.
The description next to your face below tells me that you’re graduating. What scares you the most about the future and how do you manage it?
Curious Columbian More »
Welcome back from spring break! As always, we begin by reminding you that you (and you! and you!) can submit your questions, comments, concerns, and queries right here. And now, in this week’s installment of Just Ask Emily, in the spirit of spring, Emily has decided to assure you that she really has thought up answers to all of your questions this semester. Yes. All of them.
Why are you doing this?
Existential Questioner More »
Alright, look. I know this is not the most popular opinion. I know many or most of you will disagree. And that’s fine! That’s good! But there’s a thing or two I’d like to point out about this whole “Class Day speaker” situation, and so I must confess:
I am glad that Bono isn’t our Class Day speaker. More »
As always, we begin by reminding you that you (yes, you) may submit your questions, comments, concerns, and queries to Emily right here. And now, in this week’s installment of Just Ask Emily, one reader wants to know how to get through exam season with both GPA and self-worth intact:
I am really stressed about midterms this year, and I’m worried that that stress will come through in how I interact with other people. How can I get through midterms without being completely miserable?
Stressed about stress More »