Congratulations! The world is ready for all the brilliance you have to offer. Don't be afraid to be lost or confused--you have a lot of time to figure it all out. Surround yourself with the people and things that make you come alive--and forget the rest. Before you leave campus, sit on the steps and really soak it all in. Always remember you have a place to call home in the greatest city in the world! Best wishes!
-Namrata Gumaste '14CC
Don't forget that you have the opportunity to create amazing entrepreneurial businesses in this new media world. Don't just think of your career in terms of being someone else's employee or freelancer. You'll have much more freedom, and creative freedom, if you create a company of your own.
-Alex Connock '88JRN
Live the life of the ideas you want to see in the world. You can make a difference and we need your contributions.
-Joseph Alem '06SIPA
Technology is a disruptive force that is impacting all business endeavors. Our next generation of CBS business leaders must embrace technology. Those that don't will become obsolete, like old technology. Those that do will thrive and prosper.
-Michael Oliver Weinberg '98BUS
1.In most, if not all, things, you probably have a "gut" sense of what is the right thing to do. You will probably be most satisfied with your life if you act on that sense.
2.If you live your life the way one or more people want you to live it, you will not probably not be satisfied. It's your life, not theirs. If you don't do what they want, they'll eventually get over it and you will be happier.
-Kenneth Birnbaum '69BUS, '69LAW
Stay in touch with each other. My very best friends are from my Columbia years! Communicate well, encourage yourself and others to think freely, and above all strive to be kind at work, to your friends and family, and also to strangers. Don't be proud or pretend... be humble, generous and real. These are the things that matter in the end.
-Airie Stuart '94SOA
1. Look with suspicion upon unsolicited advice. You will probably get a lot of it in the coming years. It may well be motivated by impulses and aims having little to do with your own best interest. For instance, a middle-aged person may be interested in recapturing, for a moment, his own youth by vicariously connecting with younger generations in the form of advice-giving. Or, he may be attempting to distance himself from the folly of his own youth. Be willing to consider advice, and even to learn from it, but remember that the ultimate goal in life is not to follow others advice but to create your own, to become wise enough to serve as your own best adviser.
2. Do not believe those who say, you are over-thinking it. Most often, what such people mean is:Your thinking is too quick and complex for me. It is very hard to over-think. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we under-think.
3. Be wary of those who say, just trust your gut. There is nothing simple about trusting your gut. To trust your gut, you must first find your gut, which takes time and effort. You must try out your gut, see where it leads you, see to what it tends, see what it favors and what it hates. You must discover what sort of creature your gut is. So, first go seek your gut, study your gut, prove your gut in the archaic sense (look up the archaic meaning of the term, prove if you don't know it), and then decide whether and how to listen to your gut.
4. Learn, if you are able, what fear and anxiety are for you, what they do to you, and how they affect your thoughts and actions. If you can do this, you will have a much better chance of dealing with them in creative and courageous ways. To become familiar with fear and anxiety requires that you probe them, think about them, talk about them, and, sometimes, confront those things that make you the most fearful or anxious.
5. There are a few profound paradoxes that point us toward a richer understanding of the human condition. One paradox is that human lives can be meaningful to persons and yet, in some ultimate sense, the existence of humanity may be meaningless. Another is that when one creates something, one finds what is already there. Find and appreciate the rare, special paradoxes when you can, but beware the temptation to seek refuge in mysteriousness where reason could enlighten you. Many apparent paradoxes are mere confusions. Many people are unable to recognize the genuine paradoxes, so they see false paradoxes everywhere. For example, it is not truly paradoxical to give unsolicited advice to be wary of unsolicited advice: That is merely ironic.
-Matthew Bowker '96CC
1. Regularly set goals for yourself - career, personal, exercise, rest, savings and travel.
2. Treat others outside your fold with gentleness and inclusion.
3. Throughout life, build small social groups where you are a contributor (in some fashion).
4. Seek advice from a knowledgeable, diverse group of people; remain flexible, and amenable to change.
5. Decide to enjoy life on a daily basis.
6. When setbacks occur (such as a personal relation gone south), try to process what is going on now in crisis, as if you are examining this distressing/painful episode from the vantage point of 6 months forward.
7. Document your progression with some text and photos, etc.
-Patrick F. Dolan '78BUS
Continually strive to deliver excellence in your performance. Build and nurture your rolodex; you will need it many times. Don't do anything that would land you on the front page of the WSJ in a negative way. Life is a journey, not a series of goals...Enjoy it!
-Ronald Lefkon '64BUS
As you make your own way in the world remember to have compassion, to be courageous, to trust yourself and go for it. Your path may be straight her winding like mine was. But it's your path and trust that it will take you where you need it to. And most importantly be positive -- cause a positive attitude will take you a long way.
-Maryam Banikarim '89BC, '93BUS, '93SIPA
Congratulations, graduates! You all have very bright futures ahead of you. Hold close these friends and the others you have met and will have met. In the beginning, through it all and at the end, it's all about the loyalty you will demonstrate for each other. That virtue, along with hard work and commitment to your duties, will carry you through! Felicitations again!
-Sohan Dasgupta '07CC
Keep reading! One of the pleasures of taking the Core is that you will re-read your CC and Lit Hum books, and each time you do, something kinetic takes place. The works can take on entirely new meanings. That's how your Columbia education lives on. There's something special about re-reading these classics and discovering something that you didn't notice or realize in the first go-around, or if you are lucky, you learn something about yourself in subsequent readings. Congratulations to the Class of 2017! ROAR!
-Mark Momjian '83CC, '86LAW
Evidencing as is so that one of my most cherished items is my diploma; when I ask fellow alums about experiences at other schools and they say; "it is ie. ok; but its not like Columbia;" that light which has been lit will shine on in you. Let it shine.
-Mark Trop '84LAW
If you wish to build a better world, start building better relationships with your classmates. The world is made by people, and the Columbia students sitting next to you might be the next global leaders. Share your thoughts and you will find your allies.
Aline MacCord, '16SIPA