Study hard and well, but become a New Yorker. Jump full force into the cultural life of one of the world’s greatest cities. Wake up early and study; attend your classes and then indulge your cultural interests late into the night. Forget a good night’s sleep; it’s a waste of your youth. Be true to yourself in private and public life.
Furthermore, always be aware that Columbia offers one of the finest educational experiences in the world and, if you dig deep, you’ll connect with some of the greatest minds anywhere to be found. Talk you way into any course that truly interests you, graduate courses can be open to everyone; don’t forget that. It served me well and I am forever grateful.
- Andrew Chase