Category: First Year

Photo by Aaron Appelle (CC '18)

Photo by Aaron Appelle (SEAS ’18)

Welcome to Columbia!  On behalf of everyone here, The Lion team would like to be one of the first to congratulate you for your achievements and welcome you to the Columbia community.

As you prepare for your arrival, our team went out and polled students from a variety of academic years and backgrounds in a series of upcoming posts asking them questions about Columbia that they wish they knew before arriving on campus. Our goal for this series is to provide you with an accurate understanding of what to expect when you join us on campus.

In this community editorial, we asked students: “What are things you wished you knew about Columbia before arriving?”

*Note: We chose not to edit these quotes nor filter out “problematic” ones. The Lion does not endorse any of these, but hopes to show initial thoughts of current students and alumni.

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Starting on Monday, first-year students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering will have the ability to “shadow” declare majors. While this will not officially place students in a major, it will allow students to be automatically enrolled into department listservs to gain access to department updates.

In a Facebook post from CCSC 2019 President, Josh Schenk:

This Monday, Dean Plaa from advising will be sending us all an email with the tool to shadow declare, or “fake” declare, your major! It will take you no more than 20 seconds. Doing this will give you access to all of the same opportunities current declared majors have. You are not held to any major you select; you will just be added to the major list serves to learn about faculty, events, recommended classes, and opportunities in your given interest categories. The tool will close on February 29th, the last day of the month.

We have reached out to Dean Plaa and the Center for Student Advising for more information.

Lion Guides: Literature Humanities Review

We here at the Lion understand that this is a hectic week for you leading up to Fall Break. Two or three midterms? A couple of papers? We truly feel your struggle. Thus, to take a little load off your shoulders and maybe grant you an extra hour or so of sleep, we took the liberty of compiling various study guides filled with A1 content. Hopefully, this will make your cramming a breeze (like the one Iphigenia was sacrificed for). Good luck: may the odds be ever in your favor.

The Lion team would like to credit Ryan Mandelbaum for putting together this comprehensive review guide.

 

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Looking over your schedule, but confused as to where your class is? To make the process of finding your classes easier, check out the guide below for decoding Columbia’s building abbreviations.

Refer to this map provided by the University for directions to each academic building.

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Since its your first day experiencing a Columbia dining hall, namely the lack of space in Ferris, The Lion has compiled a guide to the dining halls. Take a peak into the many dining options that Columbia has to offer. 

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