With graduation on the horizon, the Lion reached out to seniors to hear their thoughts. Here is what Kevin–a senior who is graduating from Columbia College with degrees in Mathematics and Music–had to say.
What are you passionate about, and how has Columbia helped you find these passions?
I am passionate about music, especially guitar. Columbia has no doubt provided me with so many opportunities, both to learn the craft of music-making and to showcase it in venues like Carnegie Hall. To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Columbia’s music scene initially, but now I’m really grateful for everything I came across: Arthur Kampela’s guitar/life lessons, Susser’s Ear Training, Milarsky’s Conducting, free concerts at the Italian Academy, and fabulous student performance groups like CCP. Also, being in NYC, I could easily go watch concerts and shows downtown, e.g. at Lincoln Center, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, 92nd Y, or Smalls.
If you could re-experience one thing you did during your time at Columbia, what would it be and why?
Bacchanal, freshman year. I didn’t do much back then.
What is your least favorite thing about humanity?
Tendency to resort to close-mindedness for an easy way out.
If you were a Columbia library, which one would you be and why?
I would be the Music Library. It’s a hidden gem that not many people even know exists. It’s really a hidden gem. Actually.
What advice do you have for the incoming class?
Broaden your horizon! Hanging out with people in fruitful ways will help you, not necessarily spending more hours at Butler.