Columbia University Student Panel

Recorded Tuesday, September 22 at 10:00 PM

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School information

Columbia University

New York, NY

Ask current Columbia students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!

Meet the panelists: Maxine, Sarah, and Michael

Maxine is a senior from Southern California. She is pursuing her Bachelor's in Psychology on the pre-med track. Maxine is a member of the Columbia softball team and a member in the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. After college, she plans on attending medical school and to eventually become a Pediatrician. Aside from business, her pleasures include doing yoga, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Sarah is a senior from East Elmhurst, NY. She is pursuing a major in Political Science with a concentration in Psychology. Sarah is captain of the Women's Varsity Tennis Team, President of Operations for a nonprofit called FAST (Female Athletes Stand Together) and a member of the Finance Committee for Girl Up, a U.N founded initiative on campus. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling with friends, playing with her dog, and having spikeball competitions in Central Park.

Michael is a 2020 graduate from Seattle, Washington. During his time as a student, he studied Economics and Philosophy, spent a year abroad studying PPE at Oxford, and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. Outside of class, Michael worked as a photojournalist for the school newspaper, performed in classical music chamber ensembles, was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Society, and ran a freelance photography business.

School information

Columbia University

New York, NY
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Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
19:43@anonymous:Do you feel that you spend more time focused on your major or exploring new topics? How does the Core curriculum factor into this?
24:30@anonymous:Maxine, I'm from SoCal and I hope to be a pre-med student as well! Can you talk about moving out-of-state and getting used to Columbia especially coming from Cali? Also, what it like as a premed student? Are there lots of opportunities and resources and whats the workload like? Is there grade inflation or deflation?
26:49@anonymous:Sarah and Maxine, what's like to be an athlete in Columbia? How it is to conciliate with your studies?
29:37@anonymous:Do you have any favorite classes or professors at Columbia?
35:27@anonymous:How is the food?
36:33@anonymous: do you have vegan food?
37:44@mariam_kazmi:What did you do in terms of extracurriculars? How did you find your passion and build on it through extracurriculars?
44:16@anonymous:What was your favorite restaurant near campus that you love?
45:20@anonymous:What is something that you wish you knew before coming to Columbia?
46:03@anonymous:Can you travel abroad in Columbia?
47:34@anonymous:is the culture more competitive or collaborative?
50:49@yash_m:what is student life like at Columbia? ex. parties, night life, etc


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