Student Stories

Xi Bovell

“Find the courage to reach out to people... Everyone around you is a human, and humans have empathy and can understand how others feel.”

Andy Zhao CC'20

Andy Zhao CC’20

Joi Anderson SEAS'18

Joi Anderson SEAS18

Michelle Page GS’19

Michelle Page GS’19

Siddharth Singh CC'20

Siddharth Singh CC’20

Amaris Benavidez

Finding Your Groove

“We all live, learn and grow together, and the onus is on all of you to support each other as you go through this journey.”

Amaris Benavidez SEAS19

Pawel Maslag

The Importance of Being Open to Change

“I had to adapt really quickly to find different people on campus whether it be friends, or just learning how to talk to a professor.”

Pawel Maslag GS’18

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Supportive Friends and Career Reconstruction

“They are so supportive in offering a sense of stability, and sort of a rock on which to lean through troublesome times and times where I'm feeling a little anxious about being here at Columbia.”

—Lisa Davis GS’23

I think it’s incredible that the program here at Columbia and the wonderful staff provide students with opportunities to share their work and form a community. 

Alex Zhang CC’20

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Finding Where You Belong

They're always my support channels and they've been so helpful through everything, really making me feel like Columbia is a place where I belong.

—Nicki Felmus CC’18

Asher Goldfinger

Focusing on the Journey

“Attending college is about putting oneself out there, risking absurdity, trying new experiences and sharing life’s struggles, among other things (like the academic part).”

—Asher Goldfinger SEAS’19