Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)
With a splash of debate on the thematic implications of Macbeth, a brushstroke of philosophy with Symposium, and an outline curiosity about the historical effects of war on LGBTQ+ rights, the fractured palette of my disparate fascination in the humanities would always find itself conflicting with my passion for STEM: my canvas a chaotic concoction of clashing colours. But at Columbia, with one foot soaring mid-air, exploring Contemporary Civilisation in the humanities core and another anchored in the multivariable-calculus in the technical Core, I’ll find my masterpiece.
Between researching the usage of NLP in humanitarian and disaster relief under the formidable Dr. McKeown and Dr. Hirshberg, striving to reduce the gender disparity in CS by pioneering the work of ESP and organising networking events an attempt to learn from and with the brilliant women of CU WiCS, I’ll find my inspiration.
Between debating multiple focalisation in Woolf’s works under Dr. Brassel and brainstorming political applications of AI in COMSW3139; between singing along to the Concert on the Steps and taking 59th Street during the Women’s March; between researching dark matter at VERITAS and being inspired by provocative discussions on Women Inventors at StartupColumbia: in the diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and possibilities grounded in the very ethos of Columbia, I’ll find my symphony.
Amidst learning from and with the discordant perspectives of the Columbia Debate Society and contemplating the mechanics of our free-floating robots at RoAR with my fellow Lions; between my belief in integrity manifesting itself as digitising the Policy committee Project Tracker on ESC and penning an article for The Columbia Lion; between serving as an alumni mentor for STEP and curating TEDxColumbiaUniversity to highlight path-breaking ideas worth spreading, I’ll find my community.
Somewhere between the Eesha that was and the one that will become, I’ll find myself.Published in