Big Questions Ep. 33: Columbia

(upbeat jazz music) – I’m Sam Clark with Crimson
Education and we are here at Columbia University
in the city of New York. And we’re here to ask some big questions. Check out this library. It used to be a library but
actually they discovered after they built it that
they hadn’t built it able to hold books so now it’s
an administrative building but it still says The Library
of Columbia University on it. The real library is over here. It’s also a very very beautiful building. (upbeat jazz music) So what is the best thing about Columbia? – It’s like about the
location and the resources at the campus ’cause
it’s located in New York and there are a lot of
exciting things going on like events and student
clubs and activities. – The official answer is the core. – The official answer,
what’s the unofficial answer? – For me, it’s probably JJ’s Place, that’s a 24 hour dining hall
where you can get junk food. – That sounds awesome. – I love the campus, I love the community within the special
interest groups, usually. – It’s a great education,
it’s got a beautiful campus and it’s right in the middle of the city. – I think the best thing is,
the location’s pretty good and having this kind of
campus, good environment within New York City is
a really good experience. – Overall, I like the people here. I think once you come to
Columbia, like your friends, it’s on a different level and
you meet intelligent people and I like to be surrounded
by enlightened people. – Does that include him? – Hmm, partly. (laughs) – And in contrast, what’s the worst thing you’d say about Columbia? – For me, currently, my issue is that there aren’t enough
cubicles to study in. – The elevators, if you
try to take the elevators in the engineering building
which is where I just came from, it takes like 10 minutes,
to go up 10 floors just because it’s so crowded. – It feels like that shouldn’t happen in the engineering building, specifically. – Yeah. (laughs) – They gotta work on that. – I guess the worst thing
is the real big school. So a lot of things you cannot, because there are a lot
of department schools within the school, so, for example, you wanted to attend a career
fair in another school, they don’t allow you to do it. Sometimes you have to
apply for different things and there’s a lot of things going on. You may take a lot of time which it’s just a very simple thing. It would just take five
or 10 minutes, I guess, so that will need several
days to process it. So I thought that’s really bad. – The air of competition you
kinda sense walking around, it’s intimidating sometimes. – I’d say walking, I’m not a walker. – Maybe, firstly traffic ’cause New York Metro is just terrible. – I would say the pretty
professional culture ’cause I feel like at Columbia just because it’s also,
again, in New York City, there’s a lot of pressure
of people getting jobs. Like, I’m a freshman but
I’m attending finance major, already been to a couple
networking events and everything. I just feel like people focus
too much on finding a job rather than just being
in college environment. – And what do you tend
to do on weekends here? – Sometimes, I go to
Soho and do some shopping and foods in New York City is pretty good so I hang out with my
friends and go eating. – Besides study, I’ll
hang out with friends and just find something fun in the city. – Sometimes I go into the city, it’s only like 20, 30 minute subway ride. So, sometimes we’ll go to
museums, we’ll go get dinner. Sometimes, I just stay on campus. There’s definitely some
stuff at night in dorms, in fraternities or just in
various locations off-campus. – Study and then just
hang out with friends. Enjoy myself that way. – Yeah, same thing, jazz
hall, just hang out. – And last question, what did you write your applications essays about? – I think I mostly wrote
about my experience in undergrad ’cause I’m a grad student. Yeah, about my work experience
and what I studied in grad. – I wrote about basically
where I came from. A coastal village in
China, then how I came to, ’cause my grandpa was a carpenter and how that gave me the incentive to learn more about mechanics in general and like how that made
me an engineering major. – Well, I’m a grad student here and I had to write a
statement of purpose about why I wanted to study at the
graduate program that I’m in which is actuarial science. And I basically wrote my essay about how I want to be in
a collaborative community and getting my certifications with people who are all in the same boat, striving towards the same goal. – So, I’m part French but I
went to an American high school and so I kinda wrote about,
the different perspectives that I had on French
culture and French history, and even though I didn’t
necessarily agree with everything that French people had to say about, say like relations with Arab immigrants, I understood where they were coming from. And so I just wrote about
the difference between, but combining American and French culture. – I wrote about my brother and about my relationship with him. – And I wrote it about growing up as a first generation kid in America. – Anything to add? – Roar, Lion, Roar. – Roar, Lion, Roar. – Uh, (stammers) nothing to add. – (laughs) Perfect,
thank you guys so much. (upbeat jazz music) If you like this video
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your dream universities. I’m Sam Clark with Crimson Education. It’s been real, signing off. Ka-Pow! (upbeat jazz music) What, so you’re both engineering students? – Yeah. – That means you don’t have
to do the swimming test, is that right? – Yeah, that’s right. – Do you know the logic behind that and why all the other students
have to do a swimming test? – From what I heard, I think
it’s probably not accurate but like it was during some
sort of nuclear threat period. They want people to be able to swim across the Hudson River
when things happen, so I heard the length you
have to swim to pass the test is close to the width of the Hudson River. That’s what I heard. – But then you don’t have to
do it ’cause you’re engineers. – I heard it’s because yeah,
I heard because engineers, we can build bridges and boats, so we don’t need to
actually pass the swim test because we have better ways to do it. – Perfect, that’s very smart. (upbeat jazz music)

53 thoughts on “Big Questions Ep. 33: Columbia”

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  2. Why don’t you’ll do more LAC’s, almost everything on your channel is about the Top 20 schools. I wish you’d diversify your content more.

  3. I can't believe you guys came to campus and I didn't catch you. I would have loved to be in this interview so badly. I'm glad you finally did Columbia though!

  4. I remember watching these videos during my application process, and, now, a little less than a year later, I’m here at Columbia! It’s so wild how things change and it’s weird watching this from the perspective of a Columbia freshman instead of a high schooler.

  5. Arguably the best university in the United States! With Amazon HQ2 and Google HQ2 coming to NYC I don't see how anyone will be able to compete with Columbia academically speaking. Columbia's already STACKED faculty and student body will become the "murderer's row" of academia with the world's best engineers in its ranks.

  6. I love how their is a lack of African American interviewers🙄 this would’ve been a great opportunity to get our perspective on Columbia especially considering that we are often overlooked. If anyone wants that perspective I currently attend and would be more than happy to inform.

  7. I've watched about 10 of these videos. All are generic, all could be the same school. The students all look the same. Worse, the answers sometimes seem fed. What's the best thing abt this school? "The PEOPLE." What?? The answer should be "The Students." Kids dont say, "The people," unless fed.

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