Should not be named

I find the NYU inferiority complex regarding Columbia pretty funny. It’s never referred to directly, instead as “that place uptown”. Just like Lord Voldemort! NYU, take some pride and call it what it is. Samsung does something similar in relation to Apple and it’s not a strong move against a competitor.

Blue CGL speech

Hi Blue Core Group! I haven’t had the pleasure of speaking one-on-one with everyone here yet. But based on those I’ve met so far, we have a group of incredibly bright, talented, and motivated individuals. Although we come from a diverse set of backgrounds, we all share the ambition and drive to go through business school while working full-time in order to get to the next stage of our professional development. I think it would be an amazing honor to represent you as a Core Group Leader.

I have some personal experience leading organizations. I am currently a chair of the Columbia University Club’s Young Alumni Committee which is responsible for acquisition and retention of the young alumni population. I know what it’s like to be the voice for a diverse mix of individuals, representing their interests to a wider community. This involves planning and running events, regular meetings and communication to get the pulse of our members, and acting as an intermediary between them and other stakeholders including board members and general administration. I’ve done similar work having been elected as President of my previous company’s Toastmasters group and founded a completely new Toastmasters club with over 30 members at my current company. If elected, I’ll use this experience for your benefit, to make sure that your needs are being met as a member of the Langone program. One of my personal passions is building deeper and stronger communities through shared interests. As we embark on our academic journey together, I hope to be able to do the same for you here!

Speech 10: Inspiration

It started with the picture.

A picture says a thousand words, as the saying goes, but the first time I saw it it was like reading those words in the form of Egyptian hieroglpyhs. It was a grainy rounded white shape on a black background and I didn’t know what it meant. My sister had sent the picture in a text message to me along with her husband’s brother and sister. I tapped on the image and flipped my phone into portrait mode to make it fill up the screen. Gradually it dawned on me that the image resembled an X-ray. I noticed my sister’s name in tiny white letters in the corner. I continued to stare at the picture for a few moments in shock and disbelief before it hit me. This was a sonogram and a new member of my family was coming into this world.

1. Look at the world with a fresh pair of eyes

2. Anything worth doing is worth doing well

3. You have to learn how to crawl before you learn how to walk

4. Don’t assume that your intentions are clear – make sure

5. Treat the people who you care about with unconditional love

6. Life is short, times passes quickly, so treasure all the moments in between – babies won’t always be babies

This device

I sometimes feel like I rely on it way too much in the functioning of daily life. Whip it out frequently as a crutch to look and act busy. It’s so easy not to be bored or unoccupied anymore, but is that a good thing or have we permanently lost the ability to experience moments of introspection?