Today we continue our summer series of school profiles with a closer look into Columbia. Alice Rothman-Hicks, a Veritas Prep SAT 2400 instructor in New York, tells us what she loved about Columbia, and why you might fall in love with the campus too.
1. What is one thing you should see on campus?
The inside of Low Library is a must-see in my opinion. The outside is famous (the steps/columns/etc. – pictured here) but the inside is really gorgeous and could easily be missed since not much happens there outside of administrative stuff. Also, the Butler Stacks – they’re slightly creepy but amazing and make you feel like you’ve entered some other world entirely made of books. Actually, there are a lot of cool reading rooms in Butler, now that I think about it. I guess I have a thing for libraries…
2. What made you choose this school?
I’m from New York and knew I wanted to stay in New York for college, so that was a big part of the decision right there. Also, I was intrigued by the academic rigor of Columbia’s classes and the Core Curriculum. The sense that the students there were brilliant and intellectually engaged at all times really interested me. So I guess the combination of the New York City surroundings and the intellectual rigor of the curriculum is what sold me on Columbia University.
3. What is your favorite spot to eat off campus?
Not really a spot to eat, per se, but there are a few Starbucks locations in the area (on 114th and 110th) that are lovely, and pretty much kept me alive during finals and such. They offer great seating and a good studying environment if you don’t mind some background noise.
4. What else should a visiting student know about your school?
The combination of an Ivy League education with the fact that it is grounded in the greatest city on earth is a pretty great one – but also Columbia is a very particular experience. I’d recommend visiting at least once to be absolutely sure that you know this is a good fit for you. If it is, you’ll be sure to love it!