The General View

The General View

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February 2017

Eric Drath was heading to indoor lacrosse practice in the old Ferris Booth Hall when he made a wrong turn into WKCR, Columbia University’s student-run radio station. This serendipitous misstep evolved into a prolific career as a writer, producer, and director, garnering him two Emmy Awards in recognition of his excellence in the television industry. 

February 2017

As a new alumnus in 2005, Richard M. Space, Jr., known as Richie to friends and family, felt disconnected. Introductions to previous graduates of Columbia University School of General Studies were few, meaning that current students and new graduates like himself had a tenuous connection to the existing General Studies alumni network. 

February 2017

Growing up in rural Tennessee as the child of parents who were mentally ill and substance abusers, Elizabeth Ross’s prospects were bleak. Yet through pure determination, the support of her partner, and inspiration from her two children, she graduated from Columbia in May. 

February 2017

“I have always been brave and lucky,” remarks Ana Maria Szilagyi, describing her circuitous path to the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po. With the opportunity to study in both France and New York, this unique program helps its students to cultivate an international perspective. 

January 19, 2015

At age 90, Miriam Kartch '70, '77GSAS, and '80GSAS accounts her "several lives."

July 5, 2012

Paulo do Nascimento Brito is a top performer, in more ways than one.  As both a GS student and a classically trained pianist, his passion for learning becomes clear the instant that he starts talking.

June 7, 2012

Matt Mireles ’08 lives an ambitious life. “I always wanted adventure,” he said. After travelling the country and exploring a number of career paths, Mireles has established himself as a technology startup entrepreneur.

June 7, 2012

Professional surfer, model and philanthropist Will Tant has spent most of his life hitting the waves.  More recently, however, he has been hitting the books.

March 31, 2010

Ellen Bar, a soloist in the New York City Ballet, is one of the producers and stars of a new film adaptation of Jerome Robbins' NY Export: Opus Jazz.

July 15, 2009 (Originally Posted: June 10, 2007)

School of General Studies student Heather D’Angelo took the academic year off—she was too busy touring the world and recording an album to pursue her interest in astrophysics.

January 5, 2009

Rene received the Roy and Lila Ash Fellowship in Democracy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he has studied the field of microfinance and the operations of distributed service delivery systems, particularly in developing countries.

August 25, 2008

As a high school freshman Thomas Westphal found a calling. “When I was 14,” he said, “I played the lead in my school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie. I wore a gold lamé suit, and all the girls loved me — those on stage at least. That’s when I fell in love with acting.”

August 7, 2008

For years James Braly ’86 was a successful speechwriter for pharmaceutical company executives and motivational speakers who lived in an apartment overlooking Central Park—until he moved into his building’s storage unit in order to devote himself to creative writing full-time.

June 27, 2008

GS student and Program for Academic Leadership and Service (PALS) Scholar, Adrienne Herrera spent the past year developing and facilitating outreach events, “SYMPOSIUM” and “EXPLORERS,” which targeted New York City students.  

October 24, 2006

When Aries dela Cruz spoke at the New School’s “Spectrum for Activism” panel discussion during their “National Coming Out Week” series, he was the youngest panelist featured. He also had the longest resume.

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