For one to be met with adversity only makes the accomplishment of one’s goals that much more rewarding. Economics major Joan Bolanos Martinez can back this statement up with his account of a path that started in a small town in Venezuela and has led him to the financial epicenter of the world.
Today, more than 230 incoming GS undergraduate and Postbac Premed students, along with GS staff and Orientation Leaders, convened in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall to usher in the beginning of the spring semester and begin the weeklong New Student Orientation Program
Before even attending medical school, Postbac Premed Program student Ivan Dominguez had become a part of medical history by being a part of the team that filmed the first face transplant surgery ever performed at NYU Langone Health. However, the path he followed to get to this point began with a passion for music, which he credits with leading him to his current passion: medicine.
As a GS alumna, Rosen-Metsch understands where the School is headed and what it needs from its next Dean—from continuing to expand its joint programs and strengthening alumni relations, to addressing the housing and financial needs of current and future students.
More than 500 alumni of the School of General Studies returned to campus from June 1 to 4 to participate in the 2017 All-Year Reunion that celebrated the School’s 70th anniversary and honored outgoing dean Peter J. Awn, who, after 20 years of leadership, is stepping down.
Created at GS in 1999, PALS helps students pursue a degree from one of the finest institutions in the world—tuition-free and with all of the academic and emotional support they’ll need. While there is no “typical” PALS scholar, they do share a few things in common: They are first-generation college students from historically underrepresented groups at Columbia who have both high financial need and a history of high academic achievement.
In an effort to strengthen the GS and Columbia communities in Israel, Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch traveled to Tel Aviv to meet with alumni and parents.
All across the world, the Columbia community came together on October 24 to shatter previous Giving Day records, raising an impressive total of $322,526 from 346 gifts for the School of General Studies.
On October 15, faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the induction of 86 students into the Honor Society of the School of General Studies at its fall 2018 Induction Ceremony in Faculty House.
Ben Arenstein ‘18 has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Award to teach English to college-age students at the Namangan Technological Engineering Institute in Namangan, Uzbekistan.
More than 700 incoming GS undergraduate and Postbac Premed students, along with GS staff and Orientation Leaders, convened on the steps of Low Library to kick off the fall semester at the New Student Welcome and begin the week-long New Student Orientation Program.
Annie Whitney, a student in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, will continue her education at Harvard Law School after taking some time off to gain work experience.
Recent graduate Leyla Martinez ’18 has been selected as a 2018 Soros Justice Fellow, and will receive a generous stipend to support her work advocating for criminal justice reform.
On May 14, more than 500 graduating seniors were celebrated at the 2018 GS Class Day ceremony, which featured a keynote speech by Olympian Sasha Cohen '16GS. The ceremony was held on the South Lawn on Columbia's Morningside Campus, and graduates and guests were welcomed by Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch '90.
On Friday, May 11, 2018, the New York Delta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society initiated more than 50 GS students at its annual induction ceremony at Faculty House.