Student and Alumni Profiles

Postbac Premed Student Helps Document Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 2013, Jeremy Orloff found himself working for a government lobbying firm in New York City. Though he enjoyed many aspects of his work, an experience with the illness of a family member led him to conclude that his true purpose was in medicine.

November 10, 2019

Tickets on Sale for 10th Annual Military Ball

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th annual Columbia University Military Ball, the premier event uniting veterans across the University community, with discounts available for GS students through the end of the year. Proceeds support programming for veterans and military family members nationwide while strengthening support services for the 700+ veterans enrolled at Columbia.

November 11, 2019

Course Offering | Philanthropy and Social Difference

GS students looking for an interesting spring 2020 course should consider ENGL UN3738: Philanthropy and Social Difference. Taught by GS Dean of Academic Affairs Victoria Rosner, this course is for anyone interested in how philanthropy changes the lives of both donors and recipients – for better and for worse. 

November 12, 2019

Veteran Discovers Second Chance at Higher Ed with GS

After a childhood spent in Cuba and a military career focused on combat training, Jorge Pintado took an unexpected route into an Ivy League education—a place he never thought he would end up. Today, he is exploring his personal and familial background as a Latin American and Caribbean studies major on his way to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies or law.

November 14, 2019

Columbia University School of General Studies and Moody's Partnership Offer Financial Support and Drive Positive Outcomes for Student Veterans

In 2015 the School of General Studies partnered with the Moody's Corporation to create the Moody’s Veteran Program, an initiative designed to improve opportunities for veterans and ease their transition into the workforce. Through the partnership, qualified veteran students at the School are awarded scholarships and provided mentorship, internship opportunities, and other career-related guidance that can positively impact their journey beyond the military.

November 21, 2019

Dual BA Program Student Reflects on First Semester Studying at International Institution

For as long as she can remember, Quinn Houlahan has been curious about the world. Her deepening curiosity and desire to experience the world first-hand has since led her to the Trinity College campus in Dublin, Ireland through the Dual BA Program. Through immersion in the university’s community, Quinn has been able to continue pursuing hobbies of the past while discovering new interests in a different part of the world.

November 25, 2019

GS Alumnus Reflects on Humanitarian Career and Time at Columbia

A difficult childhood and a learning disability led Thierry Senechal to turn away from academia at an early age. After traveling and working all over the world for several years, though, Senechal was ready to pursue an education in the United States where he discovered the School of General Studies. Senechal graduated from the School in 1992 and went on to devote his career to public service and humanitarian efforts through field work and the United Nations.

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