There’s something eerily fascinating about the concept of looking at yourself in the mirror. You see an image of yourself that is at once so familiar, yet foreign; a view of where you are and where you’ve been, the times you’ve laughed and the times you have cried, traces of those you have loved and those you have been loved by, the place you call home—your mosaic identity […]
At the end of the Millions March protest last December, a group of Columbia Law School students simply kept walking. The streets of New York City had been calm, though filled with a larger and more diverse crowd than at previous protests, as the March’s lead organizers had hoped when they asked for a protest permit. Then, when the police permit no longer covered their route, these CLS students decided to cross the Brooklyn Bridge. As one member of the group, third-year student Nawal Maalouf remembered, police officers at […]
It’s February. I’m over it. I think I speak for most of us when I say…cold weather is so last season, and I’m looking forward to seeing NYC in spring. Take comfort! The weather apparently sucks everywhere—even the Oscars red carpet, hosted in Hollywood, was rained upon. Still, there is something about the Academy Awards that makes the freezing cold temperatures feel just a little bit warmer. I love watching them, and have every year since I can first remember. The best part will always be the red carpet show. For the past 23 years, my Mom and I have […]
January brings a certain amount of reflection; we are pressed to consider that we stand at the beginning of a New Year, with the capacity to change—or not. Some of us formally declare those things, big or small, that will not survive 2015. A death to bad habits, less-savory personality traits, failing relationships. But we also give life to new aims: finally learning to play the guitar, applying for the dream job, writing a letter once a week (that last one is mine). Ultimately, we hope the cutting back and the moving forward will enable the best, or at least better, version of ourselves. […]
When I graduate in May, I will receive three degrees - a JD, a Master of International Affairs from SIPA (with the horrible abbreviation MIA), and an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam. I am affectionately called a “4L” by my friends because I’ve been at Columbia for 4 years. You would think that I would walk around thinking that I am the “ish.” Or that I am the next Hillary Clinton (my mother is convinced of this). But I don’t. I don’t know how to evaluate myself. And being at Columbia […]
These answers are provided by a 3L who is not pulling your chain and absolutely wants you to succeed, despite being out of here in three months.
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Snapshot is a space where everyone is welcome to participate in dialogue about topics that matter to them and the rest of the CLS community. Each month, we will feature a different theme, along with a poll and a discussion question. The poll results and highlights will be published in the following issue, as a "Snapshot" of the CLS community.