Everyone seems to have done this introductory survey, so I guess I'll have a go at it. :)
School at Columbia: Columbia College
DOB: May 30, 1988
Location: My house is in extreme southern Alabama, all of a ten minute drive to the beach. I actually live at a boarding school, though, located in Mobile, Alabama...about twenty-five minutes from my house.
AIM screen name: EssenceofLlama
Education: I spent my freshman year at Robertsdale High School...and the last three years I've been at the Alabama School of Math and Science. I hate math and science, by the way.
Music: Um...I'm really into music, so it's kinda hard to list...Here it goes: the Delgados, Rilo Kiley, Architecture in Helsinki, Mates of State, the New Pornographers, Cursive, the Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Nirvana, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Electric Prunes, the MC5, Joan Baez, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Cure, Arctic Monkeys, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice, Nick Drake, Mogwai, Amos Lee, Alanis Morrisette, Ani DiFranco, Cake, Dave Matthews, Devendra Banhart, Dido, Jack Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Imogen Heap, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Frou Frou, Minus the Bear, Modest Mouse, New Order, Guster, Belle and Sebastian...the list goes on and on and on...
Books: I'm a total beat-head. I'm in love with most if not all beat literature that I've read so far...I really like anything by William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Herbert Huncke, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Tom Hayden, Gregory Corso, Diane diPrima, Anne Waldman, Alan Kaufman, Bob Kaufman, Ken Kesey, Carl Solomon, John Ashbery, etc. I also really like Truman Capote (Yeah, yeah...even before the movie came out.) My favorite novel of Capote's that I've read has been Other Voices, Other Rooms...I also really like Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Alduous Huxley... I like Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, JT Leroy, Dostoevsky, Nikki Giovanni, William Carlos Williams... I also really enjoy Saul Williams, I definitely consider him a writer more than a musician. Oh! And I like d.a. levy and David Lerner...and Jack Micheline. I've really gone far enough with this...
What else do you do? This past year has been dedicated to being the editor of the yearbook and literary magazine. I'm a publications person, so that's pretty much what I do. I'm also really active in my school's gay-straight alliance, which has meant a lot to me as a support system for the past few years. I play guitar (recreationally, of course) and I watch a lot of movies. I also really enjoy photography, so I've been pursuing that as sort of an unofficial class with one of the art teacher's this year.
Possible majors: I'm interested in Comparative Ethnic Studies and/or Comparative Literature & Society. I'm also really into the possibility of a Human Rights concentration, and I'm still considering Journalism.
Dorm ideas: Furnald, hopefully a single room.
What's one of your favorite things about Columbia? I haven't visited the campus yet, but I'm sure that's going to be one of my favorite things. Great academic program, great location (much different than from where I live!), great faculty (from what I hear), and so many opportunities for just about anything a person could be interested in.
What class are you looking forward to the most? At this point, I have no idea.
What's one of your favorite things about NYC? The culture...the activity, I guess?
Do you speak a language other than English? My family's Italian, meaning my great-grandparents on both sides were the first to come to America...Naturally, some of my family speaks Italian but neither myself nor my parents have caught on very much. I'm definitely going to take Italian at Columbia, though.
What did you do when you got The Email/Letter? Well, honestly, I applied to so many schools that I had forgotten that I had even applied to Columbia...:-/ But I was absolutely estatic and amazed that I got in. I ran into the lobby on our floor spazzing out and announced to everyone that I made it in. Then I called the parents, grandparents, etc. Then I did some major research on the school to supplement what I already knew about it...and I decided to go. I feel like I couldn't have made a better choice than Columbia. :)
Current Music: Margot and the Nuclear So and So: Jen Is Bringin' the Drugs