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Meet the Peer Advisers!

Dylan Cooper CC'18

Major:  Neuroscience and Behavior (Pre-Med)
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Clubs/Activities: Columbia Spectator, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Volunteer, Basketball Intramurals, Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Favorite NYC spots: Central Park, Mudd Roof, the spanking new Whitney Museum

Top 3 Columbia Traditions: 

  1. Running to Midnight Breakfast after Orgo Night: Bouncing from tradition to tradition makes me bleed Columbia Blue like never before.
  2. Studying into the wee hours of the night in the Stacks: We’ve all been there.
  3. Midnight JJ’s Place: There’s nothing like it, and you can never get enough…

What you wish you'd known as a first-year student:

  1. The transition into campus life is HARD and can be pretty unpleasant. Don't expect your first semester to be the ideal "college experience" that's pictured in the media. The more time spent on campus and more involved you become, the more comfortable you’ll get!
  2. Speak to your elders! In addition to the many resources Columbia offers its students in terms of advising, it’s so helpful to speak to sophomores and upperclassmen about how they managed freshman year. Ask them about which courses (and professors!) they have taken and how their academic plans have adjusted over time. 
  3. College is not easy and no matter how hard you try, there will be times when you get disappointing news or grades. That's how the system works, but what matters most is that you tried your best. Keep weathering the storm and remember that it’s equally important to go out and have fun! 


Nina Mandracchia CC'18

Major: Neuroscience and Behavior
Hometown: San Jose, CA

Clubs/Activities: AMSA, Varsity Softball, Columbia Neuroscience Society (Undergraduate)

Favorite NYC Spots: Brooklyn Bridge, Museum of Natural History, Yankee Stadium

Top 3 CU Traditions

  1. Varsity Show
  2. Tree lighting ceremony
  3. First home game

What you wish you'd known as a first-year student:

  1. Go outside your comfort zone! Especially if you already know a couple people or have teammates going into Columbia, branch out and find other people that you can have a connection with.
  2. Try not to get stuck at Butler all the time. Sometimes changing up study spots can give you a new motivation to study. One of my favorites is Lehman Library in IAB. But even a Starbucks or the Carman basement are good spots!
  3. There’s a Starbucks in the Diana Center at Barnard that takes flex! This changed my life.

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


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