Columbia - My Dream

Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.

I discovered the philosopher dormant in me when introduced to TOK in grade 11, where we learned about the means of acquiring knowledge. Both science and philosophy, as I realized, aim to unravel the basis of our existence. String theory proves its premise through math and experimentation, while philosophy advocates a non-STEM, yet structured and critical approach towards the same objective. The Core would aid my own relevant explorations making me self-aware and respectful of diverse perspectives and would develop me in areas besides my major: Mechanical Engineering, sculpting me into a leader of the coming generation.

Here I would develop my interests beyond my major. I would love to read Shakespeare’s King Lear attending Professor Janet Lee’s lectures or enlighten myself with Athena’s Blessing on the Parthenon and Greek Culture in the Low Library. I imagine myself in Lerner Hall, absorbed in soft piano music, discussing Plato’s “Republic” or Dante’s “Inferno”. I anticipate visiting the Museum of Metropolitan Art, viewing ‘Persistence of Memory’ and pondering over the transient nature of time with a cogent scientific understanding through Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, reminding me, yet again, that science cannot be studied...

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