|Washington Square Park|
|A building on Columbia's campus|
On the tour, we saw buildings like the Brown building, which housed the biology and chemistry departments. It was also the building where the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire took place. When our tour guide showed us the building for the math department, she said that if we wanted to major in math, "First, you're crazy. Second, that's your building." (Why does everyone hate math?) We also saw a privately-owned cobblestone road, one of only three in the city. The NYU tour ended about ten minutes late, so we had to rush to get to Columbia at one.
Upon arriving at Columbia, though, we discovered we'd had the tour time wrong and we were actually an hour early. So, we went to a cafe on campus to get smoothies for lunch. Afterwards, we went back to the building where the tour started to wait in the air-conditioning until two. The tour started with some Columbia students telling us about the campus and student life. They told us that Columbia has good food and that there are all sorts of people at Columbia, and everyone is unique and different, which makes things interesting. Then an admissions officer came for the rest of the info session. He told us that what really makes Columbia unique is the core program--everyone, no matter what they're majoring in, has to take a specific set of classes before graduating. this is different from other universities because most universities just require students to get credits in a certain area of study, like history, rather than a specific set of classes. He also said that the diversity of the school represents the diversity of the city, with 25% of its students being international students. Then, we split into groups to go on the tours of campus.
|Where the first atom was split|
|One slice of pizza from Koronet's|
|The Statue of Liberty, seen from Battery Park|