Amy Xia is a sophomore in Columbia College (’17) majoring in Biology. She was born in New York, moved to California, then Texas, and is now rounding off her circle around the USA here in New York again. She is interested in pediatric medicine, infectious diseases, research, and science outreach/education. She finds energy in talking about ideas (especially those heart-to-heart conversations at 4am) and in working with passionate, motivated people. Her conversations will be sprinkled with chemistry puns, periodically, although most of the good ones Argon. You’ll find her harmonizing to your favorite song, laughing at even your worst jokes, and excitedly supporting your endeavors, big and small. She hopes to pursue a career in medical research and/or practice. More importantly, she hopes to follow her motto: “Do well and do good.”
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Victor Castano is a junior in Columbia College (’16) and is a prospective Biology major with a concentration in Anthropology. He enjoys whipping up a good meal (specialties include: Arroz Español, various meats and a personal favorite, Cup of Noodles) and throwing a frisbee around on the lawns. His personal aspirations in life include: taking a trip to Europe and learning to play the guitar. Professionally, he wants to study medicine with the ultimate goal of bringing society closer to more effective treatments and possible cures for cancer.
Forrest Huang is a junior at the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science (’16) majoring in Industrial Engineering Operation Research. He likes to listen to music ranging from hip-hop to jazz. His favorite colors are red and black. Besides science, he is also interested in baking and reading philosophical articles on NY Times. His career ambition is to join the finance industry and visit every continent.
Richard Nederlander is a freshman at Columbia College (’18) and is a prospective Astrophysics major with a concentration in Music. He finds inspiration from scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carl Sagan. He enjoys playing piano and percussion, reading The New York Times and The Wall-Street Journal, and listening to classical music. In addition, he plans on completing research related to high-energy astrophysics.
Megan Wilcots (’18) is a freshman in Columbia College and a prospective Environmental Biology major with a focus in Ecology and Evolution. She is interested in ecosystem dynamics, particularly in how species are adapting to climate change. She hopes to someday to research in the Arctic. On campus, Megan enjoys watching football, writing for the Culinarian food magazine (and then eating the subjects of her articles), and running in Riverside Park.
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Corin Bronsther is a freshman at Columbia College (’18) and is a prospective Biochemistry major. He enjoys cooking, reading, and playing basketball. Upon graduating, he would like to pursue a career in the medical field. At Columbia, he hopes to become fluent in both Spanish and Mandarin.
Nina Sabharwal is a sophomore in Columbia Engineering (’17) majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Music. She is originally from San Francisco, California. At Columbia, she does research at CUMC and helps conduct clinical research in the field of developmental neuroscience. Aside from school, Nina was learning classical vocal music and opera for a while before shifting interest to jazz and singing in various jazz bands. Other interests of hers include hiking, eating french fries, traveling, and listening to random podcasts.
Jennifer Fan is a freshman at Columbia College (’18) considering a double major in Chemistry and Visual Arts. Outside of her studies and in addition to painting and drawing, she enjoys listening to music by Taylor Swift, reading and watching The Fault in Our Stars, and visiting the Houston Galleria with family and friends during the winter holiday season. In the future, she hopes to travel to Europe and visit the Louvre in Paris, France to see in person the artwork that has inspired her for so long.