Columbia Connections around the World
I am a graduate of the Journalism School, class of ’93. I come back to Columbia often and being a volunteer is just one of the ways I can give back. Some of the best years I had working as a journalist were some of the best in my life and in my career and I owe a lot of that to having gone to the J School. The memories of the J School and camaraderie that I had while I was going there was pretty amazing. I think one of the most fun projects where I totally bonded with my classmates where we had to do a project, it was sort of our main thesis. Our group did a project called 24 Hours in Central Park. We spent 24 hours in Central Park with the police to do a story about how safe it was in Central Park. We did all the cliche things, we brought donuts to the policemen. We hung out with them all night, and that was one of the best times I had at Columbia as a student.
When I moved to India about eight-nine years ago, we didn’t know anyone. One of the first people I reached out to was my classmate Sree Sreenivasan. With him being Indian, I said, “Please introduce me to any alum in India,” which he did. As a result of one of the first introductions made for me was another alum from the J School, Shoba Narayan, Class of ’95. She and I are best friends in Bangalore. We socialize together, we do a lot of things together, our husbands also work closely together. As a result of using the Columbia network, it has really helped me get established when I move to a new city. I like to give back, I like to volunteer my time and let all the alumni know that it’s really important when you move into a new city to look up your alumni chapter because they can really help you network and settle down.