Engage Columbia Winners

Columbia College Chicago has selected the first winners of the Engage Columbia contest. This contest encourages new students at Columbia to get involved not only on campus, but also in a variety of events in the Chicago community.

Big Walls 2016

The Wabash Arts Corridor is about to get a lot more colorful with the help of the first annual Big Walls Festival—a two-week long mural and art celebration that leads up to Manifest.

Student Spotlight: Freddy-May AbiSamra ('17)

Comedy Writing and Performance major Freddy-May AbiSamra has learned to think critically and academically about television and theater with her former position as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia publication, Watercooler Journal, as well as her interest in teaching acting to children.

Tell Us What You Think!

Need a break from finals? Take our quick, 10-minute survey about Student Loop content to be entered into a drawing for one of five Peets gift cards!

Student Spotlight: Nancy Salto ('16)

Nancy Salto (‘16), an aspiring teacher from the South Side of Chicago, has excelled at Columbia and earned the honor of being a Golden Apple Teaching Scholar, a scholarship program for promising high school seniors and college underclassmen who want to work in high-needs schools.

Publication Spotlight: Columbia Poetry Review

From its beginning in 1988, the Columbia Poetry Review has been a strong part of Columbia’s Department of Creative Writing. Now, 27 years later, the CPR is nationally distributed, has won the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, and has contributed work to various collections of The Best American Poetry.

What is Big Chicago?

Have you seen the new students in the Conaway Center this semester? This is part of the revised First-Year Experience, Big Chicago.

International Spotlight: Angelica Delgado '15

Music Business major, Angelica Delgado (’15) was thrilled when she discovered that Columbia College Chicago has programs that offered her a chance to visit a country she had been dreaming about since she was a young girl, Spain.

The 411 on Academic Progress Reports

If you are doing poorly or failing one or more of your classes, you will be notified you have an APR—or academic progress report—via email. But fear not, get all you need to know here.

Internships at Your Fingertips

Whether you’re looking to make some extra cash, or ways to advance your career, Columbia College Chicago offers search options and tips to land an internship.

Start Planning to Study Abroad Now!

The Study Abroad Fair is coming soon! Whether you’re looking for a short-term or semester long program, International Programs offers college and department sponsored trips and exchange programs to explore your major on an international level.

Create Manifest

Are you Creative? Think you can design the face of Manifest 2015? Get all the details and submission information here!

Wallpapers with Key Dates

Never forget an important Columbia date again. Choose from one of these six Columbia College wallpapers to make sure your computer screen is fresh and you are in the know.

Why Should You Visit Your Advisor?

Whether you're a new student to Columbia, in the midst of your academic experience, or trying to finish up to get that degree, college advising is a crucial resource to be a successful student here at Columbia.

Fall Registration Announcement

It's that time of year again! Registration for Fall 2014 is currently open to all continuing students. If you haven't yet registered, now is the time! Registration will open to new students starting on May 20th. This is earlier than in previous years, so it may be to your advantage to go ahead and lock in your fall schedule prior to then.

Papier-mâché Takes Flight at Manifest

Friday is almost here so before you know it, the semester will be over and it will be time to celebrate a new class of graduates with a Manifest that’s bigger than ever. To show off this year’s Master’s of Flight theme, alum Erin Cramer and members of Columbia’s Urban Music Association built a 12-foot paper airplane. That’s right: a 12-foot airplane!

Manifest Spotlight: Radio Department

This year at Manifest, the Radio Department will be filling the South Loop with live sound! From their live WCRX Radio broadcast to their DJ Club Practicum classes bumping beats all over campus, the radio performances are something you don't want to miss!

The Loft Sessions: Rebecca Brunner

Rebecca Brunner has been singing her whole life. Taking hold of a microphone at an early age, music has always been the center of her life. A fact that is totally apparent in this weeks episode of The Loft Sessions. Performing two original songs "Where Am I Now" and "Now I Know", it is hard to not recognize the talent in her voice.

Manifest Spotlight: Motorcycle Photoshoot

Rev up for the Photography department’s motorcycle shoot which will be in the front of 820 South Michigan Avenue from 3:00pm-7:00pm the day of Manifest! With a variety of 10-15 motorcyclists arriving throughout the day to have their portraits taken on a fully loaded commercial set, photography students will create quite the spectacle with their live photo shoot.

Manifest Spotlight: SPB

The Student Programming Board (SPB) is one of many Columbia student organizations that play a big role in coordinating Manifest each year. Combining their creative ideas, hosting auditions, and booking bands, SPB works tirelessly to coordinate spaces all day and bring you the Mainstage bands at Manifest!

The Taste of the Great Convergence

New at Manifest this year, Columbia will be hosting nine local food trucks and several performers in the Taste of Convergence. With the help of some talented students and alumni, we hope to create a festival-like atmosphere that continues to capture the excitement of Manifest. On the day of Manifest, Wabash will be closed from 9th St. to 11th St and the street will be lined with mouth-watering cuisine.

The Loft Sessions: Flashburn Beatbox

This week's Loft Sessions takes a look at Austin Chin, better known as Flashburn Beatbox, who has captured a large following through YouTube, competitions, and live beatboxing performances. At any given moment, something can come along and change your life forever. That moment was April 4th, 2011 for Flashburn.

Student Organizations Find a New Life for Old Art Supplies

Do you have any leftover art supplies lying around that you’ll probably never use? If so, those supplies can have a purpose after all, so your money won’t go to waste! Columbia College Hillel, Intervarsity and CRU are sponsoring an Art Supplies Drive to support Arts of Life, an organization helping people with and without disabilities express themselves creatively.

Columbians Celebrate "Bike 2 Campus" Week

The weather is finally warming up so it’s perfect that this week is Bike2Campus Week. During the week-long event series, prizes will be awarded to students, groups, and colleges that work on supporting efforts on biking on campus. Healthy living and free gifts? Sign us up!

Making Manifest Happen in the Classrooms

Are you a super social someone who loves meeting new people? Have you ever wanted to be a production assistant? Do you want to help make the biggest urban arts festival in the world happen? Sign up to be a volunteer for Manifest! With several different volunteer opportunities available, there's something for everyone.

The Loft Sessions: The Wild Family Takes on Biggest Mouth

A multitude of musical styles and genres are always to be expected at Biggest Mouth. This year’s competition will be no exception. The Wild Family is part of the 2014 line-up, and they are also the featured artists in this week’s installment of The Loft Sessions, a weekly video series that features some of Columbia’s best bands who ditch their amps for a stripped down acoustic performance.

Papermaker's Garden Nominated for Best of Downtown Award

As you walk to class on Wabash Avenue, it’s hard to ignore all of the art and culture that surrounds you on the street and you're not the only one who has taken note. Civic Artworks has recognized the Papermaker’s Garden and the Wabash Arts Corridor in their annual awards.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States and Columbia is doing its part to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate students on how to prevent it.

Talent Watch: Jess, Alex, and Abby

Many students dream of getting a high-profile internship. Alum Jess Mattison and seniors Alex Cox and Abby Young have achieved just that! They interned at CNN for the documentary series Chicagoland. We asked them about their work with CNN, how Columbia prepared them for their roles, and about what they hope to do in the future.

Seniors Give Thanks in Graditude

Congratulations, Seniors! You have made it to the end of your undergraduate career. It was a long and trying journey, but you did it! There were surely people along the way who helped you achieve your success. If you haven’t had a chance to thank them, or didn’t know just how to do it, Columbia is here to help!

The Loft Sessions: Earl

This week's Loft Sessions features an acoustic performance by Columbia’s own Earl. If you've been involved with the music scene around campus, you've likely already heard their music. Having performed at last year's Biggest Mouth and Manifest, the band has made an impressive mark with nearly every opportunity. This week is no different; as the band sat down to perform two golden songs.

Join: Tic Toc

Tic Toc, a group of street entertainers, will again be a part of the Manifest excitement this year but they’re switching it up by presenting performance art centered on food. (Yes, that means there will be free food involved.) We interviewed Ania Greiner, the brain behind the Tic Toc excitement.

The Loft Sessions: Deer Emerson Kicks Off New Music Series

The Loft has always been a great place to relax and rewind on campus. They have computers, comfy couches, flat screen televisions, and beanbag chairs. Now they’re adding one more cool thing to the list: The Loft Sessions, a new weekly YouTube series that has both upcoming and well-known Columbia artists ditching their amps for a stripped down, bare bones set of strings.

Sustain Columbia Presents Water Wednesdays

Did you know more than 25% of bottled water comes from a municipal water supply—the same place that tap water comes from? Sustain Columbia, the college’s sustainability program, will be handing out free reusable mugs at locations on campus every Wednesday throughout the month of April.

Gender Fusions: Calling all LGBTQ Performers!

Gender Fusions is an annual night of queer performance and community dialogue, offering up a luminous, tantalizing, mind-stretching spectacle of drag, burlesque, spoken word, theater, dance and song within a context of creative and critical thought.

Manifest Spotlight: T-Shirt Distribution

Are you a super social someone who loves meeting new people? Have you ever wanted to be a production assistant? Do you want to help make the biggest urban arts festival in the world happen? Sign up to be a volunteer for Manifest! With several different volunteer opportunities available, there's something for everyone.

Manifest Headliner: Youngblood Hawke

Joining The Hood Internet on the Manifest Main Stage on Friday, May 16, 2014 is Youngblood Hawke, an up and coming indie-pop band based out of Los Angeles. Making waves with their debut single “We Come Running,” the group has made a name for themselves with their entrancing harmonies, vivid imagery and uplifting hooks.

Staying Smart Over Spring Break

Finally, a bit of relaxation for you this semester. Spring break is on the way! But don’t go buck wild just yet; we have a few tips to make your spring break safe! Let’s face it, you’re young and you’re more inclined to take risks. And we just want you to be as educated as possible so that your actions have favorable consequences.

Meet Your Manifest Headliner: The Hood Internet

Lupe Fiasco. Detroit Cobras. OK Go. Each has headlined Manifest. This year, the tradition will be carried on by The Hood Internet. The Chicago-based band is this year’s Manifest headliner, and they’ll be bringing their hip-hop/indie rock mash-ups music to Manifest on Friday, May 16.

Join: Student Government Association

Columbia’s Student Government Association, or SGA as you’ve probably seen it on posters around campus, is a great way for every department to come together and get involved. SGA is an elected body of student representatives whom act as advocates for Columbia by working with faculty and administration.

Manifest Spotlight: Help Make it Happen!

Are you a super social someone who loves meeting new people? Have you ever wanted to be a production assistant? Do you want to help make the biggest urban arts festival in the world happen? Sign up to be a volunteer for Manifest! With several different volunteer opportunities available, there's something for everyone.

Compost Program Expands on Campus

Since receiving a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to expand its composting program, Columbia has done just that! Composting is decomposing organic materials, like food waste, into soil fertilizer that is rich with nutrients and beneficial to the environment. Columbia’s compost program has added compost bins around campus.

You Are Here: The start of Orientation Leader info sessions

Starting college means freedom, independence and new experiences. All are so exciting! What’s even better is having someone there to guide you through the very beginning. So if you’re interested in making someone’s college transition amazing, you should apply to be an Orientation Leader! OLs are ambassadors to incoming students prior to the fall and spring semesters.

Manifest Spotlight: What's New for 2014?

Every year, thousands of students, faculty, and alumni join together to plan and execute one of the most sacred events that Columbia hosts. From the Great Convergence, to the headliners, to over 100 hundred student showcases, the Columbia community works together every year to put on an even bigger, better Manifest that enlivens the streets of Chicago.

Going Green on Campus

Besides being a creative college campus, Columbia is also one of the greenest! As a finalist in the 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, Columbia has embraced sustainability on campus. There are a few programs coming up this month to encourage you to join the green effort.

Big Mouth AEMMP Takeover Edition

Big Mouth is back and it’s the last one of the semester! Feeling sad? Well, cheer up! This one is going to be unforgettable and will hold you over until the next one. We promise! AEMMP Records, Columbia’s student-run record label, is taking over. There will be two special performances by Marina City and Martin $ky, plus the regular 12 open mic slots.

Planning Ahead for Summer and Fall

It may feel like the spring semester just started, but it’s never too early to start making plans for the next one. The summer and fall semesters will be here before you know it and it’s good to have a plan in place. Columbia has many academic and career opportunities for you to consider! Take a look now so you won’t miss the application deadlines.

Making Scholarships Stress-Free

It can be stressful to finally graduate, only to find yourself with a ton of student loan debt. But don’t have to worry, there’s free money out there that you don’t have to pay back. Yes, that's right! Here’s how you can get more of it to help pay for those tuition costs.

Supporting Peers Through Mentorship

Do you remember when you first arrived at Columbia? You didn’t know many people. You were just trying to find your way and maybe a few people to hang out with. Columbia understands how overwhelming incoming students can feel so they created the Peer Support Program.

Be Prepared for Industry Events

If you’re a graduating senior, it’s likely you’ve already started planning for Manifest and Commencement. But have you started preparing for Industry Events yet? Industry Events are a great opportunity for graduating students to show their work and engage with Industry Professionals. There are twelve industry-specific events and they’ll be here before you know it. (The first one is March 18th!)

Blood Ball 2014: Vote for King and Queen

It's time to vote for your 2014 Blood Ball King and Queen! Voting ends Friday, February 28th at midnight. Your new King and Queen will be announced at Blood Ball on March 7 from 7–10 p.m. at 1104 S. Wabash. Make sure you dress to impress! Come enjoy some mocktails, refreshments and dancing. Don't miss it.

Political Cartoon Contest

Are you’re an illustrator? Do you have passionate opinion about the historical, political or cultural issues in the world? Do you want to win a cash prize? Then enter to win the Paula F. Pfeiffer and Cheryl Johnson-Odim Political Cartoon Contest!

Anchor Graphics Preserves Traditional Artmaking

There’s still something appealing about the traditional art making process! Columbia’s Anchor Graphics is a non-profit fine arts press that allows students to explore new and different ways to make art. Although the workroom has customary art tools, it also incorporates digital art making using programs like Photoshop and tools like inkjet printers.

Preferred First Name

To build a welcoming and inclusive community, Columbia College Chicago now allows students to use preferred first names on campus.

Blood Ball 2014: Are You Fit to Wear the Crown?

I bet you thought when you came to college you would have to say goodbye to school dances. Not the case! Columbia wants to keep that tradition alive again this year with the Mary Ann Blood Ball. The Blood Ball is an annual celebration in honor of Columbia’s founder Mary Ann Blood!

2014 Desktop Wallpapers

If you are the type to forget about deadlines unless they are right in front of you, we've got you covered. Download a Columbia wallpaper for your computer's desktop and never forget those add/drop dates again.

Message from the President

Given the weather conditions that we have faced so far this winter, I think it would be helpful to communicate our institution's general policy on school closures to the wider college community.

2014-2015 FAFSA Now Open

It’s that time of again! The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is ready and waiting for you. Even if you haven't filed your 2013 income taxes yet, it's still important that you apply during the month of January.

Matt Dunne: Your new Manifest Creative Designer

Matt Dunne is a senior Graphic Design major, a writer and designer for nahhhhh.com, a bass guitarist in the band Churchkey, and he works at Columbia’s Office of Student Communications. If that wasn't enough, he is also the 2014 Manifest Creative Designer.

Elizabeth Moss

Elizabeth Moss is a senior illustration major and is also Columbia’s first Biology minor. She’s got skills in scientific illustration, comic illustration and has entered the science world with research on antibiotic resistance that garnered serious interest at the Argonne Undergraduate Symposium. Not to mention, she teaches science to middle school kids. How does someone marry science and art? We ask Elizabeth to tell us.

Brendan Babinski

Sophomore Brendan Babinski has already sold a commercial for Minute Maid, worked as a freelancer at ESPN and isn’t slowing down. Not every aspect of video production is “fun”, he admits, but there are some essentials every creative person should know before embarking on a career, contest or job.

Registration Holds, Deadlines and Clearances

It’s registration time again! Getting into the classes you need and want to take can decide whether you graduate on time…or at all. After reading this you’ll know what you’ll need to do in order to complete registration successfully and you’ll be one step closer to getting that degree.

J-Term Offers Exciting Course Options

Looking for something exciting to do during the winter break and maybe need a few more credits? You might want to consider taking a J-Term course. These aren’t your regular Columbia classes. Many will take you to destinations as far away as Peru, Italy and France. J-Term takes place during January 5-25, 2014.

Anthony Soave

Anthony Soave is a senior photography major with a concentration in commercial photography. He’s landed some great professional experience and tells us how using the resources at Columbia helped him put together a professional level portfolio.

New Lounges for Students

For many students, school can be a stressful environment with little opportunity for relaxation. Columbia’s Student Affairs Department and Campus Environment decided to make five new “family rooms” to make a more comfortable student environment on campus.

David Sim Wei Lun

Senior David Sim Wei Lun is a dual major in fiction writing and game design originally from Singapore. He talks about the difference between his new and old country and how to integrate another two foreign areas: creative fiction and video games.

Join: Asian Student Organization

There are many reasons a student could choose, and fall in love with, Columbia. Your career takes shape, your skills are fine-tuned, and you meet people you’ll connect with for a lifetime. According to DJ Valera, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, the Asian Student Organization is a perfect representation of these aspects on campus. As president of ASO, he explains what students can expect from joining the org, or attending an ASO event.

Your Web Presence and Portfolio

It used to be that a solid resume and cover letter was enough to breach the basic needs of job seeking and interview. This is no longer enough. Employers and collaborators in any profession now need to see your work before meeting you and a bullet point on your resume isn't going to cut it.

Top 10 Safe Sex Tips

Many of us have had our traditional health class. But just in case it was incomplete and left you feeling a little confused, we’re going to expand on it…well, on the sex part and how important it is to do it the safe way.

How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

It’s that time of year—crisp air, colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored everything and…the flu. Nothing came make life more miserable than a cold that doesn’t die or the “death” flu. Here’s how you can stay healthy this flu season.

How to Launch A Creative Career

Marketing communications professor, Laurence Minsky, is an expert on the subject of marketing yourself as a creative professional, something every Columbia student should learn how to do. He offers solid advice based on his lengthy experience in the advertising field that is focused on how to start a career, build a portfolio and create a network of likeminded people to help propel you to the top of the competitive job heap. Minsky talks to us about his latest book, The Get a Job Workshop, which offers career tips to emerging creatives.

Join: Show Choir

Columbia’s own singing club, XC3ND Show Choir, has seen their membership increase due to the soaring popularity Glee and the cult movie hit, Pitch Perfect. But, it also means a bit of misinformation about what it’s actually like to be in an actual performance group as opposed to a fictional one. So we decide to set the record straight.

Omar Villalobos

Senior Omar Villalobos started as a film major at Columbia, but soon discovered it wasn’t for him. It was a tough decision and wasn’t easy to transition, but he decided to follow his heart and change to a fashion business major with a concentration in marketing. Now, he’s started his own fashion line after interning at Vogue, CS Magazine and Burberry.

Halloween Events at Columbia

It’s that time of year again…24-Hour Night! Wondering what to do this Halloween? Columbia has a slew of events for you to choose from and there’s something for everyone! Check out the full listing of events!

Social Media Do's and Don'ts for the Job Hunt

It’s the 21st century and social media is everywhere. However, it’s not just for you and your friends anymore. These days, the minute you have an interview or potential job opportunity, your future boss will likely look you up online and see what they can find. Scary, right? But, you can actually craft an online presence that helps your career. Here are the top Do’s and Don’ts to use social media to leverage your job-hunt.

Columbia's Student Veterans

Entering college is a rough transition. But, entering college after service in the military is a whole different animal. We talk to student veterans at Columbia about their student experience and how they are able to bring a unique voice to campus. “Coming to Columbia brought back parts of me that I felt like I strayed away from,” confides ex-marine Shawn Riley, a senior majoring in public relations. “I have to create things spontaneously; that helped me get back to where I felt like I was before the military.”

Jolie Greenstone

Senior Jolie Greenstone grew up in a household of food-loving Italians, and is spinning a childhood of delicious dishes into a career in food photography. She hooked up a gig this summer with HGTV magazine as a photo intern and tells us all about how she got it and where she's going.

Beware the Hazards of Energy Drinks

It’s that time again: the mid-semester slump. Energy levels are low and free time is scarce. You could find yourself reaching for an energy drink to just get through the afternoon…or stay up all night. But energy drinks and shots definitely have their drawbacks and can have lasting effects on your health. Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you want to down three Red Bulls in one night.

Find Your Perfect Exercise

Working out has several health benefits, not least of which is to give you more energy, motivation and focus, which is something that will come in handy with all that classwork. The key to committing to a regular workout schedule is finding the workout that fits you, not trying to fit yourself to the workout. Here’s a list of workouts mapped to your personality type.

Benefits of Meditation for Students

Want to feel more calm, think with a clear mind and react thoughtfully to problems? Who doesn’t? There is something you can do to achieve this state of awareness and calm: meditation. You have to commit to about 5-10 minutes a day in order to start seeing benefits. So, let’s explore what those benefits are and you can decide if it’s something that might be worth your time.

Dye, Tattoo and Pierce Safely

Creative expression in your appearance is your right. Be unique, but do it safely. Here’s what you should do, and what you shouldn’t, when you're looking to try something new with your appearance.

The Pros and Cons of Freelancing

Freelancing can be a great opportunity for emerging professionals to build up experience and strengthen a thin portfolio. It can also end up leading to a full-time career where you’re the boss, or help you get that first full-time gig. Creatives of all stripes are in demand as freelancers—photographers, film and video editors, graphic and web designers and writers are popular freelance positions. Before starting your solo career, there are a few things you should know about the ups and downs of the freelance life.

Your Resume: From Job to Career

Your senior year is usually a major turning point in the development of your career. You’re in advanced classes, so your skills are more polished. You’re creating more work—better work. And you may have completed an internship, started freelancing, or both. All in all, you are a much different person than when you started at Columbia, so you shouldn’t be using the same resume you did in your first year. Make sure you've made the top four changes that differentiate a part-time job resume from a career-launching resume.

Join: Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) is a diverse student organization, welcoming anyone and everyone to join their family, act as a voice for the black community and help promote equality and diversity around Columbia. President Alayna Bell-Price sat down with us to tell us about membership, activism and how to get involved.

How to Get Your Work Exhibited

If you’re an up-and-coming artist it can be a daunting task trying to find places to show your work. However, being a Columbia student, there are some places right on campus that specifically show student work or are student-friendly. You can get a head start on getting your work seen (and sold) before you leave school.

Nina Stockman

After having the obligatory “what-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life” breakdown her freshman year, senior fashion major Nicole Stockman discovered her true calling: weddings. “The idea of becoming a wedding planner, or at least somehow involving myself in the bridal industry, was incredibly appealing. I made an appointment with my advisor and switched my major from fashion design to fashion business. The rest is history.”

The Learning Studio: A Lifesaver for Hard Classes

Overwhelmed in class? Have zero to little idea what’s happening or just need help on a weak subject? You don’t have to go it alone. The Learning Studio is a resource for all students who need some academic support. From tutoring to computer lab space to supplemental instruction, they got you covered. We get the scoop on the best way to use this amazing resource on campus.

What to Do if You Get an APR

Even the most creative and ambitious students bite off more than they can chew once in a while. If you are doing poorly or failing one or more of your classes, you will be notified you have an APR—or academic progress report—via email . But fret not! APRs are not punitive and getting one does not mean the end of your college career. In fact, APRs are meant to be helpful notifications. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you receive an APR.

Lauren Gallagher

Lauren Gallagher, junior graphic design major, tells us about her inspiration, her internships and how to score free fro-yo. (Hint: interning at a frozen yogurt franchise doesn't hurt).

Should You Get a Minor?

So, you’re considering getting a minor? Not a bad idea. Declaring a minor can complement your major area of study by narrowing your career goals. If your major doesn’t cover or expand on an area that interests you, a minor might be the way to include more than one area of focus in your degree.

Five Reasons to Invite Your Parents to Parent's Weekend

You’re starting to settle in and know your way around. Your teachers love you. You are owning it in your studio space. And you know all the good places you would go out to eat if you just had a little more cash. What you really need is someone to show off all this newfound insider information to. How about those parents of yours? Parent's Weekend is October 18-20 and might just be the perfect time to invite them up to your campus. Need more reasons? Okay.

WAC Crawl Video

The WAC Crawl brought a ton of energy to campus with all the open galleries, performances and even a serious thunderstorm. Check out the video.

5 Reasons to Invite Your Parents to Parents Weekend

You’re starting to settle in and know your way around. Your teachers love you. You are owning it in your studio space. And you know all the good places you would go out to eat if you just had a little more cash. What you really need is someone to show off all this newfound insider information to. How about those parents of yours? Parents Weekend is October 18-20 and might just be the perfect time to invite them up to your campus. Need more reasons? Okay.

Want to Spend a Semester in L.A.?

We know, as students, that you are constantly looking for experience to put on your resume. What if gaining that experience was a fun learning opportunity that helped you make connections and spend a semester in the warm sunshine? Sounds pretty enticing, right? It gets better.

Meeting New People: Four Ways to Find Your Crew

Maybe you’re new to Columbia this year, new to college in general or just wanting to meet some new people. It’s not always easy to meet people but, luckily, it’s not that hard in a creative community like Columbia. We identify some top ways make some solid connections, during school and beyond.

Welcome Dr. Kim Video

To show our new president what we're all about, we made this little vid about Columbians and how to work the Nine Principles of Success. Check it out.

Join: Student Government Association

The student government association (SGA) makes sure that the student voice is heard on campus. The cool thing most people don’t know is that it’s really easy to get involved and become an elected official to represent your department. We interview the SGA prez and VP to get the inside scoop on how to get involved.

Why You Should Visit Your College Advisor

Whether you’re a new student to Columbia, in the midst of your experience or trying to finish up to get that degree, college advising is a crucial resource. “Students who visit us for the first time their junior year are more likely to be surprised, in a bad way, on what remaining requirements they need to graduate,” says Brian Marth, Director of College Advising.

Nicole Carroll: SGA President

Meet your student body president, Nicole Carroll. Yeah, she represents you, but she’s also one of you. A junior in fiction writing with a minor in teaching as an artist, Carroll is a creative Columbian with aspirations to use her writing to connect to underserved youth. I guess service is just part of her personality. Lucky us!

Columbia Has a Basketball Court?

The rumors are all true. Columbia students now have access to an indoor basketball court at facilities shared with Roosevelt University. Grant Park is nice and all, but not so much in the middle of frigid winter. So, get the ball rolling and head over to your newly open facilities.

Papermaker's Garden Gets a New Look

You may have seen some construction in the Papermaker’s Garden on Wabash and 8th St. The raised beds and bike parking area have been, well, razed. And a big gravel pit has taken their place. But, that’s all about to change for the better. The new-and-improved garden is going to expand its growing space and include a rain-water collection system and a performance stage.

Join: Common Ground

Common Ground is Columbia's LGBTQ organization on campus. They sponsor events that make inclusivity and acceptance something every student comes to expect as being a member of the student body here. They're also a very thoughtful, fun and thought-provoking group. We ask Common Ground president Sebastien Spiegel, a senior majoring in film and video, to give us the deal on what it's like to be a member of one of Columbia's most active student groups.

Convocation 2013

Convocation was a success, despite scorching 100-degree temps. Check out pix of the day including Dr. Kim's first speech to students, the hell yeah liturgy and a student org expo that was hott.

Welcome Back Activities

There are more fun things to do this week than you can shake a stick at — open houses to find out more info, concerts, parties, free stuff, contests, movies, shopping nights — the list goes on and on. Actually, the list starts here.

Wallpapers with Key Dates

Never forget an important Columbia date again. You can download wallpaper images for your desktop that include every important academic and financial date. Huzzah!

Megan Purazrang

Megan Purazrang is senior journalism major, just finishing up an internship at NBCChicago.com. She tells us about her work at Columbia and how that’s helped launch her career plans.

Get that Student Job

Here are some great resources available to Columbia students looking for a job on campus, as well as a few steps to help you land that student job.