Campus Celebrity, Shuchi Chaturvedi Reminisces on Her Four Years at Columbia

Name: Shuchi Chaturvedi

Year: Senior

School: Columbia College

Major: Economics & Math

Hometown: San Diego

Favorite restaurant in NYC?: Spice Market in Meatpacking

You're originally from San Diego so what was it like coming from sunshine to New York?

Oh my god, it was the worst! Before coming here, I only owned flip flops and thought Uggs were satisfactory rain boots.  It was quite the experience having my shoes soaked through, especially during Hurricane Sandy which hit only one month into my freshman year.  I think I’ve learned a lot since then and my wardrobe has matured dramatically.

You're moving to San Francisco after graduation! What will you miss most about New York and Columbia?

I really do think New York is the best city in the world; there is nothing quite like the vibrancy and energy you find here.  But what I will miss most is the people.  I have made incredible friends during my four years here.  The best thing about college is that your friends are always just a short walk away.  It will be tough not being able to see them as often.

What are you looking forward to experiencing in San Francisco?

As weird as this sounds, I’m actually looking forward to being an independent adult.  I have really enjoyed school but I am ready to move on and start my life.  San Francisco will definitely be a change but I have some friends there and am excited to explore the city with them.

What's the last thing you'll do before you move?

Hopefully, sit with my friends on the steps (or at least what is left of them) and reminisce about these crazy four years.

What's the first thing you're going to do after you move to San Francisco?

Leave San Francisco for a weekend trip to Napa!

Favorite memory here at Columbia?

There are too many to count! Probably just having amazing conversations with people and realizing you are not alone in this big crazy world.  Columbia has been a stressful, difficult, crazy ride but it was all worth it.  I cherish every memory good and bad because as cliché as it sounds, it made me the person I am today (and I really like that person).