Student Voices on the Compact

During this extraordinary time, maintaining a healthy Columbia community is more important than ever! Many students are doing their part by becoming Student Ambassadors or sharing their reasons for following the Columbia Community Health Compact. See their videos, blogs and vlogs, and let us know what you think!

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Students from across Columbia share their personal motivations for following the Columbia Community Health Compact and their experiences as a student at Columbia during the time of COVID-19. 

Tenneh Gbeh Sillah, School of the Arts

MFA student Tenneh shows us five tips that help her #KeepTheCompact.

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Avery Carmichael, Social Work

Avery discusses the importance of wearing face coverings and standing together as a community.

Student Testimonials

Kriti Sood, CDM

Kriti refects on the many types of challenges we face with COVID-19, and reminds her peers that you can always reach out and speak to someone if needed.

Abigail Jaimes, Social Work

Abigail reminds us that caring for our community is essential and shares her strategy for remembering her face covering. 

Alden Bush, School of Nursing

Alden recalls his time working in the hospital during the height of the pandemic.

Charlene Lau, GSAS

Charlene reminds the Columbia community how easily this virus can hit close to home and become more than just a number.

Kennedi Wade, SEAS

Kennedi offers an optimistic outlook on the future and reminds fellow students to lean into their creativity during this time. 

Wesley Schmidt, CC

Wesley shares why he keeps the compact for the entire Columbia community, including his local neighbors in Morningside Heights. 

Ozzie Celik, SEAS

Ozzie recalls how she asked others to #KeeptheCompact in a public elevator. 

Ochuko Okor, GSAPP 

Ochuko shares her thoughts on how we are all interconnected in our efforts to #StayHealthy.

Souvik Chatterjee, SIPA

Souvik shares a practical outlook on COVID-19 prevention. 

Shushu Crevoshay, GS

Shushu offers some tips to remember your face covering before you head outside. 

Yvonne Hou, MSPH

Yvonne shares what motivated her to become a Community Healthy Student Ambassador

Nihar Garg, SEAS

Nihar shares his methods for remembering his face covering, and why we need to #KeeptheCompact as a community.  

Student Vlogs

Erika Mitsui, VP&S

In this second installment of her vlog, follow along with Erika, a medical student, as she studies for exams and shares how she relaxes and decompresses throughout the semester. 

Erika Mitsui, VP&S

Join Erika as she returns to campus and reflects on what it's like to be a student during this extraordinary time. #StayHealthy #KeeptheCompact. 

Maya Castronovo, CC

Spending lots of time indoors? See Maya and her Barnard College roommate Naomi Rubin's delicious tips for remaining entertained.                                            

Student Blogs

Emma Shahid, SPS

Emma shares her top tips for maintaining her health and well-being during this pandemic.

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Nicole Saldarriaga, SoA

Nicole reflects on what it's like to be a student during this extraordinary time and opens up about how she started writing again. #StayHealthy #KeeptheCompact. 

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Nicole Saldarriaga, SoA

In her second blog, Nicole shares how she finds valuable workspace in every corner of her apartment. #StayHealthy #KeeptheCompact. 

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John "Jack" Fant, VP&S

Jack writes about how his daily routine has been impacted by the pandemic, walking us through a day in his physical therapy rotation and downtime with his roommates.

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John "Jack" Fant, VP&S

Jack shares his thoughts on what key attribute has helped him stay on track with his studies during COVID-19.

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