Dear Columbia: Dear Columbia, I Am Not Unknowable by Vanessa Borjon

Since being asked to reflect on Columbia’s lack of diversity, I have sat down multiple times to recall my own experiences being the only queer Latinx during my run in the poetry department, much less in much of the department’s history, but did not feel like any of the beginnings I came up with created an … More Dear Columbia: Dear Columbia, I Am Not Unknowable by Vanessa Borjon

Dear Columbia: Live What You Love by Rai Mckinley

“Create Change” When I arrived at Columbia College Chicago in 2013 the school’s motto was “Create Change”. The statement exemplified everything that the school seemingly yearned and strived to be; A place dedicated to social change through artistic practice, a place that put an individual’s human development first, and a place that placed great value … More Dear Columbia: Live What You Love by Rai Mckinley

Dear Columbia: A Letter from Jessi “Jade” Paul

Dear Dreams, Please don’t parish. Your surroundings are cold as the central air vents sending chills up your skin. I sit with moistened cheeks and Puffed up watery eyes; Staring blankly at an orange wall on the third floor, as the wooden bench Presses firmly against limp thighs. Something unsettling just makes me want to … More Dear Columbia: A Letter from Jessi “Jade” Paul

Dear Columbia: A Letter to Columbia College Chicago by Sung Yim

Last year, I was nominated to represent Columbia College Chicago’s Creative Nonfiction writing department. The department chair solicited a short work sample from me that I was told would be blown up on display as an art installation at President Kwang-Wu Kim’s home. I was also invited to a dinner there to celebrate with the … More Dear Columbia: A Letter to Columbia College Chicago by Sung Yim