About The Study FYS Instructor Miranda Zent Alex’s poetry reflects a sense of frustration familiar to many students in their first year of college. During this time of intense change it’s not surprising if students experience an almost total...
View Study Even in the beginning weeks of class, Rose was instinctively drawn to write from fairytales. She knew they were powerful, she was attracted to them, and when she shared her writing with the class we were immediately...
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View Study For many First-Year Seminar students, the first topic study—Self and Community—culminates in some kind of self-portrait. These projects tend to depict the array of roles they assume in the course of their daily lives or a laundry...

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The early weeks of First-Year Seminar at Columbia are typically devoted to an exploration of self. In my class, what begins with a round of simple and uncritical first-day introductions—“Hi, my name is Michael and I’m a film major...
FYS asks students to uncover new knowledge in a variety of ways, melding methods of discovery that are typically thought of as separate and self-contained. Anna’s project is an excellent example of the uniquely insightful and meaningful work that...
FYS is an interdisciplinary course where students explore a variety of humanities topics through research, seminar discourse, analytical writing, and creative experimentation. As students experiment creatively, we often encourage them to take risks and create using methods in which...