If you had asked me before coming to Columbia whether I would have done Follies, I would have laughed in your face. I had done theater back in my high school days, but I never thought I would do something like that again. Then I got to Columbia and one of my peer advisors had my role in Follies the year before me and started showing Follies videos during Orientation, as they always do. I was blown away by the quality of it. I was blown away by how funny it was, by how edgy it was, and I thought, this is something that I could really enjoy getting involved in. Also, in my previous job, I had done a little bit of video editing and video production as part of my new media work and thought this would be a great opportunity for me to get better at that and get a little better at the production side of it. That was why I joined. I joined very tentatively — I wasn’t sure if I would like it. But as soon as I got there and got involved in the writing process, as soon as I started meeting the people involved, I realized this was going to be one of the most fun things I’d ever done in my life.
The thing that I really love about Follies, it’s almost like a roast. We all get together and sort of make fun of business schools in general, Columbia in particular, and the business world at large, but we do it because we’re part of that community and we really love it. It’s a great experience to be making fun of something as you love it, and that’s part of what I really like about Follies — that we’re all very much in this community and very engaged in it and yet we can take a step back and say, “This is something ridiculous, there’s just some humor there.” Then to find out what that is and to write a skit about it and then show it to the student body and have them react usually favorably is something that’s really special.