Your Weekly Low Down | January 6, 2017

Happy New Year, Columbians! Here's what you may have missed from your alumni community:

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Alumni Featured in Forbes '30 Under 30' List

The 2017 Forbes "30 Under 30" list highlights the achievements of some of the most influential and creative minds today. Of the unique and inspiring individuals honored, several hail from Columbia. Read more about them below.*

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The Power of the Sun

Easy_Solar.jpgIn sub-Saharan Africa, 650 million people lack access to electricity. In Sierra Leone in particular, only 5% of the population is on the grid. That means that six and a half million people can’t study, cook, eat or work after the sun goes down except by dim candlelight or expensive kerosene lamps. To charge their mobile phones, most Sierra Leoneans have to go to public charging kiosks.

Three Columbia alumni from the School of International and Public Affairs found a solar solution to this challenge. Their startup, Easy Solar, hopes to introduce solar-powered products into Sierra Leone households, replacing the kerosene lamps that have negative environmental and health impacts.  

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An Eight-Step Process to Discover Alternative Careers

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
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Hannah asks: What are the best ways to determine alternative careers based on one's skills and experience, careers that might not be obvious?

The best way to learn a job is to do the job, but you can't try out every single career idea before settling on one—who has the time or energy? So, you need to find a way to learn about a career from the outside looking in. Then you can make an informed choice about whether to commit your efforts in that direction. Here is an eight-step process for identifying viable alternative careers:

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What To Do When a Coworker Steals Credit for Your Work

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on

You're sitting in a meeting and a coworker takes credit for your idea. Or maybe you stay late to finish a project, but your name is left off of the final presentation. Your boss grabs the limelight and accepts all the praise.

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A Year in Review: Columbia Alumni


In many ways, 2016 was a year for the books, including the annals of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA).

This year, Columbia alums made history while making unprecedented scientific discoveries, winning prestigious medals, awards, and board appointments, and causing havoc in the world of television game shows.

Here are just 10 of our favorite Columbia alumni achievements from 2016, in no particular order.

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Happy Holidays!


Bound by our shared Columbia connection and our collective passion, intellect, and drive, together, it's blue skies ahead.

Best wishes for a bright and happy new year.

- Columbia Alumni Association

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What To Do if You're Successful but Miserable at Your Job

By Julia Harris Wexler '83TC, '14BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network


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Your Weekly Low Down | December 16, 2016

Here's the latest news from your Columbia alumni community:

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Astro Tim Returns to Earth

Kopra_space.jpgWe often like to talk about how our alumni reach grand heights in their successes and go far in their contributions to society. And not many have gone quite as far as Business School alum Timothy Kopra '13BUS. That far as outer space.

Kopra is a NASA astronaut with not one but two space trips on his resume. He has lived on the International Space Station for a total of 244 days, completing three spacewalks and Instagramming with captions like #citiesfromspace and good night from @ISS. Once he got back to Earth, he visited Columbia to speak with students about engineering, teamwork, and what he looks for in an aspiring astronaut. 

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