Visiting Rio: Top Tips from a Local

Rio is experiencing something of a moment right now, thanks to the Olympics. So, whether you're already in the city, planning a trip post-Olympics, or are just curious about the "cidade maravilhosa" (marvelous city), we asked a Rio local (the Vice President of the Columbia Alumni Club of Rio) to offer her top 10 tips, activities, and must-sees. 

Should you plan to be in Rio in August, be sure to join the Rio Club for a special happy hour at Bar Astor on August 11. Mix, mingle, and celebrate Columbia by the beach. RSVP here.

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Olympics Edition: Going for Gold

dimas.jpgTrent Dimas graduated from the Columbia School of General Studies in 2002. He also worked for an advertising agency in New York, graduated from law school, coached gymnastics at Yale, and now works as a fundraiser for the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

But before doing all that, Trent won a gold medal in gymnastics at the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain.

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2016 Olympics Coverage

The Olympics are finally here! So, we've rounded up the latest Olympic news, insights, and coverage from the Columbia community. Learn about the Columbia athletes who are competing in the games, Columbia Olympians from previous games, health and economic updates coming out of Rio, and much more.

 

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Your Weekly Low Down | August 5, 2016

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) gets ready to compete in the Olympics and ALUMpics this week. 

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Cheer on Columbia in This Year's ALUMpics

While some Columbians are competing in Rio, another battle for the gold is taking place online‚ÄĒthe Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is a contender in this year's Alumpics.

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Our Olympians

Join us for a look celebrating Columbia University's own Olympians, going back over 30 years.  The impressive list includes two siblings who both won silver medals in 2008, the three-time Olympian who took home the gold when she was studying law at Columbia, and this year's Olympians heading to Rio: a student, three alums, and a coach.  

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Stay tuned for more about Columbia and the Olympics, including reflections from previous medalists we'll be interviewing and publishing here on The Low Down, and insight into Brazil from the Columbia Club of Rio.

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Your Weekly Low Down | July 22, 2016

Get the latest from your Columbia alumni community in this week's Low Down: 

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The Definition of an Explorer

One of the most pressing and universal issues of our day is how to address climate change. Although most do agree that the environment has evolved tremendously over time, many are not aware of how rapidly the recent changes are occurring and what the consequences can mean for us in the years to come.

That’s where researchers like Hugh Ducklow come in. 

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Overcoming Automated Resume Scanners: How Can You Stand Out?

There has been buzz recently surrounding resumes being reviewed through automatic scanners and applicant tracking systems (ATS). Goldman Sachs is one company that is changing its hiring process, including an electronic screening tool for resumes and having applicants interview via a prerecorded-video platform. In a time when a computer is the first pair of eyes to evaluate your credentials, how can you stand out?

Members of the Columbia Career Coaches Network and the Columbia Alumni Career Coalition offer these eight tips: 

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It's Super Effective! Pokémon Go(es) to Morningside Campus

For those living under a rock (or Onix) this past week, you missed the launch of Pokémon Go, the new augmented reality mobile app game from Niantic and Nintendo that has been a smash hit among players around the world.

Those deep in the game already know that university campuses are PokéStop hotspots for students, alumni, and the visiting general public who are looking to catch 'em all. Morningside Heights is no exception. In fact, so many places on campus have been designated PokéStops that it's getting hard to keep track! Check out some of the most popular spots below.

Have you visited them all?

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