Welcome to Columbia—and get ready for one of the most tiring, exhilarating, and important weeks of your four years here. Before you jump fully in to our Orientation Guide, we want to tell you a little bit about Spectator, how we can help you make the most out of NSOP, and how you can get involved.Get the most out of NSOP
NSOP is a time to be uncomfortable, meet new people, and learn how to live and thrive on campus. Life at Columbia can be frustrating and stressful, but also truly amazing if you know how to play your cards right.
That’s where we come in. We’re your eyes and ears around campus, creating content across a variety of platforms that informs, entertains, and allows you to get the most out of your Columbia experience.
We’ve put a lot of work into helping you through NSOP. This Orientation Guide will help you with everything you need to do to get acclimated. You’ll learn where to eat, drink, go, and study both on and off campus. You’ll learn how to register for classes, where to find key resources around campus, and figure out which clubs might suit you. We’ve also compiled a list of the top stories we think you need to follow this year and the 116 Columbia traditions that will make you a true Columbian.
After checking out this site, you should sign up for our NSOP Wake Up Call Newsletter, a daily newsletter that will break down which orientation events you won’t want to skip and bring you live NSOP coverage and helpful guides to Columbia life from Spectrum, our 24/7 blog.About Spectator
Spectator is a financially independent student-produced collection of publications, products, and events. We create content that informs, engages, and entertains the community with a goal of enhancing the Columbia experience.
At the core of what we do is the Columbia Daily Spectator, the nation’s second oldest college daily that has maintained a strong tradition of using a skeptical eye to accurately report the news over its 139 year history.
You can learn more about each of our publications and products by clicking the icons above.Joining Spectator
We believe joining our staff is the best way to spend your extracurricular time at Columbia. Working at Spectator makes you grow as a person, thinker, and a leader in a way that empowers you in any career you pursue. Through doing the work of journalism, business, tech, and more, we learn how to run a real company—with real consequences. The skills students learn at Spectator can prove valuable in a variety of fields, and we’ve had alumni go off and have successful careers in journalism, consulting, banking, politics, entertainment, medicine, law, and more.
Spectator also offers the best work-study jobs on campus. If you qualify for work-study and are accepted in a staff position, you are eligible to apply into our work-study program right away.
Come to an open house or check our website (specpublishing.com/join) to learn more!
We hope you find this site useful, and feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.orgSincerely,
Michael Ouimette President, Spectator Editor in Chief, Columbia Daily Spectator
Samantha Cooney Vice President of Publications, Spectator Managing Editor, Columbia Daily Spectator
Daniel Friedman Vice President of Business & Innovations, Spectator Publisher, Columbia Daily Spectator