Our Columbia graduation ceremonies took a substantial part of this week and were amazing.
I love graduating from Columbia. Growing up in the direst poverty and deprivation in the 1990s Russia, I could not dare to dream of getting to this amazing day. It feels truly extraordinarily; my heart is filled with deep gratitude to everybody who helped me get to this amazing day.
With my adviser Gil Zussman and close collaborator John Sarik.
With mom and dad.
Now, with the ceremonies behind me, I am in full swing of exploring the paths to my next adventure. The adventure needs to be big, no, HUGE — something that seems as insurmountable to me now as a Columbia University Ph.D. seemed mere years before this week.