Senior Snapshot: Winn Periyasamy

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Name: Winn Periyasamy
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Major: Political Science-Human Rights

What are you involved in?
CUMB (I play the melodica, write a joke or two, and make sketches for the YouTube page), CMUNCE, SGA, and Spectator. I also am a bit of an internship junkie.

Guilty pleasure?
Who’s feeling guilty? I watch anime, play melodica in public, and wear a viking helmet as a thinking cap while writing papers from time to time. Don’t feel guilty, feel proud! Own it.

Favorite memory from Barnard?
March 15th, 2011: also known as the transfer application deadline. I was going to go see a show with some friends that evening and had not had time to mail in my recommendation letters for the schools I was applying to in New York, so I thought to come up and drop them off myself. I was running pretty late and thought that admissions might be closed (the other school I was dropping letters off to that day had not been too helpful and the experience was really making me question applying to transfer at all) but when I got there, instead of kicking me out, the woman who was at the desk, Simone, stuck around for an extra hour and a half answering every one of my questions and talking to me as an alumni and a sympathetic ear (she had also transferred), not as a worker. And I remember walking out of the office that day with a heart so full with just…absolute warmth, meandering around campus, and finding myself spending a quiet half hour on the steps of Barnard Hall taking it all in and wondering what would I do if I didn’t get into Barnard. Luckily, I never had to find out. There’s so much about Barnard between band, Spec, SGA, CMUNCE that matters to me. But at the end of the day, my favorite memory is one that was before I even got here. Those moments with Simone and on the steps, that’s when everything changed. That’s when everything I have today, all of the good times, all of the bad, all the joy and all the friends, became a possibility.

Biggest regret of college?
It’s a tie between not transferring sooner and having such a hard time saying no to people and to projects. While I love the things that I’ve done, I realize that it could’ve been a lot easier on me and on others if I had been able to say no to certain things and quit other things instead of letting myself get convinced into doing so many things because then I could’ve done a better job with the projects I’ve felt most passionate about. Definitely something I want to keep working on moving forward in life.

Biggest leap of faith during college?
Transferring. Hands down. It helped make 2011 one of the most emotionally-jarring years I’ve ever known. That being said, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.

What will you miss? Too much.

What won’t you miss? GPAs. Blergh!

Favorite place on or off campus?
On-campus, Butler 209 or the Quad on Orgo Night. Off-campus, my little corner at The New Yorker.

In 5 words or less, what’s next?
Homework, editing, friendship, graduate, life.

Midnight breakfast or Orgo Night?
Sorry, Zoe and her team do an incredible job with MB but…are you kidding me? There’s nothing more awe-inspiring than Orgo Night. Late night writing sessions, shooting promos, wallpapering campus with flyers, charging into 209 with your best friends to the cheers of 800+ people who came there just to see you, performing in the Quad while papers fall from the skies at 3 in the morning…those are the things that make life worth living.

If you were a Morningside Heights bar which would you be?
None of them. Nothing beats Friday Night margaritas in 600 and in CG with my best friends.

Who will play you in the biopic of your life?
Me! Why would I let anyone else live my life? Next best choice is Benedict Cumberbatch.


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