October 16th, 2012
I pulled onto the College Walk at Columbia University at the invite of Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Terry Martinez. This center of campus walkway is used by nearly everyone on campus.
Naomi Cole, a student who works at the Spectator, spotted my bus a few weeks ago in Brooklyn and got the ball rolling for our visit here today.
I was met on campus by Nino Rekhviashvili, a reporter for the Columbia Spectator. She conducted a great interview (link below) while I interacted with students and faculty. This beautiful campus in New York City has some of the brightest students from around the globe.
A warm welcome would be an understatement, as everyone here seemed to go out of their way to talk with me. Bogart was a huge hit and The Kindness Bus must have been photographed 500 times, no exaggeration.
There was huge interest in my ride addressing School Bullying and Adolescent Suicide. Tragically, two students have taken their lives this year. No school, college or university is exempt from suicide. I know in my heart, as I travel the country, the message I take with me will have a positive impact in the lives of everyone.