Olivia McAlpine is a new student in her sophomore year at Columbia. She is from Toronto, Ontario where she attended Canada’s National Ballet School for seven years. Olivia spent the last five years working as a professional ballet dancer, at the Sarasota Ballet and Orlando Ballet. During Covid, she enrolled in Ontario College of Art and Design University, and completed a year of studies as a Creative Writing major while working. In early 2023, serendipitous circumstances presented the opportunity for Olivia to quit ballet and join Columbia. She is very excited to begin this adventure and feels inspired and welcomed by the GS community.