Outgoing, gregarious staffer, Jemille Bailey, splits his time between work and his studies. This multitalented individual handles both accounting issues and operations for STC. At Columbia, he is currently enrolled in Masterpieces of Western Literature which involves reading classic works from Homer to Virginia Woolf and a philosophy-based course entitled Contemporary Civilization. “In the last few weeks, we’ve gone from Plato to Aristotle to Confucius,” explains Bailey.
What was the last thing you read?
Oedipus. The Greek tragedy.
As an ex-Angeleno what do you miss the most?
The weather! I used to live by the beach where there was no pollution. I really miss it.
Describe your typical breakfast.
I’m not a morning person. When I get to work I have a Denver omelet. That’s what we call it on the West coast. In New York it’s a Western omelet. It keeps my energy up.
If you could change one thing about NYC — what would it be?
The trash bags on the street. There has to be a better way.
What’s on your travel bucket list?
Right now it’s Curaco, South Africa and Alaska. And I’m thinking about Asia — maybe Bhutan. Did you know tourists have to pay to go there? Something like $300!
Do you have a favorite spot in NYC?
Yes, it’s Le Bain, the penthouse disco and rooftop bar at the Standard Hotel near the High Line. In the summer, there’s a plunge pool on the dance floor.
Is Columbia all that you thought it would be?
It’s more than I thought it would be. I’m impressed with the campus itself and the professionalism of my instructors. I’m totally enjoying this experience.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I’m not sure yet. I see myself working in government. It might be education or agriculture, but not politics. I like to do the work. Not talk about it.
Best advice you’ve ever received?
That one’s easy. My Dad gave me the simplest and most effective advice I’ve ever had. He said, “Don’t give up.” This can be applied to anything.
Name one dish you could eat all week.
Well, I’m from California and I really love Crispy Shell Tacos. But they’re really hard to find in New York.
Are you currently busy all the time?
Many think New Yorkers are rude. Yes or no?
I’ll give you a two-part answer. The people I’ve met and talked to here are the same as everywhere else. However, there’s a service standard here that’s lacking. In Southern California there’s a personal touch. In New York, they don’t look at you or they’re talking to someone else. Except for Trader Joe’s, they know service. They totally get it.
Name the best time you’ve ever had.
I lived in London for six months. I went on vacation for seven days and on the sixth day I called home and said I wasn’t coming back. It was great.
You’re over 6 ft. — do you bang your head a lot?
Yes, when I’m on the subway — every time I get up from sitting down.