Amazing Story of Adopted Sisters Reunited After Taking the Same Class at Columbia

In a touching story, two sisters who had never met recently discovered each other after 30+ years while taking the same creative writing course at Columbia University.

More than 30 years ago, biological sisters Lizzie Valverde (GS’15) and Katy Olson (GS’14) were adopted by different families. In the spring of 2013, they met by chance in a nonfiction seminar at Columbia’s School of General Studies. This year, Valverde graduated with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. Olson, who graduated last year with the same degree, is now pursuing her master’s at the School of the Arts.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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