I’m a New York City native who earned a degree in philosophy from Brown University, only to discover upon graduation that there weren’t many philosophy companies hiring. So I did the next best thing: returned to New York to pursue a career in journalism, and wound up splitting my time between heavy drinking and light writing (read: bartending). I eventually landed a job as Associate Editor at YRB Magazine, where I wrote and edited celebrity interview features and music, entertainment and pop-culture pieces (many of which you can read here), and deluded myself into thinking that anyone had ever heard of YRB Magazine.
In 2007 I was hired as the Nightlife Editor at Citysearch New York. I was soon promoted to Senior Editor, which forced me to do things like learn how to oversee a staff and manage a website. In late 2010, Citysearch suspended editorial operations and all the editors were laid off–which really sucked until I discovered that being unemployed is awesome, especially if you have an unlimited Netflix account. But it doesn’t pay the rent. So for the next 18 months, I alternated between Googling myself and freelancing for a laundry list of outlets, including Time Out New York and American Express Publishing.
Just as I was beginning to enjoy having no money and lots of credit card debt, in January 2012 I got a call from someone in Human Resources at Conde Nast. Four interviews later, they offered me a staff position as Web Editor at Details Magazine, which I gladly accepted. But not long after I began working at Details, Maxim Magazine made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, and I’m now happily employed as Senior Editorial Producer at Maxim.com.
And that, kids, is the story of why you should never spend $200K on a college education.