I’m a New York City native who earned a degree in philosophy from Brown University in 2005, 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 soon landed a job as Associate Editor at YRB Magazine, where I wrote and edited celebrity interviews and music, entertainment and pop-culture features, 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 highly trafficked website. In late 2010, Citysearch suspended editorial operations and all the editors were laid off, so I spent the next year alternating 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 was offered a staff position as Web Editor at Details Magazine, which I gladly accepted. Later that year, I said farewell to Conde Nast, and began a two-year stint as Senior Editor at Maxim.com, where I got to do things like go to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day and make videos with Newman from Seinfeld.
These days, I’m happily back to freelancing full-time. In addition to writing for a handful of print and online outlets, I am currently serving as Interim Deputy Editor of Living at Refinery29, where I oversee Travel and Weddings content. You can read some of my articles here.
And that, kids, is the story of why you should never spend $200K on a college education — or if you do, at least major in finance.
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