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 become a writer.
I soon landed a job as Associate Editor at YRB Magazine, where I wrote and edited culture, music, and entertainment features, and deluded myself into thinking that anyone had ever heard of YRB Magazine.
In 2007 I made the jump to digital media, becoming the Nightlife Editor at Citysearch New York. I was eventually promoted to Senior Editor, overseeing all content and a small team of editors. In late 2010, Citysearch suspended editorial operations, so I spent the next year Googling myself and freelancing for Time Out New York, PopEater.com, American Express Publishing, and other outlets. I also took a few comedy writing classes, and began submitting jokes to some of the late night shows.
Just as I was beginning to enjoy having no money and lots of credit card debt, in early 2012 I accepted a staff position as Web Editor at Details Magazine. Later that year, I said farewell to Conde Nast, and spent the next two years working 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.
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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