I never thought I’d say this, but I’m headed to the Ivy Leagues*.
I’m excited to announce that I have accepted an offer to attend the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University in New York City! This means that I will be moving to New York City for 6 or 7 weeks this summer and I am beyond excited! Anyone who knows me knows that New York City is my dream city, (and that a hobby of mine is indulging in NYC real estate). Most people also know that I love books and magazines–anything that involves written words. I am so, so thankful for this opportunity that combines two things I love.
I assume most people have never heard of the Columbia Publishing Course–I hadn’t either until I was researching the field. The course was founded in 1947 as the Radcliffe Publishing Course, but has since become called the Columbia Publishing Course. Basically, CPC is a program for recent college grads who want to be in book, magazine, or digital publishing. They call it the “shortest graduate school in the country.” We will attend programs and lectures from industry professionals. Past speakers have been affiliated with New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Scholastic, and Harper Collins, among others.
I was so surprised to read the e-mail that confirmed my acceptance, and it didn’t really feel real until I paid the hefty non-refundable deposit last week. That was a little painful. My hope is that completion of this program will open up incredible opportunities in the publishing field, and allow me to figure out if I prefer book or magazine publishing. It will also be incredible just to attend Columbia University. I hadn’t even realized until researching after I got into the program that Columbia is actually an Ivy League school. It feels a little weird to say I’ll be attending an Ivy League school, but I’m hopeful that having Columbia on my resume will make way for some connections and opportunities.
So soon, on June 12, I will be living in a dorm at Columbia University, in a neighborhood on the lower west edge of Harlem called Morningside Heights. I will be living in my dream city, attending a university I never even dreamed I would attend, and learning a lot about publishing. Thank you Jesus, my parents, and everyone else who has been so supportive and encouraging. I can’t wait for this new life chapter to begin!
*Yes, I know the plural of “Ivy League” would still be “Ivy League” with no “s” on the end. I’m just making a pun…as in “off to the big leagues.” lol