Making valuable connections in NYC

The following entry was written by Caroline Pallotta, class of 2016.

Every spring, Emerson’s Career Services offers undergraduate students the opportunity to spend a day in New York City visiting workplaces and networking with other Emerson grads who have relocated to the Big Apple. For a mere $25, the New York Connection trip includes a round-trip bus ride between Boston and New York, breakfast, dinner, and an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

As a Writing, Literature, and Publishing student, I embarked on the Publishing track (one of five offered on the trip). After getting off the bus at Penn Station, my group of nine, plus two staff members from Emerson, trekked to the Avenue of the Americas to visit Simon & Schuster, one of the Big Five publishers. We were hosted by Suzanne Donahue, class of 1980, who is a Vice President at the Simon & Schuster imprint. As we sat in a decadent boardroom on the 17th floor of the building, she told us all about her journey to the house, her job description, and answered our many questions for a good hour and a half. She also gifted us with several different books that were just published or not even on the shelves yet!

The New York connection group visits The Huffington Post

The New York Connection group visits The Huffington Post

From there, we hopped on the subway and rode to The Huffington Post offices. We were greeted by Jaweed Kaleem ’07, a religion writer for the online news source. After getting a tour of the expansive office, including the set for the Huff Post Live show, we sat down in a conference room for a great discussion about Jaweed’s path to the company through newspapers and the type of flexibility he enjoys at his position.

After that stop, we met up with all the students on the New York Connection trip at Likeable Media. We ate delicious New York pizza that was especially appreciated after our day running around the city and got to catch up with friends who visited other job sites like The Rachel Ray Show, NY1, Food Network, and Spotco. We then got a chance to “speed network” and collect many business cards with many Emerson grads who now call New York home. It was very interesting and encouraging to hear about the different paths that were taken to get to the City and the trials and tribulations that one might face when starting a first job or getting an apartment.

At 8pm, we got on the bus to return to Boston, and my mind was whirring for the entire ride back. I felt at home in New York, and the trip just reinforced my desire to entire the wild world of publishing. Even though I’m a sophomore, at Emerson I am constantly working toward my career goal after graduation, and I couldn’t be more excited to see where I end up.

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