I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the 2019 class of the Columbia Publishing Course and spent the summer in the Empire State. Keep reading to see how I faired in the USA!
If you follow this blog, you know that we keep all things bookish, but this is an exception since my trip to New York City and the summer course I took at Columbia University were directly related to my love for books and passion to pursue a career in publishing.
What is the Columbia Publishing Course?
For those who don’t know, the Columbia Publishing Course (formerly known as the Radcliffe Course) is the gold standard of publishing programs and is known and loved far and wide in the business. People who have graduated from the course have worked in the big publishing houses and find a fulfilling career in publishing.
This year, I was admitted to the 2019 class straight out of college and found myself traveling to New York City right after graduation. I’ve dreamt of seeing New York City since I was 14 years old, so being granted this opportunity six years later was a dream come true.
New York City
I arrived at JFK at 3 in the morning after so many delays. For a city that never sleeps, midtown Manhattan was pretty damn quiet and eerie at this hour when I arrived. Jet lagged and exhausted, my first glimpse of New York City wasn’t the best, but my hopes were still pretty high.
Arriving a week before the course was scheduled to start, I was able to go around Times Square, walk through Central Park, get my own MetroCard, and go thrift shopping with a dear friend, all the while adjusting to the time zone (it took me an entire week to adjust accordingly.)
The Columbia Publishing Course
At the course, we got to interact with esteemed publishing professionals like Jonathan Karp, Wendy Lamb, Esther Newberg, Michael Liss, Jonny Diamond, and many more. We sat through lecture after lecture, day after day. We had around three to four lectures per day for five straight days before going into the weekend.
After a few weeks, we applied what we learned in the hellish workshops. We stayed in campus until the ungodly hours in the morning just to finish our prospectus and I was able to make lifelong friends along the way!
All in all, looking back at the experience gives me fond memories, of all the times we spent at one person’s living room de-stressing (even if we just spent 18 hours together at the lecture hall) and going out to the city during the weekends just to escape the short and mundane dorm-lecture-dorm schedule.
I strongly recommend you guys to apply for next year’s program (they offer one in New York City and in London) because I learned so much and met so many amazing people that I hope to work with in the future.
On top of that, I was able to spare some cash and buy some books!
How did you like New York City?
Let me know in the comments!