After watching the movie 13 Going on 30, about a 13-year-old girl who wakes up one day in a 30-year-old’s body as an editor of a fashion magazine, Taylor Lewis knew that she was destined to live in New York and work in the magazine industry. The Missouri native had journalism in her blood, as both of her parents had degrees in it She’ll be a senior at the University of Kansas, completing her double major in journalism and Spanish.
This summer, Taylor has enjoyed exploring New York City and working at Essence. One of her favorite things about the magazine is that it’s for anyone, she says. “Anyone can find something interesting in there. It’s like every other magazine: same news, same fashion, same beauty, same culture—just a different twist on them. You have to find what is yours, and run with it.”
As a life-long Sex and the City fan (watching old episodes is often how she spends her Sunday mornings), Taylor’s favorite New York experience so far was visiting Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop. She also loved going to Rockaway Beach with some of her ASME friends. Magazines are not Taylor’s only passion. She grew up playing the piano, never competitively, but as a hobby. She enjoys playing Chopin, Scott Joplin’s ragtime music and Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” when she needs to relax and let her stress fall away.
– Page Grossman, ASME Intern, Popular Science