Despite her pint-sized build, regular giggle bursts, and honest-to-goodness kindness, thinking big and dreaming bigger comes easy for NYC local Laura Cofsky.
“I want to be the editor-in-chief of a women’s magazine,” she says.
As a Fitness intern, the 20-year-old has a head start. “Maybe EIC of Fitness,” she continues. An assured smile spreads across her face. “Or Glamour. Glamour is every girl’s dream.”
But it’d be a mistake to assume Laura is like every other girl— for starters, she swing dances every Thursday and will spend the fall in London. Laura, an English major at the University of Pennsylvania, is an opinion columnist for the school newspaper. Her piece on “drunkorexia,” a disorder that combines alcoholism and anorexia, gained attention from Philadelphia Magazine. A blogger argued that “drunkorexia” is just a part of college life. “The point of good journalism is to start a dialogue,” Laura says.
Now, Laura has taken her skills from school to the world’s magazine hub. At Fitness, she blogs, researches, and attends press events. Fittingly so, Laura is a fitness enthusiast. She’s recently taken up jogging, adding onto her yoga regimen.
Born in Queens and raised in Manhattan, Laura describes herself as a creature of habit. This summer, that’s changing.
“When people talk about restaurants in the city, I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’” she says. “Playing tourist is fun because you get to realize New York is not just the pizza place five blocks down.”
And with more local discoveries, Laura finds more reasons to <3 NY.
“I consider myself a bit of a New York elitist,” she says. “Whenever people talk to me, I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s better in New York.”
But Laura says she knows there’s more to the world than the city, hoping to explore Philadelphia or San Diego eventually.
“New York is very cosmopolitan, but in some ways, it’s very not,” she says. “It’s like a good imitation of everything. Sure, a good imitation of a Fendi bag is great, but I want to have the real Fendi bag.”
And for this big-city girl with big aspirations, the real deal is just within reach.
-Sheri Alzeerah, ASME Intern, University of Texas at Austin