Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Brunch in New York City

Brunch has become one of my favorite pastimes in New York. Every Sunday morning, after allowing ourselves lengthy slumber, my roommates and I have made a point to go to brunch together. The three of us roll out of bed and into sundresses before walking to our newest brunch-spot, where we’re greeted with menus that make each brunch feel both effortless and exquisite.

Among our favorites from the past two months were these five brunch-spots, which made our Sunday mornings feel celebratory—even if we were only rejoicing each other’s company.

100 W. Houston Street
An adorable bistro tucked into the West Village, Jane is a standout for brunch with girlfriends. Everything about Jane feels feminine: from the banana nut French toast (highly recommended) to the sweet décor, it’s the perfect place to take girlfriends on a Sunday. Bonus: brunch entrées come with a complimentary cocktail.
Best for: brunch cocktails

The Dutch
131 Sullivan Street
The Dutch is a definite crowd-pleaser: situated in the heart of SoHo, this go-to spot serves literally everything. While we opted for faithful brunch standbys—goat-cheese and summer squash omelette, whole-grain waffle with strawberries, and maple-pecan granola with their homemade yogurt—the table beside us enjoyed a full-on oyster platter and champagne. The philosophy at The Dutch truly seems to be “to each his own.”
Best for: oysters and omlettes

Back Forty
190 Avenue B #1
Spacious and sweetly decorated, Back Forty features a farm-to-table menu that won’t disappoint. We were initially drawn for their brioche French toast (which I ordered), but soon discovered that their baked granola and brisket were also exemplary.
Best for: French toast

The Smith
55 Third Avenue
This airy restaurant is the brother to Jane, so it offers the same delectable brunch—but with a masculine twist. Rather than a complimentary cocktail, you’ll sip a fresh-squeezed juice; instead of fluffy French toast, opt for eggs benedict with their mouthwatering home fries. It’s roomy, but tables fill up quickly, so it’s best to make a reservation.
Best for: classic eggs benedict

54 E. 1st Street
This tiny bistro sticks out from the street for its magenta accents—you’ll find them everywhere from the pages of the menu to the upholstery. Since Prune doesn’t take reservations for small parties, the restaurant holds a steady waiting crowd from 11 a.m. onward (pro-tip: arrive closer to 10 a.m. for a surefire seat). Still, Prune is well worth the wait: from their spicy stewed chickpeas to their peppery take on huevos rancheros, Prune makes for a wholly satisfying meal. We returned twice, since Kelsey and Allison were craving their knockout Bloody Marys. Curiously, there are no prunes on the menu.
Best for: spicy Bloody Marys

Written by Arielle Pardes, University of Pennsylvania, Martha Stewart Living
Edited by Kristin Canning, Wartburg College, SELF

Girl Talk with Haley Goldberg

Although she doesn’t list it on her résumé, Haley Goldberg became an editor in chief in 2001. The publication, Girl Talk, was a quarterly lifestyle magazine founded by Goldberg when she was in the fourth grade.

“We would get together, assign stories to different girls, and write about the important issues — like, ‘why do boys like football?’ — and then we’d hand it out to our friends. It dissolved that summer due to a distribution issue,” says Goldberg, with a playful glint in her eye, “but we had a good four-issue run.”

Twelve years later, Goldberg is no less immersed in the magazine world — but this time, she’s taking part in girl talk as an intern for Glamour, one of the best-selling women’s magazines on newsstands.

Goldberg has spent the summer at Glamour blogging about the latest in food research, transcribing celebrity interviews and even personally delivering the August issue to the the cover stars' manager.

“I couldn’t believe I would get to work there,” says Goldberg, who still feels awe-struck each time she walks into the office in the Condé Nast building. “It was my first choice magazine, and it’s the only magazine I subscribe to.”

As a longtime reader of the publication, Goldberg was initially drawn to Glamour’s lively, relatable articles — but as an intern, she has found the magazine’s staff is just as upbeat as the content.

“Everyone loves what they do,” says Goldberg. In particular, Goldberg spoke of her admiration for Editor-at-Large Liz Brody, for whom she has transcribed interviews. “I really admire Liz, but when I think about it, I’ve learned something from everyone here.”

Goldberg’s eagerness to learn is one of her standout qualities. Her parents describe her childhood in Northville, Michigan, as an era of endless questions--Goldberg wanted to learn about everything. Beyond her ceaseless question-asking, she was a voracious reader, quickly consuming every title in the Nancy Drew series and often finishing books in a single day.

“She would actually sleep with a book or two under her pillow,” recalls her father, Shep Goldberg. “That’s how much she loved books.”

By the time she arrived at the University of Michigan, Goldberg’s literary fervor was still aflame, and she declared an English major.

At the same time, Goldberg began working for the student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. While she was first assigned to the copy desk, she soon began writing for the news, arts, and celebrity gossip sections. Her range as a journalist is extraordinary: Goldberg has covered everything from the annual University of Michigan luncheon honoring Holocaust survivors to the eulogy for Heidi Klum and Seal's marriage.

Now, Goldberg is the woman in charge of The Statement, the University of Michigan’s student magazine. In her first year as editor, she managed several themed issues for the magazine, including the magazine’s first-ever Detroit issue.

“I felt we represented the city well,” says Goldberg, noting that it was her favorite issue to work on. “With Detroit in the news even more now, it was great to highlight programs making a difference in the city.”

Next year, she hopes to create an issue themed around sex, which she likened to New York Magazine’s August issue.

But if she could write anything, Goldberg would want to write profiles.

“I think stories that let us enter the mind of another person are really fascinating. I enjoy trying to take everything about a person and turning them into an essay. It's a great challenge.”

True to form, Goldberg is a challenge to sum up into one cohesive profile. Her enthusiasm is uncontained and her accomplishments unequivocal. According to Katy Williams, her best friend from childhood, Goldberg has always stood out for her dedication and intelligence.

Williams was also part of the original Girl Talk staff, and recounts the experience fondly.

“I remember that Haley was extremely organized with how she ran the magazine, and was able to easily come up with ideas for different articles and columns,” says Williams. She adds that Goldberg may have not always aspired to be a writer, “but without a doubt she has always been one.”

Goldberg’s talent is hard to miss. In high school, she was voted Most Likely to Succeed, and her peers seem to have gotten it right: between her leadership with The Statement and her Glamour internship, Goldberg appears to be on an accomplished path. But Goldberg defines success differently.

“If I’m happy, then I feel like I’ve succeeded,” she says.

With her buoyant attitude and incredible drive, there’s no doubt that Haley Goldberg will be successful. And happy.

Written by Arielle Pardes, University of Pennsylvania, Martha Stewart Living
Edited by Ana Rocha, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Food Network Magazine

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

3 Summer Reads--Selected the Wrong Way

We all know the age-old adage "don't judge a book by its cover." But we're all guilty of it. It's hard not to do just that at People, when the other interns and I cram into the book room on our floor week after week and sort through the countless volumes publishers send to our Books editor for consideration in the magazine.

So, I've compiled a short list of summer reads based on the interesting covers I've come across in our closet that should all be on your Must-Read list as the summer winds down.

1. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (Lauren Weisberger)

While the bold power colors emblazoned on Weisberger's latest are indeed eye-catching, that's not why you or I need to read it: Revenge is the much-hyped sequel to The Devil Wears Prada. Set in a fictional (?) cutthroat magazine industry, everyone's favorite go-getter Andy Sachs—reuniting with her former coassistant-turned-friend Emily—is back at a high-end bridal title, years after she left Runway EIC Miranda Priestly high and dry at Paris Fashion Week. As the novel's sleeve says, "Karma's a bitch," and it seems Miranda's not about to let the editorial ingenue move on with her life quite yet.

2. Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far (Brad Goreski w/ Mickey Rapkin)

America—well, gays, girls, and their moms—fell in love with Brad first as stylist Rachel Zoe's sassy assistant on The Rachel Zoe Project then again on his own Bravo reality show, It's a Brad Brad World. Now Brad is back, quippy and chic as ever, with his debut book, now out in paperback. Part fashion manual, part memoir, the author dishes out advice for the style-savvy and self-doubting alike.

3. American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics (Dan Savage)

Liberal provocateur—and founder of the It Gets Better campaign—Dan Savage returns to the bookshelf with his latest read, a collection of straight-talking essays. As always, the subject matter is controversial and bound to elicit harsh remarks from all sides. That said, he takes on issues from parenting, sex, and religion with his typical personal, reflective (not to mention expletive-laced) commentary—and may open up a few minds along the way.

By Jeff Nelson, Drake University, People
Edited by Andrew Chow, Harvard College, TV Guide

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Wrong Way to Fall in Love

I fell in love with New York the wrong way.

I had been here before, on vacations and adventures, and never felt that stomach-flipping, head-over-heels love that so many people find in the skyscrapers and bridges of this over-populated island. When I ventured through the city, I felt nothing.

I was raised under the wide-open skies of the Texas plains, and, though I’m a city-girl at heart and have no problem on the subway, I just never “felt” New York.  I loved London and Madrid. I fell in love with cobbled streets and different voices, but New York always felt like a lesser version of cities I loved. It was a dirtier London, a hotter San Francisco and a newer Rome. New York has never been a place I’ve dreamed of.

But then again, neither was Reader’s Digest.

There is a love that everyone feels or that everyone tells you that you're supposed to feel about the city that you dream of living in, and the place you dream of working in. That love is built out of a Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the rain kind of passion.  It’s supposed to be immediate and overwhelming and unstoppable. But that kind of love is created by Hollywood.

I did not grow up dreaming of living in New York, and I did not grow up dreaming of working at Reader’s Digest.  I was wrong on both fronts. 

I came to love New York for the summer breeze, the constant buzzing and the endless possibilities.  I came to love Reader’s Digest for the people who welcomed me with open arms and the overwhelming devotion to quality.  My time as an intern in this city has been better than I could have hoped. I have listened to brainstorming sessions that created great ideas. I’ve gotten stuck on projects, and had to ask questions.  I have watched the sausage get made.

I still don’t feel much when I roam around my neighborhood in the East Village. There are no stomach turns or big smiles.  I’m rarely hit by emotion in the hustle, and I don’t know that I ever will be. But I'm comfortable in my love with New York and Reader’s Digest, and it’s love all the same.

Like Diane Keaton and Woody Allen, our love is messy.  I’m the one that’s uncertain. I came into this summer confused and hoping for clarity.  I’m defiant and stubborn and downright difficult. I’m leaving this wonderful summer confused. I’m still not certain that I’m meant to work in magazines, and I’m not sure that I ever will be.

What I do know is that I’m not ready to leave this tiny, overpopulated island that sometimes smells like trash and is always bustling. I’m not ready to leave my place at the bottom of the masthead of Reader’s Digest.

I know that when I left Austin in May, I was leaving home, and now—only 10 weeks later—this big city feels like home, too. When I leave New York and this industry on Saturday, I know it’s not forever.

I may have fallen in love the wrong way, but I did fall in love.

Written by Kelsey McKinney, The University of Texas at Austin, Reader's Digest
Edited by Colleen Connolly, DePaul University, Smithsonian

Friday, July 26, 2013


I’m a big fan of to-do lists.

There’s something so satisfying about checking off a task. It’s a rush of excitement, a moment of relief.

But a couple of weeks into my internship at Reader’s Digest I noticed a little problem: I had a full on, undeniable addiction to drawing big, bold lines through my lists.

It started with tiny things, like writing down simple jobs of answering emails and scheduling meetings in my notebook just so I could cross them out. Then it began to escalate. I would write down individual steps in my writing process.

1a. Research Morris the cat mayor of Mexico
1b.  Write draft of Morris the cat
1c. Upload draft of Morris the cat
1d. You get the idea

But mincing my assignments didn’t help; they created another problem. While it was easy to finish my to-do lists at the beginning of my internship, as the summer progressed, my assignments and responsibilities began to pile up. I couldn’t cross out everything on my list.  

I would leave the office every day counting the tasks I hadn’t finished. Each morning I would wake up feeling guilty and slightly nauseous. I would complete one job to discover three others popped up in its place.

I resented my lists. They were a visible reminder of everything I failed to accomplish. And just as my lists and I were about to reach a point of no return, my notebook staged a silent intervention.

As I flipped through its pages, it hit me. Instead of looking at lists of tasks I hadn’t completed yet, I saw amazing chances and experiences.

Sure, I still had to research photos for a slideshow, but I also learned about tons of trash marring gorgeous landscapes. And yes, it would be nice to finish research on the online story I pitched last week, but creating a database of Reader’s Digest’s editorial audience reviews gave me valuable insight and understanding of what types of stories our readers care about.

Reader’s Digest doesn’t give me tasks to cross off. It gives me responsibilities, trust and opportunities.

Yes, I still get a rush from crossing off completed tasks, but I never want my Reader’s Digest to-do list to end.

Written by Katie Macdonald, Reader's Digest, Louisiana State University

Embracing Washington's Magazine Culture

ASME interns are divided between two cities: New York and Washington, D.C. However, the division of interns is not exactly equal. While there are nearly 30 interns in New York, there are only five in D.C. This inequality makes sense in many respects, especially because New York is the magazine capital of the world. Its media culture is vibrant and ubiquitous. But spending the summer in Washington, D.C. at Washingtonian magazine, an incredible and award-winning regional magazine, has assured me that it’s more than possible to have an extremely successful career in the magazine industry without starting in New York.

Of course I already knew that this was the case. I know that there are great magazines across the country and world. But after working at Washingtonian and visiting a number of other D.C.-based publications, I’m very impressed with the magazines the Washington area has to offer; my firsthand experience in the nation’s capitol has also piqued my curiosity about other cities across the country, many of which also have vibrant magazines.

After I worked at New York-based Details magazine last summer, I was pretty much set on trying to work in New York after I graduated from college. I felt that New York affords incredible opportunities for those interested in media and specifically writing: I’d constantly be interacting and engaging with a tightly-knit yet large community of fellow writers, editors and media personalities. It’s a community that no other city possesses to that degree.

But being in Washington this summer has convinced me to broaden my future horizons, and not just to D.C. I've never been someone who has held a "New York or bust" attitude, but spending this summer in Washington has left me even more open to pursuing a magazine career somewhere other than New York. I've met writers and editors this summer who have made great careers for themselves without ever living in New York. Working at Washingtonian, a prestigious regional magazine, has spurred me to further examine other regional magazines around the country. Though I've known for a long time that successful magazine careers elsewhere are certainly possible, this summer I've been able to see it firsthand.

While D.C. ASME interns are outnumbered, I've loved every minute of being in Washington. We've been able to visit with a great group of publications: We've already visited National Geographic, Smithsonian, Politico, The New Republic and Washingtonian, and we have planned visits to AARP The Magazine and The Atlantic. The editors and staffers at all of these publications have been informative and passionate about their work; visiting these publications and interacting with their staffs have demonstrated to me the vibrant magazine culture of Washington.

Many of D.C.'s prominent magazines are political or historical in nature. As someone who gets chills every time I walk into the Lincoln Memorial, these themes appeal to me. But I realize that politics isn't for everyone. Even so, Washington's magazine scene could still appeal to the most staunchly apolitical among us. Washingtonian, for instance, covers politics to some degree, but also focuses on a host of other topics. Even though D.C. is widely seen as a political city, it has truly become a place of cultural significance as well.  

To be clear, I have nothing against New York. I still love the city, as it is always brimming with life (and incredible hot pastrami sandwiches). Living there one day would surely be an amazing experience. All I'm saying is that other cities, including Washington, also have great magazine cultures, though not as prominent as New York's.

Soon it will come time for me to choose where to launch my career. Though I will likely not have too much choice in the matter, it has been extremely heartening to witness the opportunities that exist in the magazine world outside of New York. I will certainly be thrilled wherever I end up, whether it is New York, D.C. or some other location. What I've learned this summer is that New York is not the only city with a great magazine community. And after experiencing Washington this summer and learning so much about its journalism culture, I feel that it's important to at least consider destinations beyond New York and even beyond the Northeast when ultimately considering a career path in magazine.

Written by Stanley Kay, Northwestern University, Washingtonian
Edited by Taryn Finley, Howard University, ESSENCE

No Need to Lie

Going on a blind date in New York City is both terrifying and exhilarating.

I walked around the block four times before I actually went to the meeting point. Even then, I stood across the street hiding behind a tree before dashing over at the last minute.

I felt fairly safe considering I was four blocks from my apartment, had two friends continually calling, and the meeting place was at a Jamba Juice. Nothing bad could happen where smoothies are born, right?

Jamba Juice was closed.

Boy had run off to a store to pick up a card for his grandfather, but forgot to inform me of the next plan.

Bravely, I marched into the drugstore and introduced myself.

He was my height. I was wearing four-inch heels, and I'm originally 5'1".

After heading to a cupcake shop (closed), a café (closed), and three bars (not closed, but overly crowded), we found a gelato shop.

For being in New York, a lot of things are closed when you're on an awkward date.

When we began talking, Boy had joked about his work, detailing that he was part superhero, part manager in a high-end escort service.

The joke went on for an hour and a half. I've never learned so much about a theoretical occupation and business plan. At one point I wanted to interview him for an article.

My turn finally came up. I explained that I was a journalist, reporting on ideas ranging from Candy Crush to humpback whales. Every morning I pitched stories, called sources, and created visual narratives that highlighted an industry.

I talked about one of my favorite pieces, getting overly excited about the idea of spider silk dress.  I cheered when I remembered that Friday was Bagel Day, and that I could get hot chocolate from the kitchen when the A/C decided to freeze the office.

The night drew to an end, and I headed home. It wasn't until I walked into the apartment that I realized I hadn't said anything untrue. I could've made up an entire new life, like he had, with traits that were innovative and unusual. I had the possibility to be anyone I wanted.

And I had chosen –unconsciously – to tell him about this summer, which is just as good as being a superhero or a debutante. I lied: it's better. Every day something unexpected happens: I meet a reporter from the New York Times; a Googler invites me over for lunch; I hunt for clues to a murder mystery at the Met.

You can't make this stuff up.

Written by Em Maier, University of Pittsburgh, Inc.
Edited by Hannah Dreyfus, Yeshiva University, Parade Magazine.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Taking Stock in Mary Clare

For Mary Clare Fischer, becoming a writer isn’t about interviewing big name celebrities like Ryan Gosling. She’s already done that.

Sure, the weekend in the Waldorf Astoria where she interviewed Gosling and Eva Mendez for The University of Maryland’s daily paper The Diamondback was fancy and fun, but Mary Clare likes her subjects a little less famous.

“I really like writing about random small town people who do really interesting things,” she says. And she does.

From stories about granola bakers and student filmmakers to a feature on a tattoo artist that pioneered 3-D nipple tattoos for breast cancer patients, Mary Clare writes about all kinds of people with all sorts of passions. For the summer, though, she’s writing about money for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

“At the beginning I was terrified,” Mary Clare says. She didn’t know anything about investing or the stock market before she began her summer internship and even emailed her editor before she arrived to warn her. But she's since learned a thing or two about the world of finance.  “I don’t think I could walk out of this internship at the end of the summer and know how to invest in the stock market,” she says, “but I’ve definitely learned a lot.”

She may not be working on the long form features she loves so much, but Mary Clare enjoys the adventure at Kiplinger’s. She switches departments every week, went on a staff outing to the printing press in rural Virginia and is even working on a piece about smart-home systems, which automate houses to do things like change the temperature or text owners when the front door opens.

Exploration is nothing new for Mary Clare. She loves other cultures, going on adventures and reading National Geographic. Her friend Naveed Siddiqui says that they went on exploratory adventures around campus every Thursday night of freshman year. Their first adventure, Naveed says, involved jumping the fences into the football stadium, climbing to the highest bleachers and laying on the ground at midfield chatting about life.

After she graduates, Mary Clare plans to go on “the stereotypical backpacking trip across Europe” with a good friend. In the meantime, her next year will be a busy one. She’ll head back to the University of Maryland to finish up her dual degrees in journalism and government with a couple of different internship opportunities to decide between.

“I’m very much ready to move into the point where I’m doing what I want to do all the time,” she says.

Even though she questions the future of long form and even her own ability to secure a job as an editorial assistant, Mary Clare never does anything halfway. When she decided she wanted to run in a race, she didn’t choose to do a trendy color run or a 5K. She ran a whole half-marathon. “If she decides she's going to do something she does it 1,000,000%,” Fischer’s roommate Caterina Marzella says. “It is one of her best qualities and I greatly admire her for it.”

Like writing a long-form narrative and running a half-marathon, choosing a career in writing is no easy decision. “We’ll see if journalism even has a place for long form features in the future,” Mary Clare says.

But whether she has 140 characters, 18 column inches or 4,500 words, Mary Clare Fischer will write stories about the people of the world who matter not on the silver screen, but in the lives and towns around us.

Written by Kelsey McKinney, The University of Texas at Austin, Reader's Digest
Edited by Colleen Connolly, DePaul University, Smithsonian

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Essentially Taryn

Taryn Finley is never home.

"She's definitely gone more often than not," says roommate Sara Gentzler, "it's very rare that she's home."

Her days consist of “work”, in sarcasm quotes because when you ask her about Essence Magazine, she describes something that sounds far from what she would consider to be just a day job.

Her nights find her all over the city, going to events for the magazine, social events with the New York Association of Black Journalists and making the most out of being in New York City.

“I’m just trying to take full advantage of this summer,” she says, “Last year I vowed I would be here, and next year I wanna look back and be like, ‘No regrets.’”

Essence Magazine, which she constantly flipped through growing up, was her first choice of magazines for the summer, and she couldn’t be happier there.

“I always loved magazines throughout my life, but Essence kept coming back to me and speaking to me.” Working there, she says, is a dream come true.

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Finley credits the village that raised her with pushing her to the Empire State.

Her fascination with black history and advocacy began in elementary school along with her attraction to the written word. Twelve years passed, and on the brink of graduation from high school, when she was sure of where she wanted to end up, she was told she couldn’t have it.

 “My counselor sat down with my dad and told him that I should look at in state schools and community colleges, for financial reasons, and that hurt.”

 Financial status, she says, should never determine your attainable education status. However, this lack of support did not deter her.

 After this summer, Finley will be entering her fourth and final year at Howard University as a part of the rigorous Annenberg Honors Program.

The next person to tell her she couldn’t do something was the Dayton Daily News, a local newspaper, who told the girl fresh from her first year of college that she wasn’t ready for an internship yet.

So Finley started several of her own blogs, wrote for hercampus and 101 Magazine, and interned at Radio One in Washington D.C.

Eventually, Finley desires to own her own digital publication, and, given her current track record, all she needs is someone to tell her that she can’t.

For now though, Finley is happy doing what she is doing, saying, “I never thought I would love something this much.”

Look for Finley’s name in the next Essence, which should hit newsstands this next week, with her article about Blair Underwood.

-Written Stefan Malmsten, Money, Ohio University
-Edited by Andrew Chow, TV Guide, Harvard

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lucy Feldman: Calm, Cool, and Collected

Her beat at Brown’s Daily Herald was crime. The first semester, there was a slew of capers and malfeasance.

It wasn’t break-ins or illicit drug use: it was a serial masturbator. And Lucy Feldman was on the case.

“People didn’t know how to respond to it – people thought it was hilarious, others horrifying. I was on-call from the editor-in-chief. He’d call and say, ‘Lucy, there’s been an incident.’”

Leah Newcomer, a friend since freshman year, remembers the pair running in slippers and pajamas to the scene, where Feldman would interview policemen and witnesses.

The now editor-in-chief recounts the story with a lazy smile. Pausing, she leans back, stretching in a way that reminds friends of an acrobat or the claymation character Gumby.

“One of my favorite writers, Mark Bowden, writes these crazy, awesome crime tales. I love reading about crime, writing it — all of it,” she says.

Fortunately for her, she and Bowden share a publication: they both work at the esteemed Vanity Fair.
The petite girl with the wild hair didn’t always want to be a journalist.

Before arriving at Brown, she had no plans of even being an English major. The daughter of a psychologist, Feldman thought she’d follow in her father’s footsteps, becoming a clinician.

She also considered doing theatre. And she’d been a gymnast before a back injury halted her athletic career.

“Psychology never happened. I took one class in that department…I just haven’t gotten around to it.”

She hasn’t ruled it out — it’s on a to-do list.

“I can see her do a lot of things. She’s really passionate about publications and writing, and she’s very good at it. She’s very capable fitting in everywhere. She could be on a lot of different paths, if she wanted to,” Newcomer says.
Feldman exudes a confidence, a sensibility and assurance as she speaks.

It’s also one of the first things her friends mention.

“She’s one of the wisest people I know. She’s very insightful and in touch with herself,” Newcomer says.  

Another companion, Nora Orton agreed. The two had talked late into the night, eating cupcakes as they discussed their short time at college.

“For me that was the first day – it was actually probably a few weeks in – that I thought 'I will be able to do this.' She’s very thoughtful, and could really go there and past the surface in conversations. And all freshmen are pretty disingenuous. She knew what she wanted, more than anyone else did. With that comes a sort of confidence that drew me to her,” Orton says.

That security and capability has continued to manifest at her time in New York.

“I’ve loved it. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know some editors, which isn’t always the case. I love the editorial assistants, and I love the magazine,” she says.  

Feldman is currently debating between the path of an editor versus a writer, having experienced both at the college newspaper and after an internship at The Oregonian.

“Short-term, I would love to be an editorial assistant. It’s a really special job, to work with someone who is doing such interesting things,” Feldman says.

She’s had practice at Vanity Fair, sitting in for various editorial assistants over the weeks, grasping how the magazine comes together to create the pieces she’s loved and admired for years.

While running all over the city, she occasionally hits a bump or two. Usually, a cupcake or cookie from a nearby bakery can solve it. 

“I get lost whenever I go to Lexington Avenue,” she says. “It’s like the Bermuda Triangle; I avoid it like the plague, because I can never navigate my way out.”

Other than that, it’s been smooth sailing. While the girl from Portland hasn’t fallen head-over-the-heels with the city as many of her fellow interns have, she can see herself staying here for a while.

“I feel like all roads lead to New York,” she says. “And it’s always interesting when I go out.”

Written by Em Maier, University of Pittsburgh, Inc.
Edited by April Castillo, SUNY New Paltz, Woman's Day