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Some news are life-changing, well – this is certainly it for me. I just got my acceptance letter to the school of my dreams! Yep. And to think of it – I only applied to it slightly over a week ago. On a Friday night, before the long, Presidents’ Day, weekend. Now, isn’t that cool or what?
Okay, you are probably wondering – which school am I going to and what will I be studying? Well, I am going to New York University (NYU) for my Master of Science (M.S.) in Publishing: Digital and Print Media. Woohoo. Though, it was an easy choice, given that this is the top school in the field, in the capital city of publishing World.
So in order to take Global Storybook to the next level, and to transform my exhilarating vision for this company into a fundamental reality, I have taken this serious decision to apply to this amazing school.
Yes, I have learned how to build a website completely on my own, through trial and error, and online research. But what do I know about book and magazine publishing world? Err… nothing. And that is exactly what this school will give me, in addition to introducing me to some of the best and brightest people working in the field, while teaching at NYU in the evenings.
Condé Nast Traveler, HarperCollins, Time Inc., Penguin Random House, Marie Claire, InStyle, O, the Oprah Magazine – these are just some of the incredible brands where my future professors currently work or worked in. I cannot contain my excitement just thinking of how amazing the next two years will be!
And it’s not only the professors – knowing NYU, and its selective and competitive admission process, I am absolutely sure that some of our earliest Global Storybook’s staff will come from its current and future students!
Okay, apart from this shameless bragging, why am I telling you all of this? Here’s the thing.
Education is expensive. At least, in U.S. – it is. So, if you are going to invest thousands of dollars (or euros, or pounds) into your education, plus your precious time – think critically before you commit to a specific program. There are so many people in this World, that go to a school for all the wrong reasons (“oh, it’s so prestigious”, “oh, my parents wanted me to be a doctor/lawyer/MBA/etc”.) only to graduate a few years later, up to their nose in debt, and completely unhappy with their career.
Please. Do. Not. Make. This. Mistake!
And if you do not know yet what it is that you want to study – that’s okay! Take all the time you need and you will figure it out. It’s okay not to follow a traditional pattern: Bachelor’s Degree at 22, followed by a Master’s Degree two years later. It’s okay, if all your peers have degrees and careers and you haven’t decided on a clear path yet. We all have different, unique paths, and what makes one person happy – will bore another one to death.
Do not give up on yourself, do not consider yourself worse than others, just because you haven’t figured out your path yet. It will come to you. One day. I promise. Just keep thinking about what it is you like to do, what it is you are passionate about and good at (no, not sitting on a couch, drinking beer – everyone’s good at that).
My career path has cleared and revealed itself to me now when I am thirty. It was a long, tedious passage, with lots of mistakes and struggles, but I made it here, and so will you. Believe me, now that I am here – there is nothing in this World that could make me more happy – than getting this wonderful news today! And so I wish for you to have the same feeling, at the right time, with the right choice. Remember, everything always works out for the best – and if it isn’t so for you currently, then you haven’t reached the end yet, my friend.
P.S. Now you can also read about how I got admitted to the top school, including my application essay.
With love and excitement,