Where are you from?
I grew up on Long Island, New York, and I studied English and politics at NYU. Now I live and work in Astoria, Queens. I’ve tried a few times to live in other cities, but New York keeps wooing me back.
What do you do? I’m a staff writer at NerdWallet, the personal finance website. I write primarily for our blog aimed at recent college graduates. My articles give 20-somethings tips on how to manage their money, understand their student loans and search for jobs effectively. NerdWallet is a startup based in San Francisco, so I work remotely from New York. I love learning about the tech scene and emerging journalism business models. I’ve also become an evangelist for Roth IRAs.
How did you get there? I came to CUNY with no journalism experience, and my first Craft class with Tim Harper and Ellen Tumposky was the crash course I needed to whip my writing into shape. From there I tried to get as much newsroom training as I could. In addition to the required summer internship, I interned at WNYC my second semester and at the New York Observer during my third semester. My CUNY background and the real-world experience I picked up during J-School gave me the journalism chops NerdWallet was looking for.
How did the Business & Economics program help? I didn’t expect to study business and economics when I started at CUNY. But Greg David’s pitch — that learning how to tackle complicated subjects would set us up to write about anything — struck a chord with me. As a personal finance reporter I wouldn’t have the confidence to work with numbers or to delve into the complexities of topics like retirement savings without the business and economics concentration.