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NYU Publishing Institute Experience- Part 2

Posts about my experiences at the 2010 NYU Summer Publishing Institute will, in the future, have the heading SPI Part  #. 

So after my post whining about lack of information from NYU, I receive a e-mail welcome letter with just the sorts of things I was so desperate to hear about. 

I would like to take this time to give a shout out to e-mail: E-mail, you were the best invention ever. 

For example, I received my acceptance e-mail three weeks before I received my actual acceptance letter in the mail. How could I have possibly waited that long in the old days before e-mail? I would have gone insane. Plus, with all of the things one must take care of immediately (loans, housing applications), I needed that time. 

From my wonderful welcome letter I now know about the program directors:

Donna Sapolin will direct the Magazine Section of the Institute. She is a multimedia content consultant focusing on print and website development. She previously served as vice president and editor-in-chief of Home magazine, vice president and executive editor of PointClickHome.com, and editorial director of the Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications. She has also worked with publications such as This Old House magazine, Food & Wine magazine, and Metropolitan Home magazine.

Libby Jordan Libby Jordan is President of Musubu Inc., a publishing consulting company offering marketing, publicity, advertising, and design services as well as digital initiatives, author coaching, and editorial guidance. Prior to launching her own business, Libby was Senior Vice President and Associate Publisher of the Collins, Collins Design, and William Morrow imprints of HarperCollins Publishers. She also served as Vice President, Director of Marketing for the Dell/Delacorte division of Random House. Jordan has worked on campaigns for Jack Welch, Jack Canfield, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Elmore Leonard, Danielle Steel, John Grisham, Harlan Coben, and others. Before pursuing a career in book publishing, she worked in promotion and merchandising for the Hearst corporation. She is a graduate of Dickinson College.

I have also learned that I will most likely be residing in an apartment-style dorm called Palladium dormitory located off Union Square and a whole bunch of other stuff, interesting to me but probably not to you. 

This boost of information has rekindled my excitement and made me forget about the horror of how much it will cost and what a crappy loan I had to take out to afford it.

NYU Summer Publishing Institute Experience- Part 1

Ah, the beginnings. I tortured myself for months writing and re-writing the SOPs, reworked my resume just as many times, and changed the “Books You’ve Read Recently” at least five times. Partly because I read so many books during the duration of the application process, and partly I kept changing my mind when trying to pick the five books that best made me look smart, up-to-date, but not pretentious. 

It is very possible I over thought everything. 

After all the work, I ended up applying to three summer publishing programs (getting a Masters in publishing seemed expensive, time consuming, and probably pointless). I applied to NYU, Columbia, and University of Denver. NYU accepted me first, and based on a strong feeling Columbia would reject me (and the fact that NYU is pretty damn awesome) I committed to NYU right away. University of Denver accepted me, and Columbia did indeed reject me. 

So. The hard part is over, right? I’ve been accepted. I’ve sent in my $500 tuition deposit. Everything is a go!

No, it’s not.

First there is the minor issue on how to pay for this wonderful experience. Obviously I don’t have the $6,000 I need for tuition and housing just gathering dust in my bank account. So, the student loan.

Except. Because it’s such a short certificate program I cannot get the regular federal (wonderful) loans. I have to apply for the dreaded, expensive, PRIVATE loan. 

That is still in the process of being figured out. I’ve applied to Sallie Mae (as I already owe them money from my first bout of education) and eagerly await their response. 

Then housing. Tution is only $4900, the rest of the total cost goes to housing and stupid mandatory meal plans. So I had to apply for dorm housing and pay the $500 deposit on that, too. 

All of this would be nothing if NYU would send me some more information. Like, a program guide in the mail. An e-mail explaining my next steps. Something that tells me I have done everything correctly and look! It’s all totally worth it because this summer is going to be amazing in these 10 ways….

But alas, NYU has quieted down since first accepting me and acknowledging the receipt of my deposits. My excitement has fizzled out under the strain of the expense and paperwork. 

Thus begins my journey through the 2010 NYU Publishing Institute.