I have been at Columbia University for exactly three months, and I am finally flying home to California tomorrow for Thanksgiving break. It is approaching midnight, but I am currently working on a project that began as a spur-of-the-moment idea during New Student Orientation Week in August -- and grew into a passion.
I'm starting a campus fashion magazine with one of my very good friends here at Columbia.
I met her during New Student Orientation Week. It was an innocuous introduction -- we both liked each other's clothes, simple enough. However, walking back to campus from Broadway one day, we realized that Columbia University did not have a fashion magazine. "Let's start a fashion magazine!" she said with an infectious twinkle in her eye. And that was that.
Three months later, we are Hoot magazine -- Hoot because Alma Mater, the mother soul statue of our university, has an owl hidden underneath her skirt. Hoot because we give a hoot about fashion and creativity within the Columbia University community. Hoot because it sounds like haute.
Within the past three months, we've expanded to a talented team of different but equally fashion-obsessed students, from a society debutante to a civil engineer to a writer for one of the top accessory blogs. Together, we've worked for everything from ELLE to Seventeen to Missoni to Tom Ford -- and I am incredibly proud to be friends and coworkers with such a dedicated and talented team.
We just launched our blog, hootmag.org, today -- and we're currently looking for advertisers to fund our publication and coordinating the production of our first issue, to be published in early February 2010.
We've done some ridiculous things, from making finger sandwiches together at 10:00am in the morning to getting in trouble with the Department of Public Safety. While I may be going home tomorrow, much of my break is going to be spent working on making Hoot a success.
Here's to New York City, serendipitous discoveries and endeavors with new close friends, fashion, and taking risks!