Catherine Monson ’12

Major(s): Ancient Studies, Religion
Concentration(s): Media Studies, Linguistic Studies
Current Position: Copywriter at Simon & Schuster in New York, NY

What is your current position? What are your responsibilities?

I currently work as a copywriter for Simon & Schuster in the advertising and promotion department, and on a day-to-day basis, I am writing, editing, and correcting copy (meaning book descriptions) for our digital catalog and attending sales meetings.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in this field?

I chose to go into publishing because it combines three of my favorite things: reading, writing, and editing! It’s a major business largely fueled by English and humanities majors. A work day can involve anything from reading about dozens of books to having a half-hour long conversation about comma usage, so I think I fit in pretty well.

How did you gain the experience necessary for this position?

I attended New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute after graduation, which really helped me get my foot in the door. But having a publishing internship, along with solid writing and research skills, was really the foundation for that.

How did your Media Studies coursework or experiences help you get where you are today?

My media classes have, most importantly, taught me to be a healthy (and happy) skeptic of all the media I consume today — be it books, TV, radio, Facebook. That can mean totally immersing myself in a magazine article or creating a compelling book promotion at work or simply knowing when to take out my earbuds, but it has always served me well.

Any advice you would give a Media Studies student knowing what you know now?

If you’re not sure what direction to take your media interests, remember that there are many, many jobs out there that you’ve never even heard of! You could be perfect for something that’s never even crossed your radar. The best thing you can do: keep asking questions.