Mia Jacobs is a storyteller at heart. She told me about the psychopathic roommate whose booby traps she endured while inhabiting a fifth floor walkup in the Village with him last year. That’s how she wound up living alone on the Upper West Side. She told about the formerly Orthodox Jew her friend matched with on Tinder, whose story she told to the world through a photographic profile of him on her website. And, of course, the 20-year-old junior told me about herself.

Q: Where are you from?

I’m from Westchester, New York, but I’m originally from San Francisco. I moved in the eighth grade. I feel very New York. I wish I felt more California.

Q: What characterizes someone from New York versus California?

Just incredibly uptight and mean.

Q: You’re studying journalism and photography in Gallatin. Why not photojournalism?

I’m interested in visual imagery and I do a lot of artistic photography on the side. I want to be technically good and develop my own style.

Q: Tell me about your magazine.

I self-published a magazine because I wanted to talk to people who were creative and broaden my own knowledge on publishing and putting together a magazine. I wanted to showcase these people who mostly didn’t go to college and they’re mostly older and living in Brooklyn and didn’t have the resources we have at NYU.

Q: Where did you find them?

I met them on Instagram. Most of them have less than 200 followers.

Q: You mentioned that you’re a part of the Rational Creature [NYU’s feminist magazine]. Can you tell me a little bit about your involvement in that?

I’m assistant photo editor, so that means I basically just help the photo editor sort through submissions, and I help out with organizing events and bake sales. I’m always interested in giving people the platform to be heard through publications, and when I heard that the Rational Creature was the only feminist mag to ever exist on campus, I was really wanting to get involved… Identity is important to me, and I hope to show that through my work by focusing on people with strong identities. I’m half Korean and half Jewish, so being mixed race is really special to me.

Q: What got you into art?

I’ve always been into art. Both of my parents are interior designers and are really creative people, so I think it’s both a little hereditary and from my upbringing. I’ve always loved to draw, and I got my first camera when I was 12.

Q: What are your career goals?

I’m torn between wanting to work for a print publication or to become a documentary filmmaker slash photographer. Neither are lucrative careers.

Q: Right now you work at Joe coffee shop on Eighth Street. That sounds like such a sick job.

Yeah, it’s super fun. I get free coffee and pastries and stuff. But also I have to wake up at 5 a.m. most times I work, so that’s not fun.