Composed and confident Abigail Weinberg, 20, seems like she has belonged in New York City her entire life. She’s the type to speak up, to sit in the front of the class– a real New York move. But unlike many city-dwellers, she’s both easygoing and friendly. Decked in vintage-style clothing, she is well-rounded in both style and brains. Abigail was born in Franklin, Massachusetts. She didn’t move to Manhattan until she started attending New York University, but has adapted to the city environment well.

New York University and Washington Square News

I didn’t want to know anyone when I went to college, since I grew up in a small town. I was really attracted to New York University because it really encourages you to be independent. I came to NYU because I wanted to pursue a journalism career, so during my first year I joined Washington Square News as a features writer. I was actually promoted to editor-in-chief this past fall, which was so valuable but really crazy. I ended up stepping down at the end of the semester because it was taking a toll on my schedule. I would spend all Sunday working at the paper, and I felt like I had no time to myself. I’m still working at the newspaper as the editor-at-large, but it’s definitely less demanding.

Journalism in Weinberg Blood

Both of my parents met at a newspaper, and my dad has been a writer an editor for his entire career. But they’re not the reason I got into journalism. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, so pursuing journalism just seemed like the most practical way to make that into a living. I really want to be a features writer for a publication when I graduate. It would be so cool to work for The New Yorker, or this alternative newspaper in Seattle called The Stranger.

Outside of the Classroom

Now that I have some free time, I’ve been working on some of my hobbies. I’ve been knitting since I was ten years old. I’m actually working on a hat right now– it’s for myself. I also bike a lot! I try to bike from my apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant to Manhattan as much as I can.

A Love of Music

I’m learning to play guitar right now. I think it’s inspired by the fact that I love 60’s music so much right now. I listen to a lot of Bob Dylan, particularly because I’m so fascinated by his voice. I’ve never seen him in concert, but I do try to go see more current artists, especially now that I’m living in New York and there’s such a vibrant music scene. I think my favorite show I’ve been to was Sufjan Stevens, who’s an indie artist. He’s an incredible performer and wears crazy feather costumes when he’s on stage.