Checking in with former Colby Echo Editors-in-Chief

As the Colby community moves toward the end of its first semester, the Echo staff decided to check in with last year’s co Editors-in-Chief Tim Badmington ’14 and Julianna Haubner ’14. As new graduates, both alumni are employed and are enjoying their time in the “real world” thus far.

Badmington, a Baltimore, MD native, devoted himself to both the Echo and Colby Rugby during his time on the Hill. “Most of my extracurricular time was taken up by Rugby and the Echo, although that balance skewed heavily toward the newspaper as I moved through the years and up the ladder at the Echo. I dabbled in hall staff and student government, too,” Badmington said in an email to the Echo.

“I was a philosophy major at Colby and absolutely loved it…. [Now] I’m living in Philadelphia working at a business school admissions consulting firm. I’m leveraging the skills I gained at the Echo to edit materials for business school hopefuls, including essays, resumes, and more,” he wrote.

After spending some time working in the field of business school admissions, Badmington hopes to soon move to a different field, but in a similar line of work. “I’d love to move into undergraduate admissions. The liberal arts and undergraduate environments mean a great deal to me, and I would relish the opportunity to help shape and mold a college’s student body.”

Badmington credits Colby for helping him move into the job force smoothly. “[The College] led me directly to my job! As everyone always says, connections are everything in the business world, and I’m at least one data point demonstrating that that is true.”

He also reflected on his time at the Echo and the ways in which it continues to help him: “Without the editing and secondary (time management, organization) skills I learned on staff here at the Echo, I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today – those skills are directly pertinent to my current position and completely essential,” he wrote.

When reflecting on his time at the College, Badmington remembered a quote he thinks of quite fondly. “Jed Wartman gave me this piece of advice that I acted on and am so happy I did: before you graduate, make plans to see your closest friends at some point after graduation, be that in the immediately following summer or whenever,” he said.

Badmington continued, “It can be tough because everyone is going every which way and everything is up in the air, but by committing to a weekend you have established a pattern of keeping in touch with those you care about most.”

To the Echo staff specifically, Badmington wrote, “Always keep the school on its toes – you are the watchdog, so never let the College get too comfortable.”

Haubner, a graduate from Scarsdale, NY, was very involved on the Hill, but devoted much of her time to the Echo. “I was an English and history double-major at Colby and loved the experience. They fit really, really well together, provided a great balance in terms of the type of work I was doing, and really tapped into interests that I had and continue to have. And you can’t beat the professors in either of those departments—they’re amazing,” Haubner wrote in her own email.

Haubner is using the skills she learned at Colby, specifically as an English major, at her new job. “Right now, I’m an Editorial Assistant at Simon & Schuster (S&S) in New York…. I’m at the flagship S&S imprint…. We publish Walter Isaacson, David McCullough, Chris Cleave, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and a ton of incredible authors in fiction and nonfiction,” she continued.

“I’ve always been a huge reader and interested in working with books, but only really learned about publishing when I graduated from high school. As a sophomore at Colby, I got my first industry internship at a literary agency in New York,” Haubner wrote. “The person who hired me actually went to Bowdoin, and has become a mentor of sorts. She invited me back for a second summer, which I split with another internship at W.W. Norton. After graduating, I did the Columbia Publishing Course (with another Echo alum, Danielle Daitch!) and got this job in mid September.”

Haubner is thoroughly enjoying her time at S&S, and even stated that it reminds her of her time at the College. “I love going to work and not really knowing what’s going to get thrown my way. One morning I could be just scheduling a lunch for one of the two editors I work for, the other I could be on the phone taking edits from an author,” she wrote. She continued, “It’s a lot of fun being surrounded by people who actually remind me a lot of my friends at Colby, and working on something that I really love, or seeing small things you do (and most of the stuff you do is REALLY small) help add up to something that other people will buy and love.”

During her senior year at the College, Haubner wrote a thesis through the department of English, which she deeply credits for helping her get to S&S. “Directly, my senior thesis was probably the most influential. I wrote about contemporary fiction bestsellers and traced patterns between them, an understanding of that is pretty useful in my line of work.”

Haubner also mentions the professors that had a long lasting impact on her. “Indirectly, I can’t emphasize enough how much relationships with professors and alums defined my Colby and postgrad experience. Once I figured out the industry I wanted to go into, I realized that I wasn’t going to get much support from the on-campus resources and was going to have to do most of the work on my own. Professors were incredibly enthusiastic about what I wanted to do and were so supportive,” she wrote.

Haubner used alumni networking as a tool to tap into the publishing field. “I reached out to a few alumni who work in publishing who I found through the database and they became really great contacts. I’ve met up with them earlier this fall, and it was so nice to meet people who were Colby grads (one a former Echo editor!) who have found success in the industry,” she said.

Due to the amount of time that she spent in the Echo office during her four years on the Hill, Haubner wrote that her time on the staff continues to influence her everyday. “The Echo helped me realize that I definitely wanted to be in a creative environment with people who were excited and engaged about what we were doing. The Echo editor dynamic is definitely irreplaceable, but I knew I wanted to try and have that same kind of banter and support that we had in the office. And so far, I’ve been able to get close.”

To current seniors at the College, Haubner wrote: “Enjoy it, but don’t feel like you need to be depressed when it ends. It’s okay to feel like you’ve had your four-year run, and are ready to go out into the world. That being said, always keep in touch with your friends, and make an effort to stick with them. They know you best. My group of friends tries to meet at least once a month for drinks or dinner. It’s really exciting to see each other at the beginning of the rest of our lives!”

To first-years, she advised: “Make mistakes. Don’t go too crazy (the COOT mom in me never goes away), but don’t forget that if you do, your first year doesn’t have to define the other three.”

And lastly, to the Echo staff, Haubner wrote: “Enjoy the time you have in the office. It’s a unique and special place and time. Take advantage of the opportunity to write stories and learn more about Colby.”