I thoroughly enjoyed each place we visited in New York. Because I’m pursuing a career as a magazine editor after graduation, the trip was beneficial for me. I got an inside glimpse of the work environment I will soon enter. Each company had a different vibe that reflected the different types of magazines it produced, and I benefited from hearing the different testimonies from the different employees at each.
My favorite part of our trip, however, was walking down the hallway of magazine covers at Rolling Stone. As I ventured down the hallway, I witnessed the evolution of popular culture (and our society at large) on the walls. I studied the premier cover that displayed a photo of John Lennon. The antique, black-and-white covers progressed into ones with bright colors and bold text. I examined the covers from my parents’ generation. I particularly enjoyed looking at the covers from my childhood. NSYNC was my favorite boy-band in the late 90s and early 2000s, and I felt like I went back in time to see that band and its contemporaries when they were at the peak of their influence on popular culture. As the covers progressed through the years I began noticing faces from our present day culture, such as Katy Perry. The hallway of Rolling Stone contains so much history, and I loved experiencing the changes in our society by studying the covers from past to present.
— Grace Hayes