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Stephanie’s trip to NYC!

Last Thursday to Friday, I went to NYC for a bunch of Her Campus meetings while Windsor and Annie held down the fort in Cambridge.

You might remember one time in August when I blogged about how I was stuck on a train on my way to visit my best friend Jackie in NYC.  I was on an Amtrak train at the time- on the Acela- and that train ride was one of three Amtrak Acela train rides I had been on in the past month that had had issues.  Since you pay a premium to take the Acela because in theory it has great service, I was very frustrated about how many problems I had encountered!

I sent an email to Amtrak customer service voicing my concerns.  About a month later, someone from Amtrak called me personally to apologize and told me they were issuing me a $100 voucher for future Amtrak travel!  I was very pleased with how Amtrak handled it- they got back to me, made me feel like they appreciated my business, and compensated me by giving me the voucher.

The point of this is that last week, I used this voucher to take the Amtrak Acela train to NYC (we usually take the bus for our business travel since it is cheaper and we try to be as frugal as possible!).

It was super warm in NYC (and Cambridge) on Thursday, in the 70s, so I walked from Penn Station to Union Square for my first meeting.  First I met with Josh Weinstein, the Founder of CollegeOnly, who gave me a CollegeOnly t-shirt!  They’re developing a cool Facebook-esque, Twitter-esque site just for college students.

I changed from flats to heels at the CollegeOnly office before heading to an event put on by Battery Ventures (a venture capital firm) called “Digital Dollars & Sense”, all about monetizing online content.  There was a networking portion and then a panel with speakers from Thrillist, Gawker, and more.  I met some really interesting media entrepreneurs and heard a lot of innovative ideas from the panel speakers.

The next day, I met with Leah, the College Editor at The Huffington Post!  If you’ve been reading HC for a while, you probably know that HC has a content partnership with The Huffington Post.  So Leah and I have emailed a TON, but had never met in person!  I got to see the HuffPost offices and then Leah and I grabbed coffee.  She’s awesome!

Friday afternoon I took the train back to Boston!

Sneak preview: Windsor, Annie, and I will be in NYC again this coming Monday to Tuesday for something very exciting that we can’t tell you about yet… stay tuned!

Stephanie is co-founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Media, which she co-founded in 2009 as an undergrad at Harvard.
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