Recent Graduate Launches Magazine

The sleek, in-the-know College Magazine. Amanda Nachman, CEO and Publisher of College Magazine, got her start at the University of Maryland as an English major, and in just one short year after graduation, Amanda has established a core design and editorial team, launched three issues of College Magazine, and secured seed funding and major advertisers. Staying true to her roots as an English major, Amanda is proud to note that “we have over 60 student writers and photographers contributing and already over 500 students have signed up for our e-newsletter,”

amandanachmanphotobwname2So, how did she do it? In addition to majoring in English while at UMD, Amanda also participated in the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Business Honors Program, Beyond the Classroom, was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and played field hockey. She didn’t stop there, though. Amanda studied abroad in Italy and held three internships. It was the internships—the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Company Public Relations and Editorial Internship, the Washington Spaces Magazine Editorial Internship, and the UMD Alumni Association Communications Internship—that Amanda says sparked her interest in magazine publishing: “I learned first-hand the ins and outs of the publishing industry, and it was with this knowledge that I was able to start my own publication."

Amanda's Advice to
Current English Majors
  •  Find a solid advisor and keep in touch through e-mail. An advisor can help you tailor your course schedule to your goals and suggest career and internship opportunities that you may not know about.
  •  Learn a language and study abroad so you can actually speak it. Study abroad is a great way to experience another culture and see what it’s like to live somewhere outside of the States.
  •  Intern, intern, intern!
  • Write for College Magazine (hey, it’s a great way to get your writing published).
When asked about her English major background, Amanda notes that her degree gave her “the editorial and creative writing skills necessary to pursue [her] own start up company, College Magazine,” and the opportunity to take a variety of courses from other disciplines. What were her favorite English courses? Literature in a Wired World with Marc Ruppel, Visual Rhetoric with Jeanne Fahnestock, and Shakespeare (the later works) with Sandy Mack.
Check Out Amanda's Successes
Less than a year since graduation, Amanda has released two issues of College Magazine.  To see the covers of her first three issues, and to download a free copy, visit

So, what’s next? Amanda is focused on expanding her business. She plans to move to DC, unveil an online version of College Magazine, and host promotional events to better reach her audience of college students. Before making her publishing dreams a reality, though, Amanda was an English major making her way through the demands of college life.

If you have an interest in writing for College Magazine, or just want advice or help finding an internship or job, please email Amanda at