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Erica Levi Zelinger

Erica Zelinger

Erica Levi Zelinger graduated with a BS in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University in 2001. She has spent the last 20 years as a business features writer for a daily newspaper, a features writer for a healthcare magazine, a copy editor at a large city magazine, an associate producer for a television production company, an editor for a destination marketing company, and 8+ years in roles at the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

L's Taken

100+ "Thank you for applying but..."

  • My first major blow was rejection at 18 (after completing a summer journalism program after 11th grade) from Northwestern
  • I've probably applied for hundreds of internships and jobs over the last 24 years that I didn't get. I couldn't possibly remember them all!

3 Things I swore I'd finish but never did…

  • Keeping a journal
  • Writing a book
  • Following through with an invention my husband and I had looked into patenting

3 Everyday L's of Life:

  • Forgetting to enjoy the moment
  • Giving my kids a hard time for little things
  • Nitpicking

2 Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight:

  • Not getting into Northwestern
  • Mislabeling a source's gender in a story in my college newspaper because at the time, you didn't ask — or, at least, I didn't
  • Getting laid off from two jobs

6 Regrets I have:

  • Not getting more involved with college organizations
  • Not knowing about fellowships or applying for them
  • Wish I had taught English abroad
  • Wished I'd traveled more
  • Not always owning all of my mistakes
  • Giving up on certain friendships

On the Bright Side

2 Memories I made when I wasn't studying/working

  • Making friends
  • Studying abroad in London

1 Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • I will be rejected from other jobs, awards, opportunities I apply for. I will be disappointed. Not receiving those things may change the course of my path. But I will have tried.

500+ Books I've read for fun:

  • Hundreds. Too many to name here, but in addition to my love of contemporary literature, I have an appreciation for historical fiction, because — while not totally true — these stories are based on others' failures, misfortunes, memories, horrors, etc., and only prove I'm not doing it wrong.

4 Things I'm proud of that you won't see on a resumé

  • I'm a mom to two children and a dog.
  • Been married for 15+ years
  • Knowing all about the Philadelphia food scene
  • I've won the office Book Bingo contest the last few years

3 Unconventional skills:

  • I am amazing Googler
  • Thanks to an old job in Pennsylvania tourism, I know random facts and tidbits about small towns across the state
  • I'm fantastic at making to-do lists. Sometimes I check things off those lists.

2 Quirks that make me who I am:

  • I am amazing Googler
  • I'm fairly decent at procrastinating when I need to write an article

1+ Obstacles I have overcome:

  • Where do I start?!?

1 Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone:

  • Newspaper reporting

3 Leaps of faith:

  • Moving to Bucks County for my first job after college
  • Moving to Philadelphia after ending a relationship and needing a change
  • Leaving a job that seemed glamorous to some, but paid crap, for a chance to do something different

3 Life events that have made me stronger:

  • Moving to a new city
  • Marriage
  • Having children