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Comedy and a Day Job


Selena Coppock ’02
Selena Coppock ’02

Right before she studied abroad in London, Selena Coppock ’02 dyed her hair almost black, which she admits was not a good look on her: “It was a dark time.”

The anecdote takes a chapter in Coppock’s book The New Rules for Blondes, which contains humorous essays (some based on her experiences in her college years) “celebrating and subverting the stereotype.” “But it can definitely be enjoyed by people of all hair colors,” Coppock adds.

She was drawn to Hamilton by its writing focus. She decided to major in English because it would allow her to develop her writing and leave her open to lots of career options. She’s still happy with her decision, as she has chosen to pursue multiple careers. Coppock works as a senior editor at The Princeton Review project managing 15 to 18 books a year as her nine-to-five. On the weekends, she performs standup and writes comedy.

“I find that I can be most creative when I'm not stressed about money or insurance,” she says. “It's a lot, but it allows me to be out the door at 6 p.m. and go straight to gigs.  My boss thinks that it's fantastic that I do standup, which is wonderful (and sadly, not that common).”

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