Hi! I have a BFA from NYU/Tisch, so I can’t say that what I studied helped me at all, except to teach me how to write convincingly, on a deadline, about shit I couldn’t care less about.
As for a career: I mostly write about non-travel stuff for money. When I am hired to write about travel, I write the shit out of it, never miss a deadline, and maintain genuine, personal relationships with writers and editors I respect. It helps that I am “known” among those writers and editors for a specific niche, and so more often than not I am approached to write about that niche, rather than needing to pitch. But it also helps that I am a journeyman (woman?) rather than wanting to be the next, like, Bourdain or whatever. In other words, I’m not particularly ambitious. LOL