Artist in demand: Maurice Sendak, bestselling children's author and illustrator (Where the Wild Things Are) was also a display artist for F.A.O. Schwarz and a set and costume designer for opera productions.

You've been a student: a reader, a writer, an investigator, a reporter, an artist, a scientist, an eager and deliberate nomad of cultures, eras, and ideas. You know the trek doesn't end with pomp and circumstance, it only gets more exciting and challenging. And like school, publishing can take you nimbly from the volatile implications of the human genome, and the new imperialism of American multinationals, to hip hop's global dominance on youth culture and the new sex and gender politics fired by women's sports. Whatever your major and whatever you wish to do with it, in book publishing—the student part is far from over.