@EmilyPillmore Great, welcome to the forum!
Thank you for your offer to help with questions!! Now we just have to come up with some :)
It's good to hear about about category theory activity in the NYC area, my home town. Can you post any relevant links, such as reading lists or group pages.
I'd like to put together a syllabus, eventually on the wiki, but we could start by posting some key entries for recommended reading. I'll start a discussion for this...