After his graduation in 1947, García Márquez stayed in Bogotá to study law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, but spent most of his spare time reading fiction.
His desire to be a writer grew. A little later, he published his first work, "La tercera resignación", which appeared in the 13 September 1947 edition of the newspaper El Espectador.
García Márquez transferred to the Universidad de Cartagena and began working as a reporter of El Universal. In 1950, he ended his legal studies to focus on journalism and moved again to Barranquilla to work as a columnist and reporter in the newspaper El Heraldo. Though García Márquez never finished his higher studies, some universities, including Columbia University, New York, have given him an honorary doctorate in writing.