I cannot believe how fast four years have gone by. I still remember stepping on Northwestern’s campus during orientation week feeling a little scared and anxious yet alive. As my time here is coming to a close, I find myself feeling that very same way as I prepare to jump into the true life as an adult. Still, despite how I may be feeling, I know I did everything imaginable to prepare me for what lies ahead, and I owe my gratitude to CollegeFashionista for playing a huge role in preparing me.
As a freshman, I had huge dreams I wanted to see through. I planned to live and work in New York over the summers and I strove to break into fashion/beauty journalism. Thanks to CollegeFashionista, I was able to achieve both. I was a sophomore when I was first introduced to Sammy Luterbach, who helped me with a student designer article for a class. Through our conversations, she then put me in touch with Amy Levin. Since that moment, I’ve been lucky enough to form not only a professional relationship but also a friendship with one of the most fabulous people I know.
I started writing and editing for the site in my junior year and I couldn’t believe how much I learned, and how quickly. I realized writing, taking pictures, editing and being a part of the various campaigns I was lucky enough to participate in all for the world of fashion and beauty was more than work, it truly was my passion. Because of CollegeFashionista I was able to secure a six-month internship with American Salon in New York as well as really tweak my editing and writing skills. Furthermore, having Amy and Melissa to use as a resource for anything and everything CollegeFashionista and non-CollegeFashionista related has been a relationship I’ll forever cherish.
Now as a senior and with my final stint with CollegeFashionista over, I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly grateful. This site was my first shot in the realm of fashion and beauty when no one else wanted to take a chance on me. It didn’t matter I was inexperienced and a little clueless. What did matter was my enthusiasm and determination to do well, and I’m so thankful for this opportunity. I don’t know where I would be now if it weren’t for CollegeFashionista and I’m thrilled I never have to find out. I owe so much to this site as everything I do from here on—the opportunities I’m given, the companies I work for—I know I couldn’t have done without CollegeFashionista.