As my final semester at Christopher Newport University draws to a close, writing this post for CollegeFashionista feels bittersweet and surreal. It’s hard to believe that I have been contributing to this amazing site since the second semester of my junior year, and it’s even harder to believe that my days of hunting for, chasing and profiling CNU’s fiercest Fashionistas and Fashionistos are almost over.
Let me start from the beginning. When I first came to CNU, I was a wide-eyed and naïve girl eager for a fresh start filled with new experiences. I also had no idea what the hell I wanted to do with my life. So I spent my first two years as a college student throwing myself into many activities in order to figure out what exactly I was meant to do. In addition to continuing my musical passion as a cellist in the orchestra for three semesters and a member of women’s chorus for six, I was secretary of my freshman hall council and historian for my class council for the two years after that. I was even accepted into a semester-long leadership program because of my involvement on campus. Most prominently, I became a founding member of an all-female acappella group called Take Note in my freshman year, and I have to say it is still my most satisfying personal accomplishment in my time here. By the end of the summer before my sophomore year, I had started a small fashion blog and gained the support of my friends and family both at home and outside of school. In the middle of my third semester, I decided to take the next step and switch my major from English to Communication Studies with a Journalism minor. With my professor’s encouragement, I started contributing a few fashion pieces to the school newspaper, and soon enough CollegeFashionista entered the picture.
When I began my journey with CollegeFashionista, little did I know that I was entering a new chapter filled with opportunities that I could only dream of attaining before. My first semester was an exciting as I grasped the responsibilities of writing a weekly column and took in the sweet perks: Fashion Talks with industry leaders, interacting with other talented Style Gurus and gaining sartorial credibility on campus. Two semesters later, I was accepted to Teen Vogue Fashion U and took full advantage of the opportunity to network with the best and brightest of the fashion industry. I also attended my first IFB Conference in February, and by this point I realized I was exactly where I was meant to be.
As I write this, I have no idea what my future holds, but I fully intend to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion editor in New York City. Until that dream comes true, I plan to go wherever life takes me, and I can graduate as a confident, fabulous Fashionista ready to fulfill my purpose in life. It’s been a wild ride as both a CNU Captain and a Style Guru, and I have my family, my friends, my bosses and fellow Style Gurus and the incredible CNU community to thank for making all of this possible. As this chapter of my life closes, I couldn’t be more anxious and excited to open the next one and make my dreams a reality.