It pains me to write that my four years in college are coming to a close, but I am also about to embark on a very important journey to follow my dreams. As a confused freshman, I made the decision to transfer to the University of Iowa three years ago. I was incredibly unsure if I was making the right choice, but looking back now, I can say that this decision was the most important one I have made thus far in my life.
In my past three years here, I have made friendships that I know will last for a lifetime, I have made mistakes that have helped me grow into a better person, I have created memories that I will cherish forever, and I have experienced more than I could have ever hoped for. Although I am afraid to leave a place that I have made my home, I know that these experiences have prepared me for the next steps in my life.
Because I changed my major about as often as my hair color these past few years, I was worried that because I did not choose Journalism or attend a university that offered Fashion Merchandising, I would not be able to end up doing what I really wanted to after graduation. Thankfully, opportunities like CollegeFashionista have helped me gain knowledge and experience in the industry I am going to pursue. This summer, I am heading out to Los Angeles, California for an internship with West Bank Clothing Showroom, located in the heart of the fashion district in downtown L.A. It is frightening to go to a new place, especially one as large as L.A., but I am ready for the first major step in starting a career in the fashion industry.
While I love being at home in Chicago, I am open to go almost anywhere to do what I love. I believe that this is the one time in my life where I can pack up and leave, seeing where new opportunities lead me.
To those of you with years left in college, don’t let time pass you by. Do everything you can with each second of every day. They go by too quickly to waste them. And to those of you who are also graduating and about to embark on your new journeys, remember that originality is the key to success. Alicia Keys once said, “The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” The best style is simply being you.