Class of 2013: Rachel

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“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

When I packed my car beyond capacity the summer before my sophomore year of college and made the first — of what would turn out to be many — 18-hour car rides down to South Carolina, I had little idea the significant impact that transferring to the University of South Carolina would have on my life. It didn’t take long for me to know with certainty that it was the best decision I ever made.

I quickly learned that there are four seasons in the south: winter, spring, summer and football and that football season would undoubtedly be the highlight of my college experience. While some people might prefer anything over waking up at 6:00 AM to curl their hair, apply a full face of makeup and dress in their most fashion-forward garnet and black dress – only to be at a tailgate by 8:00 AM with a mimosa in hand – these mornings were the highlight of every Saturday each fall. Tailgates at the State Fairgrounds are unlike anything you could ever imagine, and there is nothing more fun than cheering the Gamecocks to victory with “80,000 of your closest friends.”

While football games, bar crawls, fall break excursions to New Orleans and a semester abroad are among the events and memories that made my college experience so special, it is the friendships and relationships that I built over the past three years that I will cherish forever. Packing up my car one last time in July for a final 18-hour car ride to Massachusetts, and saying goodbye to a place that I now call home and friends that I now call family, is going to be the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

“What do you want to do when you graduate?” This is every college student’s dreaded question. I have been asked this question every Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July — you name it — for the past few years. Sometimes my response is a blunt “I don’t know,” but in reality, I change my mind every five minutes. A few career paths that I am actively pursuing include PR and community relations with the Boston Bruins (yes, this little blonde Fashionista is a die-hard hockey fan!), writing for Cosmopolitan Magazine and doing PR for a major fashion brand. I am anxious to take the next step and excited to see where my dreams will lead.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to write for CollegeFashionista for two semesters. I was a weekly Let’s Hear it for the Boys contributor fall semester of my junior year, and rejoined the team this past semester to bring you all the weekly Style Advice of the Week from the beautiful South Carolina campus. CollegeFashionista has provided me an invaluable opportunity to grow as a writer and to build my portfolio; I am excited to apply the skills I have learned to whatever career path I choose.

So, from the beautiful state of South Carolina, I’d like to say to all of my fellow Fashionistas and Fashionistos: Congratulations Class of 2013…we did it!!!

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