My college experience was unexpected and normal at the same time. I moved away from home just when I graduated from high school in Mexico, back in 2008. Even though my university is one and a half hours away from my hometown, it was definitely a different experience. I didn’t have a schedule to go to sleep, nor did I have to ask for permission if I wanted to go out. Living with friends led to new responsibilities too, like paying the bills on time and cooking my own food. My first years of college were pretty relaxed, my classes were not difficult and I spent a lot of the time with friends.
My plans were to complete the basic requirements and then transfer to another university to complete my career in Architecture. I wanted to study Architecture because I wanted to design stores or malls, just that simple. I knew that I liked art, business and to help my friends with their outfits or make-up, but I really didn’t knew that it could be a career. I remember that I was in my room reading a magazine when I read about something like “New Fashion Careers,” an article describing different careers in fashion and how to pursue them. I felt totally connected with some of those careers. After doing research and reading more about business and fashion, I knew that I wanted to work in fashion for the rest of my life. I discovered my passion.
The perfect story would have been that I transferred to Parsons to pursue a Fashion Marketing degree, but that was not the case. After telling my parents what I wanted to do, they simply couldn’t understand how “fashion” was considered a career. I decided to listen to them and I changed my major to Marketing with a minor in Art. I hoped to find local opportunities, where I could participate in any fashion related activities.
Years in college passed by with enough experiences to write a book. I moved to a new apartment with new roommates and new friends, but fashion was always in my mind. I went to France to study abroad for a semester and came back. Suddenly, I was a senior student using Twitter like a crazy person. I used to follow every fashion magazine, editor or stylist. This is when I found out about CollegeFashionista. If it wasn’t for a tweet I read from Fashionista.com, I would probably being not writing this. I didn’t had the confidence to be a writer, but I decided that I had nothing to lose. I was more excited about the part of taking street-style photos.
How I got accepted to CollegeFashionista’s internship last fall, is a funny story. All I can say is that I am very grateful for the chance that they gave me, and that your enthusiasm and hard work will not go unnoticed here. This internship has thought me to have a discipline, to develop an eye for fashion and, the most important thing, is that I now I feel more confident in my writing. The advantages of doing an internship online, is that everyone can see your work. I recently had an interview by phone with a company from NYC, and they were able to see my posts while talking to me!
I will graduate with a BBA in Marketing and double minors in Art and French. I am planning to move to NYC for a Studio + Showroom internship with Eddie Borgo for the summer. I hope the city loves me, because I plan to stay there.
Meeting new students and know their stories behind their style, is what I am going to keep with me from this internship. I will miss walking around campus with my camera, chasing students to take them a picture. It is definitely the perfect way to end my college years. Thanks to the people and Style Gurus that followed my posts every week. Keep up the good work!