CLASS OF 2014: Becky

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Style is like a good book: it continues to tell us something different, something more every time we visit it. Life, too, continuously reveals something new. It is filled with chapters that rise and fall, and there’s always more to be told.

Coming up with a synopsis for the journey that I have been on over the past five years is a rather difficult task. It has been nothing short of incredible. Every new experience and every unwanted challenge has supplied me with opportunities to learn and grow into the person that I am today. Although I am ecstatic to graduate and close the current chapter of my life, I can’t help but feel a sense of uncertainty as I prepare for whatever is next.

I entered college with the headstrong mindset that, at 18-years-old, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. To no surprise, I changed my major once, considered transferring on several occasions and ended up with three minors in differing fields. I am now leaving school at age 23 with an undecided career path. Regardless, I turn the page with optimism because as Vogue’s International Editor, Suzy Menkes said, “Change is good, it’s what fashion is all about.”

Currently, many of the pieces in my life feel as though they are in disarray. However, fashion is the one area that I have always been certain about. My style has evolved immensely over the last five years, and older, edgier items have since altered what was once an A-typical girly-chic wardrobe. The one area that I have never compromised in my life is how I dress. No matter how badly I didn’t actually want to get out of bed for class, I always did, and I was always sure to remain consistent in believing that it was important to look and feel good in whatever clothing I wore.

My love for fashion flourished last spring when I studied abroad in London. For five months, I was exposed to free-spirited fashion moguls and their fearless, inventive style. All of which was housed in one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world. These innovators are the ones who opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in fashion. Shortly after returning to the states, I stumbled across the CollegeFashionista website and applied to be a Style Guru.

Writing for CollegeFashionista this semester has given me the confidence to go for the things in life that I want, as well as, a sense of direction: fashion journalism. Not everyone has perceived my dream of a career in fashion positively, but even so, I know it is what I need to do. So here’s to making mistakes, endure hardships, learning a lot, enjoying new experiences and figuring out what my next chapter will be about.

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