CLASS OF 2014: Leanne

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Senior year is completely dusted with marking “lasts.” Your last spring break, your last formal, your last awards banquet — however, once graduation time begins, every last activity begins to have a bittersweet sparkle. Bittersweet because as we must come to terms with it all being over, there is so much more to be excited about in the future. I am so glad that as I stand on the brink of the real world I can say I got the most out of every semester in college.

I originally went to a small private university in Florida on a rowing scholarship, but after an injury my freshman year, I decided it was best to move back to New York and focus on figuring out what I wanted to really do with my life. I transferred to State University of NY at Cortland where I made the greatest friends you’ll ever find. I joined Delta Phi Epsilon, and happily donated a lot of time and energy to our philanthropy Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, became very involved in the Communications department and student body as a whole.

It didn’t take me long to realize that with a public relations and advertising concentration there are many paths to future careers. After doing a variety of internships every semester, I decided that I should put my passions to work with my degree and haven’t looked back since. Fashion and Communications — what a fierce combo! That summer I moved to New York City, and interned full time with Tommy Hilfiger.

When I got back to school in the fall, one of my fellow newspaper editors stopped me to ask if she could take some photos of me for her internship at CollegeFashionista. That afternoon I went home and applied for this semester while abroad in Barcelona. Being a Style Guru for my time in Barcelona has been unreal. Again, I am sure that I got the most out of it because I’ve had so much fun during my travels tracking down some really unique Fashionistas/os. This internship has helped me to open my eyes even more to the variety of styles across the world, and gave me an opportunity to talk to strangers everywhere about their amazing pieces that normally I would only stare and wonder where they get their European inspirations.

I won’t be able to make it back to the United States for my graduation ceremony, but I do get to spend an extra two weeks traveling by train around the rest of Europe. I am not ready to stop documenting and writing on my favorite things so shortly I will be starting a new lifestyles and fashion blog called LRae&Voce. In the interim, I couldn’t be more excited to begin interviewing for big girl positions when I get back. Watch out, world!

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