My name is Marissa Goins and I am a sophomore studying Public Relations and International Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. UAB has been ranked as one of the most diverse schools in the country, so I’m excited to showcase how people from a variety of backgrounds express themselves.
I have been addicted to fashion magazines since I was old enough to read and in the ninth grade, I took a fashion design class and came out with a D.I.Y. obsession. My mother bought me a sewing machine and I began making my own clothing as well as cutting up and embellishing everything I owned. I watched Project Runway religiously.
When I came to college, I noticed that dressing better made me feel better. Nothing makes you feel invincible quite the way a blazer and pencil skirt combo does. My personal style tends to lean on the professional side because I work in the Dean’s office. I like to give office basics a trendy twist, like wearing a colored pencil skirt or adding a loud belt. I like to pick one statement piece and keep the rest of my outfit fairly simple.
Fashion can be whatever you want it to be. It’s an art, but it’s also a science. It’s how people express themselves, because most first impressions come from a person’s appearance. You also have to find the perfect balance and do whatever you can to “make it work,” as Tim Gunn would say.
After spending a semester writing for Her Campus, I realized that an ideal job for me would have to combine my two loves—writing and fashion. Last year, I read CollegeFashionista daily seeking the latest trends. Needless to say, writing here only made sense for me and I’m looking forward to being a contributor this upcoming semester.