Hello everyone! I’m Annie Wu, and I’m so excited to be apart of the CollegeFashionista family this upcoming fall and to be starting my first year of college at Northeastern University. Moving from small town Watertown, Connecticut to the busy city of Boston may be a drastic change, but I’ve known I was meant for the city ever since I was a little girl.

Fashion has always been a part of my life. Growing up, I was the daughter who would endlessly fight with her mother when trying to decide what to wear to school. She finally gave up trying to dress me when I entered second grade. I became such a Fashionista that I even begged my mom to buy me these chunky heeled sandals that would eventually cause me to sprain my ankle when excitedly running to get on the swings during recess. For a project in second grade, I even put together a “business plan” booklet on how I was going to break the fashion industry with doodles of me in a pink dress and blue tights.

As I got older, I was consumed by academics and fashion slowly faded into the background of my busy life; however, it never fully vanished. I was still the friend who took the longest to get ready because of the amount of times my clothes had to be changed. During the school year, I always had to plan my outfits the previous night; otherwise, I knew I’d be running through the front doors of the building at the very last second. Retail therapy became the best stress reliever when school became too much, and even when I had a tremendous amount of work to do; I was always trying to keep up with the latest trends and styles.

If I fast-forward a few years, everyone knows that the question most frequently asked in high school is, “What do you want to study in college?” For the sake of exploring all my options, I visited the fields of medicine, engineering and even mathematics; however, deep down I knew fashion was the only thing that could make me happy. The only conflict was I didn’t want to design clothes, despite my incessant sketches as a first grader. This led me to my chosen major of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I plan on using it towards the fashion industry since it’s the only one I can picture myself working in when I’m older. It’s also the only one that makes me the most excited for my future.

I’ll admit it, there was a time when I was obsessed with my Aeropostle graphic T-shirts, white and pink DC sneakers, Hollister Co. polos, and even bedazzled jeans; however, I promise that my sense of style has matured from “typical middle school tween,” to “business/casual chic.” This transformation was aided by some of my biggest inspirations: Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Elie Saab, Coco Chanel and, of course, Valentino Garavani. CollegeFashionista is my way of expressing my passion for fashion, and I hope you will follow me on this journey!