STYLE GURU BIO: Madeline DiGuglielmo

In high school, it was hard for me to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life… I certainly was lost. As a 17-year-old, I wanted to choose something practical, a career that would support me financially and something I would just be content with, and yes, at the time, I was interested in the aspects of fashion. It certainly crossed my mind that I wanted to potentially make a career out of it. However, my peers and “professional educators” told me things like, “You know you’re not going to make a lot of money” or “You have to start at the bottom and only if you’re good then you can make it” and “You’ll probably start your career by getting coffee for the people that actually matter.” This turned me away. I believed them, and at that moment it felt like a wake-up call or a harsh reality check.

Within the past year, I became completely inspired by filmmaker Casey Neistat. Although his profession is clearly different from my passion, he shared a very valuable piece of advice that has stuck with me: “The most dangerous thing you could do in life is play it safe.” He was right. So what if I have to start at the bottom? So what if I don’t make millions? I want to be happy. I don’t want to be like everyone else, and I certainly don’t want to pick a career that just makes good money and is the safe choice. I want every chapter in my life to be new and different, not a boring routine.

My number one goal is to be able to develop my career and be happy. As simple as it sounds, I do realize I have to work hard and just when I think I’ve worked hard enough, I have to work harder.

Fashion is something that inspires me, and I want to do more. I strive for success through building more experiences. Granted, this may be a small step in my future career, but I am so excited to be starting with CollegeFashionista.