Hello Interworld, my name is Omar Meza, and I am a junior at John Carroll University. I am a communications: integrating marketing major and a Spanish minor. When it comes to my major and my future, I hope to be able to put my work and word out there into the world to make a difference.

I grew up in a small family where it was encouraged to express yourself in whatever way possible. My mom would buy my clothes from a young age, and her taste eventually molded my taste of fashion nowadays. She has become my muse and my inspiration when it comes to taking chances and trying new things with fashion and other things in life. She wanted me to have the best opportunities in school and in life.

I love being able to use my voice in whatever way possible. Here at John Carroll, I spend a lot of my time writing and editing for the Carroll News’ Arts & Life section, I am the editor-in-chief of the Odyssey for the John Carroll community, the public relations chair for Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and marketing manager of our Latin American Student Association. Being active in all of these clubs and organizations gives me the confidence and voice that I believe I should use. I think it’s very important to branch out and try new things in order to truly see what you are good at while also practicing skills you might not be the greatest at. That practice will help you have a step in the door when it comes to opportunities and chances to excel in more than one way.

Being able to work with CollegeFashionista is an honor. Even though I don’t feel like I have the strongest fashion sense, I feel like I’ve been given a chance to improve and grow as a Fashionisto and get to do what I love—photograph and write! My signature look I’ve taken up in the past year has been rocking a poncho with some nice jeans or pants, giving me a great look that’s both warm, comfortable and free. I feel confident when I walk to class and my poncho is blowing in the breeze, my books are in my arms and there is a smile on my face. Getting a chance to use something that is sometimes traditionally used in my Latinx culture is something I adore doing because it gives me a chance to show the world the beautiful culture of being Latinx and being proud of it.

Having this opportunity to express myself with clothes has given me confidence to be a better person and to put myself out there when it comes to making friends and meeting new people.