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A couple months ago, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was offered to be the head shoes and accessories coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week Fall 2014. As someone that is a fashion major and wants to pursue event planning, this was an absolutely perfect position and way to combine my passions. The past several weeks, I have participated in numerous meetings, helped with model casting, and communicated with designers, Alive Magazine (the producer of St. Louis Fashion Week), and Brown Shoe Company (the show sponsor and shoe donor).

After a lot of prep work, it was extremely exciting and rewarding to see it all finally come together. I was a part of three runway shows. The other events for St. Louis Fashion Week consisted of panel presentations and a gala, which I did not help coordinate. The first show was at Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac. This featured three designers that have collections at the retailer. The second, Emerging Designer, showcased six designer collections, and was a competition for a $15,000 cash prize. Lastly, Designer Showcase, featured Tess Giberson, Timo Weiland, and Yigal Azrouel. All of these designers already have established stores and live in New York City. In fact, they have even been a part of New York Fashion Week.

Emerging Designer and Designer Showcase required the most prep work. This past week, at least 12 hours a day were spent at Union Station preparing the front and back stage areas. It was one of the most tiring, yet rewarding experiences. I met and worked with so many outstanding professionals in the fashion industry, including Elizabeth Tucker, the publisher at Alive Magazine and Fern Mallis, the producer of New York Fashion Week. Also, the director of St. Louis Fashion Week (and the one to offer the position to me in the first place), Shannon Lichti, said she would love to keep me for the shows in the spring. Also, she wants to collaborate on events outside of Fashion Week. It is extremely exciting to know that I have great job connections, especially since I’ll be graduating in May.

Because this whole experience was a dream of mine, it hardly seemed real. Especially when I got a shout-out on the runway. After the final show, I was called to the stage to receive flowers. This was a very special and touching moment. It definitely makes me realize how hard work can truly pay off. Some of my dreams are becoming a reality, and I could not be more eager for the near future ahead of me. STLFW '14

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10 Years Later…

by Lauren on October 14, 2014

in Academics,After College

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that a lot can change. As kids we foresee a certain future for ourselves. After all, our teachers and parents used to ask us all the time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Now us college students know that the future is a term that comes with a lot of baggage. Our future is not just a career but a place to live, a decent job, perhaps a family… All these things factor into our future and honestly, it can be a bit overwhelming. It is also pretty exciting, no doubt. And despite my previous hesitation when it came to the question “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” I suddenly had a change of heart and reached for a pen and paper to plan out my life.

Fontbonne has already helped so much. Freshman year was a great year to explore, discover, and “feel out” what kind of path I wanted to take. I think we all have a general idea of what we want, and Fontbonne has helped me connect the dots. Maybe it is best put this way: I had to determine the “why” and Fontbonne helped me to determine the “how”.

I planned out the next nine years of my life (which would make me 29) and I tried to come to terms with reality. I considered the jobs that I would have, the money it would take to secure a small apartment if I shared it with a friend, etc. In ten years I will be 30. On the paper, I so cleverly labeled age 30 as “The Dream Job Years.”

In ten years, I hope to be working in a job, for a company, that I absolutely love. My dream is to be a Visual Development Artist for DreamWorks or Blue Sky. Working for a company like DreamWorks would mean moving to California. So, in ten years I see myself in California, hopefully living with a few friends, and working at DreamWorks, drawing, designing, and thinking for a living.

I can only hope that The Dream Job Years are good to me. At the very minimum, I want to be financially stable. I want to wake up and want to go to work.

I firmly believe that my Fontbonne degree will get me there. Sitting in my design classes I realized that I absolutely love what I’m doing. My teachers are excited to teach, and love what they do. I want to carry that knowledge with me and put it to good use. Fontbonne has already inspired me to do what I love. I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

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My degree I am working for is nursing. I have aspired to be a nurse ever since I could remember. There were two situations that occurred when I was ten and thirteen that solidified my decision. My first one was in my house. My little brother and sister and I were racing to the swimming pool. As we turned the corner into the kitchen my brother slipped right into the wall corner. He was about five years old at the time and cut a pretty good sized boo boo on his forehead. Immediately, I grabbed the nearest fresh towel and applied pressure to his cut. I picked him up and carried him to the car yelling for my mom and dad and off we went to the hospital.

The second incident was in South Carolina on an island called Daufuskie. My cousins were racing their bikes and crashed into each other. I get a phone call to come over and take a look at their injuries because their mothers were about to be sick from all the blood. I cleaned them up and told them everything was going to be “ok” and off they were back on their bikes. I love caring for other people when they need help. I can make rational decisions while everyone is in panic mode. I feel like a nursing position is a good choice for me.

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This is now really embarrassing. When I was younger, for some reason my dream job was to work at Taco Bell. I am blaming my father on this one. Since my parents are separated I would go see my dad every other weekend. Yes, we would always go to Taco Bell. Of course it did not take me to college to figure out that was not my dream job. I mean I was a kid I did not know any better. I still love Taco Bell though. Now in college, I know that I want to go into advertising. Right now I am not thinking about going into a huge firm. Actually, it would be a huge opportunity if I was able to be on the Target advertising team. I know that is not setting my goals too high for my overall career, but for right now it is pretty high. I am completely happy with it!

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When I was little…

by Lizzie March 5, 2013

I remember when adults used to ask that question a lot: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was simple: “An artist.” Ever since I was young, I always loved to draw. From what I remember, I started drawing stick people, then it led to stick people with animal heads. […]

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When I was young

by Tim March 5, 2013

When I was younger, I wanted to be an actor. A teacher named Mr. Facchin changed that. He inspired me to become an English teacher. What changed from wanting to be an actor to English teacher is that there is more demand for teachers and that I can pay it forward, by inspiring a future […]

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Confused? Me Too.

by Alumni Posts October 29, 2012

As I mentioned in my first post, I’ve changed a lot since first entering college. While my looks have changed (in my opinion) quite astronomically, I think the biggest change I’ve experienced has been in my personal interests. For example, had you told me as I went through my first semester of general chemistry as […]

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