Fashion Design and Merchandising
Hometown: Westland, MI
Currently: Sales and Education Specialist, Tarte Cosmetics
Self-described: Open-minded, adventurous, ambitious
Enjoys: Reading, window shopping, finding new experiences, spending time with family, taking cat naps, yoga, anything outdoors, spending time with my guy, FaceTime-ing with family members and friends that live out of state.
Take each day as it comes. Let your beautiful life unfold.
Tell us about yourself!
I am a goofy person and I know exactly what I want. I have a strong sense for adventure, don't take ** from anyone, and I'm very compassionate about all living things. I don't accept “No” for an answer and I'm very curious about literally everything.
I have worked various roles in the beauty and wellness industry for over ten years; wellness director, chiropractic assistant, teaching yoga, and as a beauty advisor. Along the way I have networked and connected with many people, which helped me get to this current position. In the beauty industry there are so many different routes you can take between creativity and analytics, which is what I enjoy most about it. There is so much potential!
I'm a first generation college student and was low-income throughout college. One of my siblings went to college but didn't graduate.
Greatest source of inspiration
Keeping my word to myself and seeing it through from start to finish.
Greatest source of support
Other people have been supportive for me emotionally, especially when I have been completely overwhelmed with everything I put on my plate. I have a tendency to overload (working on that).
Major / Minor
Fashion Design and Merchandising
Connecting with people from all walks of life, and being challenged in many different ways.
Least favorite thing
The expensive tuition and the minimal help financially for an independent woman.
Tell us about a challenge you faced in college. How did you overcome it?
Most of the challenges I faced with school were financial; how to balance tuition, rent, bills, scheduling work around my classes, being able to work full time while taking classes full time. I overcame that by accepting my journey and that I would have a minimal social life. I had to accept that the majority of my paychecks would go toward bills or school, and that I’d always be busy with homework or work.
Did you ever think you wouldn’t make it to college graduation?
If I ever did have that thought, it was for a millisecond. That mentality would not have helped me get to graduation. There were definitely tough times, but I was bent on finishing my degree.
What advice would you give to your freshman-year self?
My greatest advice would be to learn time management ASAP, and find balance. It is possible to be low-income and get through school, but you have to set YOURSELF up for success by always being ahead of the game. Find a job that has flexible hours that you can schedule around school, source grants/scholarships/etc., ask a lot of questions. It IS possible, and if you truly want it, you will find a way to make it happen.
What's your secret for time management and productivity?
Finding time to plan my week out. Every night I would always look at my schedule for the next day and see what I needed to do to prepare. I literally had my days planned out from morning until night. As redundant as it was, that helped my multitasking go smoothly.
How do you de-stress?
I like to get lost in northern Michigan in the woods with my boyfriend, but if I need to de-stress on a whim, it’s yoga and meditation, or snuggling with my cat.
As cliche as it sounds, anything is possible. If there is something you want to acheive, go out there, work hard every single day, and watch your beautiful life unfold.
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