To all my loves who I promised I would write a wrap up post on my NYC experience, here you have it! Sorry it took so long but with returning to Savannah from NYC on a Sunday afternoon and having classes start the next day (note to self, “What was I thinking!?) it has been a hectic back to school. Through all the chaos, I finally managed to sit down and write a brief post on my NYC escape.
Here are a few questions I asked myself about my summer experience…
What did you most enjoy about NYC?
Where do I begin! I enjoyed walking around and finding my way around the city. Before I knew it, NYC seemed like a small place. From walking around Financial District, Tribeca, Soho, Chinatown, Chelsea, Greenwich and etc I was in awe in the different architectural structures of each community. Also, men’s fashion was on point. These men know how to dress and they never disappointed me, especially in Financial District.
How was the subway life?
Actually, it wasn’t that bad. It’s not as complicated as it seems and to think I was scared to death to ride those things. Just pay attention to where your train is going, whether uptown or downtown, and you’re good to go. Ooo, I almost forgot! No NY experience is complete without train performers. The first time I witnessed performers on the train I was in awe with their ability to dance and flip in the air while the train was moving. Now that’s talent!
Best place to eat at?
Well, since yo girl was on a budget, I had some serious financial talks with myself. I was able to find some gems though where I could eat on a friendly budget. There is this place called Shake Shack in Madison Square Park that had amazing burgers (and I usually don’t eat burgers so that says a lot) and Vanessa’s Dumplings House was heaven. Not only was it affordable but those sesame pancake sandwiches where to die for.
What advice can you share about interning?
For those that say, “Dreams don’t come true,” I disagree with you. During my high school years I’ve always dreamt with one day interning in the big city and it finally happened. With that being said, yeah you can dream all day about what you would like to someday do but if you don’t take action to accomplish it now then how can you expect for it to come true. So if you can, start interning ASAP because the sooner you do it then the more likely you are to figure out your career goals. And by the way, you don’t have to be a junior or senior to intern, do it now! Get experience and learn from your mentors.
Where did you intern this summer?
This summer I spent my time interning for a fashion site called CollegeFashionista (check them out and keep an eye out for my articles this semester, you might just be featured on one!) that showcases the latest trends on campuses around the world. Let’s just say, they pretty much spoiled us with candy and brought in special guest speakers (from companies like Lulu Frost, Bib+Tuck, Nanette Lepore, Dormify, Seventeen and The College Prepster to name a few) to talk with us about their start in the industry.
What I learned from my internship experience was invaluable. I was exposed to another world within the fashion industry that allowed me to reevaluate my career options. It’s great to know that if you are interested in finance and fashion that there is something out there for you that will allow you to incorporate those two elements. Some might think that a career in fashion is just about clothes but there is so much more that goes on behind-the-scenes from developing the right brand image, to connecting to customers through social media and to researching ones competitors. Though the fashion industry is at times portrayed as catty, believe it not, there are people who are more than happy to show you the ropes and guide you on your journey to discover where you belong in the industry. Yes, it is a tough world out there but it’s all about being tenacious and believing in yourself that you’ve got what it takes to make it happen.
What was the highlight of your internship?
I would have to say, getting to have a one on one conversation with Amy Levin, founder and creative director of CollegeFashionista. I have so much respect for this woman because she is a young entrepreneur and is so down to earth. With such a busy schedule (running to meetings and juggling her own life) she radiated so much positive energy and took the time to catch up with her interns.
With that being said, I hope you enjoyed my brief wrap up about my internship experience. Stay tuned to see where my Agee Mac adventures may lead me.