Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Katherine Dunn

In fashion: During my internship with Nordstrom, I will be absorbing as much as I can about the business aspects of the fashion world, and hopefully, I will discover what part I would be most interested in pursuing. I know the fashion business is incredibly competitive ,and I lack previous fashion experience. However, I also believe that my liberal arts background, combined with my passion for fashion, will give me a unique edge that will help me to stand out and make a positive impression on my employer.

Newfound passion: Not until about a year or two ago did I really come to realize that my passion for fashion and knowledge of the industry could turn from a hobby in a possible career path.

Feeding the Fashion Mind: My blog pays attention to something I thought was missing in the fashion blogosphere, real girls dressing themselves within real world price points. My blog points out current trends and my current fashion cravings, while keeping my “real girls” audience in mind. It’s the everyday, fashionable woman on the street who really catches my eye. (www.katscravings.tumblr.com)

Time at Wheaton: My education at Wheaton has given me an amazing foundation to grow in whatever field I choose to pursue. I have learned to be a critical thinker who can thrive in the classroom or any outside environment. The Filene Center helped me tweak my resume to appeal to fashion-based internships, and they gave me advice on my cover letter. The counselors at the Filene Center helped me realize how transferable the skills I have learned at Wheaton will be to whatever career path I choose. Meeting with the Filene Center really gave me the confidence to go forward in my decision to pursue a career in the businesses of fashion.

Future plans: I currently have an interest in merchandising, more specifically the role of buyers to place the right items in the store that will appeal to their customer base. I would love to stay with Nordstrom, but I am also open to the idea of applying to graduate school to gain more fashion knowledge. If it turns out fashion is not what I had hoped, I will use my economics and Hispanic studies majors to explore other options.