Our social media intern, Kylie, interviewed Aliyah, our summer merchandising intern for our Women en Route series. Here’s what she had to say:
When were you happiest?
I am happiest when I am around Friends & Family, I don’t get much free time in between work and school so when i get that free time to be around them i am happy and at peace.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is not succeeding in life. I work so hard in school making the dean’s list every semester and achieving a 4.0 gpa while working in management at work just so i can shoot for an even higher position when I graduate. I feel that school is important but to have real work experience that relates to your studies is just as important and helps you way more than some think.
What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory has to be back in fifth grade when i started planning my own clothing line and drawing out garments. From that moment I knew fashion would be my passion and it has not changed to this day.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a fashion designer and design my own clothes. I took several sewing classses, started my own online store and even tailored clothing on the side. After high school I was over fashion design and fell in love with fashion marketing & management.
What is your five year plan? 10 year plan?
Five year plan: Continue to work in store management and build my résumé.
Ten year plan: move into corporate and become a buyer for a major retail company.
Who is the biggest influence on you? Why?
My mother. She is my biggest supporter and cheerleader, she pushes me to go after what I want, be fearless and to never give up.
Who is your fashion icon?
Pinterest- I literally have two rooms in my house that are closets full of clothes and handbags. I don’t have a particular style, but I do lean towards the casual/ street style look. But, I’ll have an idea of what I want to wear type it into pinterest to give me some inspiration and I go from there.
What would you wear every day if you could?
DISTRESSED JEANS! We can’t wear jeans at work so if we could I would because you can’t go wrong with a cute pair of distressed jeans to go with anything, whether you dress it up or down it can make your outfit pop.
Why Steven’s College?
Stephens College was my one & only choice for the simple fact that they were the only school who offered Fashion Marketing and Management. Stephens College School of Design is a top ranked, accredited program that is one of the best in the country. The way the program is set up it allows you to gain so much real world, hands on experience that can give you the right tools to succeed after graduation. Stephens also puts you in front of several industry professionals who you can network with, build relationships with and help pave a way for you in the industry. I love Stephens because of how broad my major is and how my opportunities are endless I can be in store management, visual merchandising, marketing, communications, buying, allocations, planner, styling and so much more!
What is one problem in the world you would spend your whole life fixing?
Thanks so much Aliyah, we are inspired by you!