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Fashion Scholar Spotlight: Clarissa Hernandez

Hometown: New Hempstead, NY
Major: Marketing

Why did you become part of the Fashion Scholars program?
I was always a proactive student in high school. I always raised my hand and questioned everything I could. I knew that the program was going to be difficult, but I love a good challenge, and I wanted to be a part of a community that would both challenge me and help me grow.

As a Fashion Scholar, what special opportunities have you had?
I’ve had amazing opportunities to network with so many great alumni, many of whom were also Fashion Scholars. I've been able to get to know so many bright people who I know I can keep in my network for the rest of my career.

What do you like most about being a Fashion Scholar?
I definitely love being a part of a smaller community within LIM College. Fashion Scholars usually take the majority of classes together, so we've created a strong bond, both socially and academically, throughout the last 4 years.

What internships have you done?
I completed my retail internship at a store called Against All Odds at a mall near my hometown. The year after, I was a Public Relations Intern at Small Girls PR, a PR agency that was co-founded by an LIM graduate. Since last summer, I’ve been interning on the Communications team at Squarespace, which is an all-in-one website-building platform. I’m so grateful to be completing my Senior Co-op internship with them right now.

What extra-curricular activities have you been involved in?
Throughout the majority of my college career, I worked on The Lexington Line, LIM’s student magazine. I started off working on the online version as the Digital Content Editor during my freshman year. Then, I moved over to the print side and worked my way up to Managing Editor, then on to Editor-in-Chief. I’ve also been as a First Year Experience course mentor for younger Fashion Scholars and I’m a CRLA-Certified Writing Center Tutor. 

What kind of career are you interested in pursuing?
I’m currently exploring a career in the tech industry. Specifically, I would love to move over from Communications/Public Relations to Product Marketing. I would love to be more involved in business strategy, research, and analytics. Ultimately, I hope to be developing integrated marketing strategies from start to finish.

How do you think being a Fashion Scholar will impact your career?
Being a Fashion Scholar has helped me work harder and think more critically. Thinking outside of the box and being able to question everything around me will definitely be useful. Being a member of the Fashion Scholars community will also help my career because I will always have contacts and a strong network to fall back on.