FASHION SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT: ERIN WIRTHS

Erin WirthsHometown: Wantage, New Jersey
Major: Fashion Merchandising

Since her freshman year at LIM College, Erin has gained more career experience than many professionals do in a decade. She credits much of her momentum to the advising and networking opportunities available to her as an LIM Fashion Scholar.

Why did you choose to join the Fashion Scholars program?
I joined the program because of the smaller classes, the one-on-one academic advising, and because of my fellow Scholars. We have gatherings to share advice and network with Fashion Scholars alumni. The program provides a sense of community.

Has being a Fashion Scholar involved any unexpected benefits?
Starting college can be nerve-wracking, even more so when you're moving to New York City at the same time. The Fashion Scholars program allowed me to have almost all of my classes with the same group of students. We’ve really gotten to know one another, and I’ve made all my best friends through the program.

Erin WirthsWhat internships have you done?
Since the summer after my freshman year, I've been quite busy, interning at Elie Tahari, Truth Substance & Common Sense, The Wrkshop, and John Varvatos. Instead of an internship as my Senior Co-op, I’ve been working full-time as a Production Assistant at John Varvatos. I enjoy the fast-paced, analytical environment, and it allows me to deal with fabrics and colors and get involved in the creative process.

How do you think being a Fashion Scholar will impact your future career?
Being a Fashion Scholar has allowed me to design a schedule that provides the flexibility to really move forward with interning. Being part of an honors program also looks great on your resume. It shows that you’re dedicated, hardworking and can balance a lot on your plate.