Fashion Scholar Spotlight, Tori Sandness

Hometown: Prior Lake, MN
Major: Fashion Marketing

Why did you choose to join the Fashion Scholars program?
I had been highly involved and in the top of my class in high school, so being in the Fashion Scholars program seemed like a natural fit. I thought it would challenge me more — in a good way.

What do you like most about being a Fashion Scholar?
The community. You get to know faculty and staff really well — and I’ve had opportunities to make connections and apply for additional scholarships. You also are integrated into an immediate friend group as a freshman, which was a huge help to me. I was lucky to have peers who knew exactly what I was going through — in terms of adjusting to New York City and also with the more challenging classes. 

What internships have you done so far?
Ann Taylor (retail), Rosie Pope Maternity (corporate), and I’m now working sports events at the Barclays Center with the Nets and Islanders (my favorite).

What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
I’m the President of LIM College’s Student Leadership Activities Board (SLAB) and Vice President of the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA). SLAB puts on the annual LIM talent show in the fall and the NRF has given me the opportunity to get scholarships and do career-related activities.

How do you think being a Fashion Scholar will impact your career?
I think it looks really good on a resume and sets you apart. Also, it gives you a higher level of expectation for yourself that drives you to always do more. You can’t really slack off — and I think that will translate to my job after college as well.