STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: KATIE ZAYAS (‘19)

KatieHometown: Secaucus, NJ
Career Goal: Event Planner

What made you decide to come to LIM?
LIM really is unlike any other school. I loved the internship program and my parents did as well. It's a tight-knit community. I applied early decision and got my acceptance in December. It was the perfect holiday present.

What do you like about going to school in New York City?
Studying in New York is unlike any other experience. It is high-pressure sometimes and you’re doing a million things at once, but it’s all worth it. I also love the LIM residence hall, particularly the 24-hour gym and the group kitchens. 

How is LIM helping you toward achieving your career goals?
I’m majoring in Fashion Merchandising, which can expose a person to a lot of different industries. Through my internships, I found my passion for event planning and event coordinating. My corporate interning experiences really prepared me to operate at the corporate level.

What internships have you done?
For my retail internship, I was a sales associate at Urban Outfitters. I also interned at Milk Studios, a gallery studio in Chelsea. I was a social media coordinator, then an editorial intern, then an event production assistant. Later, I took on an additional corporate internship as an events intern at Amnesty International. I helped put on one of their biggest meetings in Washington D.C., making sure all the rooms were ready and keeping the greenroom prepped for big-name speakers. It definitely helped me narrow down my options and realize event planning is what I want to do in life.

KatieHave you been able to get to know any LIM alumni?
The alumni I met through my First Year Experience class have become great contacts—and great friends. I'll get coffee with them and pick their brains about positions they've held and what it's like leaving LIM. (I'm becoming a senior, so it’s good to know it's not as scary as it seems.)

What’s something you wish you knew before coming to LIM?
I'm someone that doesn't want to say “no” to anything. But it’s alright to not take on that extra class or not always be doing so much. It's O.K. to take a break!