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Transfer Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Arter ‘16

Ashley ArterAshley, who is originally from Buffalo, NY, transferred into LIM College after attending Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY. As a Visual Merchandising (Visual Studies) major, Ashley completed two internships while she was an LIM student—one at men’s underwear brand Ken Wroy and another in creative services at John Varvatos. She’s currently a Senior Designer and Producer at Refinery29.

What led you to transfer to LIM?
I originally had blinders on for FIT, since I was a fashion design major at Genesee Community College. But after visiting FIT and learning about their program, I decided to look for a college that would accept more of my credits as well as focus more on career education (resume building, salary negotiation etc.). I found that LIM would accept almost all of my credits and I could still choose a major that was highly creative. I knew I needed to learn and understand business and wasn’t looking to be in college for another 4 years.

How did your LIM education help prepare you for what you’re doing at Refinery29?
I use a lot of the tools I learned at LIM on a daily basis—mainly Adobe Suite skills and general presentation/public speaking skills. Being involved at LIM also helped me immensely with my soft skills and negotiation skills. These were things that weren’t necessarily being taught in a classroom, but I learned them daily through personal interactions with my peers and professors.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
My recent promotion has me pretty proud! I started at Refinery29 as a Junior Producer and after a little less than three years am now in a senior role.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
SAVE MONEY! That’s something I did not focus on when I was younger (I feel like everyone is perpetually broke in college, but seriously, put $5 a week in a savings account… it’ll add up!).

For career advice, I would say don’t put yourself into one box. Don’t think because you have a degree in something you can’t apply for other jobs. For example, say you have a marketing degree but want to apply for a recruiting role. Try something you think you’re not qualified for – it may end up being an opportunity you really love!