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Senior attends NYC Fashion Week with Success Connection mentor

[Marissa shot this footage of Betsey Johnson's Fall 2011 runway collection at New York Fashion Week.]

300 The Fenway invited Marissa Window '11 to guest-blog about her participation in Simmons' Success Connection Leadership Program. Success Connection is a unique job-shadowing and mentoring opportunity that matches current seniors with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae. Through the program, Marissa was connected with Kristen Ingersoll '89, Fashion & Entertainment Editor at Hearst Magazines International. Fortunately for Marissa, her one-day job-shadowing led her straight to New York Fashion Week!

As a senior, I've spent a lot of time reflecting on my college experiences and my future goals. Although Simmons isn't where I pictured myself when I was applying to undergraduate programs, it truly was the best decision I ever made. Simmons has not only empowered me to chase after my dreams, but also has given me the proper support and guidance to do so.

Coming from a small suburban town, the concept of working in the fashion or publishing industry often seemed intangible. It becomes far too easy to take the standard route rather then to veer off and pursue your true passions. Through the encouragement of Simmons' faculty, staff, and alumni I've learned that risk taking is essential in order to overcome life's barriers.

I always heard positive feedback from my peers about the Success Connection program, but I never fully comprehended it's true power. My mentor, Kristen Ingersoll '89, Fashion & Entertainment Editor for Hearst International Magazines, is one of the most inspiring and motivated individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting. I had the opportunity to shadow her during one of the most exciting events in the industry, NYC Fashion Week. It was evident she wanted me to get a true feel for the industry and welcomed me with open arms.

Attending Fashion Week has always been on the Top 5 of my bucket list - right after visiting every continent and living in a foreign country. The day was fast paced and exceeded my expectations as we went from show to show, meeting to meeting. It was refreshing to connect with someone who shares the same passions and hear her insight on the transition from college to becoming a young professional.

The best piece of advice I have for underclasswomen is to seize all the opportunities that Simmons has to offer, especially the Success Connection program. All seniors have the opportunity to apply to the program, which partners graduating seniors with alumni that have excelled in their dream industry.

The above video is some shaky footage I managed to snag during the Betsey Johnson show on Valentine's Day. Please excuse the poor quality; I was so excited I couldn't keep my camera focused!

- Marissa Window is a senior from Manchester, NH majoring in Marketing with a minor in Communications. She is co-President of Simmons PRSSA, Vice President of the Management Liaison, Simmons Voice staff writer, and contributing writer for HerCampus. After graduation she hopes to move to NYC and work in the fashion/publishing industry.

Contact her at, on Twitter @MWindow, or through her blog, Life Without Pants.

Interested in job-shadowing a successful alumnae? Applications to the Success Connection Leadership Program are due no later than Monday, April 11, 2011. You can apply online.

Any other seniors or alumnae recently participate in the Success Connection program? Who were you paired with? What was your experience?

Posted by Amanda Voodre
Category: Student Stories

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This page contains a single entry by Amanda Voodre published on March 10, 2011 8:43 AM.

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