Michelle CioffrediFashion and Retail Merchandising, Class of 2012
Why did you choose Lasell College?
My cousin graduated from Lasell in 2001 and couldn't stop talking about it; she now has an amazing job as a personal shopper and manager at AKRIS on Newbury St. Also another huge factor was I got to meet Professor Richard Bath, who is one of the professors of fashion (and now my counselor), and he completely convinced me that this is where I needed to be and he couldn't be more right.
What is your favorite part of your major?
My favorite part of my major is all the hands on learning I get to do, it really helps us learn what we like and what we don't like, which helps narrow down our career path, there are so many things we can do with a Fashion Merchandising major that they really try and help you figure out pretty quickly what you want to specialize in. Also, the connections. The fashion department has such an amazing database of alumni and connections in the industry, which helps to the students in finding internships, and ultimately careers.
Do you have a favorite professor? Why?
I have two: One is Professor Richard Bath, a fashion professor and also my advisor. Eevery time we have a conversation I know I have made the right decision not only in college but in my major and life. He tells it like it is and doesn't sugar coat things, but is always helpful in leading you in the right direction. He is someone you can talk to about anything and he will defend you to the end; he has such faith in all of his students and constantly encourages us in whatever project or job we are working on.
My other favorite professor is Joseph Aieta; he's a history and philosophy teacher. His classes are all based off of discussion and he uses zero PowerPoint. He really encourages students to think and has been so inspiring. He helps us look at things differently than we could ever think of on our own. But, one of the most important things about him is he encourages us to form our own ideas and doesn't just try to mold us into thinking what he thinks. He wants us to challenge him; I've taken 5 classes with him.
What is an example of Connected Learning that you have experienced?
Internships. So far I've done three, when you are only required one! Also, the fashion show, there are so many different aspects of connected learning in it, whether it's modeling, through your fashion promotion class, being student director or helping with set design.
What is an internship or volunteer experience that you have completed?
I was a sales/market week intern for Oscar de la Renta in his New York studio. I was also a sales/receiving intern for National Jean Company, and a promotion and events intern for Synergy Events.
What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in?
I'm a member of the Blue Key Society, vice-president of the yamawaki culture society (freshmen year), Fashion Show, and The Fashion Society.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My dorm room, it's so cozy and we decorated it so homey. We love to leave our door open so people can come and go as they please. I also love the benches behind Yamawaki it is a great place to catch some sun and do some intense people watching.
What kinds of things do you like to do on-campus?
On campus I like to take advantage of the movie collection in the library and watch movies with my friends. If it's nice out I like to hang out on the turf and get a good tan (its always warmer on the turf than the grass!).
What kinds of things do you like to do off-campus?
I like to go out to eat, shop, walk around Newbury Street, go see live music and visit friends at other local schools.
How has Lasell prepared you for the future?
Lasell has given me skills to not only complete tasks required of me but also taught me how to be confident in showing potential employees of how capable I am. This was proven when I beat out dozens of other candidates from Fashion schools all over the country for an internship with Oscar de la Renta.
What is something you would tell a student who is considering coming to Lasell College?
You'll never find a more tight knit community; you will leave with people you consider family not friends, which is something I don't think you get at a bigger college. Also, everyone is so willing and eager to help in any way they can; you will make unreal connections that you will keep for your whole life.