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Maggie Haggerty

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Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY

Major: Fashion and Retail Merchandising

Why did you choose your major at Lasell?
I wanted to do worthwhile work that would have an impact on people. I thought what's more influential than the fashion industry? Everyone wears clothes and I believe fashion is a form of self-expression. What a person wears says a lot about them. I also really enjoy math, so I wanted to be a part of the business side of the industry. I hope to one day own my own children's boutique, and give back to my community.

What was it that brought you to Lasell, particularly in regard to your major? 
I loved Lasell's atmosphere. When I visited for accepted students' day, there was an unexpected snow storm. The tour guides and faculty members still showed us the campus with pleasant inviting demeanors, unphased by the chaos that ensued about them. I was also thoroughly impressed by the staff in the fashion department. Each professor seemed genuinely interested in the success of their students and had unique extensive experience in the industry.

What activities are you involved in or have been involved in (clubs, activities, athletics, etc.)? 
I am an RA, president of the Newman Society, and participate in pick-up soccer. In the past, I have also been an admin on Polished Magazine's Facebook page, participated in the Barry Price Center, She's the First, and Fashion Connection Club. I have been on a service trip for disaster relief in NJ with Lasell Says Thank You and volunteered as a stylist at Brides Across America through Lasell. I also work as a waitress at Lasell Village.

Any internship you may have done?
I intern at the Coterie tradeshow every September and February with the Susan Bonomo Showroom. I will also be interning at my current place of employment, Ann Taylor, next semester. I'll be doing an in-store business management internship with them.

Favorite class you have taken at Lasell and why?  
My favorite course I have taken at Lasell is the ethics course, PHIL 302. I enjoy its depth and appreciate that it evokes critical thought and facilitates a civil discourse of opinions and differences.

What do you like to do off campus or in Boston?
I enjoy exploring Boston and finding new places to eat with friends. One of my favorite things to do in Boston is swing dance! There's a place called Boston Swing Central in Cambridge that has swing dancing every Friday night with live music and they have student discounts. It's a great way to meet new people, not to mention it's fun exercise!

Do you have an interesting story or great memory from Lasell that you would be willing to share? 
One great memory I have at Lasell is my first RA program. I became an RA in January 2017. My first program was a pancake night. I was so nervous none of my residents would come because I was a new RA who came in halfway through the school year. To this day, that program is the biggest turnout I've ever had for a program, 30 residents from throughout my building attended and it was a great success. I will always cherish that night which gave me a greatly needed confidence boost in my new RA position.