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Donation-based initiative provides free professional attire to students

First Impressions will host its grand opening Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Bovee University Center 117.

Contact: CMU News


First Impressions, a donation-based professional attire initiative at Central Michigan University, gives free business attire to students for interviews, career fairs and other professional events related to internships or jobs. The on-campus store will host its grand opening Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Bovee University Center 117.

“Some CMU students live on tight budgets and cannot afford business attire for interviews,” said Julia Sherlock, director of CMU Career Services. “We had one student unsure if she could accept an internship at the state capitol because she couldn’t afford professional attire. Another student had to leave the tags on his suit so he could later return it.”

Volunteers, including CMU First Lady Elizabeth Ross, help students select outfits appropriate for professional events, such as interviews and career fairs.

“I want to help students succeed by gaining the confidence they need to walk into an interview without worrying about their apparel,” Ross said.

Ross will be joined by Steven Johnson, vice president of enrollment and student services, and Tyiesha Hasan, Flint general management senior and store manager, as speakers at the grand opening. Students, faculty, staff and community members also will be encouraged to explore the store after the ribbon cutting. 

To learn more about First Impressions, click here.


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