Alexis Jones knew it would be real-world experience that got her to the career she wanted. She also knew it was CMU that would offer her an education and the experience.
"It was important to me to find a place that would help me grow as a leader and advance myself for future opportunities," she said.
With bachelor's and master's degrees in her sights, she entered into an accelerated degree program.
"Once I learned about the opportunity to join the accelerated master's degree program for fashion students, where I could earn two degrees in five years, I knew CMU would be the perfect place for me to learn and to build and create something great," she added.
And once she got to CMU, no opportunity that presented itself escaped her.
Over the course of her five years, she earned two degrees, was an executive board member for the Fashion Association of Merchandising and Design, merchandise manager for First Impressions, a director for the annual Threads Fashion Show, and worked as an ads consultant for RAW Magazine. She landed eight internships, taught students as a fashion graduate assistant and served as an ambassador in South Korea where she studied abroad.
She's earned prestigious awards in local and international competitions, produced fashion shows, and studied at South Korea's Seoul National University.
"Each of these opportunities changed my life for the better, giving me new experiences and hands-on learning toward my craft. Pursuing each of these leadership roles has helped me find my voice and boost my confidence, giving me the ability to inspire and aid others," she said.
The experiences, along with supportive faculty in her corner, also have helped her stand out.
"My professors started recommending me for jobs, events and research competitions I had never even considered before," she said. "When I talk with employers, they always note my extensive amount of experiences and involvement on campus, which has made me even more competitive in the industry."