CLAC hosted its Dress to Impress program at the Graduate Student Lounge this past November 4. The program featured Cynthia Bond and James Verga from Men’s Wearhouse and Shannon Mirabile from Dress for Success of Morris County, who provided business attire and interviewing tips for both men and women. The program was cosponsored by University Career Services and the Rutgers Business School Office of Career Management.
By Marian Andrea Perez
Dress to Impress was an event lead by the Assistant Director of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Saskia Leo Cipriani. This program gave many students the opportunity to learn how to properly dress and carry oneself for an interview. Two professionals in the business came in to give advice and answer any pondering questions like how should you wear your hair? Or what are the steps after the interview is over?
I thought this program was great because it not only taught us how to make an appropriate judgment in dressing up for that important interview, but it also gave us that extra boost of confidence to go out and feel like we can conquer anything that comes our way. These are actual life tips and lessons that one cannot simply just learn in a classroom setting. It’s important for us to come out of college not only prepared intellectually with the knowledge we gain from our books but also with the life skills we learn outside the classroom through experience and listening to programs such as this one.
One of the main sponsors for Dress to Impress was Dress for Success. The mission of this organization is to “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” It’s fascinated how this organization itself has provided help for more than 750,000 women around the world.
When I first heard about this organization and Saskia showed me the tons of suits we had available at the CLAC for men and women I was amazed at the generosity of the people who donated them all. It was great to witness firsthand how students here at Rutgers University came into the CLAC and got so excited when they heard there were FREE suits available for them. Buying a brand new suit can cost hundreds of dollars. Many times, what holds us back from going out, taking risks and making life-changing decisions is the scary thought of where we stand financially.
Even though unfortunately sometimes money is a major obstacle, it should not stop anyone from achieving success and reaching their goals. That is why organizations like Dress for Success are amazing because by providing one student with a suit, and them now being able to go out and look professional for a future job or internship, a difference has been made in that student’s life. They have been given the opportunity to take all their hard work and dedication and take it to the next level by simply dressing for success. It’s programs like these that show students who are in difficult financial situations, and even those who are not really, that there are people in the university that care.
I would like to thank Saskia for putting this event together because I am sure everyone, including myself, benefitted tremendously from it. And also, to everyone who sponsored this event, especially Dress for Success, because now many of us have these amazing suits to wear to our next big day.