Student Q & A: Clarissa Hernandez, Class of 2018

Q: Why did you choose LIM College?

A: Since middle school, I’ve been obsessed with fashion. I loved shopping, reading magazines like Teen Vogue, and dressing up with my friends. It wasn't until the end of high school when I found out that a career in the business of fashion was a possibility. My high school photography teacher recommended that I visit LIM College, and I fell in love!

Q: What do you like most about LIM?

A: The best thing about LIM College, by far, is the community. I'm involved in many different aspects of the campus. I became a student mentor, started writing for the College's magazine, and became a student worker in the Office of Institutional Advancement. By getting involved and being an active member of the community, you can really get the most out of your "college experience."

Q: What internships have you done?

A: I completed my retail internship at Against All Odds, a streetwear clothing brand. The following spring, I landed an internship at Small Girls PR, which was co-founded by an LIM alumna. There, I worked on the creative team and had experience with influencer marketing and event planning. Now, I am interning at Squarespace as the communications intern where I mainly work on external communications, including media relations.

Q: Are there any LIM faculty or staff members who have especially helped or influenced you?

A: Professor John Deming, who is also the director of the Writing Center, has been a huge influence in both my academic and professional career. We have worked closely on the production of The Lexington Line, and he has helped me improve my writing skills, enhance my managerial skills, and consider a career in journalism. 

Q: What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?

A: I am currently the editor in chief of LIM's student-run print and online publication, The Lexington Line. Last semester, I was inducted into Delta Mu Delta (the national business honor society) and I was a student mentor.

Q: Career-wise, where do you see yourself after graduating?

A: Ah! I don't know! My current internship has expanded my horizons to communications in the tech industry, which is something I've always been interested in. So who knows? Maybe I'll be more involved in the tech industry, go back to the fashion industry, or venture into PR for a food company, which is something I'm interested in, too!