How I Decided Where I Wanted to Attend College


Just recently, a girl that was about to be a senior in high school had messaged me on Instagram. She was curious to know about how I started a blog, what school I went to, how did I know what I wanted to study, so on and so forth. So I thought it would be very interesting to write a blog post about it and go more in depth of what our conversation was about.

Some of you may know that I was raised in a family of nurses/people of the medical field. I was always very close with my family and I thought I wanted to stick around my hometown, go to school at community college near by to save some money, and study Occupational Therapy in school. I thought that’s what I had to do, since everyone else in my family had studied and graduated with a degree in science.

It wasn’t until senior year of high school when I discovered what I really had a passion for, what I wanted to study, where I wanted to live after I graduated high school, the list goes on. As cliche as this sounds, this was the beginning of figuring out who I was. I was ALWAYS involved in the arts growing up: piano, singing, drawing, sewing, dancing. You name it, I have probably done it. I have always been creative but I have also always been a very organized and put together person. You could say I use a fair share of my left and right side of the brain. Your left side performs tasks with logic and your right side performs tasks with creativity!

I can still vividly remember the time when everyone was sending out their college applications. I brought up the idea to my parents that I wanted to study Fashion Merchandising in school. They were SO supportive about this decision and they took it better than I expected. I have always been inspired by my moms fashion and her classic style. My mind also loves to problem solve and put my creativity to the test like my dad. In a sense, you could say that they did a pretty good job on me. 💁🏻‍♀️

As a team, we worked together and started looking into the top schools to attend that had Fashion Merchandising. I was always obsessed of the idea of being a city girl, and I loved Chicago. We had a deal that I would attend community college for the first two years of school to save some money and then I would transfer schools to finish my degree. Being the impatient person that I am, I thought that it couldn’t hurt to apply to Columbia College Chicago. The application was free, my grades were good, and Columbia made it to the top 20 schools to attend to study Fashion.

March of 2015 had rolled around and I received my acceptance letter. I finally told my parents that I had applied and received an academic scholarship that was hard to pass up! I was going through a rough patch in life with my parents separation at this time but they were nothing but supportive and we managed to work out my situation with school, and the rest was HISTORY.

Here I am, ready to enter my senior year (WHAT)?! It is SO TRUE when they say that college is going to be the best four years of your life but it goes by with a blink of an eye. Columbia has shown me to be creative, work hard, how to be unique, brought to my attention some AMAZING humans in my life, allowed me to study abroad in London, and most importantly, DO WHAT YOU LOVE AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

I currently major in Fashion Business and minor in Marketing. Eventually I would love to get my masters degree in Marketing. In five years, I see myself doing bigger and better things in New York City. My dream job is to be a Creative/Fashion Director for a magazine (preferably for Condé Nast). At the moment, I am finishing my in-office internship at Modern Luxury Magazine, BUT will be extending on for the fall semester as a PR & Events Intern! I am more than excited to see what the future has in store for me. SENIOR YEAR, I AM READY FOR YOU. ✨

xoxo — Bree

photo credits: Jenna Rillie
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