Wardrobe Secrets for a Killer First Impression
By Shayla Simmons
Meter Staff Writer
Wake up and your day is already starting. First class begins at 9:35 and afterwards, a meeting with your professor. Two more classes and then you try to squeeze in lunch. You have enough time to meet with your study group before you have an organization meeting.
With such a full day and so many meetings, it is imperative to dress accordingly. College is said to be the time to explore yourself and appearance is a large part of that process. But the truth is that college is also the time of impressions that can either make or break you. While it may seem scary, the secret is to find a balance between the two.
Depending on the crowd you ask, some may say that it is impossible to bring individuality to the workplace- or in this case the classroom. Others may say that it doesn’t matter in this day and age. But the truth is that it DOES matter, and that it IS possible.
As students working towards a degree, and eventually your career, you are “on”. “On” meaning that your appearance and behavior are under scrutiny by your professors and peers alike. This is so important because you never know who may point you in the direction of an internship, or better yet act as a bridge between you and future employment.
With that being said, gone are the days of stuffy three-piece suits and stale pantsuits. The need for individuality continues on even into lecture halls and is totally doable.
When deciding on what is too much or too little remember that modesty is key. The college experience is still exploration and self-expression, and is completely attainable no matter your personal style.