Fashion is Mia Dobson’s passion. At Henderson she found professors who were excited and knowledgeable about the field in a location that was close to home. That’s why Mia, B.S. ’10, decided to become a Reddie. “There are awesome instructors in the FCS department that are willing to help you in any way they can,” she said.
Although she said many people may not be aware of the program, Henderson’s family and consumer science department offers a Fashion Merchandising specialization that’s ideal for students who want to enter the world of fashion buying and coordination, sales, writing and management.
“I love fashion I all aspects and I knew that I wanted to know more about it in depth,” Mia said. “I like to learn about the variety of textiles, fabrics, how they were made, where they came from. Some of my favorite classes in the fashion major, just to name a few, were Intro to Fashion Merchandising, Quantitative Analysis for Fashion, Textiles, Apparel Construction, Fashion Show Production (Direct Field), and Professional Image Development.”
As part of Henderson’s fashion merchandising program requirements, Mia completed a required internship at a local clothing store where she gained hands-on experience with day-to-day store operations. She said these skills have proved invaluable at her current job as a sales associate for Stage Stores, Inc. In the fashion field, she said she’d like to work with designers to style models for fashion shows and photo shoots or be a buyer for a major department store.
But fashion isn’t Mia’s only interest. In fact, she’ll be entering a master’s program in criminal justice at Grambling State University in Grambling, La., this year. Although the two fields seem disparate, Mia said that having degrees in two different areas will give her more freedom in the job market.