Styling With Jenna Curcio

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When you’re first starting out in the fashion industry, what is the number one piece of advice that people give you the most?

 

Internships, internships, internships!

 

Get as many as you can, while you can and when you have one, give it your all.  Today, I started my second internship EVER with Andrea Bonawitz Image Consulting.  Located in Rochester, NY, Andrea Bonawitz is an industry professional who owns not one but two businesses.  One being the image consulting business, and the other is her salon: Parlour.

 

I discovered Andrea and her businesses while I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook and thinking of the next challenge I was going to pursue for the fall semester, and ironically an advertisement for AB Image Consulting popped up!  I sent her an email telling her that I was interested, and things got rolling from there.

 

Andrea Bonawitz Image Consulting offers a multitude of personalized styling services from head-to-toe for anyone looking to revamp their wardrobe.  These include three main levels of packages:

  1. REFRESH – Organize, Minimize, Simplify

Time is spent analyzing your body shape, reviewing your inspirations and creating your “Personal Style Description.”

√  Personal Body Shape Analysis

√  Personal Style Analysis

√  Color Checklist

√  Closet Cleanse

√  Wardrobe Assessment

√  Strategic Shopping List

 

  1. RECLAIM – Refresh, Edit & Pair

Enjoy the complete “Refresh” package plus two strategic shopping lessons together, in-store or online.

 

  1. Redefine – The Complete Evaluation

Enjoy this all-inclusive package plus unique outfit pairing services and your own personal wardrobe LookBook.

 

You can learn more about Andrea and her fabulous endeavors on her website:

http://www.andreabonawitzstyling.com

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On my first day, I was excited to jump right in and start my assignments, and see what else Andrea had planned out for me.  I began by getting used to how everything is done, what platforms are used for marketing campaigns, and learning how to compose future email blasts for upcoming events!  So far, it seems like there is a lot going on with both of these businesses.  This upcoming fall season, they are hosting two different events through the Rochester Brainery: How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe and Curly Girl’s Guide To Natural Curls.  More information can be found under “Events” on her website!

 

I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to be involved with a wide variety of tasks including marketing & advertising efforts, social media managing/content creating, blogging, and even shadowing Andrea with future clients.  I can’t wait to be heavily involved with the company, and I’m lucky enough to have someone as amazing as Andrea to work with and guide me.  I am expecting to learn a lot from this internship.  The future is bright!

 

Jenna Curcio

Fashion Student

The Benefits of A Summer Internship

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As globalization continues at a rapid pace, the competition for jobs continues to increase as well. In this day and age you no longer just have to be more qualified than the person sitting next to you, you have to be more qualified than the countless others all around the world. This is where the role of the internship becomes more crucial than ever.

Employers increasingly want to see previous experience in their new fresh out of college hires. Seems like an impossible situation right? Well not if you’re willing to get out their and “pound the pavement”, metaphorically or otherwise. Internships not only allow you to develop your skills, they also allow you to build your professional network, build your confidence, and perhaps most importantly, they allow you to take your career plan out for a test drive. Put in 3 or so months, and find out if that “dream job”, is really a dream, for you.

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This summer I was fortunate enough to intern as The Press Release Manager for the startup fine jewelry company, JEWELv:

JEWELv is not just another jewelry shopping site; it’s a shopping experience where you can create the perfect piece of custom fine jewelry each and every time. At JEWELv, we want to help create lasting memories and lasting impressions with unique pieces that you have the opportunity to design yourself. We believe the gift of jewelry should be as individual as the person it is designed for, and our state of the art technology allows you to make that happen.  The average jewelry store limits you to the inventory they have selected.  At JEWELv our goal is not to sell you a piece of jewelry out of the case, but to help you create something unique for that special person or special occasion. We craft gifts to be treasured for decades to come by those near and dear to you. From stories that start with once upon a time all the way to happily ever after, JEWELv provides the perfect jewelry pieces for every moment in between.”

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I cannot begin to describe how formative, and enriching this internship was for me. I’ve known that luxury PR was my passion for quite a while(I have my Public Relations certification from PRISM, and served as PR Manager for the 35th Annual GCC Fashion Show), but this position really cemented that passion. As the name implies, I was in charge of press releases for the company, weekly blog posts, and influencer/media outreach and collaboration. Interning for a startup was an amazing experience because I was one of a term of nine core employees; I reported directly to the CEO.Working for JEWELv not only gave me PR experience, but experience in luxury retail, and working with startups. It was invaluable.

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While I no longer work for JEWELv, I credit them for where I am today. If not for the skills and experience I received under their employment, I would have never landed my current Public Relations internship position with The Lingerie Lab, which I am working diligently day and night to transition into my permanent dream position. Yeah, PR Manager for a luxury lingerie company is my dream position, trivia fact about me.

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To sum things up, if you’re currently in college, or even a recent college graduate, INTERN! Intern now, intern a lot, and intern passionately and ferociously. Be hungry for the experience, and personal and professional development. Employers increasingly view their internship programs as the best path for hiring new entry level candidates.

 

Healthy Food In Summer

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It is summer – the most amazing time of the year! Time passes by really quickly, and this is my last blog for GCC. So I’d like to write something I’m really good at, which is food. I especially love fresh and healthy food! So here are some fresh, healthy, and delicious choices for you to enjoy the summer!

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  • Watermelon
  • Peach
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry

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  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Pepper

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  • Iced Tea
  • Iced Coffee

It’s been a good time, sharing what I know with all of you here, and I hope my blogs have been helpful. I’ve graduated from GCC today, and I’m going home for summer and coming back for St. John’s University in NYC. Hopefully, I’ll still get a chance to see you and share something wonderful with you.

Have a nice summer!

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Interview Tips

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After talking about how to learn about yourself and how to write a good resume, it is time to think about an interview. Here are 10 tips for a good interview that I’ve learnt in my CEP class.

  • Conduct researches on the employer, hiring manager, and job opportunity
  • Review common interview questions to prepare the response
  • Dress professionally, even if the employer says that you can dress casually
  • Always arrive on time
  • Behave yourself since parking or walking into the company
  • Make a good impression starting from a nice hand shaking
  • Be authentic, upbeat, focused, confident, and candid
  • Be careful about body language and language
  • Ask at least an insightful question in the end
  • Thank the interviewers in person, by email, and/or postal mail

Summer is coming for real! Good luck on your future study and career, and enjoy your summer!

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Countries You Can Travel With Your American Visa

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Summer is coming, and everyone is planning on traveling. But one thing people worry about it all the time is the visa. As an international student, I collected some countries that international students can go without a visa from these countries and only with our American student visa.

Mexico: International students can stay in Mexico for no more than 180 days with an American visa.

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Colombia: International students can stay in Colombia for no more than 180 days with an American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.

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Honduras: International students can stay in Honduras for no more than 30 days with an American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.

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Costa Rica: International students can stay in Costa Rica for no more than 30 days with a used American visa that will not be expired in 6 months.

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Panama: International students can stay in Panama for no more than 30 days with a used American visa.

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Philippines: International students can stay in Philippines for no more than 7 days with an American visa.

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Serbia: International students can stay in Serbia for no more than 90 days with an American visa.

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Montenegro: International students can stay in Montenegro for no more than 30 days with an American visa, or for the days left for the visa if the visa will be expired in 30 days.

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Albania: International students can stay in Albania for no more than 90 days with a used American visa.

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Dominica: International students can stay in Dominica for no more than 90 days with an American visa.

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Bermuda: International students can stay in Bermuda for no more than 180 days with an American visa or a Canadian visa.

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Since you’ve already had the visa for the United States, let’s not waste it and go to other countries with it. Enjoy your summer more easily!

Rochelle Hill – Native Americans at G.C.C. Blog Series Prt III

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This blog is a continuation of the Native Americans at G.C.C. blog series. The purpose of this blog series is to share what I learn about Native American culture as I talk to some Native American students at G.C.C.

Rochelle Hill is a business administration major who, like JoVanni, is part of the Seneca Nation. 

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Rochelle and I spoke in the library about her experiences growing up as a Native American and her opinions on where Native Americans stand today. She is intelligent, kind, and open minded, yet passionate about historical events and has a deep desire to see her fellow brethren and family thrive.

 

Q. Where are you from?

A. The Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. Most Native Americans will agree that the term Indian is pretty offensive. Personally, I don’t understand why we still use it.

Q. How do you feel about America’s history and how do you find your place in America today? 

A. My co-worker put it quite bluntly once. He said “If you think about it, your ancestors kind of took one for the team and now you get all these benefits”. Of  course I was offended…people think that just because you’re Native American you get all this free stuff. The government only gives us all these benefits because they feel guilty and like they owe us something. 

I wish they’d teach middle school and high school students about the truth. Teach them that we used to cover this whole land and now we just have these small reservations. 

Q. Have there been any great strides for Native Americans that you can look up to?

A. Definitely. Hearing that a Native Am. woman is working in a hospital delivering babies of her own kind reminds me that we’re making it and that we all don’t have to be stuck on the res. A common goal for us is not to be stuck there. That’s become the stereotype. Native American’s being thought of as alcoholics who can’t keep their kids. A res is all trailers and it seems like no one ever leaves. 

I’m proud of myself for being here at school, and living off the res. I’m trying to get a job and make something of myself.

Q. I didn’t know about all of the stereotypes. I think it’s because I grew up in New York City. Do you think most Native Americans live on reservations?

A. Most of my family lives on one reservation, and some live on another. I don’t want to live on a res, I want to make it out. Yes, there is free housing, electricity and water but I think that’s the reason why most people don’t leave. It’s that mentality of being spoiled, and being comfortable with having things handed to you because the government feels an obligation.

Q. Do you feel reservations should be expanded?

A. Part of me says yes, but the other part says “Why are there still reservations?” Why are we so separate? It’s 2016 and we’re so segregated. Some think it’s a good thing to remain separate and hold onto our power and sovereignty. But we still need the government for help. We can’t do everything on our own. We are not free standing. Some Natives will mark “no” on government forms that ask if you are an American Citizen, but then you have to send in documents that were never provided to us, so some of us mark “yes” just to make it easier. That separation of nationality isn’t fully there. 

Q. If you were in the White House what changes would you make?

A. That’s difficult to think about. I’ve never thought about that. I’d want to see Native Americans become more united with American life. The reservations can stay as a choice. Native Americans should have communities but they shouldn’t be as isolated as they are now. 

Q. When was the first time that you learned about Native American history?

A. It was in high school but it wasn’t from my teachers, it was from my dad. The genocide of Native Americans was not taught in my high school or my friends school. We learned about the Holocaust and about things that happened in other places but not about what happened here. One day my father sat me down and asked me what I was learning in high school and when he saw that I wasn’t learning about it, he sat me down and said “You should know that being a Native American means this”. And he told me.

Q. Wow! Did you go to a high school on the reservation? Did you have Native American teachers? 

A. There is no education on the reservation. We go to a high school off the reservation. There was one Native American teacher. He taught the Seneca Nation language course, and it was an elective. The only people who took it were like Native American students, probably because we felt obligated. No one is mandated to learn about Native American history. You can feel or believe how you want about it, but we shouldn’t wait until secondary school to teach the truth.

Q. What is life on the res like?

A. Crime, someone stealing your car. Drugs, trailers, everything you think of. I don’t think anyone strives to live on the res, people want to leave,  it’s not a place people want to visit. Girls have children young and then get them taken away, and a lot of young people don’t graduate high school. That’s become the norm. I don’t like that. 

Q. It sounds like growing up in the hood. Are there any programs in place to help motivate people to do better?

A. Community groups help. They talk to people individually, and then they bring groups of people together to talk. But people have to want to try. 

Q. What is your major and career goals? 

A. My major is business administration and I want to do something along the lines of real estate or car sales. 

Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A. California, with mountains and the sunshine. But I’d want to take my family with me, I don’t want to leave them on the res. 

Q. Would you be encouraged if you saw a population of Native Americans who did not live on a reservation?

A. Definitely. It would remind me that we’re making it. We’re doing more with ourselves, we’re progressing.

Q. Any parting words?

A. Regardless of what’s happened based on the action of others, and regardless of your nationality, it’s fine to go out and make something of yourself. Just because it is happening to others,  it doesn’t have to be you too. That’s why I’m here.

 

Mind Altering Drugs

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By: Lauren Mye

As a follow-up to the survey conducted last month, here is an overview of mind-altering drugs.

Did you know?

In the ‘50s and ‘60s, the US government tested acid on people—yep, American and Canadian citizens—without their knowledge.

Have you ever heard of MK-UlTRA?

It is referred to as the CIA’s mind control program, where they experimented on humans from 1953-1964. The experiments were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations and torture, in order to weaken the individual to force confessions through mind control. In one incident, an army scientist was dosed with a huge amount of the drug and later ended up leaping out a 10th story window to his death. The supposed reason for the clandestine experiments was to gain a better understanding of the drug that agents believed the Soviets and other Communist countries were using to brainwash captured Americans.

So, what are hallucinogens?

They are drugs that distort your perception of reality. They can cause you to see, feel and hear things that don’t exist, making it hard to communicate or think clearly. They can also cause rapid, intense emotional mood swings. Some occur naturally and others are made in laboratories. Some examples of hallucinogens include LSD, mushrooms, mescaline and PCP

LSD:
LSD is one of the most potent mood- and perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. It is a clear or white, odorless, water-soluble material synthesized from lysergic acid, a compound derived from a rye fungus. LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip” typically lasting approximately twelve hours.

Effects: unpredictable, depending on the amount taken, it could be a distorted high or a paranoid low.

  • Changes in body temperature
  • Blood pressure and heart rate fluctuations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors
  • Extreme changes in mood

Mushrooms:
Mushrooms that contain psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance are called “Magic Mushrooms.” A person can eat these mushrooms, brew a tea with them, mix them with other foods or, as some people do to mask their bitter taste, coat them with chocolate and then eat them. Approximately 30 minutes after being taken, their hallucinogenic effects can start.

Effects: A person’s perceptions of color, sound and light may change. Surfaces may seem to move or ripple. Moving object may seem to have visible trails that linger behind them. Psilocybin does create tolerance, meaning that more of the mushrooms must be used to get the same effect after a while. Other than tolerance, the mushrooms do not appear to be physically addictive. A person can become psychologically addicted to this drug, however.

  • Nausea
  • Muscle weakness

Mescaline:
Mescaline is a hallucinogen obtained from the cactus Peyote. The top of the cactus consists of disc-shaped buttons that are cut from the roots and dried. These buttons are generally chewed or soaked in water to produce an intoxicating liquid. It lasts about 12 hours.

Effects:

  • Visual hallucinations
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Occasional feelings of anxiety
  • Open and closed eye visualizations
  • Euphoria
  • Dream like state
  • Laughter and a psychedelic experience
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache

PCP:
It is available in a variety of tablets, capsules, and colored powders, which are either taken orally or snorted. The liquid form of PCP is actually PCP base dissolved most often in ether, a highly flammable solvent. For smoking, PCP is typically sprayed onto leafy material such as mint, parsley, oregano, or marijuana. PCP may also be injected.

Effects:

  • Numbness of extremities
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Psychological dependence
  • craving
  • Memory Loss
  • Difficulties with speech and learning
  • Depression
  • Weight Loss