G R A D U A T I O N

Hello friends! I'm ELATED to be writing this blog-post as an Alumna of LIM College!!!!!!!!! My scholastic journey was challenging, rigorous, and LONG. Nonetheless, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I'm writing this open letter college journey to share my story with those who've faced similar battles, and for those who are still on their journey in need of some guidance.
It was 2013, and Eighteen-year-old Jessy was starting her Freshman year of college at the Wood-To-Be-Coburn School proudly majoring in Fashion Design. Excited (and nervous) as any freshman would be to start College, it was a very tough time in my life. My mom had been battling cancer for months and was getting progressively worse. Two months into my freshman year of College, my mom passed away. Feeling as the world had come to an end - I was lost, confused, angry and just sad. The last thing I wanted to do was go to school, let alone complete a degree. The mourning period was probably the worst part, having only taken off a few weeks I returned to school. The work was frustrating, and I didn't want to be around anyone. Now that I look back, staying in school was the best thing I could've done. It served as a distraction and motivated me to finish what I started.
I began working full-time AND went to school full-time to make ends meet, and I haven't stopped working since. I began interning for a number designers, showrooms and magazines and was determined to make it in the industry. My senior externship from my Associates college was at ELLE magazine! I fell in love with fashion even more and wanted to continue learning as much as possible. Upon graduating with my Associates Degree, I began working for a small luxury children’s wear designer as a sales executive. The experience was everything but glamorous from cold calling buyers, attending trade shows, photo shoots and castings, it taught me a lot about the industry. As unhappy and exhausted as I was, I decided to go back to school for a Bachelors degree. I enrolled at LIM College, this time majoring in Fashion Merchandising. And this was only the beginning of an everlasting journey. To my surprise only a handful of credits transferred, which basically meant I had to start over, the courses felt repetitive, since I already learned similar material  from my previous work and intern experiences.


Not to sound dramatic, but the financial aid process was devastating since I didn't have any parents to put down as "dependents" or co-signers. I had to file as independent, this meant that I had to take out numerous loans under my own name or asking close relatives to be my co-signers. I had to gather numerous notarized letters from old teachers and co-workers stating my "situation". It was upsetting and frustrating every semester when it was time to renew. I was taking up to five or more classes per semester, which meant doing homework on my lunch break, studying on the subway, and A LOT of time on Blackboard. It was overwhelming at times but those challenges made me more self-reliant. I learned that NO ONE is going to do the work for you, and you need to hold yourself accountable for everything you do. 
If you've been following my posts, you might have read: caffeinated-pajama-shirt-mini-life. update In this post I opened up about some of my graduation troubles (since 2018) At the time, it wasn't my year to graduate, but now I understand the importance of timing. I'm in a MUCH better place this year than I was last, and graduating this year has made me appreciate this journey even more. 
This is why I wanted to celebrate my graduation to the fullest! I wanted 
an over the top "Glam Graduation Party"! An evening where I can celebrate my accomplishments in the same room full of people who helped me get to where I am. Enjoy these precious pictures of a special journey that lead to a special night! All details from my party can be found at the end of the post. Have a fabulous weekend! xo



      






















Restaurant: Shanghai Red
Event Stylist: kairy Castro Events
Photo-booth: Blueprint Photobooth 
Dessert Table: Aura Breton
Mini Wine Bottle Favors: The Hubbx
Dress: Jovani
Photography: Peter Rosario

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