The Power of Laughter

It’s crazy to think that the 10 weeks of my internship are already coming to a close. When I entered into the 9-6 professional world, I expected the days to drag and the hours to tick away tiredly. However, my experience has been quite the opposite, zipping by in the blink of an eye and blurring one event to the next as I sped by. In fact, in a broader sense, my internship has been altogether different than what I expected. Not only has it been more fast-pace than expected, but it has also been the most surprisingly fulfilling, challenging, inspiring work I have done. I hardly knew what I was getting myself into, yet the 10 weeks I have had have been some of the best of my life. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have serendipitously happened upon this position and been placed with such a fun-loving, hard-working, inspiring and engaging group of people. More than anything, I am grateful that even in a position like Fashion Events, I can feel a sense of accomplishment, social justice and purpose.

Throughout the course of this internship, I have learned a great deal about myself, my strengths, my goals, and ultimately my career aspirations. Events seem to be a perfect marriage of my strengths and passions, yet enough of a challenge where I don’t feel complacent or unfulfilled. I can be creative and still organized, interactive yet individual, and fun yet still professional. I learned to overcome fear of failure and let my confidence in my capabilities surpass my self-imposed limitations.

First and foremost, I have clearly seen the importance of confidence and initiative. The moment that so many amazing pieces fell into place this summer for me was the moment that I finally owned that I am capable and that I can and will contribute a lot to a company. Once I realized that, everything else followed. I started to take initiative, take on more responsibility, and even finish tasks before my boss asked. I also learned that making mistakes isn’t the end of the world, because in moments of embarrassment and failure is where I learned the most (and also where I grew closest to my boss.) I grew closer with her because I could laugh at my mistakes and shrug it off and move on. Another surprising tool I acquired at Michael Kors was the power of laughter and not taking yourself too seriously. Sometimes, I would spend an hour just trying to print something correctly with the right adjustments and colors and size, and being able to laugh at myself and have perspective was crucial. Hayley (my supervisor) and I would laugh and laugh at how our mistakes and that humor bridged the gap of the boss-worker dynamic. Even though my work is important and the tasks I accomplish greatly affect my department, it’s okay to take a moment and have a little perspective, before getting right back down to work of course!

When reflecting on my experience, the highlight would definitely be the last Press Day my team and I put on. A Press Day is essentially a mini, semi-casual fashion show where the designer (Michael Kors in this case,) presents his latest collection to press who come in appointments. He verbally walks through each piece, and typically when the press has all come and gone, the Lookbook is shot. My second day of my internship we had a press day and I was just kind of thrown into it. I had no idea what was happening, and though i enjoyed it, I was only an observer. This last one, I was a contributor, a spear-header, a planner! I had an enormous hand in the organizing and I felt like I had a large stake in the success of the event. Watching it all run smoothly and being granted the privilege of sitting in on the presentations was truly a euphoric moment. That was when I knew this is what I want to do…at least for now! The feeling I got from working so hard, planning, organizing, messing up, fixing it, laughing with Hayley, and then watching it all come together was one of the best I have ever felt! It took me a while to get there, and to get the hang of it to where I could contribute autonomously…but when I did, boy was it great. So, all in all, my summer has been transformative, amazing, chaotic, but deeply rewarding. I could not be more thankful to both BC and MK for all that I have been given! Now, on to the next adventure!

Written by Sophia Payne, BC Class of 2017

 

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A First Glance into the Fashion World

MKI have just begun my fifth week at Michael Kors, and it finally feels like I have a grasp on my role and how I am able to contribute to the enormous and ever-expanding fashion establishment that is MK. It’s taken a little while for me to adjust, as most of my tasks are on the computer emailing, using excel and power point, and essentially running around and helping out the best I can. I play a very specific role in what seems like an exceedingly complicated and multi-faceted web of departments. However, once I finally got the hang of how things work, the dynamics with my co-workers, and the particular place in which I fit into it all, I found my job to be exciting, engaging, and hugely informative.

I was serendipitously placed in Global Events, a field I knew little to nothing about and had absolutely no experience in. I’ve always known that I wanted to do fashion, as it has been my biggest passion and form of creative expression since I can remember. What I was always uncertain about was what exact realm of the fashion world I was most drawn to. PR? Marketing? Buying? Design? The questions seemed overwhelming and the answers scarce. That is what has been most eye-opening about this internship: there are positions out there that I didn’t even know existed, mine being an example. Fortunately, I have fallen in love with events, and were it not for this internship, there’s a chance I would’ve never known that most larger fashion companies have events departments. This subset of the fashion industry is a perfect marriage of my strengths and dare I say, obsessively organized tendencies. It requires a lot of organization and planning, something my type A self has always excelled if not thrived at. It calls for a very fast-pace work ethic that is always jam packed with emails and coordinating and scheduling, again satisfying my very hyper-organized alter ego. Finally, and probably most important, it needs a bit of creativity and fun! From conceptualization to manifestation, I get to watch these events expand into lovely occasions! Don’t get me wrong, as an intern my role is relatively limited and in terms of creativity, I mostly just follow orders and requests from my supervisor, but…it has shown me the potential, the possibility to make my way up to the point where I have a larger say!

My success (so far) in my internship I can largely attribute to Boston College, a place who has pushed me to grow not only intellectually, but personally. Through my experiences in and outside of the classroom, I have deepened my love of connection and learning, and further cultivated my interpersonal skills. Above all else, I believe my capacity to connect with others, to listen, and to make others feel comfortable has been my biggest and most useful tool at MK. Through my experience as an OL or in the various organizations I am a part of on campus, I learned how to engage with and talk to a wide range of people. So, when entering the professional world, I feel confident in my communication skills and also in ability to talk to others with ease and joy.

So, all in all the internship has been tremendously fun, helpful, and challenging, but in the best ways. I love the feeling of being immersed in the professional world, and especially the feeling of making a positive and helpful impact in that world. Though I am still unsure where I will end up belonging in this new sphere I’ve discovered, I do know that I feel way more prepared, confident, and excited than when I started. I hope to use this next chapter of my internship to continuously soak up all the information I can and also learn where I can grow and improve. I look forward to what the future holds!

Written by Sophia Payne, BC Class of 2017