Ciara Coleman is a native of Louisville, KY but currently resides in the small town of Georgetown, KY. She loves to be creative and some of her favorite things to do are shop, sew, sing, dance, write poetry and experiment on her natural hair. She is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Merchandising Apparel & Textiles with a minor in Communications. Ciara is a seamstress and blogger at jkevinjohnson.com. and has dreams of becoming a fashion model and owning her own clothing boutique.
Some people go through their whole life with some sense of who they are, but I’ll say that it wasn’t until I stepped foot on an actual college campus that I found out who I really was. I wasn’t the nerdiest kid, but i also wasn’t the coolest kid growing up. I couldn’t afford the hottest clothes or shoes. I was very concerned about by grades and making sure that I could get into a good college/university. It happened! And let’s just say that once I got there it was a whole different ball game.
I was accepted into the University of a Kentucky as a biology major. As I started taking the chemistry classes required for my major, I soon came to realize that biology was not my forte. I was constantly stressed and just overall unhappy because I felt I wasn’t doing what I loved. There was no way I could go through these rest of my college years like that.
The great thing about college is that you are never set in stone. Yes, it is best to know what you want to do earlier and it may take you longer to finish if you change your major later on down the line but the ultimate goal is to find what you love to do! I took a career and development class that helped me to find out more about myself, my personality and ended up as a Merchandising Apparel & Textiles major. I am very thankful for this class, it taught me so much about myself and showed me things about myself that I didn’t know. I have always been a naturally shy person, but I’m also very creative. In deciding to go into fashion merchandising, I also took into consideration that the major itself could be my creative outlet.
I learned ALOT as a Merchandising apparel and Textiles major. But I walked away with some thing that I never had before and that I will have with me for the rest of my life.
Confidence. I was made fun of when I was younger, but college helped to mold me into the person that I am today. I didn’t have my parents or family to run to when something was wrong. I was able to stand on my own two feet and find the answer out for my self. I didn’t even know that I had a passion for fashion until I started taking the classes, required for my major. I instantly fell in love. The campus was my runway and everyday I would try to out do yesterday’s outfit. I had fun learning and that’s the way college should be.
My advice to all incoming freshman would be to take time to find out who you really are and what you really love. Once you figure out what these things are, and go after them,you can’t go wrong. Career and development classes are a great way to take a step back and look at what you are doing, the decisions you are making, and the person you are and want to become.