By: Karissa Paglione
At Stevenson, extra-curricular activities such as clubs and sports are an important part of student life. I am a fashion design major as well as a member of the women’s soccer team. Stevenson has 27 sports teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III. I am proud to say that I am a member of the Women’s soccer team here at Stevenson and part of the Fashion Design program. Being a part of both is very challenging yet rewarding.
School work always comes first, and the fashion program has us learning so many skills and gives us a lot of opportunity to be creative. Our great teachers teach us basic skills from sewing to drawing to creating full looks. Hours in these classes and doing projects are demanding, and many are spent in the studio, but not without help. Professors, studio assistants, and other students are always happy to lend a hand if you are stuck or give advice on a project. This is very helpful during the fall season when the soccer team is in season, and you are running to practice or traveling to games. Stevenson’s program provides so many opportunities like fashion shows, design competitions, and study abroad trips as well.
At the same time, I am a part of one of the best sports teams on campus. Our players and coaches are like a family. All the players on the team have authentic relationships with each other as it is part of our team culture. Playing a sport is demanding, but we are always there to help each other out. Long bus rides, early morning practices and late lift times, help create these bonds. Our love for soccer is shared with our coaches as they push us to get better every day on and off the field. If you have the opportunity to be a fashion major and play a sport, I highly recommend taking on the challenge.