Student Profiles

Melissa Abner

<p>“As-a-non-traditional-distance-student-ISU-has-made-me-feel-included-and-supported.”</p>

Melissa Abner's dream career is to be a full professor in a thriving fashion merchandising program and be in charge of that program. When she isn't teaching in her current position as an assistant professor or working on her Ph.D., she enjoys spending time with her three-year-old and husband at sporting events, boating, or doing anything else outdoors.

Mariah Mikel

<p>“Going-to-the-Bahamas-was-a-mixture-of-fun-and-education.”</p>

Mariah Mikel is pursuing a degree in hospitality management with the goal of one day managing a resort in Hawaii. Besides making travel plans to tropical destinations, she enjoys working out, going to the movies, and trying new restaurants in her free time.

Nathan Wanderscheid

<p>Nathan-Wandersheid-is-a-sophomore-studying-hospitality-management-from-Johnston-Iowa</p>

Nathan Wanderscheid sees himself potentially owning a hotel or concert venue after graduation. Outside of his internship and coursework, he enjoys listening to music, reading comic books, and hanging out with friends.

Sarah Wright

<p>I-currently-hold-three-positions-on-Trend-Magazine-which-has-never-been-done-before</p>

Sarah Wright has a strong interest for digital retail and hopes to help a major retail company bridge the gap between e-commerce and brick and mortar. Until she reaches her goal, she enjoys listening to Retail Gets Real podcasts by the National Retail Federation and playing computer games in her free time.

Courtney Biere

<p>“The-Collegiately-Creative-Conference-is-for-students-by-students.”</p>

Courtney Biere hopes to become a corporate event planner or immerse herself in fashion show production after graduation. While she prepares to reach her career goal, outside of studying she enjoys spending time with friends over board games, eating good food, and attending group fitness classes.

Tammie Melton

<p>“The-National-Retail-Federation-Student-Program-is-a-big-event-focused-on-getting-you-connected.”</p>

Tammie Melton hopes to use her apparel, merchandising, and design major and her second major in marketing to work as a talent manager or for Glossier as a social media director. For now, Tammie watches YouTube videos, scrolls through Instagram, and reads style blogs in her free time.

Kelsie Toth

<p>“AMD-and-AESHM-offer-a-lot-of-different-field-studies-you-can-go-on-so-you-can-get-a-first-hand-look-of-the-industry.”</p>

Kelsie Toth is still finding the perfect career for her but knows Iowa State University will help lead her to a career in apparel merchandising. While she continues to explore her options, she enjoys $5 Tuesday movie nights, online shopping, and watching Netflix in her free time.

Mikaela Lighty

<p>“I-highly-recommend-going-on-a-study-abroad-trip-especially-to-the-Bahamas.”</p>

Mikaela Lighty's career aspirations consist of owning a wedding business. In the mean time, she enjoys drawing, working out, and watching a good movie.

Michael Lynch

<p>“The-other-Ph.D.-programs-don’t-offer-a-distance-option.-To-maintain-my-life-in-Chicago-and-keep-industry-contacts-I-needed-something-like-what-Iowa-State-offers.”</p>

Michael Lynch's goal after obtaining his Ph.D. in hospitality management is to continue teaching at a research university and help to advance the study of customer relationship management and loyalty programs. In his free time Michael enjoys spending time with his students, golfing, cooking, and traveling.

Alyssa Best

<p>“Peer-mentoring-gives-me-a-chance-to-share-what-I’ve-learned-with-younger-students.”</p>

Alyssa Best's dream job is working as a merchandiser for J. Crew. When she's not working toward her degree, she enjoys watching Netflix and reading.