Student Profiles

Marissa Carlson

Marissa Carlson, from Monee, Ill., is studying hospitality management to eventually work for a cruise line.

Hannah Astarita

“Minors give you more options to explore your interests and can put you ahead of other applicants in the job force.”

Sarah Mader

Sarah Mader, from Mallard, Iowa, is studying apparel, merchandising, and design to one day open her own design company.

Leah Blankespoor

“I was always the girl who planned all of the socials for my friends and my school.”

Hannah Walton

“Everyone is dedicated and passionate about every performance and event; we’re like a second family.”

Maaike Hendrikson

Maaike Hendrickson, from St. Ansgar, Iowa, is studying event management to one day work for a convention center.

Elizabeth Jacoby

“I really enjoy working events. I love all of the detail and planning. I love leading and working with people — that’s the idea of these majors.”

Birgitta Grebner

“Hospitality management is a field where skills are acquired through experience. You can learn the basics, but you have to get out and learn in person too.”

Alex Peters

Alex Peters, from Pleasant Hill, Iowa, is studying apparel design and to one day be a fashion designer for Marco Marco.

Isabel Hernandez

"I love it. There’s so much that goes into event planning that people don’t think of—and a lot of career opportunities.”

Alexandra Johnson

“It is one of the biggest student-run fashion shows in the nation, and I get to say I helped make it happen.”

Claire Espeset

“I made friends with people who have and will have jobs in the industry. And those are valuable connections.”

Sydney Cline

Sydney Cline, from West Des Moines, Iowa, is studying apparel merchandising and event management to open her own wedding planning boutique.

Elizabeth Vorreiter

“I wanted to focus less on sketching and more on the business side of fashion. Which is why I chose merchandising.”

Bridgett Konradi

Bridgett Konradi, from Ida Grove, Iowa, is studying event management to one day work for United Airlines.

Samantha Bortle

“The Disney College program is a unique, fun, and rewarding experience not a lot of people get to take advantage of.”

Hannah Dehaan-Burch

Hannah Dehaan-Burch, from Pella, Iowa, is studying apparel design to one day design for Banana Republic.