Student Profiles

Makenzie Schurk

<p>“I try and make connections and find things in common and help people connect. I’m a people person.”</p>

Makenzie Schurk plans to work as a celebrity stylist or in a wholesale showroom after graduation. When Mackenzie isn't studying, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to get half price appetizers at Applebee's.

Ashley Jones


Ashley Jones is in the midst of creating her own online event design studio. When she isn't working on her business, Ashley loves to craft: making shirts, canvases, and customized mugs.

Jenny Junker


Jenny Junker has a bright future working in the merchandising side of the fashion industry. When she isn't studying, she likes spending time with friends, playing volleyball, and going to sporting events.

Addison Snyder


Addison Snyder plans on working on a cruise ship as an event manager after she graduates this spring. When she isn't working or studying, Addison loves hanging out with friends, going to concerts hosted by Iowa State, eating good food, and taking walks around campus.

Lauren Grant

Lauren Grant plans to work as an event planner for either weddings or a nonprofit. When Lauren isn't studying, she enjoys slacklining on central campus with friends or playing volleyball at State Gym. 

Melissa Abner


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


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


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


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


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.