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Katharine Freiberg

Katharine Freiberg

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Growing up near fashion capital NYC fueled passion for the industry.


Fashion Merchandising


New Canaan, Conn.


Dean’s List, Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Scholarship Recipient and Research Assistant, member of Make-A-Wish foundation, volunteer at the Student Food Pantry, Social Chair/Director of Social Events for Chi Omega Sorority, Sales Associate at Heery’s Clothes Closet, Sales Intern at Tibi in New York, Buying Intern at Carolina Herrera in New York

Why I chose my major

Growing up near New York City, I had access to the heart of the fashion industry which fueled my passion for fashion and inspired me to select it as my major. A degree in fashion merchandising is both unique, as not many colleges offer it, and versatile. I was attracted to the fashion merchandising program and its opportunities in entrepreneurship, academic research, brand management, product development and design. The vast array of skills taught in this program offer a wide variety of career paths. I see fashion as much more than runways and models but instead a multi-faceted industry for which the program has prepared me very well.

What I like most about FACS

In a university of 38,920 people, having a small community to turn to is important. FACS is a tight-knit community of passionate, caring and motivated students and professors offering personal connections and long-lasting relationships. Both my peers and professors in the college offer incredible support and opportunities for growth for which I am so thankful. Additionally, FACS has amazing resources such as direct access to the Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection which provides a learning laboratory and access to iconic artifacts. 

Post-graduation plans

I will be pursuing a career in the sales or buying field. I hope to move to New York City and find a job with a luxury or designer company.

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