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Katharine Freiberg

Katharine Freiberg

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

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

Major

Fashion Merchandising

Hometown

New Canaan, Conn.

Activities/Honors

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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