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Vanessa Vassileva

Vanessa Vassileva

Student Success and Advising Center, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Double major plans to pursue MBA with a focus in the supply chain of retail and luxury goods.

Hometown

Savannah, Ga.

Major

Fashion Merchandising with an emphasis in Product Development and Design and Business Management with an emphasis in Supply Chain Logistics

Activities and Honors

Editor-In-Chief of Rouge Magazine (3 year tenure); VP of Marketing, Consultant, and Client Team Supervisor for Triple Impact Consulting; TA for Textiles course (TXMI3500); CottonWorks Campus Influencer and Ambassador; Design Intern at Vera Wang (cancelled due to COVID-19); Merchandising and Product Development Intern at Peach State Pride; Social Media Marketing Intern at Balodana; Member of Association for Supply Chain Management; Member of FACS Inaugural Student Leadership Advisory Board; Member of UGA FACS Fashion Council; Participant in UGA Mentor Program’s pilot program; Member of Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society; Blue Key Honor Society Nominee; First-place winner of FACS T-Shirt Design Contest; Second-Place winner of Inaugural Georgia-Pacific Case Competition; Judge William F. Cooper Scholarship Recipient; Zell Miller Scholarship Recipient

Why I chose my major

As a graduate of a visual and performing arts high school where I was a Visual Arts major with an emphasis in Fashion Design, I have always been interested in the luxury fashion industry. Upon committing to the University of Georgia, I looked into the Fashion Merchandising program to complement my business degree and added the emphasis in Product Development and Design as I was interested in a career in Fashion Design at the time. Through both the Business Management major and the Global Sourcing and Manufacturing classes offered in the Fashion Merchandising major, I have pivoted the trajectory of my career to utilize both my degrees with the intention of cultivating a greater knowledge of sustainable global sourcing strategies as well as their financial implications within the realm of fashion design.

What I like most about FACS

A distinguishing characteristic of the University of Georgia as a whole that I’ve noticed over the duration of my time here is the genuine willingness that the university’s network of alumni and current faculty have to help current students succeed. Reflected in the FACS community as well, FACS stands out as a college within UGA because it is a tight-knit community composed of advisors, faculty, and staff who are truly willing to go above and beyond to help students achieve their professional goals. As a double major in two programs with one class of overlap, I felt lucky to have been able to work with an advisor, Anne Allen, who was a consistently accommodating and calming presence each semester in the process of constructing my course load. In my involvement with the college, Dr. Simmons was always looking for constructive feedback from students for ways to improve our individual and collective experience within the college, and Mrs. Suggs in the front office always aided me in navigating the regulations in place for student organizations through my work over three years with Rouge Magazine. The professors in FACS as well have students’ best interests at heart with the intention to follow through on our development, specifically Dr. Suraj Sharma, Dr. Clair McClure, and Professor Greg Vessels, and I feel lucky to have been able to be a part of this community.

Post-graduation plans

I have recently accepted a summer internship within the field of sustainable global sourcing of the alligator leather industry, and am in the process of applying to MBA programs with a focus in the supply chain of retail and luxury goods.

Photo credit: Emmie Harvard

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