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Liberty University
Arts & Sciences
Mentor: Mrs. Matalie M. Howard
Student Showcase - Sarah Blanke

When I decided to take part in Liberty’s annual Family and Consumer Science fashion show in 2016, for which this garment was designed, Mrs. Howard immediately came alongside me as a mentor.  Mrs. Howard has taught us to create not only beautiful clothing but also about what will appeal to a customer and hold relevance within the consumer market. This sparked the idea to create a piece that captures couture elements while still holding to a theme that is marketable.

After the fashion show, Mrs. Howard encouraged me to submit my garment to be exhibited at the International Textile and Apparel Association’s Annual Conference in November of 2016. As a result of this mentorship, I have grown a great deal as a designer and as a goal–oriented person, seeing beyond what is in front of me and grasping the opportunities that lie ahead.

My advice for a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research is to not be intimidated or turned away by the word “research."

In light of this, my advice is to find what you are passionate about and utilize it in a way that will further both yourself as a student as well as your field of study. Once you incorporate the things you love into the work you are doing, God is then glorified and the intimidating concept of research becomes much more welcoming.

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