Each week, we showcase one of our CAHNRS Ambassadors, a student leadership organization that encourages students to pursue higher education and serves as a liaison between the college and the greater community. This week, we’re featuring Eilish Rising, a junior from Snohomish, Wash.
What are you studying?
I’m majoring in Apparel Merchandising.
Favorite Cougar Tradition:
Being an AMDT major, we create opportunities to experience real world events. The annual fashion show held each year during Mom’s weekend serves to showcase the senior designers’ creations. This is an incredible experience for AMDT students to learn how to produce such a huge show for their fellow design students. I have been attending the show since my first year and have loved getting to experience it with my mom. It has become one of our favorite WSU traditions!
Favorite CAHNRS Commodity:
Other than the delicious Cougar Gold cheese, I love the official WSU Tartan that has been produced from the AMDT department. Tartan is a woven cloth and the AMDT department designed a tartan necktie featuring the WSU colors back in 2012. It is a unique commodity that represents some of what we do in our industry.
Why be a CAHNRS Coug?
The fashion industry is very competitive, so I must be prepared to enter that competitive world once I graduate. CAHNRS students study the applied sciences, meaning I have the opportunity to work hands-on in so many different categories of the industry. This incredible knowledge and experience give me the opportunity to work within many different parts of the industry upon graduation. This not only opens countless doors for me, it also makes me more marketable to employers.
Best Student Experience:
One of the best experiences I’ve received is the one-on-one learning with certain instructors and professors within CAHNRS. Since AMDT, and CAHNRS, is such a close community, it is easy to get a mentor to work with you on improving specific skills. I have had the opportunity to develop my skills in Adobe because the AMDT staff is excited about working with their students. Without the support and experience that these mentors provide me, I would not be as equipped as I am to go out into the world after graduation.
CAHNRS Taught Me:
CAHNRS has taught me that there are so many industries that depend on each other to survive. Since the departments in CAHNRS are so diverse, you see how unique, and yet similar they are. Being a CAHNRS Ambassador has given me the opportunity to meet other students who are passionate about what they are studying, and it shows me how the industries cross over with one another. It also gives me the opportunity to network with them, something I would not have been able to do if it weren’t for the tight-knit community within CAHNRS and its students.