What a year. This was the year I started my business program, and I can confidently say I have not felt such a sense of academic community and camaraderie since my time pursuing an International Baccalaureate diploma. The experience I've gained in my business program is one-of-a-kind, and I couldn't have been more grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded, ambitious students who challenge me each and every day to think outside the box.
To celebrate the end of a rigorous - and oftentimes stressful - year, our school hosted a banquet. I was excited for another opportunity to get fancied up so shortly after a fashion show I attended two weeks ago, but was faced with a big problem: I didn't have a dress. I don't party very often, so eveningwear has never seemed like a worthy investment (as some of you know, I even borrowed my grad dress). However, my fellow fashion friend was generous enough to let me go through her wardrobe and pick out this number:
|Dress: eBay (borrowed) | Heels: Calvin Klein|
My other friend had actually worn this dress to the fashion show we attended, but I had no problem with that as I intended to wear it differently. When I tried on the dress, it just felt so right. It had fashionable elements that made it more than just a typical party outfit. I absolutely loved the lace sleeves (so me!), and you can't see, but the back had only one layer of lace, subtly countering the conservatism of the long sleeves. The skirt was a comfortable mid-thigh, and the soft peplum helped elevate the dress from clubwear to eveningwear. My friends and I agreed the look was busy enough without accessories, and so I simply threw on a pair of low-heeled, black pumps to keep it classy. It was an overall sultry look, but one that was grounded by elements of sophistication.
I received a couple compliments that night, but in the end, I felt confident in what I was wearing and that was all I needed. Our year-end banquet was, of course, bittersweet. It wasn't until my cab ride home that it hit me the banquet was the last time I would see all of my classmates together. As hectic as these past 8 months have been, I know I will look back and realize how this was one of the best years of my academic life. Time flies when you're having fun. And so, a toast to an end that signals the beginning of new friendships, new opportunities, and new milestones.