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Graduation: Senior leaves campus prepared for fashionable future

If you were to walk down the halls in the design, merchandising and textiles department, the chances of hearing her name are almost certain. Fashion students admire her work, determination and success, and professors applaud her array of accomplishments while at TCU.

“Katelin Reddick is someone that you can’t help but admire,” said Ashley Short, a senior fashion merchandising major. “Her passion for the fashion industry is astounding. Reddick’s determination is what will push her to the top and allow her to go extremely far in life.”

Reddick, a senior fashion merchandising major, said she always had her sights set on the fashion industry.

“When I was a tiny girl, I was always drawing girls with belts and purses,” Reddick said. “One thing was always certain – my goal was to be in the fashion industry. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it or where I was going to school, but I knew someday I would do it – that was always a constant.”

It was the fashion program at TCU that caught Reddick’s attention and lured the Kansas City, Kan., native to Fort Worth.

“I was looking for a school that would offer a well-rounded experience,” Reddick said. “TCU has offered me a great fashion program, study abroad opportunities, connections and Greek life.”

One of Reddick’s accomplishments is an internship in New York City at Tobe Report, a trend forecasting publication in the fashion industry.

“My internship was the best thing I could have ever done for myself,” she said.

One of her responsibilities at Tobe Report included accompanying editors to vendor’s showrooms in order to make predictions in trends for fall 2008. The showrooms gave Reddick an opportunity to learn what had been selling for retailers, as well as what had been unsuccessful.

“There is actually a lot of math involved in the industry, which a lot of people do not appreciate about fashion,” Reddick said.

Looking back, Reddick said her favorite fashion classes have been entrepreneurship and computer-assisted design.

“I really enjoy the analytical side of fashion, as well as the artsy side,” Reddick said.

After her internship in New York City, Reddick said she felt as though her fashion classes have prepared her for the working world.

“Everything I have learned in a classroom in Fort Worth is applicable,” Reddick said. “Everything has been helpful.”

As for future plans, Reddick said she would like to slow down for a few months and return to Kansas City, Kan., to relax and continue a career search. However, the self-labeled “over-programmed individual” is currently applying and interviewing for positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Reddick said her goal is to ultimately move back to New York City and work for a designer such as Betsey Johnson or continue with fashion writing or editing.

With her December graduation approaching, Reddick said she has some advice for incoming fashion merchandising majors.

“Get to know your teachers,” Reddick said. “It’s not easy being a fashion major and it’s not just about liking clothes. You have a lot to prove because you are working against a stereotype.

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