Samantha Guidry would like to think that her story is unique from your typical college student, but there are millions of people persevering to make a difference in the world. However, I’d still like to believe my life so far has been a pretty fun ride. I grew up in a small town outside of Austin, Texas, learning one year at a time how much I hate the heat. Once the opportunity came that I was able to move wherever else I wanted for an education, I had the decision set in stone that I was going to move to the Northeast. I didn’t only want to move for the change in weather and seasons, but also for the resources to become a successful fashion designer later after college. Part of me growing up had a lot to do with designing my own clothes, because I was too picky to settle on anything as a small, spoiled child. The minute my mom told me she’d make the garments I had envisioned after I drew them, I was designing my dream wardrobe left and right. Of course a lot of what I had pictured as a four year old was unrealistic, but the push to let my creative side out sparked something very exciting in me. Moving up to Boston to go to school at Massachusetts College of Art was probably one of the best decisions I have made.

I’ve been able to make connections with fellow fashion designers and models. I’ve made friends with highly intelligent Harvard scholars, and I’ve made some of the best friends I could ask for. Not to mention the shopping here is unreal. My excuse to constantly acquire new stylish pieces is that I’m getting inspiration to make better creations of my own; and’ I also just like to keep my eye out for incoming trends and sneaky similar color palettes that are supposed to be in in the future according to Pantone. I was recently told that I look at everything like I’m seeing it all for the first time. I simply replied, “that’s how I like to look at everything”. Since then I’ve been more thankful for my artistic eye, and I’m hoping it will help me with continuing to move forward both as a model as well as a future fashion designer.

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