Nia Harrison is a merchandising and fashion design management (MFD) student with a minor in advertising and promotions graduating in spring 2023.
Harrison is the editor-in-chief of Missouri State University’s Sartorial Magazine, which focuses on fashion, beauty and culture. She also works in residence life and is part of Bears Lead.
What got you interested in your area(s) of study?
I chose fashion as my major because fashion never goes out of style. I like the fact the fashion industry is dynamic and always changing. Although it is a very competitive field, there are many opportunities and areas to study within fashion that I was interested in.
What have you enjoyed most about your time at Missouri State?
What I enjoyed most was all the people I’ve met. I’ve been able to meet so many amazing people through my work with Sartorial Magazine and in classes.
How has your time with the College of Business prepared you for your career?
I’ve been able to build a great portfolio. So even though I’m not sure exactly what I want to do, I’m not stressed about my career prospects. MFD offers a varied course load, so I can transfer skills and experiences to many areas in the fashion industry. I don’t feel stuck or like I have to look for one specific career.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to start looking for work. Right now, I’m interested in working on fashion campaigns, so my focus is more directed toward the marketing side of fashion.
What are your long-term career goals?
My long-term goal is to start my own business. I’m really interested in starting an eyewear business.
What tips would you have for a first-year student interested in your area(s) of study?
One tip I would give a first-year student is to pursue everything you’re interested in. Don’t give in to the pressures of “starting too early” or “too late.” If you want to explore different areas of fashion or advertising, do it when you’re interested.