Hello my lovely readers! If you don’t know much about the college I attend, let me tell you a few quick things that you may need to know: it’s a women’s’ college, its undergraduate population is roughly around 600, more than 30,000 women have graduated from the college, it has some pretty famous alumni (check out Wally Funk & Dawn Wells, two women I got to meet this past year!), and they call students Susies.
The chances of meeting another Susie is very slim; however, when you meet someone, its like magic. Seriously. There is an instant bond because no one else could understand the experience one has at The Steve (Stephens’ casual name). Also, if someone mentions that they know someone from Stephens, chances are you probably know them.
Anyways, you’re probably wondering why I’m mentioning these fun facts about my college. Don’t worry, I have my reasons. First off, one of my fellow interns knows TWO girls from my school that graduated this past May. What? My peer at VS studied abroad with two fashion students from my school. It’s so funny because I had several classes with these girls, so I know them fairly well. What an incredibly small world.
But there’s more.
So today at work, I had a lot of random thoughts cross my mind. Some were important and others were merely thoughts of a person with a restless mind. However, at one point during the day, I turned to one of my superiors and said, “OMG, I have a totally random but awesome story for you!”
Out of thin air, my brain began to formulate the fact that I wasn’t the only Stephens College woman to have worked for Victoria’s Secret corporate.
Anyways, I began to remember my encounter with Stephens alumnae Wendy Manasse, owner of QuenchwearTM. When I met Wendy this past March, we were in the bathroom at Stephens (I meet a lot of people in the bathroom apparently). As we washed hands in our separate sinks, I introduced myself to Wendy. After some small talk, I eventually told her about my internship at Victoria’s Secret. She congratulated me on my achievement, and then told me that she once had worked for Victoria’s Secret many years ago. My jaw dropped. Well, not quite literally, but I was in awe. She then told me that she was responsible for helping develop products such as Victoria’s Secret’s Miracle Bra Swimwear (See more of Wendy’s bio here). I remember being incredibly impressed and even more stoked to be following in the footsteps of an alumnae.
My thoughts currently? How incredible is it that I am working with the swim merchandising team when an alum worked with swim years ago?! The fact that I’m practically a legacy gives me chills. Okay sorry, I’m a marshmallow (actually I stole that from Veronica Mars’ pilot episode). Honestly, the odds of this happening is pretty neat. At least I think so. I hope to make her proud and all other Stephens Susies, both past, present, and future, by leaving a positive impact at the prestigious brand.