College students love free clothes. Career Services further proved this fact with their recent Clothing Closet campaign.
After only one day, the closet, created to provide students with professional attire, was emptied. To put that in perspective: the closet originally housed enough items to facilitate both a men's and a women's section, along with a dressing room for students.
Specializing in ensembles for the job fairs, interviews and class presentations, the event was spearheaded by Danny Pape, a Career Services consultant for the College of Business Administration.
"The Clothing Closet was open to any and all students," Pape said. "The Parent's Association gave (Career Services) a budget and the clothes came in through faculty and staff, donations, and even some students wanted to bring in their own clothes.The main focus for the Clothing Closet was to have it run from Sept. 4-20, ending just before the job fair and our goal was to get students what they needed."
The Clothing Closet opened opportunities for students with three hundred articles of clothing disappearing in under two and a half hours, paling in comparison the scheduled two weeks of operation.
For Josh Ward, a peer career advisor with Career Services and senior in journalism and electronic media, said it was exciting to be involved in the successful initiative.
"Students came in early asking about the closet and there were twenty people in line before the closet even opened," said Ward, who assists with preparing students for future jobs through reviewing résumés and developing interview skills. "It was really neat to get to tell students who were asking when they would have to return their items that they didn't have to, that they could keep them.
"People were so fascinated and excited to get these new clothes, especially as most of the outfits were nice quality and some even still had the tags on them. I even got my first full suit."
Directly addressing a request from the student population, the service was a revelation.
"For many college students dealing with loans and tight budgets there's a handicap when it comes to being able to afford the proper professional clothing," Ward said. "The need has been there and this was the first time anyone put into action a way to address this need."
Due to the massive popularity of the closet and the clear demand for professional attire, Career Services hopes to hold a second Clothing Closet this school year, either at the end of this fall semester or by the beginning of the spring semester.