How Did I Get Here?

As a college student, your answer becomes repetitive when talking about what you’re doing in school. We’re constantly asked “What are you studying?” and “Why did you choose to go to school in Arizona?” The answer to these questions had become so monotonous that my answer had started to seem rehearsed when asked. “I am going to be a Senior at the University of Arizona this Fall, and I chose to leave California to go to school in Arizona because the U of A had everything I wanted: sports, greek life, and the retail program.”

Today, the answer has become so much more. Not only did I fall in love with my school, I fell in love with the Retailing and Consumer Sciences program. I currently work at the Terry J. Lundgren Center For Retailing as the social media manager and it has been a wonderful opportunity to connect and build meaningful relationships with my co-workers and faculty. Without the Retailing and Consumer Sciences program, I wouldn’t be where I am today, at Macy’s Inc. headquarters in New York City.

This Summer, I have the opportunity to intern for Macy’s Inc. in their omni-channel buying program. Omni channel buying is purchasing items for both online platforms and the physical stores. The department I am buying for this summer is girls kids, sizes 2-16. I was accepted into my internship program nine months ago and I was thrilled to hear about my department placing after waiting so long.

I arrived to the big apple Thursday, June 2nd, celebrated my 21st birthday on Sunday, June 4th, and started my internship on Monday, June 5th. It has been a crazy seven days to say the least.

My first two days of work were very informative and gave a general overview of the retail industry and what to expect from our internship. Omni and Private brands collaborate to offer exclusive styles from market brands and brands found only at Macy’s. In my department, we work with both market brands and private label brands. More specifically, a role of an Omni Buyer includes leading the development of omni customer-focused assortment visions and managing pre-season and in-season assortment planning process and strategy.

As mentioned before, the first two days were very informative but the third day is where it all hit me. On Wednesday, I met my supervisor and head buyer, Olga Leykin, and the rest of the my buying team. I immediately hit it off with the assistant buyer, Katie, because we shared the same birthday. In that moment, they told me we would be going to market where we would be meeting with two vendors.

I was immediately thrown into the buying world as I found myself looking at the two vendors’ upcoming holiday and transition lines. The little girls shirt were so cute, I wanted to wear them myself. Not only was I able to completely immerse myself into the buying world, I felt comfortable and confident enough to voice my opinion. Olga even selected a few items I recommended. I never felt lost because my team did a great job at keeping me up to date on all of the lingo and terminology that they were using.

It was an amazing first three days at work and I am looking forward to diving into the analytical side of the buying process. I am so curious and I already have hundreds of questions to ask. This truly has been an opportunity of a lifetime and I feel so blessed to be here in New York in addition to working for such an amazing corporation.

New York intimidated me at first, but I am learning and finding my way around just fine. I have always enjoyed the fast pace lifestyle and I feel like I fit in here. I’ve also tackled the subway a few times by myself and I am starting to feel like a true New Yorker.

I am the Social Media Manager for the Terry J. Lundgren Center For Retailing at the University of Arizona, I also am a Junior in the Retail and Consumer Sciences major at the University. I am what you call a Retail Enthusiast, I am intrigued by the way the retail industry is evolving and what it has to offer the world. I enjoy the outdoors, yoga, and some good music.