Ilana Weinstein is a very lucky college freshman. She states that even though it was quite an adjustment, her college experience so far “has been wonderful”, and she’s never been happier. “I never run out of things to do here”, she tells me. As her cousin, it’s great to see that her vibrant spirit fits in with her second home. Seeing her through my eyes as a fellow college student, I’m amazed at her constant passion to achieve all that she can. This is the main reason why I felt she was an incredible candidate for “Student to Student”.
A marketing major with a concentration in Global Marketing Management and a minor in Spanish at Pace University, she is a rarity among many students her age. She never gives up. “You don’t just accomplish anything by… waiting for things to come to you… I have dreams of what I want to do and I’m not going to be near accomplishing them if I don’t put in the effort.” This goes along with her favorite Robert Frost quote, “Freedom lies in being bold.”
Before Ilana started her freshman year, she was a life-long dancer. Just like myself, she has found that performing on a stage has helped her with certain points in college. “I’m not afraid to get up and stand in front of people”, a skill she needs for her on-campus job as a Tour Guide.
So far, Pace seems to be the perfect fit for her. However, FIT was also once a possibility. While she thinks the college is cool, it just wasn’t for her. “I wanted the ability to decide if I didn’t want to do fashion. I felt like if I went to FIT that would be exactly where I was heading…. It’s something that is definitely international.” After graduating, she wants to take her degree and “work for a company that has relationships between the United States and Europe” as well as learn about different cultures and work environments around the world. During her senior year of high school, Ilana witnessed this when she visited the Desigual headquarters in Barcelona, Spain. She’s also traveled with her family to parts of Italy and will most likely go on Birthright to Israel in the next year or two.
Though fashion isn’t an industry she’s looking to pursue a career in, she definitely pays attention to what’s going on style-wise in the world. Since moving from the suburbs to the city, she’s learned that black is the color of New Yorkers and is comfortable playing around with her wardrobe. “Here, anything goes so it’s okay for me to wear heels to class and as much or as little makeup I want.”
Moving to NYC wasn’t a big deal to her at all. She advises those who may be scared to move to such a busy place are to “do things that scare you because you’ll never know what impact they might have.” She credits the incredible amount of opportunities available to college students as well as the people you meet as reasons why perspective students should take the chance of living here. “I ran into a recruiter in a cupcake shop. Where else would that even happen? You could run into your favorite celebrity, your favorite athlete, or someone who might be your boss one day…”
Currently, Ilana is starting her second semester as well as her Tour Guide job. She looks forward to her future in school as well as living in New York City. This summer, she is looking for internship experience so she can move on to bigger and better opportunities later on in college.