Graduate Profile: Allie Coppedge

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By Desiree Williams

Allie Coppedge graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2015. Coppedge, 20, is pursuing a degree in fashion business and marketing at Columbia College Chicago. She is the marketing intern at PATTERN Magazine in Indianapolis.

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?

A: It was sewing class. There were two semesters you could take of it. I really enjoyed those because it kind of helped me realize my potential and what I could do in the future as a career. It was sewing and also had other fashion elements in it as well.

Q: Were you involved in any teams or clubs in high school?

A: I kind of tried out a lot of different stuff freshman year as a lot of people do, but I stuck with student council. I was in that all four years.
ICE (Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education), I did that my senior year. It wasn’t necessarily like a real club, but it was a work-study thing where you left school and took a half day for your senior year and then got to work on top of that.

Q: What do you miss about high school?

A: In high school, you have a bunch of opportunities in front of you and you have so many different options, and also you have your parents. I don’t want to say you have more freedom, but you have more freedom of options and choices of what you’re going to do in the future and you don’t have to worry so much about that stuff.

Q: Are you involved in any organizations in college?

A: The big one I’m involved in is the National Retail Association. It’s kind of a professional organization and I’m the student ambassador for my school. It’s already an organization, but I’m starting a club for it on campus this fall.

Q: What got you interested in fashion business and marketing?

A: I took the first (sewing class) my freshman year of high school and I think it kind of helped open the door and helped me realize that even though I can’t necessarily sew, there are other choices of what you can go to in the fashion world, like the business side. Also, my freshman year I took a marketing class. I just really enjoyed it and I was good at it, so I realized that that was also something I’d be interested in.

Q: Do you have a dream job?

A: It changes all the time. The good thing about that is I’m interested in a lot of different aspects of where my career could go and where I could live. Right now, I really want to live maybe on the West Coast, somewhere along there, because I kind of have to stay where there are more job opportunities within fashion. As far as a dream job, I think really I could see myself working in-house, maybe doing in-house marketing for a fashion brand or fashion company.

Q: Do you have any advice for kids going into high school or college?

A: I definitely wish I would’ve known in high school to take more AP and ACP classes. I took a few, but I think it’s really important because they will literally save your life in college because you don’t have to re-take those classes, and then you’ll have many more options of what classes to take.

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