Three Girls, Three Cities, Three Post-Grad perspectives

For those who graduated this month, CONGRATULATIONS! If you didn’t graduate this month and instead, you’re like me (yay class of 2013), thinking about how much has changed just within the last year since you graduated, this post is for you. Seeing all the posts and photos about graduation got me thinking: I wonder what some of my peers are up to? With that in mind, I reached out to three girls I met during my senior year of college and asked them a few questions. Even though they’re from three different colleges and are now in three different cities, all are building the lives of their dreams.  Read on to see what they’re up to:



Nicole (right) pictured with fashion blogger Margaret Zhang

Currently: Located in Seoul, Korea

Before: Last year, after graduating from FIT in International Trade and Marketing, I moved back to Singapore. I was the Editorial and Marketing Manager for a start up, Inverted Edge. I recently moved to Seoul to be the Online MD for Atria international, which equates to someone who oversees and manages the buying, merchandising, content and marketing strategy of

What is the Rose (the best/good things in your life right now), Bud (something that has potential, and something you’re looking forward to), Thorn (an obstacle or problem you’re facing temporarily) in your life right now?

Rose: I am in a new country. I haven’t lived in a place for more than 3 years since I was twelve, so this new change of scenery is comforting in an ironic way to most people.

Bud: I am looking forward to seeing what the team and I have worked on, come to life. But more importantly, I am looking forward to taking a long vacation, whenever that will be.

Thorn: I guess this would be figuring out what I’d like to do next. I have been lucky enough to meet some very inspiring, powerful and motivating people in the start-up world. Speaking to them, especially CEO’s and investors, really makes you think about what your next move will (or should?) be. It doesn’t help I’m an insanely curious and hungry person either. The ideal life would be disappearing in Bali or Saigon though, honestly. Or moving back to New York (or Hong Kong?)

Biggest lesson(s) you’ve learned since graduation?

The importance of understanding or learning how to manage people and expectations in a working environment, particularly when there are multiple cultures involved. I guess you can say this applies to your personal life too.

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Currently: Working at Sephora Corporate HQ in San Francisco, CA. I’m a Distribution Analyst, which is in their Inventory Management team and partners closely with Planning and Merchandising as well as the Brands themselves to ensure our sales forecasts are aligned with our inventory levels. I manage my own set of brands, which includes Bobbi Brown, NARS, Urban Decay, Smashbox, and Laura Mercier.


View from Sephora Office

Before: I worked at Kohl’s Corporate in Milwaukee, WI as a Merchandise Analyst after graduating from UPenn last May. Eventually, I would like to go into the Planning and then Merchandising.

What is the Rose (the best/good things in your life right now), Bud (something that has potential, and something you’re looking forward to), Thorn (an obstacle or problem you’re facing temporarily) in your life right now?

Rose: I moved to San Francisco recently and am really enjoying the city right now. There’s so much to do inside and outside the city, and it’s never hard to find something to do.

Bud: I’m looking forward to making new friends here. There are so many different young professionals in the city, all of whom have their own stories to share and learn from. Don’t get me wrong- one of my favorite things about moving to San Francisco was the anonymity aspect; I absolutely love the feeling of being anonymous in a city I’ve never been in before. But everyone I’ve met so far all are so unique and from all different parts of the world and I’m really looking forward to meeting even more people. I once heard someone say, “the best way to live in California is to be from somewhere else,” and this could not be more true.

Thorn:  Because of the crazy housing market out here, I have not found a permanent place to call home. Hopefully by September, I will have found the perfect apartment. I can’t complain though, since I’m currently in a very lovely neighborhood called Nob Hill (there are cable cars right outside my window and it feels very San Franciscan!). Update: I finally found an apartment after one month of relentless searching. The application and approval process went as smoothly as any application and approval process is San Francisco possibly can, and I will be moving there in June. It’s in my current neighborhood, Nob Hill, and I couldn’t be happier that things are finally starting to fall into place. I cannot wait to begin making this fabulous city that I already love so much, my home sweet home.

 Biggest lesson(s) you’ve learned since graduation?

What you do right after graduation does not define you or have to be what you will do for the rest of your career. Everything is a learning experience, and even if you don’t end up liking your first job, or second, and so on, does not mean you will not learn from the experience. Take everything in. Embrace the experience. Be spontaneous. Learn from your mistakes. Live in the moment. After all, you’re only in your early 20s with so much time that you must not settle for “comfortable”.



Screen shot 2014-05-28 at 7.50.17 PMCurrently: I recently moved to NYC and am currently a freelancer for and a contributor to Your Tango Celebrity News. However, I visit Miami often because my best friends and I own a business together, Lady Code. We started Lady Code as a platform for young women to seek support for anti-bullying. We also provide beauty and fashion advice and do one-on-one interviews with inspiring women in the fashion, pageant, television and modeling realms. I will also be attending Columbia Journalism School in the fall for a Masters in Journalism and I’m hoping to intern at E! News (NY Bureau) while I am completing this program. (My dream is to become and celebrity and fashion broadcast journalist). Since graduation, I have also been accepted to Conde Nast College in London for the Vogue Intensive Summer Course, which I will be deferring for a year since it overlaps with Columbia.

Before: A student at Cornell University where I majored in Communication and minored in Applied Economics. I graduated early in December Magna Cum Laude. I was also a intern in the editorial department of Teen Vogue.

What is the Rose (the best/good things in your life right now), Bud (something that has potential, and something you’re looking forward to), Thorn (an obstacle or problem you’re facing temporarily) in your life right now?

Rose: My pursuit of a career in fashion/entertainment journalism. I have recently been published on, Lady Code, Your Tango and have also been featured in Teen Vogue magazine. I am looking forward to taking the next steps towards my goal – attending Columbia Journalism School.

Bud: My business, Lady Code. We launched about 6 months ago but we have been working hard to get partnerships and sponsorships. Previously we’ve partnered with Elizabeth Arden and Lanza and are about to close on a few partnership deals. We’re very excited to unveil them! I can’t wait to see where Lady Code will be in a year!

Thorn: Since I am not a U.S. Citizen (I’m from Malaysia), it is challenging at times to navigate my international travel for my work! It is stressful at times to figure out the timelines and visa.

Biggest lesson(s) you’ve learned since graduation?

Things don’t always go as planned. I am a planner. I like to know what I am doing in a year, in 3 years, in 5 years. But since graduation, I’ve learned that things don’t always go the way you pictured it in your head. Instead, I have been seizing opportunities as they come up and it has been an incredible and exciting journey so far! I never thought that I would have a business at the age of 22 but I am so glad that things have worked out the way it has!

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It’s amazing how they’re all on different paths with different goals and yet they have Roses/Buds/Thorns anyone can relate to. This is just the beginning of a long career ahead.

So recent graduates, what is your Rose, Bud, Thorn?

Class of 2014, any idea where you want to be in a year?

All the best,


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