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I am from the rural dirt roads of Botetourt County, Virginia. I choose Longwood because of its size and friendly atmosphere. I am heavily involved in my school and community both here in Farmville and back home in Eagle Rock, Virginia.

I serve as News Editor for The Rotunda, the student newspaper here on campus, and have been writing for the paper since March 2009. I am also a Sergeant-At-Arms for the Longwood University Judicial Board. I have spent this summer discovering the world of online freelance journalism and have quite enjoyed myself.

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September 29, 2011 9:44AM

Dress to Impress


I’m not going to talk about fashion, so you can keep reading if you’re not a fan. In fact, I’m so much not a fan that I often find myself having a hard time coordinating my shirts and pants on a regular occasion.

So why do I dare write a post about dress? Because on a weekly basis, I dress to impress (or so I say).

Dressing to impress is not really an effort to impress anyone. I use the word impress synonymously with professionalism. So, you could say I dress to profess. Get it?

Now that  you are still reading (right?), l can get into my main point. I usually dress up at least three days out of the five day workweek. These days are usually Monday (for LSEM), Tuesday, and Wednesday (Judicial Board). Tuesday is for various reasons, and while not a commitment, I find myself doing it more often lately (Tuesday dress ups, that is).

We can choose whether or not we want to dress up on a daily basis. There’s no true obligation that I have to dress up, but I must say it makes a difference. When I am in front of my LSEM class, I want to be somewhat respected. I think dress is an important factor in that. Think about it. Would you like it if your professor showed up in a T-shirt with holes in the pants? No, probably not. Although, some people might like it as that would loosen the mood.

With dress, comes professionalism. And don’t you want people to see you as someone who practices professionalism? I would assume so, but if not, I’ll gladly tell you I do. I enjoy playing dress up with my slacks, shiny shoes and dress shirts. I think to dress with professionalism shows respect to those you are speaking and interacting with. It’s very scholarly and is a mark of a gentleman if you ask me.

But dress can only do so much. Character also plays an intricate role in all of this. Good dress can only be accomplished if you put an effort into your wordrobe. You don’t have to buy a three-piece suit to look nice, but you should iron or lent-roll things once in a while.

Want a fashion tip? If that shirt is wrinkled in the morning, spray a mist of water on the shirt using a bottle and throw it in the dryer. Works like a charm.

So the next time you’re wondering why I’m dressed up, it’s because I want to be as professional as possible. I think that’s important. And I like to think I look somewhat nice at least.

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