Co-op Diaries: Art Director/Graphic Design at TJMaxx

By Abby Walker

Last fall, I really wasn’t sure if I would be going on co-op again. My first co-op was not the best, and I was hesitant to enter another work environment where I could potentially have the same experience. I applied to quite a few jobs on myNEU COOL, but there was only one job I was particularly interested in.

When applying for co-op last year, I applied as an international affairs major; I knew I wanted to work in fashion, so my options were somewhat limited. However, there was one job that sparked my interest: the art director position at TJX. The first time I saw the opening, I actually didn’t even apply because I didn’t think I could get it. Why would they hire someone with no portfolio and no design experience?

After my less-than-ideal experience at my first co-op, I switched majors so I could focus on design. I built up a portfolio of my work, and set myself a goal: I would go on co-op only if I could get this position–my dream co-op, if you will. It’s been just over a month, and I already feel like I’ve learned so much.

In this position, there is no limit to what responsibilities I hold. I’ve worked on social media posts, created the concept for our photoshoot, bought all of the necessary items, acted as the photographer and then designed the final piece. I work on a lot of graphic design heavy assignments, where I utilized Adobe Creative Suite to design in-store signage, gift cards, presentations, window clings and the like. The biggest project in our office currently is working on the opening of our Newbury Street store, which is incredibly exciting.

I still have a lot to learn, but I’ve discovered that you can make a career out of your passions (and make good money doing it.) You can really accomplish anything you set your mind to. I was determined to get this job, and might have gone a little overboard trying to get it (contacting whoever I knew who had worked here to get in touch with the people I interviewed with, etc.), and it really paid off. I work for a great company, which is growing every day and is always making room for people who are willing to put in the effort.

Final words? Corporate America doesn’t have to be so corporate–yes, you can have fun at work–and most importantly, just because you’re an intern doesn’t mean your opinion doesn’t matter. Ten out of ten, would recommend.

Campus Chic: Dalal A.

By: Meredith Fisher

Photos: Meredith Fisher


The first snowball of the season has been thrown. So far this year, we have been having an unseasonably warm winter but the warm weather is finally coming to an end. Temperatures are plummeting and snow is falling. Look around campus, it is evident that Huskies are finally feeling the cold wind by bundling up for lower temperatures. Nonetheless, some students refuse to let the weather keep them from staying stylish. One student in particular shows us that winter is not an excuse to give up and wear sweatpants all season. Dalal struts her style by showing us the proper way to layer, stay warm, and most importantly, stay chic.

Dalal proves to have an eye for proper layering. A stunning sweater drapes over her leather jacket. She accessories with a voluminous scarf and a black clutch.


Name: Dalal Almarzouk

From: Kuwait

Major: Economics

Year: Junior

What is your favorite place to shop?

Vintage Stores

What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?

My leather Jacket

What item should be in everyone’s closet?

Sneakers, maybe Golden Goose

What advice do you have for staying fashionable in the winter?


Three Days of Style: Harshita H.

By: Harshita Himatsingka

Photographer: Vanisha Dansinghani

Name: Harshita Himatsingka

Major: Journalism

Year: Sophomore

Day 1:

It’s chilly and cold. Hence, it’s official sweater weather. The big coats often hide the pretty sweaters, but once you’re inside, it’s time to show them off. This is one of my favorite sweaters, which is from Loft. I love the color and the way it fits. I’ve paired the sweater with black jeans from Guess and brown suede boots from Promod.


Day 2:

This grey sweatshirt from Forever 21, which says NY/LA is another one of my favorite pieces. It’s simple, comfortable and looks just as good. I’ve paired it with black jeans from Guess and black boots from Steve Madden. The winter coat, from Garage, also adds to the outfit, and acts as a statement piece with its subtle leather sleeve patch designs.


Day 3:

This outfit is one for a lazy day when I don’t really feel like dressing up as much. The sweater is from Tommy Hilfiger, the scarf is from H&M, the jeans are from Guess and the booties are from Forever 21.