Going from Rose Hill, Kan., (pop. 3,432) to New York City (pop. 8.2 million) doesn't intimidate Mandy Riffel. This is a dream she's had for a very long time.
Shortly after she graduates from Pittsburg State University on Saturday, May 15, Riffel will head for New York where she will begin work with Nicole Miller, one of America's preeminent fashion houses.
Mandy has turned her Pitt State experience into an opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to faculty who not only taught her, but opened doors in New York and at the fashion markets in Dallas.
Mandy said it was a campus visit and meetings with faculty that made her choose Pittsburg State.
"It literally felt like home," Riffel said.
Now she's off to make a new home and begin a new career in one of the most exciting cities in the world.