For recent Family and Consumer Sciences graduate Charissa Robinett, nothing could be better for building her business than the recognition she earned for her hard work this spring.
Robinett, who owns INTERIORS by Charissa, entered her senior project into an international student design competition sponsored by the Retail Design Institute. The competition challenged students to come up with design and business concepts for a 5,000 square foot convenience store and gas station. Robinett focused on developing a "green" store using sustainable products, and had to delve into the construction and marketing aspects as well, creating a brand strategy for the business and planning even the smallest details. In the end, her store "refuel" was committed to reducing, reusing, and recycling whenever possible - and would make it easy for customers to do the same.
It was a challenging pursuit, but she was certainly recognized for her work - Robinett took home second place, as well as bragging rights as an award-winning sustainable designer.
For Robinett, who already held a business degree, choosing Pitt State to earn her second degree in a field she loves was the best decision she could have made for her career.
"I know a lot of people working in the field of interior design who didn't pursue a degree, and I think that's what sets me apart from my competition," said Robinett, who is making "redesign" - the use of older products to create a new look - her niche. "The knowledge I gained is crucial for what I want to do, especially when integrating the sustainable components. I absolutely love Pitt State. It didn't take long for me to truly become a Gorilla."