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MTSU Students Dress For Success With Help Of New Program

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by Emily Luxen

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Students at Middle Tennessee State University will be able to dress for success for free, thanks to a new program.

The Raiders' Closet can provide students with suits and accessories for job interviews at no cost.

Dr. K. Virginia Hemby-Grubb, an MTSU Professor, started the program in an effort to help students with limited budgets feel better prepared for job interviews.

"I remember when I was in school, and I could only afford one suit," said Dr. Hemby-Grubb. "On a two day interview, I had to wear it twice.  It was embarrassing.  It would have been great to have access to a free outfit."

Dr. Hemby-Grubb said if students feel good about themselves, they will perform better in interviews.

"If you look good, you feel good and if you feel good you will do good," said Hemby-Grubb.

"We're hoping when our students put these suits on and go out and interview for that job, they will get that job."

Fashions from the Raiders' Closet were modeled by students at a fashion show in MTSU's Business and Aerospace Building Wednesday. 

Students showed the variety of sizes and styles of clothes available, and also picked up some fashion tips on what is an acceptable outfit to wear to an interview. 

Students said the Raiders' Closet will be a great resource.

"When they told us about this concept, I thought it was a fantastic idea," said MTSU Junior Bradley Kerr. "There are so many students who need suits and can take advantage of this."

The closet is open to any MTSU student.  They can shop each Friday at the Department of Business Communication and Entrepreneurship from 2-4 p.m.

Dr. Hemby-Grubb said they are always looking for more donations to add to the collection. 

They will accept any gently-used donations of suits, ties, dresses, blouses, shoes, accessories, or anything one might wear to a job interview.

Donations may be made at Raiders' Closet each Friday or in the Business Communication and Entrepreneurship office in Room 429N of the Business and Aerospace Building between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For more information, call the Business School at (615) 898-2902.

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