MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Students at Middle Tennessee State University will soon get a change to pick out free clothing to for job interviews as part of the new Raiders' Closet.
In a room where lessons are learned, the key to success can often come in a package other than a book.
"It's predominately used as a classroom, but we're usurping the classroom thing and using it as Raiders' Closet," said MTSU professor, Dr. Virginia Hemby-Grubb.
Using two closets in a classroom of the Business and Aerospace building, racks of clothing are stored after a year of planning for the program's launch.
"We know a lot of what you say is non-verbal and you never can recreate a first impression," said Hemby-Grubb who has taught business communications for 18 years.
She says every year she's noticed a similar problem for many graduating seniors.
"Difficulty in purchasing suits and professional attire; they just don't have the money and their parents don't have the money."
During the past year; suits, ties, blazers and just anything that is business professional for students who needed a little help when trying to land that first job.
"I know you hear a lot of us say we eat noodles and cereal all the time, so financially we are not that stable," said Sophomore Community and Public Health major Shaquia Clemons.
Senior Brandon Galloway says he understands that dressing the part during an interview is important.
"If I go an interview with a wife beater and a t-shirt, I would look a lot different from someone showing up in a suit, tie, with a resume and briefcase. It's that extra edge it gives you," said the senior Criminal Justice and Advertising major.
Dr. Hemby-Grubb says Raiders' Closest is a perfect partnership on campus where students can not only find the attire, but the confidence needed to land that job, adding, "You know, here is a way to pay it forward."
The official grand opening of Raiders' Closet is Friday, September 20th in the Business and Aerospace Building, room S 130 A. It will continue every Friday during the remainder of the fall 2013 semester from 2–4 pm.
For information on how to help with Raiders' Closet, call Jaye Kiblinger at 615-898-2902 .
Monetary donations are also accepted and are tax deductable.
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