"To me, #LubinLife means taking advantage of any opportunity that comes your way and surrounding yourself with people who are driven and hardworking, and who will support you throughout your journey. #LubinLife has taught me so much about myself and my potential as a student and an employee."
– Olivia Shabo, Class of 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has had many people thinking about how they can use their skills, passions, and interests to make a difference. Our students are no exception. Business Analytics major and Pace sophomore Olivia Shabo is using her online platform "Wellness and Wardrobe" to help feed frontline workers. Olivia, a Digital Intern at a communications and style firm in SOHO, has found the inspiration to think entrepreneurially about her passions; she is making an impact. 
 
Why did you choose Pace University for your BBA?
Pace University caught my attention right away when I learned about all of the internship opportunities that students have, as well as the variety of clubs, programs, and extracurricular activities the University offers. I knew that if I attended Pace, I would be surrounded by hardworking and driven students with an admirable work ethic.
 
Tell us about the idea behind "Wellness and Wardrobe" and about the program you’ve created to help support people on the front lines.
"Wellness and Wardrobe" started when I was looking for a way to develop my personal passions, which include health, fashion, and wellness. I created a website where I could showcase my outfits, talk about my passions, and share my health and wellness routines. Due to the uncertain and unusual times we are all experiencing, I wanted to create a program that would help the people affected by COVID-19. While some of us have it worse than others, everyone is learning to adjust to their schedules and doing their best to remain sane at the same time. My program is filled with information and activities designed to promote continuous and enhanced mental and physical health. The program is $5 and 100% of the proceeds are donated to HashtagInMyScrubs, a non-profit organization that donates food from local restaurants to those on the front lines. I decided to work with this organization because I truly stand behind their message. HashtagInMyScrubs communicates the importance of staying home and appreciates/supports health care workers and local restaurants.
 
How has the transition to remote learning been for you?
In the beginning, I definitely had trouble adjusting to remote learning. However, I feel that over time I began to find the proverbial "silver lining," as well as take advantage of the free time I had since I didn’t have to deal with commuting.
 
Tell us about your experiences at Lubin; what resources have you been taking advantage of?
I have been to one Career Fair and two marketing panels. I always stuck around to ask additional questions afterwards. I was able to receive advice about potential career opportunities and I formed new valuable connections with professionals. I am a participant in the Alumni Mentoring Program, where I have been able to create a large network and learn more about the field of business and different opportunities at Lubin.
 
What does #LubinLife mean to you? 
To me, #LubinLife means taking advantage of any opportunity that comes your way and surrounding yourself with people who are driven and hardworking, and who will support you throughout your journey. #LubinLife has taught me so much about myself and my potential as a student and an employee.
 

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