Hi there! I’m Alyssa Orcuilo. I’m 20 years old and I’m from Staten Island, NY. I love fashion, learning new things, and hanging out with my friends and family. I am very passionate about helping people; more specifically, people with special needs and young girls!
I wanted to get involved in MSC because it is exactly what I need in my life and I know other girls need it too! Ever since my interest in fashion grew to a level where I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career, I was motivated to grow my network, work hard, and get the best internships possible. But the competition was, and still is, extremely overwhelming. I am grateful to be from NYC where the opportunities are endless, but I couldn’t see myself reaching my true potential and landing my dream job. My Social Canvas gives girls community where they can all motivate each other and be confident in themselves. MSC also creates opportunities for girls who wouldn’t normally be financially prepared for college, by providing contests that result in scholarship funds!
I love that MSC combines fashion AND mentorship. It is definitely overwhelming to make the transition from high school to college as well as making the decision to pursue one specific field. It is so helpful to have a mentor to guide you and assure you that you are making the right choices! It is also amazing to make friends and connections that you can relate to.When I first entered college, I felt SO out of place... I was attending LIM college and commuting from Staten Island. I didn’t like the commute and I didn’t like racking up so much debt. Yet, I didn’t want to go to the college in my town. But, once I started exploring more of what I liked and disliked, I realized it made sense for me to transfer and just go to my home college. Although my family and friends we so helpful during this time, I wish I had a mentor to really help me and guide me so I didn’t feel out of place and lost – I just needed assurance that it all made sense.
Although I didn’t have a direct mentor to help me through this transition, I’m very motivated by my faith. There is one song that always motivates me to design the life I love is, “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship. It reminds me that God declared me to do great things in life. He will sustain me because He has called me His! I don’t have to feel worried or scared to take risks because I know designing the life I love will be SO worth it.
Designing the life you love comes with exploring what you love, and I would advise high school girls ,that haven’t started their college career, to explore their likes and dislikes. Do not to let anybody’s judgements hinder you from what you really enjoy! At the end of the day, people will always have things to say about what you’re doing. But, exploring what you are passionate about (talking to new people, exploring different positions, taking on internships) will bring upon greater opportunities once you get to college. It’ll give you direction and your passion will shine through you.
For example, direction and passion were two qualities that Maya Angelou, a woman I’m inspired by, exemplified. I believe that Maya Angelou would have supported so many of the values that MSC represents. She was an activist for women’s rights and shared amazing wisdom throughout her legacy. She never gave up through her hardships and pushed to stay positive throughout any circumstance. Maya Angelou is a hero, a leader, and a civil rights activist that made a difference in the world, and I believe that MSC is equipping young women and girls to be activists and changemakers like her.