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Event allows students strapped for cash to dress for success

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If dressing professionally has been an issue for Ohio State students, their problems will soon be solved thanks to the Office of Student Life Career Counseling and Support Services.

On Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Career Closet event is being held in Dance Room 2 at the Ohio Union. New and gently used business attire will be available for students free of charge, thanks to donations from OSU staff and alumni.

The event is being held for the first time. The idea came from Jennifer Nauman, a career counselor in the CCS, and other staff members.

“We had a student come to ask us for resources for either discounted or free professional clothing, and we realized that OSU doesn’t really have a lot of resources for students who are looking for things in that area,” Nauman said. “So myself and some other members of our staff developed the idea and put it into place over the last couple of months.”

The collection of donated business attire will include clothing, shoes and accessories, and is available for both men and women. There will be a limit of five items per person. Mirrors and dressing rooms will be available at the event.

“The event is a great way to prepare for (the Spring Career Fair) which is the next week, but it is also a great opportunity to look and get ready for professional dress,” Nauman said. “So if you’re strapped for cash, or you’re having issues buying professional dress, this is a great opportunity for you to come access the resources we have.”

Kristen Hill, an office associate at the CCS and an adviser of the event, added that the focus of the event is students’ success.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help students prepare for their professional lives,” Hill said.

The event is open to all OSU students.

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