June Yang-Gungsing '13

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June Yang-Gungsing '13

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Major/minor: Apparel design/studio art
Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Campus job:
Publicity coordinator for the St. Kate’s Activities Team (SKAT), which organizes activities for students.

Internship:
"My internship — as an assistant to the costume designer at the Minnesota Children’s Museum — is teaching me skills I will use in my career."

Strangest job at the museum:
Repairing a stuffed spider that kids had torn while playing.

Biggest lesson:
“I'm learning to use state-of-the-art equipment that will help me in my apparel design career. And I am learning how to make things durable so they can withstand active children.”

Future goals:
“I’d like to be part of a design team. Someday I’d like to design for women who are petite like me and have trouble finding their exact size.”

Most exciting apparel design assignment:
“I have to take an existing garment and give it a new life. I am looking forward to using an old dress of my mother’s with a pattern I like to make a really cute skirt and jacket.”

Why the liberal arts matter:
“It will prepare me to have an open mind when I pursue my future career. ‘The Reflective Woman’ course at St. Kate's has helped me think outside the box and be aware of social issues. When I make a piece of clothing I have to decide who I want to buy it. I am aware that a lot of people can’t afford new clothing so there are social justice questions that affect apparel design.”