Mondays: Nick

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Not everyone in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business is an arrogant and heartless "rosshole", and the existence of a calm chill dude like my friend Nick assures me that there is hope for the rest of us.

I met Nick through Marketing 300, the first ever step towards what is now my major. Through candid discussion about  Burger King's questionable advertisement choices, we both got our first exposure to the ideas surrounding the industry. Nick was such a baller group mate in MKT300 that I thought it would be cool to continue working together in next semester's MKT425 class where we truly became BFFs. I have really fond memories of developing our group's drink sharing app idea with Nick, which maybe someday will come to fruition (probably not though).

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As a now retired swimmer for the University of Michigan, he's trying to avoid sweatpants and recover from his former preppy days. He has a favorite pair of dark jeans (everyone should), and his favorite accessories include his watch and clubmasters.

Wishing the best of luck to Nick as he moves away from his hometown of Wilmette, IL to his new job in Manhattan this summer!

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Mondays: Victor

DSC_4097 As the President of the Michigan Ballroom Dance Team, I am always trying to spread the joy of dancing. I love telling people my story of having no prior dancing experience but then discovering a passion for ballroom, and consequently becoming so infatuated with learning all the styles that I stuck around for four years.

Accordingly, it brings me so much happiness when others are so convinced by my stories that they not only give dancing a try, but they also join the team! Victor, a Shanghai native studying Computer Engineering, was one of those people who gave dancing a try and found joy in our community. Not only does he consistently come to lesson, but he reached out to me and another friend to get dinner sometime. Super cool to not only put yourself out there on the dance floor, but also in friendships and relationships with new people.

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Victor's aesthetic incorporates a classic look, contrasting dark and bright colors to achieve either an elegant or energetic look. From taking inspiration from a lot of different places (Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Ann Arbor, etc), he brings a unique perspective to getting dressed everyday. One of his favorite outfits that I see him in is a thick gray cardigan with a Facebook tshirt underneath (where he interned this past summer), and he loves his sunglasses too.

As a senior, it can be very easy to be close minded to meeting new people. However, getting ice cream with a cool person like Victor has definitely re-emphasized the importance of always being willing to grab coffee with someone new and getting to know them better.

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Mondays: John

DSC_3873 John and I have built a lot of memories together in the short span of time we've known each other. Loose associations formed through both being in ballroom at the start of junior year, we started sorta kinda hanging out a little bit at the end of junior year, and then didn't really start being real *friends* until the start of this year. Our adventures have taken us through episodes of Freaks and Geeks, across state lines for ballroom competitions, into basement practice rooms to sing acoustic versions of crude rap songs, and of course up and down the streets of Ann Arbor for whatever the weekend beckons.

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I love how John puts himself together everyday, and there's definitely certain pieces in his closet that I repeatedly tell him I love every time he wears them.  With a relaxed, individualist, and versatile look (with a little bit of prep mixed in), his wardrobe features great boots like the brown ones above.

Indeed, John has built a really diverse closet ranging from student org shirts to knitted rainbow sweaters, and his current favorite is his Eaux Claires festival t-shirt. There's lots of meaning behind his favorite things too: he wears is grandfather's belt buckle everyday.DSC_3884DSC_3901DSC_3928DSC_3931

Mondays: Stuart

Another week, another great guy brought to you by Jiaxin Machine. Stuart, an Alpena, Michigan native, has the best of all worlds. Behind his strapping face and body, he is an International Studies and German major who will be pursuing a master's in International Security at Sciences Po in Paris, France this coming fall. Stuart describes his aesthetic as warm, eclectic, and timeless and his favorite wardrobe stable is a pair of light tan corduroys. With his intellectual pursuits taking him to Paris though, I anticipate perhaps a new look the next time we see each other.

Our history together hails all the way back to freshman year welcome week where we became close friends. From our first daytime pregame to our Puerto Rico spring break trip that we're on right now, Stuart's kindness has been a source of laughter and light in my life and I know I'm going to miss him so much after graduation.

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Portraits

Recently, I got a very strong urge to take up portrait photography again. I used to do senior pictures for people in high school, and found a lot of joy in not only taking the pictures of people, but also how happy they were to see the pictures. Though I was making a small profit, the true award were the overjoyed parents who were amazed at how beautiful their graduating seniors were in these images. These are some of my favorites from a recent shoot with my friend Yoolim. She is adorable, and let me style her and pose her without any objection. My goal is to incorporate fun shoots like these one into my regular schedule.

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