2019-2021 Honors Associate
- Class of 2018
- B.S. in Finance, Concentration in Entrepreneurship, Minor in Graphic Design
As An Honors Student:
- Civilizations Sequence
- Preceptors: Mimi Killinger (111), Gordon Bromley (112), Rob Glover (211), Edie Elwood (212)
- Tutorial: The Art of Failure with Samantha Jones
- Honors Thesis: Constructing Identity Through the Lens of Fashion: An Honors Thesis
- Advisor: Samantha Jones and Andrea Mauery
- Committee: Samantha Jones, Andrea Mauery, Jennie Woodard, Lucia Young, Deborah Dall
- Funding: CUGR Fellowship Grant 2017, Charlie Slavin Research Fund
- Abstract: This creative Honors Thesis explored the impact of fashion on self-representation, accomplished through the design and construction of a capsule wardrobe line of clothing. This line consists of multiple pieces, each addressing a particular event or situation, in which ostensible expectations for dress conflict with what the wearer feels most authentically represented in. Examples include a high fashion take on a winter coat, a pink version of a ladies business suit, and more. The project’s goal, through the artist’s experience and sharing of this work, is to encourage viewers to reconsider fashion and the ways it impacts each of us inside and out, including their own personal style, the ways they feel they must conform, and how they can use fashion to feel more authentic and confident in themselves.
During my time at UMaine, I participated in the Innovate for Maine Fellow Program through the Foster Center for Student Innovation in both 2016 and 2017. In my final semester, I was on the team representing the University of Maine at the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition, in which our team placed as second runner up. I graduated as top student in the finance major and I am a member of both the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honors societies. Outside of academics, I am very involved in art and design; you can see some of my work at my website caradoiron.com.
In the year following my graduation, I moved to Boston and worked at a large e-commerce company in their Promotions department. Over time, I ultimately decided that Maine is where I belonged, and I am so excited to now be back at UMaine to work with current and future Honors College students!