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Bentley's Dresses to Dreams Event Helps to Inspire Young Women
This spring Bentley’s Dresses to Dreams student organization hosted their annual on campus event for almost one hundred high school girls from the Greater Boston Area. The event is designed to provide girls with the opportunity to choose from a selection of donated prom dresses for their upcoming formals. Additionally, attendees can take part in various workshops ranging from prom hair and makeup tips, to panels on inner beauty and life after college.
While the whole day is exciting for all involved, the most magical moment occurs when girls find their perfect prom dress. Participants begin by entering a closet which is filled with hundreds of dresses, all of which are different styles and colors. They then have the opportunity to try on as many as they would like with the help of family and friends.
After Tatyana Nembhard, a senior from Madison Park High School, decided on a red metallic dress, she could not have been more excited. “It feels really good to know I have a prom dress,” Nembhard says. “The red popped out at me right when I walked in! Now I’m really excited for my prom.”
The high school girls in attendance are not the only ones who are passionate about this event. The Dresses to Dreams executive board and committees, made up entirely of Bentley students, put in many hours of planning.
While all of the members play different roles, each of them can agree that this organization provides an incredibly rewarding experience. “The most rewarding part of the program is seeing the girls’ faces when they find their dress,” Co-Coordinator Jennifer Cyprien says. “That moment where I can see their genuine happiness makes the whole year of work worth it.”
BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu.
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