COLUMBIA, SC – The University of South Carolina is making sure its students are ready for the real world, one blazer at a time. The university reopened its Carolina Closet, which helps students dress the part for interviews and internships.
Carolina Closet opened 3 years ago, but was recently renovated and relocated to better serve the students. The concept behind the closet is making sure students aren't limited by their attire or budget.
"Students really realized we don't have a lot of money to buy business professional clothes so we're trying to figure out how students can help out other students," said Amber Jackson, a member of USC' student government.
The student government sponsored clothing closet offers business attire to students for free.
McKenzie Hagwood was in the closet Wednesday picking out some pieces for a club she's involved in.
"I basically just brought over track shorts and leggings to college and I got involved with freshman council and I found out we have to wear business casual attire every Thursday and I did not have any."
Jackson added, "The ultimate goal is to get a job and we want to do well in our interviews and we all know that when you go in with employers first impressions count."
All a student needs is their Carolina Card and they can check out 5 free items from the closet each semester.
"We want our students to not lose confidence when they're going into those interviews so they only thing they have to worry about is doing their best," Jackson continued.
Students can only have 5 items checked out at a time during the semester, but they are able to swap out pieces as needed.
All of the clothes in Carolina Closet were donated by local businesses, professors, and local professionals.
The closet is open Tuesday and Wednesdays inside Blatt P.E Center from 1p-3p.