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“BMAC In Aus” Designer Fashion

It’s getting down to the time SBDU fans. What time am I talking about? PACKING TIME! Only 1 short day left until my departure to Australia, but what shall I wear? Normal BMAC protocol states that I want to stand out from the crowd as a unique individual and strategically differentiate myself. So let me know tell you a little story of how I am going to do just that because of a phenomenal opportunity that came my way…

After making it as a Top 3 Finalist for Chief Funster, my friend Rachel congratulated me and said she wanted to do something for me that really showed her congratulations because she was so proud of me and all of my hard work. Rachel is in my graduating class and graduated from Marist as a fashion design major. For her the best favor she can do for anyone is to make them clothing, and whenever she does, the person is always so thankful and it’s the most rewarding feeling ever, and plus it’s what she loves to do.  I couldn’t believe that Rachel wanted to personally design me clothes for my trip to Australia and I jumped at the opportunity!

Rachel and I at graduation from Marist College Class of 2013

Rachel and I at graduation from Marist College Class of 2013

During finals week at the closing of our senior year of college last month, Rachel and I sat outside in the grass on a beautiful sunny day brainstorming different “looks” for me for Australia. We wanted to incorporate the themes of Australian patriotism (since the job of Chief Funster is to promote tourism to Australia) as well as my Send BMAC Down Under campaign of being a small town girl from Massachusetts and receiving my higher education in New York. We wanted to incorporate different parts of Australian and American culture, so both served as inspiration for the “BMAC In Aus” fashion designs. Here are the results!I <3 AUS

For my “off the plane” attire, Rachel designed the “I ❤ AUS” shirt. She got the idea from our “I ❤ NY” shirts that many people who visit NYC buy. Being residents of NY for four amazing years of college, tying in the “I ❤ NY” shirt idea brings in part of our New York culture. I will also be incorporating a little more of my Massachusetts roots with a blue blazer, nantucket red shorts and boat shoes. My favorite part about this shirt is that in the heart, Rachel drew the Australian flag!

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Next Rachel designed me an evening dress to wear at night for a more formal occasion. This dress was inspired by the Union Jack on the Australian flag and the color [red] was chosen because it combines the Australian flag and our Marist school color.  The color has a meaning that is close to both of our hearts, and it ties both aspects of Australian patriotism and Marist school-spirit all in one dress. The most intricate part of this dress is the cuffs. Rachel hand beaded the Union Jack of the Australian flag on the cuffs of my sleeves for this dress.

When I asked Rachel what her favorite design was that she made for me, she said, “Definitely the red dress.  At first I was afraid it would be too simple but the contrast of the fabrics and the little bit of glam on the cuffs made it simply elegant and I’m just in love with how it turned out!”

THANK YOU, RACHEL for designing and personally handmaking me such beautiful clothing! I am SO excited to wear them in Australia, tying both of our cultures together and killin it in Aus 😉

While Rachel’s love is fashion, it’s time I share with you one of my own personal loves and obsessions: nail polish! It was kind of a “no brainer” when it came time for me to choose what color to paint my nails for my trip to Australia on Monday. I went with “Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It” by OPI from the Australia Collection.

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I’ll only be rockin “Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It” on my piggy toes though because I want to really be able to get involved in the Chief Funster challenges and not have to worry about my nails looking perfect for the evening events. My fingers will be going “au naturale” in the land down under, but it will be more than worth it!

I am super excited to show off my Aussie inspired designer fashion in Australia in only one more day! I am hoping Tourism Australia and other followers of the Best Jobs In The World contest get a kick out of my strategically designed clothes. I’ll let you know how it goes and will post pictures of me sporting the “BMAC In Aus” fashion line by Rachel Elle 🙂 Now it’s time to get packing!!!

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BMAC: Chief Funster Finalist & Marist Grad!

Soooooo first THIS happens:

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Then THIS happened!

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It’s been a VERY busy couple of weeks, SBDU fans! Now it’s time to dish out how it all went down…

Second semester senior year of college. It’s finals week. The Top 3 announcement of Chief Funster is scheduled to be anytime between 4:30-6:30am in the morning on Wednesday, May 15th. Do I stay up and wait for the announcement? DUH! That is the obvious choice! Who would be able to sleep through that kind of thing anyways?! But if I don’t go to sleep, will I be able to focus during my group project for my final presentation? Decisions, decisions, decisions! I tried to stay up all night and made it to about 3:30am before I dozed off because my anxiety over the announcement was through the roof and it put me to sleep. Next thing I know, I wake up and roll over to check my phone and it had already started blowing up. It sort of felt like a dream as I was first opening my eyes and awakening from sleep to see the email from Tourism Australia that looked a little something like this…

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OH. MY. GOD. I MADE IT TO TOP 3 FOR CHIEF FUNSTAHHHH! I immediately called my mother and when she answered she said, “NO. WAY.” before I even said ANYTHING! Then I hear her waking up my father saying, “Malcolm, WAKE UP! Brittany made it to Top 3 for Chief Funster!!!!” I wasn’t able to talk to my mother long before I get a phone call from an unknown number. I answer , “Hello?” and hear, “G’day, BMAC! It’s Matt McInnes from Tourism Australia! Congratulations on making it to Top 3 for Chief Funster!”

Let’s just rewind for a second…

First I wake up to find out that I made it to Top 3 for Chief Funster and now AUSTRALIA, my dream, is CALLING ME at 5am to CONGRATULATE ME on getting the opportunity to go visit THEM?! How many awesome things can happen in one day?! Try how many awesome things can happen in 2 weeks!!! Ever since this moment, my life has been a whirlwind and I’m loving every moment. Each day I lose a little more sleep, but I gain a little more excitement! I DID IT! I’M GOING TO AUSTRALIA! WAHOO!!!!!!! I got countless texts, calls, tweets, likes, posts, etc of congratulations and they are still coming in! I am very proud of myself and am thrilled that Australia has selected me to go down undahhh to interview with them in person.

For all of you who were worried about me during finals week… I made Dean’s List, so I must’ve done alright! OH, and I graduated from Marist College this past Saturday with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications- Advertising and a minor in Business. Not too shabby, huh?

receiving my diploma from Marist College's President Dr. Dennis J. Murray

receiving my diploma from Marist College’s President Dr. Dennis J. Murray

But the fun is not over yet! I met with President Murray a couple days before graduation to tell him about my success in being Top 3 for Chief Funster thus far and check out how we decided to celebrate…

YEP! That’s my ENTIRE graduating class right there SCREAMING “Send BMAC Down Under” and doing the Aussie cheer! I graduated with over 1,400 people and ALL OF THEM are represented here [although we couldn’t get a wide enough angle to show everyone] and how fabulous does that “SEND BMAC DOWN UNDER” sign look?! Thank you, President Murray for ordering the sign and getting the Marist College graduating Class of 2013 to celebrate with me!

I was also featured in follow up articles with The Boston Globe, Newsday and The Poughkeepsie Journal. Tomorrow morning I am going to be on Fox 25 News where I will be interviewed by Gene Lavanchy about The Best Jobs In The World contest, Chief Funster and Send BMAC Down Under! How cool is that?! I am BEYOND excited for my television debut! But what shall I wear? Find out tomorrow morning at 8:55am on Fox 25 news!

Catch ya later SBDU loversss 😉

Letter of Recommendation from Professor Loribeth Greenan

BMAC is the wave at a baseball game or an encore at a concert – she brings added fun no matter where she is. If you’ve seen her, then you are intrigued by her exciting spirit. If you’ve met her, then you are charmed by her charisma and determination. Writing a letter of recommendation for BMAC is tough only because there is so much to say and it comes at the huge risk of sounding cheesy – but I like cheese so here it goes…

My BMAC confession:

I consider myself a BMAC groupie. I have been following BMAC on all social media portals since the start of the campaign. At first, I tuned in to support a student that I truly believe deserves the chance at snagging “the best job in the world” but as the weeks passed I found myself, like thousands of others, following the Send BMAC Down Under campaign because it’s the perfect depiction of the awesome student that BMAC is— it’s hilarious, it’s entertaining, it’s bold and it’s brilliant!

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Like her social media campaign, BMAC’s energy here on Marist’s campus is contagious. I have seen her transform a room with her dynamic presentation skills and zest for life. No matter the subject, BMAC manages to find a way to captivate when she is in front of a group. In this way, I know she will dominate her position as Chief Funster. The title itself, “Chief Funster” sounds like a position crafted just for BMAC. If you break it down, “chief” represents her stellar leadership skills and “funster” represents the mode in which she gets her work done. There really is no better person for the job.

I know BMAC will land a glorious job in the near future. The organization that snags her will immediately recognize her endless vigor and positive outlook on life. She IS the Chief Funster, so I would advise the folks at Tourism Australia recognize BMAC’s passion for your home and offer her the chance to get folks excited about the land down under.

BMAC’s Biggest Fan,

Professor Loribeth Greenan

School of Communications and the Arts

Letter of Recommendation from Marist College Director of Social Media and Online Initiatives, Brian Apfel

May 2, 2013

Chief Funster Search Committee

Tourism Australia

Sydney, New South Wales

Send BMAC Down Under!

Have you heard the phrase? I can guarantee you have. That’s because “Send BMAC down under” is not a saying, it’s not a person or a job application…SBDU is a brand.  A brand created by an amazingly talented, creative, dedicated and, more importantly, one of the most fun students I have ever had the honor to work with.

It gives me great pleasure to write this recommendation for Brittany MacLeod, aka “BMAC”. As the Director of Social Media and Online Initiatives, I had the privilege of working very closely with Brittany during her four years at Marist. I started working with Brittany when she was selected as one of our Student Ambassadors, one of the most selective student positions in the college community. They are the best of the best, the students we are proud to highlight as representatives of the college, the “ideal Marist Student.”

Brittany’s personality and professionalism is contagious, and I quickly hired her to manage some of our social media efforts – focusing mainly on creating student life “brand” for our college. We wanted to highlight that the Marist community takes their academics very seriously, but also loves to get involved beyond the books and classroom and takes advantage of the fun social opportunities available. She has an amazing understanding, instinct, and talent for Social Media marketing. As an employer, I want someone that is not going to just do the job they are given. I want someone that will think outside the box, look at situations from multiple angles, and find opportunities that others may miss. Brittany is that kind of employee. I can say with full confidence that the Social Media efforts at Marist College would not be the same without Brittany’s contributions.

Working with the Ambassador program, each year I have the pleasure of working with over 200 of the best and brightest students Marist has to offer. Some of them come and go, but others you will remember forever. Brittany has had a lasting impression on me, our office, and the entire Marist Community. I thoroughly endorse her as Chief Funster, and am confident Australia tourism will benefit from her talents in more ways than you can imagine. If you need any other information, please do not hesitate to email me (Brian.Apfel@Marist.edu) or call (845.575.3226).

Sincerely,

Brian Apfel, B.S.’05, M.S. ’12

Director of Social Media and Online Initiatives

Office of Undergraduate Admission

Marist College

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Letter of Recommendation from Marist College School of Management Dean Elmore Alexander

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BMAC on Social Media

Jon Malloy brings me back into the “studio” to interview me on social media. In this interview, I define social media, tell you why I love it (#obsessed), the benefits, how I use it personally, privacy and my professional experience using social media. It is my hope that after watching this movie you will see how much I love social media and how invested I am in it, which is why Australia can count on me to be the best Chief Funster for Sydney as the social media commentator.  Check it out!

How handsome is Jon Malloy in his bow tie?! #killinit

A huge thank you to Jon for interviewing me again! Curious to learn more about BMAC on social media? Check out my personal profiles:

Facebook 

Twitter

LinkedIn

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Like what you see here? Show BMAC some social media love @BMAC_DownUnder!

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