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Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Raiola and I’ll be blogging and interning at Goodwill this summer!

Currently, I’m an undergraduate student at Northwestern University in the Medill School of Journalism. I have always been a writer, but I really decided to study journalism because I love to tell the stories of the people, places, and events around me. To me, journalism means going out and exploring the world and then sharing those experiences with everyone else through my words.

At Goodwill, I’ll be doing just that. I’ll be learning more about Goodwill’s mission as a human service organization and its programs. I’ll attend events that Goodwill hosts or programs that Goodwill runs and experience “Where the Goodwill Goes” firsthand. Then, I’ll tell you the stories of the people I meet and information I learn right here on this blog!

I’ll also learn about the other major side of Goodwill: the fashion and retail side. From the time I was playing dress-up in plastic high-heels, I’ve always loved fashion. At Northwestern, I write for HerCampus, a college women’s lifestyle website where I write articles and blogs on topics such as fashion, campus life, food, and dating. Some day, I hope to write for a women’s lifestyle magazine.

This summer, as a fashion blogger for the “A Good Look” blog, I’ll write about some of this summer’s fashion trends that you can find right in our Goodwill stores. As a college student, I hope to connect other young adults to the thrifting world. I’ll give you tips on how to rock some of today’s hottest looks on a college student budget.

After this summer, I’ll be heading off to Seville, Spain, where I’ll study abroad for 3 months. While I’m in Spain, I hope to continue exploring and learning about the world as journalist. But before I leave for Spain, I hope that you will enjoy my blog posts this summer on both of Goodwill’s blogs as I learn more about the work Goodwill does and the community it helps.

As I go through my internship, my goal is to connect you to the people Goodwill serves so that vintage dress you buy in the Goodwill store becomes a little more than an outfit for Friday night.

What do you want to learn about Goodwill?

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Alyssa Raiola is a Journalism student at Northwestern University where she spends her time writing for campus publications, searching for new restaurants, and picking the perfect Instagram filters. Although she loves jogging along Lake Michigan and exploring the Windy City, her heart lies back home in New Jersey where pizza is the right shape and bagels are a delicacy. This summer, she’s back in the Big Apple interning and blogging with Goodwill Industries before she heads off to Seville, Spain to study abroad for the fall semester.

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Your purchases support the mission of Goodwill. To get the latest fashion trends and tips and learn about our upcoming promotions, please read our thrift fashion blog A Good Look

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