Updated: Aug 20, 2019
by Matthew Ondesko, Managing Editor Photos courtesy of Jefferson University
Whether you know it or not, fashion is a part of us everyday. The type of clothes you wear or how you do you hair is all part of fashion. Now, some of us are up on the latest trends of the fashion industry. While others just do their own thing. But, either way, you are making a statement.
Jefferson University women’s lacrosse player Camryn Sullivan is making a fashion statement both on and off the court. The sophomore stepped right on campus and just dominated the lacrosse scene with 52 points on 37 goals.
Off the field, the former Amherst High School product is deep into fashion. So much so that even after she started stealing her sisters clothes, they all went into business together.
“Fashion has been a part of my life since I started stealing my older sisters clothes. She was always my inspiration for what to wear,” stated Sullivan. “Until I visited Jefferson, I didn’t even know that Fashion Merchandising and Management was a major. However fashion has been a part of my life for awhile prior, my mother sister and I started a company called Kae&Cami, which is a patented accessory line, which is a huge reason for my interest in fashion.”
Just like the latest trends, lacrosse has evolved over the years. It is one of the fattest sports on the rise, and the game has changed it seems each and every year. Sullivina, who earned 16 letters while at Amherst High School, could have played any sport she wanted in college.
She choose lacrosse because she just loved the sport a little bit more than the rest, which is saying something. Sullivan could have easily played hoops in college or even swam. But, it was something about lacrosse that just kept brining her back.
“I participated in many sports throughout my life and I loved all of them, but lacrosse was the one that I loved just a little bit more and it happened to be the one I was best at,” stated Sullivan. “When it came to college I always planned on being a collegiate athlete and lacrosse was the only sport that I was passionate about enough and loved enough to stick with for another four years.”
Sullivan has taken that passion to Jefferson University where she took the lacrosse scene by storm. She wasn’t just your typical freshman trying to find her niche. Sullivan seemed like a veteran already.
As soon as she stepped on the field good things were going to happen. She was a dominating force and that hasn’t stopped as she is on pace for a better sophomore year than freshman. She won’t take all the credit, however. Sullivan feels she just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
If you thought Sullivan was going to have a sophomore slump you were wrong. Pressure doesn’t get to her, in fact, she thrives under the pressure.
“Coming in as a freshman, and having a key role on the team was amazing, however, I did not anticipate the joy and success I had. My coach constantly reminds our team that it doesn’t matter what age you are, it matters how you play and that gave me the confidence I needed to play at the next level. I seriously couldn't have asked for a better freshman season, but through it all I had to remind myself that this is only the beginning I can't let this year be my peak,” stated Sullivan. “Honestly pressure is one of my biggest motivators. In high school the games I performed the best in were the ones with the highest stakes. Now after having a successful freshman season there is a lot of pressure on me to perform better than before, but in the back of my mind I know that I can - so that has been how I handle pressure and will continue to. By reminding myself that my best can always be better and my teammates got my back when I fall short.”
It has been a fantastic journey so far for Sullivan one that will now take her to Rome, Italy in the fall. If you want to learn about what is hot in today’s fashion why not go to the fashion capital of the world.
Italy is known for its fashion and trends - two things that change with the wind everyday. Sullivan has the chance to learn from the best during the fall as she will study abroad - an opportunity that she couldn’t even dream about while in high school.
“I am beyond excited to be in Rome for an entire semester next year. I want my semester abroad to be filled with travel and new experiences as well as learning more about my major in a fashion oriented city,” stated Sullivan. “Fashion is a very fast moving business, trends change with the weather and that means that myself and others in the business need to prepare and adapt to these changes which keeps all members of the industry on our toes at all times. It is an exciting and beautiful industry to be a part of and I am extremely anxious to see what the future holds.”
For right now, Sullivan is making sure to work on her game every chance possible. She knows to get better, she needs to work on things that others might not work on. During the offseason, Sullivan made sure to stay in Philly and get her work in with other teammates.
No one likes to work hard during the summer, it should be a time for rest. For Sullivan she knew she needed to take her game to the next level. It’s the drive that she has in her. She wants to be the best there is - and to be the best you need to work hard at it.
“In the off season it is extremely hard to stay motivated. Luckily I live with three other teammates, so during the off season we go to the gym and do our workouts and play wall ball together and it makes staying in shape easier,” stated Sullivan. “When I am home the only reason I stay in shape is my trainer, Scott Giesen. He has been helping me to strengthen to avoid injury as well as improve my endurance.”
With a couple years left of school, Sullivan doesn’t know what the future is going to hold for her. She still has some time to think about it, but she knows the business she started up with her mom and sister will play a big role in her life.
As for everything else who knows. But, you know what they say when in Rome.
“To be honest I am not completely sure what I would like to do in my future fashion career,” stated Sullivan. “I know that Kae&Cami will be a part of my future, there will definitely more to my story. I am hoping that after my semester abroad in Rome in the fall I will come to a conclusion about my future.”