HAMPTON, Va. (October 23, 2018) – The Hampton University Economics and Entrepreneurship Club kicked off their first meeting of the semester on Thursday, October 18, 2018 with guest speaker Nova Lorraine, Editor In Chief of Raine Magazine.
The Hampton University Economics and Entrepreneurship Club was started last year by three Hampton University students who have since graduated. This year counts as the second year the club has been on Hampton University’s campus.
“Here at Hampton University, we encourage students to invest in their passion. Start a business, a brand, or invest in property. One of my favorite sayings is, ‘What do you call a Hampton grad in 5 years? Boss!’” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Nova Lorraine began her career believing she would become a psychologist, but after attending graduate school, she decided to follow her passion for art and fashion and enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Lorraine has always loved helping people, and fashion has allowed her to combine her love for others with her passion for design. Though psychology was not her passion, she uses her training to create beautiful clothes that speak to one’s personality and lifestyle. Her niche in the fashion industry has been customized evening wear and custom bridal wear.
In 2007, Lorraine launched Raine Magazine with the help of an amazing team. Raine was the first online glossy for creative entrepreneurs. Featuring big names in fashion, culture and technology, Raine has grown to include a collectible print edition.
“Over the years, the journey as a designer and consultant led me to discovering a need in the market for a platform for entrepreneurs who are in creative industries. I have always wanted to help people, and Raine is my way of helping others fulfill their dreams,” said Lorraine. “If each of us are doing what we love, more of us would be truly happy and the world would be a better place.”
During the kick off of Hampton University’s Economics and Entrepreneurship Club, Lorraine spoke to a room filled with Hampton University students who aim to be future entrepreneurs. She encourages students to follow their true passion even if it frightens them. Throughout her speech, she challenged students to explore different avenues and different possibilities in life.
Lorraine’s Corner for Advice:
“It’s not about getting the prize, it’s about the journey along the way.”
“Tell everyone you know what you want to do. People will help you.”
“If you’re offered an opportunity, you should come prepared.”
“As you go through life, think change and be open to flexibility.”
“You are not a singular individual. You don’t have to stick to one passion and one field.”
“Life will have you full of twists and turns.”
The Hampton University Economics and Entrepreneurship Club will continue to host meetings throughout the school year to help students reach their entrepreneurship goals.
“The overall goal of this club is to attract entrepreneurs in college and give them a platform and an area to better themselves and give them the information that they need to help incubate their ideas. We want to help those students who want to build a brand or start a business,” said Hampton University senior Andrew Gray, President of the Economics and Entrepreneurship Club. “Those who need help with ideas, this can be a stepping stone. This is a university-wide club open to any majors and we are here to help with your ideas.”