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Good News: Armstrong gives away free business suits

Students search for the perfect look during Armstrong's 'Clothing Closet' event. (Source: WTOC) Students search for the perfect look during Armstrong's 'Clothing Closet' event. (Source: WTOC)

Interviewing for your first job out of college can be stressful, but Armstrong State University is helping to alleviate at least some of the pressure. 

They're making sure students don't have to worry about what to wear.

"They had signs for free suits so I thought I'd check it out," said Travis Whitesides, sophomore at Armstrong State University.

Students are getting ready for life in the real world and they're getting a little help dressing the part at the “Clothing Closet” event.
"We hold the event once a year for students to be able to come in and pick out the equivalent of one interview outfit," Assistant Director of Career Services, Crystal Goode said.
"You get to get free accessories, you get to get a little blazer, a pair of pants, you can pick any type of shoes you like," said Shakara Freeman, senior at Armstrong.
This is a big opportunity to save some money while students are struggling with their college loans.

"Business suits are expensive.  What are they?  Like $500 for a suit or something?  So, it's a chance for college students who are living on a limited budget to get something nice to wear," said Whitesides.

It's not just a free outfit. Volunteers are on hand to teach students what's appropriate to wear in different interview situations and also help them find the right fit.

"It is also meant to be educational, so we have volunteers that are assigned to walk around and check on the students and help give them advice," said Goode.

This isn't just for seniors. Any student can get a free suit.

"Students come back frequently each year and pick out another outfit, so by the time that they're finishing up after four years they have four good, solid outfits," said Goode.
This is the fifth year for the event. Organizers say they couldn't do it without donations from the school and community.

Last year, they say they had more than 1,500 articles of clothing and accessories. They were also able to outfit more than 300 students.

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