Christina Fagan
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Christina Fagan
Art History (Business)
Current Job:
Founder/CEO at Sh*t That I Knit
Current City:
Boston, Mass.
Internships:
Tang Teaching Museum
High School:
Middlesex School, Concord, MA
Post Graduation:
LevelUp - Sales Rockstar, Criteo - Account Executive
Activities while at Skidmore:
Study abroad program in Athens, Study abroad program in London

Quick Pitch

I actually started Sh*t That I Knit during my senior year at Skidmore. It was a joke between my sisters (they were making fun of me for knitting all the time) and I ended up making a blog to showcase photos of sh*t that I had knit. During the winter I somehow got permission to set up a table in the Case Center and sold headbands that I had knit for the past couple of weeks and it was very successful. I think I even sold one to President Glotzbach for his wife. I started to learn how much I loved making something with my hands. I picked up ceramics my senior year as well, and ended up taking the course twice and spending the majority of my evenings down in the studio throwing bowls and listening to music.

I guess my advice is, take advantage of being in college to take risks and figure out what makes you happy. Take the pressure off of figuring out what your life's purpose is and just start trying new things that might make you happy. I was able to learn how to blog, figure out how to sell a product, foster my love of making things with my hands, and inevitably, start my company, without the pressure of "being in the real world" yet. That might mean something that doesn't quite fit in the norm, for instance, knitting on a Friday night rather than going out, but it might end up being your purpose.

Biography

I didn't graduate from Skidmore and jump right into being a small-business owner, or really have a dream job for that matter. I found a sales job at a fun, young startup and right off the bat got a lot of responsibility. I worked in sales for about three years before quitting my 9-5 to do Sh*t That I Knit full-time. Having sales experience before starting my own company has been instrumental in my success as a business owner. I am persistent, I don't take no for an answer, I have no issue picking up the phone to call on new clients, and when I get knocked down (which is quite frequent), I get back up right away and try again.

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