Nineteen years young, Janelle Bullock has an air of maturity far beyond her years. Valley was fortunate to catch a moment with this second semester freshman who boasts a contagious smile and visions of an exciting future to chat campus involvement, fashion, and big dreams.
Born and raised in the central Pennsylvania town weâ€™ve all grown to know as our college escape, Bullock is pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism. â€œIâ€™m lucky to have gotten involved with so many things I love so early on in my college career,â€ Bullock speaks about her time spent as a TA in Sociology 119 â€” Race and Ethnic Relations â€” as well as her participation in the Essence of Joy choir.
â€œIâ€™ve been singing since I was born,â€ Bullock tells Valley. Perhaps her truest calling, Bullock dreams of singing and producing her own music one day. On the off chance her music remains a side passion, Bullockâ€™s prepared with an equally exciting back up plan.
â€œIâ€™d also love to start a jazz cafe. A place where people can show their art or share their music.â€ But in the meantime, Bullock recommends catching her and her equally talented peers at an Essence of Joy concert.
Itâ€™s no surprise that Bullock, with a spirit primed for creativity, has such a one of a kind, envying style. She credits her older sister for piquing her interest in fashion.
Her excitement for fashion and her self-described, â€œuniqueâ€ aesthetic, stems from the puzzle-piecing of outfits and the thrill of the find. â€œI love thrift shopping. I love finding clothes that are unique, things that nobody else really has, things that are a little bit out there.â€
While she recognizes the hunt for the perfect piece proves challenging when itâ€™s buried in a sea of the second-hand, the end result always proves worth it.
When it comes to getting dressed â€” whether itâ€™s a morning class or the anticipatory beginnings of a Friday night â€” Bullock always starts small. Her outfit inspiration stems from an array of possibilities, a pair of pink patterned socks or a bold blue eye, Bullock seldom lets her day (or night) begin with an ounce of boredom.
Thereâ€™s only one word that pops into mind while attempting to analyze Bullockâ€™s crave-worthy style and unique routine â€” fun. The girl with the bold look, infectious personality, and captivating voice tells us, â€œI always like to be different in my style, but without getting too crazy.â€
And on that note, Valley would like to thank Bullock for reminding us itâ€™s ok to get a little crazy sometimes â€” in fact, maybe we need to. After all, fashion should always be fun.