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Traveling across the world to keep a promise

This fall, EHE alumna Hilary Burkhard, center, and her close friends Cora Kilocnye and Smit Mehta, center, kept their promise and showed their Ohio State pride in front of the Taj Mahal.

This fall, EHE alumna Hilary Burkhard, center, and her close friends Cora Kilocnye and Smit Mehta, center, kept their promise and showed their Ohio State pride in front of the Taj Mahal.

For Hilary Burkhard, '11 Fashion and Retail Studies, center, and her two close friends Smit Mehta, center, and Cora Kilconye, freshman year was sacred.

Together, the three Pennsylvania Hall residents explored hidden gems on campus, cheered on their Buckeyes at football games and studied for tough exams in the Thompson library.

The last day of freshman year, they made a promise: one day Burkhard and Kilconye would visit Mehta and his family in India.

After being out of college for almost five years, they were able to keep that promise to their friend earlier this fall.

"We all met up in Calcutta and then traveled all over the northern part of the country together," she said. "We visited New Delhi, the Taj Mahal, the foothills of the Himalayas and the ancient temple Jageshwar."

Kilocnye, Mehta and Burkhard are pictured here in front of the Taj Mahal, located on the southern bank of the Yamuna River.

While at Ohio State, Burkhard discovered that Textiles and Clothing was the perfect major for her.

"My classes taught me how to be the best saleswoman, either by branding or merchandising a product correctly to attract customers, or by selling an executive team a new idea," she said.

"The most useful book I read in my program was "Why We Buy" by Paco Underhill. This book taught me the psychology behind sales decisions and I find it applicable in almost everything I do."

Today, Burkhard is the purchasing analyst for Forge Lumber in Cincinnati, Ohio. "It's very fun to be the builders of the future for this city."

She thanks faculty Nancy Rudd, professor of fashion and retail studies, for her dedication. "Dr. Rudd is passionate about the program and it shows every day through her teaching and commitment to the Fashion Production Association."

Burkhard found a family in Kilconye and Mehta, and in Ohio State.

"Even after you graduate and move into the adult world, you always have Ohio State to come home to."

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