Hi there! My name is Sierra Burgos and I am a California girl who somehow ended up in the heart of Iowa, surrounded by corn. I’m a college junior studying magazine media and leadership at Drake University in Des Moines. I have additional experience in the video realm because I came into college as a broadcast news major (but I soon learned that I didn’t want my face on television, thus the switch to the dark side—AKA, magazines).
My freshman year, I served as a lead producer and supervisor in Creative Services for Drake Athletics. I was also a supervisor for a team of producers with the goal of creating new, consistent video content for Drake Athletics. In the Spring of 2015, I participated in a project with the Drake Relays and the Hy-Vee Cup that gave me the opportunity to interview world-class track and field athletes from all over the country, and even the world.
Currently, I’m an editorial intern for Meredith Corporation, where I write about everything beauty, fashion, relationships, lifestyle and celebrity on More.com. I love going into our downtown Des Moines office every week, where I sip my coffee and type at my desk alongside the best coworkers in the world.
Fueled by my passion (and iced caramel macchiatos), I serve as the Vice President of Campus Affairs for my sorority, Alpha Phi. As a VP I oversee our chapter’s volunteer service hours, intramural sports participation, internal and external philanthropy, and Go Red Week. I also serve on our executive board that makes decisions regarding the chapter.
I came up with the idea for Sierra Nevada because of my parents. I’m their first born child (and obviously, their favorite). When they were brainstorming names for me, they had different ideas in mind. My mom wanted to name me after one of her sisters, who both have pretty names. My dad wanted to name me something completely unique—he especially liked the name “Wednesday” (*barf*). Since they couldn’t agree, they each decided to make a list. They sat down separately and made a list of their favorite names. Whichever name came up soonest on both lists would be mine. “Sierra” was number one on both of their lists.
When I was younger, my parents explained to me how the name Sierra means mountains. I was immediately drawn to the Sierra Nevada mountain range—and I was always told to be strong and stand tall, like a mountain.
I’m a self-proclaimed adventuress, fashionista, and puppy addict. Read on for tips and tidbits about fashion, travel, college life, and everything in between.