Sami Maurer '15 ~ Graphic Designer, Student Athlete & Entrepreneur
Spring Hill College’s Sami Maurer isn’t waiting until graduation to capitalize on her graphic design, marketing, and business management skills.
The senior from St. Louis, Mo., launched her own company on Etsy.com in October of 2013. Trendy Doll Clothing Company offers casual tank tops and fun t-shirts, many featuring popular college or sports themes.
“I really enjoy having my own company. It’s been a great learning experience and I’ve applied so much of the knowledge that I’ve gained at Spring Hill College,” says Maurer. “At Trendy Doll, I’m more than just a designer. I’m a businesswoman—producing, marketing, and selling finished products.”
Maurer sold her first 100 shirts solely through Facebook, Instagram, and word of mouth. She was then offered the opportunity to sell her products at a boutique in St. Louis. This experience helped Maurer decide to double major in graphic design and business marketing and management.
“Sami recently took my international business summer course,” says Dr. Sergio Castello, Spring Hill College Division Chair for International Business & Economics. “She was always well prepared and ready to engage in class discussion. She was very conscious of her work and strived for perfection.”
“I decided I didn’t want to choose between the two majors,” says Maurer. “My advisors did a great job working with me and planning out my schedule so that I would finish all the classes I needed in four years. If it wasn’t for the personal student-teacher relationships at Spring Hill, I don’t think I would be able to double major.”
Maurer was initially drawn to Spring Hill College because of the small size and strong sense of community, as well as the school’s Jesuit background.
“My parents attended Saint Louis University and I knew I wanted to be a part of the Jesuit tradition as well, but wanted to venture outside of Missouri and my hometown,” says Maurer. “Spring Hill was the perfect fit. I’ve had a stellar education and have been able to broaden my horizons with several great internships.”
In the fall of 2013, Mauer served as an intern in SHC’s Office of Communications and Institutional Marketing, designing postcards, magazines, invitations, brochures, and web banners. This summer, in addition to taking three mini courses through Spring Hill College, Maurer is working as a graphic design intern for Pedal the Cause in St. Louis, Mo.
“Pedal the Cause is a non-profit that raises money for cancer research by hosting an annual bike race,” says Maurer. “All of the funds go directly to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and St. Louis Siteman Cancer Center. I love being a part of such a good cause and seeing how it benefits my local community.”
Maurer, along with other graphic design students at Spring Hill, produces promotional materials for non-profits in the Mobile, Ala., community, including St. Mary’s Home and Alabama Coastal Foundation.
“It’s a win-win situation,” says Maurer. “As students, we get real world experience, and the non-profits get high-quality, well-designed material at no cost. It’s a great feeling to know that these businesses are using the products we created.”
Outside of the classroom, Maurer keeps just as busy. She is involved with Phi Mu Fraternity, Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, and the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. Maurer also plays for SHC’s volleyball team, led by award-winning coach Peggy Martin.
“I live by a work hard, play hard attitude,” says Maurer. “I have invested a lot in my education and have really pushed myself to be the best I can in the classroom, along with taking my knowledge and applying it outside the classroom. That being said, I also value the importance of having fun, enjoying sports, and living a balanced life. College is a time not only to gain an education, but also to take the time to make lasting friendships and memories.”
Through her words and actions, Maurer believes in living the Spring Hill College promise—becoming a true leader engaged in learning, faith, justice, and service to others. She fulfills the service portion of the promise by helping children and adults with disabilities.
“I spent the past two summers working as a job coach for young adults with disabilities in the St. Louis area,” says Maurer. “From this experience, I learned patience and the value of small acts of kindness. This solidified my decision to continue to use my talents to give back to my community, whether it’s through hands-on volunteering or doing freelance design work.”
After graduation, Maurer wants to build upon and grow her Etsy.com shop into a full-time t-shirt design company. In the meantime, she plans on making the most out of her upcoming senior year—spending time with friends, working with her professors, and enjoying campus.
“I love that Spring Hill is a small Jesuit community, in a great neighborhood, less than an hour from the beach. You just don’t find that anywhere else,” says Maurer. “The small size allows students to know their professors and creates a personalized education. It’s a friendly environment full of familiar faces. At Spring Hill I am not just a number. I am an athlete, a student, a sorority girl, and a Badger.”
To learn more about Trendy Doll Clothing Company, and to view Sami’s t-shirt designs, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/SamiMaurerDesigns