Fashion School? Nah

Only a year ago I realized that my true passion was in the fashion world. With realizing this, I put all of my efforts into preparing, finding, and searching for my major at the perfect fashion school. Since living in California, the best and most reasonable choice seemed to be FIDM that is strictly based in my state located in San Francisco, Orange County, San Diego, and of course Los Angeles.

After visiting the website, I asked for more information which lead my to my admissions counselor of the San Francisco Campus. She was very sweet and contacted me frequently to check up on me to see if I was on track and happy with what I see in FIDM. Eventually, I headed out to San Francisco to have a meeting with the counselor and FIDM was great. I was going to major in Visual Communications and Merchandise Marketing and get my bachelors degree in that. All I needed was to do a  Even though FIDM is an expensive school, I was determined to get my degree, network while in school in Southern California, and make my parents proud by becoming a professional buyer for major companies.

Once my conversations with the counselor started to solely be about money, I realized that FIDM wasn’t quite looking for talent, but rather a large sum of money. Don’t get me wrong: they are excellent at creating resources, connections, and educating their students but are not selective on who gets admitted. When they don’t focus on the talent of their students before entry, some people are expecting more when they graduate than they will really receive which leads to empty promises and a waste of a students time. I began to feel very pressured to attend the school with the counselor constantly calling me, texting me, and even contacting my family at inappropriate times. After telling the admissions counselor that I was looking into other options for schooling, she became very short with me and seemed frustrated. When asked to send my project back it got “lost” in the mail, but eventually after a month came to my house. I am over FIDM and glad that I did not attend, but not I am back to square one.

For a while I thought FIDM was my only option but after doing much research, I learned that that is not the case. There are so many great schools out there such as Parsons or FIT. Parsons, which is the best fashion school in the nation really caught my attention because the alumni is much more respected from a worldwide angle and that is what I wanted for myself as well as a true challenge to get accepted. Unfortunately, Parsons is way too expensive for me especially since I am out of state so now I am going a different route: state college.

State colleges aren’t ideal for fashion majors, but it is completely possible. One of the many perks of wanting to base a career off of the fashion arts is that you don’t really have to attend a fancy fashion school. If you look at Miuccia Prada, Kate Spade, Donatella Versace, Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, and so many more amazing designers and fashion industry moguls you will see that they didn’t go to a modern day fashion school and some of them even starting in the industry much later in life.

Although, fashion school is a great start, going to a regular college can be just as effective if you have the skill, will, and determination. I am currently going to a Junior College in Napa, but I plan on transferring to a stat college in a year studying marketing. I am also doing an online certificate program with Parson’s and Teen Vogue in which I will receive small sets of skills to help me out in the long run. I am not sure if I should stay in the Bay Area and go to San Francisco where there are so many successful people, or if I should go down to Southern California to step out of my comfort zone. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to take you guys on this journey with me!




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