Last week I concluded my first quarter at FIDM and I couldn't be happier. When I stop to think about it, I can't believe that I was a phone call away from not coming to FIDM--not because I didn't like it anymore, but because of financial issues. I ask myself where would I be right now if I hadn't started attending fashion school at FIDM. So much has happened in just my first quarter that I don't even know where to begin.
Like any new college student, the first few days I felt as if I didn't fit in. I guess you can say I missed my high school friends. Still feeling this way, I attended all the first meetings of the Student Council, The Mode (our student magazine), and Phi Theta Kappa club because I love being involved with what is going on in school. (Now that I'm writing this, I'm going to admit to you all that I was a loner the first week and I felt like Cady from Mean Girls.) Luckily I'd met my now good friend Nicole during orientation, but we only had school together on Fridays, which was at least one less day of being a loner.
As my fifth week into the quarter approached, I began to look for a job. I've been attempting to find a job on my own since I was sixteen and haven't had any luck. I took advantage of the amazing Career Center at school and met up with a Career Advisor to assist me in finding a job. The advisors at the Career Center are very helpful, they assisted me in creating my resume and gave me a list of job leads. Thanks to them, I got a job that was very convenient to me. I was super excited when I got a call from Kristine of the FIDM Library and she told me that I was hired.
During the same time that I got my first paying job I got an amazing internship with an up-and coming designer-and now a friend of mine, Karina Copado. I came across this internship through the FIDM Portal, which is a reason I love FIDM even more. They provide amazing resources for their students. I was thrilled with having a job and an internship. My internship with Karina was incredible. I had the chance to assist, and pretty much construct, her garments for her celebrity clients, such as Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few. To Karina, I'm considered "Hollywood's Best Kept Secret" since I played a big role in launching her fashion show event in Hollywood in August.
I was amazined at how many things I'd accomplished in such a short time at fashion college. Did I mention that I also got nominated for Special Events Coordinator for the student council? Yes, I did, but I was the new kid at school and didn't receive enough votes so I didn't get the position but I'm not giving up.
Towards the end of the quarter I participated in a lot of school activities. I attended The Mode's launch party for their green issue. For the event I was a stylist and was recognized. I wasn't a part of the green issue, but I will be wokring on the next issue of The Mode which I am excited about. By this time I didn't felt like I did the first week. I had made tons of friends and had met tons of staff members at school all because I joined all these clubs and because of my friendly personality.
Well October is around the corner now and I am excited to start my second quarter. I'm scheduled for five classes and on top of it all the month of October is overflowing with things I have to do, I have photo shoots, deadlines, work at my new job at Bath and Body Works and of course my personal life. I love a challenge, let's see how my second quarter goes.
FIDM Visual Communications Student