During my senior year of high school, I thought I had everything planned out - I was going to attend George Washington University and major in Social Sciences. Little did I know that the only school I would actually apply to would be the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and less than a year later I would be living in Los Angeles, California.
The first two quarters of FIDM had me regretting my sudden decision to pick up my life and move. Being on a quarter system means that you have each class for only 10 weeks. Five weeks in and you are already having midterms...not what I had expected when I "signed myself up for college".
After these first two quarters I started to get to know what it truly meant to attend FIMD LA. As a Merchandise Product Development Major I took half fashion and design classes and half business and marketing classes.
I started to fall in love with the school, but even more than that, I started to fall in love with my teachers. The teachers are what make FIDM iconic. They have all come straight from the industry, (and honestly have no education degrees), but will teach you more than any typical teacher could. The fashion industry is not something you can learn in a textbook, and they aren'y scared to veer from the basic curriculum.
FIDM will take you through a lot of ups and downs. The school is filled with girls who plan to be the next Chanel and idealize Kylie Jenner, but if you weed through the high tuition cost, and the idea of not having a dorm, going a female-majority school, and having six hour labs, then you can really start to enjoy the experience.
I have learned so much about the industry from this crazy circus of a school, and I don't regret a single second of it.