Full Name: Cassandra Lee Passalacqua Age: 17 Hometown: San Clemente, CA Current Year in School: Senior FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, Fall
Admissions Advisor: Sheryl Lewin Tell us a bit about yourself. I am the happiest in sunny weather and when surrounded by friends and family. I feel content and at home when I'm at the beach or exercising my creativity. Drawing, reading, and shopping are among some of my favorite pastimes. I also enjoy making cards for my friends and family for every birthday, holiday, anniversary, or any other celebration.
Recently, I have taken up jewelry making and hope to start selling my creations around town and/or on Etsy this summer. I am also a part of a new multimedia company based in San Clemente called Slanted Filter Productions, which is starting up this summer. I am collaborating on a branch of the company that is producing a clothing line specializing in pop art and graphic T-shirts. I am fascinated by the possibilities in life, and get very passionate and excited about things.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I have kept a high GPA throughout my schooling while enrolled in advanced courses, which has always been important to me. I can proudly say that I will graduate high school with a GPA over a 4.0, as a part of the group of valedictorians. The extracurricular that I have been most particularly proud to be a part of is the SCHS Drama Production, which is one of the most significant experiences I've had in my life. Being the Head of Costume Crew has helped me to further my leadership, organization, and communication skills and put them to good use.
What made FIDM right for you? I feel like FIDM will give me the best possible preparation to enter a career in the fashion world, and it specifically offers a major that is so perfect for me. I am attracted to FIDM's atmosphere, their philosophy of creating a real-world environment and offering hands-on training taught by working professionals, and the great connections and support system FIDM offers its students.
All of these features make me feel not only excited about going to college, but also confident in my future. I see FIDM as being the perfect place to help me exercise my creativity while learning, and open doors to wonderful opportunities.
Describe your entrance project. I imagined that I was a Product Developer for Forever 21. I chose five different jackets out of magazines and drew/colored modified versions that would be more appealing to the average Forever 21 shopper. I included a comparison of price points as well as little notes to show how they would be more accessible and less costly to create. What are your career goals? I want to be working in the fashion world in some way or another, so I hope to use my degree in Merchandise Product Development to see which part of the retail brand production process I fit into best. I am also interested in potentially having a brand of my own someday. What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I hope to hone the skills I already have, pick up new ones, and learn how to apply them all to a career in fashion. Just Accepted
Full Name: Cassandra Lee Passalacqua Age: 17 Hometown: San Clemente, CA Current Year in School: Senior FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, Fall Admissions...