High School Junior



Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Dreams of Working as Fashion or Beauty Editor



Name: Emily Long

Age: 16

Hometown: Savannah, Georgia

High School: I am currently a junior at Fleming Island High School in Fleming Island, Florida.

FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles Campus; July 2016

Admissions Advisor: Christian Moralde

How did your advisor help with the process? Christian was absolutely unsurpassed when it came to encouraging my creativity and explaining the entire application process. He walked me through every little detail and saved me a ton of stress.

Tell us a bit about yourself. When I was 13, I dipped my toes into the fashion industry by signing to a modeling agency in Miami, Florida. I loved it so much and decided to pursue my dreams even further by becoming an intern at Bridal Beauty Magazine. After sacrificing several weekends, I became Junior Fashion Editor and I had the privilege of attending New York Bridal Fashion Week. I had the time of my life running around from fashion show to fashion show in a city that I absolutely adore.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Attending New York Bridal Fashion Week has definitely been one of my proudest accomplishments. While I was there, I spoke to the director of London Fashion Week and acquired London Fashion Week invites for everyone at the magazine. I think that experience really aided me in the discovery of my interest in public relations. Also, three days after I got accepted into FIDM, I was accepted into an 8-day business program at an Ivy League school. I have had much fortune in my endeavors, and it goes to show that if you persist in your desires, your dreams will become a reality.

What made FIDM right for you? When a FIDM representative visited to give my design class a presentation, I fell in love. I appreciate how hands-on each program is and I know that if I attend this school, I can pursue my dream career in a location that I love.

Describe your entrance project. For my project, I had to create a store, describe my target consumer, and then pick five outfits to represent the brand I was going for. I developed an innovative boutique named Poteré (which translates to “power” in Italian). While this store carries designers from Alexander Wang to Stella McCartney, it also has its own private line with a more affordable priceline. For every outfit purchased from this line, a duplicate outfit will be sent to an unemployed or underemployed woman to wear to job interviews. The Poteré woman exudes confidence, and walks with it too.

What are your career goals? I’ve always known that the fashion industry was right for me, so when I met the senior buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue, I definitely looked into becoming a buyer. While that sounds appealing, I would love to become a fashion or beauty editor for a magazine such as Cosmopolitan or Elle.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to accumulate knowledge on all the ins and outs of marketing within the fashion industry. I would absolutely love to take classes based on learning how to market goods, make contacts, and build leadership skills.



Just Accepted Social Media Student Wants to Express Her Creativity in the Entertainment Industry



Name: Stephanie Christopoulos

Age: 16

Hometown: La Quinta, CA

FIDM Major: Social Media

Campus and Start Date: LA, Fall of 2016

Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope

How did your advisor help you with the process? She was very encouraging the entire time, and was a very positive influence. She made me feel like I could accomplish my goals, which I am very grateful for.

Tell us about yourself. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, but I really enjoy interacting on social media (e.g. Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram etc.)

What are your proudest accomplishments? Right now, it would be the early acceptance into FIDM, especially because I'm only a junior right now.

What made FIDM right for you? Before hearing about FIDM, I really wasn't excited about college because I didn't know what I wanted to do. I've always known that it was important and I would have to go, but I wanted to find something I was passionate about. Once I heard about FIDM, and saw the Social Media degree, I knew that it was right for me. I'm always on social media anyways, so why not make a career out of it? Another great thing I like about FIDM is the part were I get to show my creativity and work with people in the industry through internships. 

Tell us about your entrance project. I had to create a blog for a company and touch on different demographics about my customer. After getting the project, I decided to create my own company called FanMaster. Another hobby of mine is listening to music; I have become very dedicated to a few artists/singers in the past. My idea with this company was to eliminate scalpers, and sell tickets at the affordable face value price to the dedicated fan. The key to the website, is social media (Twitter and Tumblr).

If you are a dedicated fan like I was, you would have what's called a fan account. In order to use the website, you would need to link your fan account to the FanMaster website, and from there it will determine wether or not you are a true dedicated fan. Ticket prices are outrageous when put in the hands of scalpers because they inflate the price so much. It's not fair to teenagers and young adults, but FanMaster would help solve that issue.

What are your career goals? My career goal is to work in the entertainment industry, whether it be at YouTube or somewhere else. I want to have a job that allows me to travel and be my creative self. I want to be able to go to different events and/or award shows and interview famous people, and write up a blog about it after. My ultimate goal is to show the world who I am, with my creative abilities.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn the tools I need to succeed in social media such as how to target a specific customer range, or how to successfully engage a customer using a social media platform to buy a certain product.



Just Accepted High School Junior Has a YouTube Following



Full Name: Destinee Nicole Johnson

Age: 17

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Current Year in School: High School Junior

FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Summer 2015

Admissions Advisor: Steve Aaron

How did your advisor help with the process? My advisor was an enormous help throughout my application process. He is so full of knowledge and made sure to share as much as he could about FIDM with me. He made frequent phone calls checking on my progress and sharing new opportunities he had found to benefit me. He repeated questions and statements to ensure I understood everything, and answered any questions I had with great depth. Steve Aaron opened so many doors for me that I never knew existed, and made this process a walk in the park.

Tell us a bit about yourself. For as long as I can remember I've been a girl of many dreams. I wanted to do anything and everything! As time passed and I grew older my number of "passions" dwindled, and I was left with a few I'll hold forever. The sport of cheerleading has played a big role in my life. For the past few months I have been making beauty, fashion, and lifestyle videos on YouTube. It has become a huge part of my life, and has brought me so many opportunities I would have never gotten otherwise.

With the success of my YouTube channel, I've recently launched my own blog, and it's been a blast. Talking and writing about fashion take up a good portion of my life, but I am also very passionate about music. I have been singing and writing my own music since I was about five years-old, and will do so for the rest of my life. I don't plan on becoming a mega pop star or anything. I just do it because I love it!

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I've accomplished a lot in these 17 years of life, but I'd have to say that being where I am today has got to be the greatest. I get to upload videos for thousands to see, and it's given me the opportunity to work with amazing companies, and even be partnered with StyleHaul. Then I have my blog I just launched that been an amazing experience itself. I never knew I'd enjoy writing about my life so much.

And last but certainly not least, getting accepted into FIDM as a Junior. I have not always gone down the right path, and there were numerous times when I felt I'd amount to absolutely nothing. Getting accepted into my first choice college as a junior in high school is a feeling I'll never forget.

What made FIDM right for you? After studying the FIDM website for hours, I knew this was somewhere I had to look into. I was amazed by all FIDM had to offer: the people and brands the school is networked with, and all the success stories. When I had my first phone call with my advisors and he said the words "I am here to make your dreams come true," I knew FIDM was right for me.

Describe your entrance project. For my entrance project I was to create a store, write a brief description of the average customer, and put together five full outfits including brands and prices that could be found in my store. I decided to base my project of my personal dream, to own my own children's clothing store. "Pinky Promise" was a little girls boutique inspired by middle class Southern Californian mothers and daughters.

For every item purchased, that same item will be given to a child in need in hopes of inspiring them to follow their dreams no matter where or what they come from. Because it is something I am so passionate about, the whole process was such a good time.

What are your career goals? Upon my graduation from FIDM I plan to be a buyer for a top name brand, and eventually work to starting my very own children's boutique. Like anyone else, I want to be successful, but in anything I ever achieve in my career I want to give back and inspire as many lives possible.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn all there is to know about the business side to fashion. Following my graduation, I hope to have a tight grasp on merchandising and marketing to be come a successful buyer and eventually run my own company.



Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Accepted Early as a High School Junior



Full Name: Caity Swanger

Age: 16

Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota

Current Year in School: Junior

FIDM Major: Fashion Design

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles campus, Fall of 2014

Admissions Advisor: Roxy DeGuzman

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a cheerleader and also in the UNICEF club and Science Outreach. I love to be with my friends and just hangout. I spend most of my time outside if the weather permits. I love fashion and learning about other countries fashion and culture. I also love to bake, and in fact I work in a bakery! My inspirations are Oscar de la Renta, Ellie Saab, and Erdem.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Of course getting accepted in to FIDM for college as a junior. I was also part of my competitive cheer squad that won three state championships and finished 6th in the country in the 2011 UPC national competition. Next year, I am also interning as an aid for my fashion design teacher during the school year. I can’t wait to help teach my fellow peers how to sew basic things and hopefully inspire more students to explore the realm of fashion.

What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is the right school for me because it specializes in fashion design and has more hands-on learning. There aren’t very many fashion schools in the Midwest. I talked to my fashion design teacher and she gave me a brochure on FIDM. After showing my parents and doing some research I knew that FIDM was the right school for me.

Describe your entrance project. For my entrance project I submitted seven formal dress designs, using colored pencil as my medium. I used a lot of beading, silk, and satin. Most of my designs use color. I love using color to emphasize personality and mood. For my inspiration page most of the pictures were from Oscar de la Renta's and Ellie Saab's 2012 and 2013 collections.

What are your career goals? Once I gain work experience, get comfortable in the industry, and focus my passion and designs, I hope to start my own line. Starting my own design label is my major goal once I graduate, and I cant wait to start designing and manufacturing my designs! I also want to help improve the world and with my success would like to be able to help out with charities such as UNICEF.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn new techniques, design styles, and the proper methods to improve my designs. I also want to learn about fashion trends from around the world, how the fashion industry works, and establish relationships in the fashion industry that will allow me to obtain internships, and ultimately a job, working for a design label.



Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Wants to Design Windows and Concert Stages

IMG_2518Seventeen year-old high school junior Francisco Villasenor has already made his school's drumline, was voted Associated Student Body Leadership Class Secretary, and now he has been accepted to FIDM's Visual Communications Program. The Calexico, California resident will attend the San Diego campus in the fall of 2013.

"My career goals would be to work for a major designer designing campaigns or window displays, or work for a big artist designing their concert stages. I expect to learn the necessary skills required to carry out a successful career."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.



Wednesday FIDM Student Spotlight

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Major: Merchandise Marketing

Where did you go to school? H. M. King High School in Kingsville, TX

How did you find FIDM? I have family in LA. A cousin of mine was a FIDM grad.

What do you love about your major? I’m not exactly sure what I want to do after college, but this major offers a broad range of job opportunities.



The Story of Just Accepted FIDM OC Student Lauren Bowyer Will Inspire You

313372_240459379325185_100000833735270_613050_2927280_nSixteen year-old high school junior Lauren Bowyer is a Just Accepted Student for Visual Communications. The Orange County native hopes to be a successful fashion stylist and considers getting into FIDM one of her proudest accomplishments. She is also living with Type 1 Diabetes:

"In August of 2010, I suddenly found out I had Type 1 Diabetes. I was in the ICU for three days. Prior to my diagnosis, I suffered from depression because of all the changes I went through. I have made my medical complications part of my daily routine and am coping with my disease. My story is unique because I have turned my life around in a positive way. My aunt went to FIDM and I am looking forward to following in her footsteps!"

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.



Just Accepted Visual Communications Student is Performing at Carnegie Hall This Spring

108_1382Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Marissa Choy is a leader at her San Francisco high school, artist, and singer who will be performing with her choir at Carnegie Hall this spring. The high school junior hopes to one day work as a top stylist or fashion editor at a high profile magazine.

"I hope that FIDM can broaden my understanding of the more technical side of fashion, as well as help me use my creative skills and apply them to fashion. I want to learn how technology is used in fashion, and how to communicate with others in the industry."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.



Just Accepted Student Featured on Billboard in Indiana

296926_1798993353265_1792719225_1226019_1009404583_n Just Accepted Student Allyson (Ally) Adams, who is currently featured on a photography studio's billboard in Bloomington, Indiana at the moment, is a high school senior who is active in student government, cheerleading, and of course, fashion.

"From just going to the 3 Days of Fashion I could tell that it will take a ton of hard work to go to FIDM, but the hard work will be enjoyable, and the teachers and staff I met while I was there all were very helpful. They seemed to really care about that they were teaching and whom they were teaching it to. Also, what made FIDM so right for me was that they get you started with what you want to do right away and really focus in on what your major is so you can be the best at whatever it is when it's time to graduate and start a new job in the fashion industry."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.



Just Accepted Visual Communications is Competing for Miss Kansas 2012

6a00d83452491d69e2015435310b45970c-250wi Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Lindsey Ann Spink has been involved with pagaents since age nine, and she recently learned that she will be competing for Miss Kansas 2012, the same year that she starts attending FIDM.

"Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I have dreamed of attending FIDM. As a junior, I began the process of speaking to my admission advisor and understanding information about the school. The more I talked to my admission advisor, the more I fell in love with FIDM. After my advisor suggested Visual Communications as a major, I knew I was 100% set on the school because the major is exactly what I am interested in. I know FIDM is the perfect fit for me to further my career and fulfill all my dreams."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.



Just Accepted Interior Design Student Has a Lifelong Passion

Ijhkj Just Accepted Interior Design Student Stacy Tran is a SoCal native who has been passionate about art and design her entire life.

"FIDM offers connections that last a lifetime. From FIDM’s experienced staff to the seemingly never-ending resources, you just don’t get any better. The fact that FIDM’s four campuses are located in California’s hottest cities is just the cherry on top. This way, not only do you learn from FIDM, but you learn from the very city that surrounds it."

Read the entire interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.



Just Accepted Fashion Design Student is a Budding Shoe Designer

EmmaS Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Emma Sienkiewycz is already designing shoes with the help of a local cobbler in her native Hinesburg, Vermont.

"I am very intrigued in attending a school that specializes in fashion, which put FIDM high on my list. My aspiration to be a part of the footwear industry led me to FIDM. For this reason, I am highly tempted by the Footwear Design Program that the school offers. Being a shoe designer is my ultimate goal, so this program immediately sparked my interest."

Read the rest of the interview at FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily Blog.



Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Plans to Run a Fashion House

Cristina faulconer mood Photo High school student Cristina Faulconer has been riding horses since age five, but she is equally passionate about Fashion Design and plans to one day run her own fashion house.

"I knew FIDM was right for me the second I stepped through the doors. Being such a prestigious school, it was an easy choice. FIDM offers an insight to the real world while giving students all the tools needed to be successful. I have always been interested in fashion and FIDM was the right choice."

Read the entire story on FIDM's FashionClub.com Blog.



Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student is a Born Entrepreneur

Hi Orange County, California native Brianna Albert is a junior at Mater Dei High School who started her own jewelry business at age 11 from her grandparents' driveway on Catalina Island.

"My drive for this industry has been with me from an early age and FIDM will give me the opportunities I need to begin my career in fashion."

Read the entire interview on FIDM's FashionClub.com Daily.

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