High School Junior



Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Coming to FIDM OC From Australia



Name: Leia Holford

Age: 18

Hometown: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, Summer 2016

Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope

How did your advisor help with the process? To be completely honest, I was so nervous when I first visited FIDM because I wanted to make a really good impression. Susan made the entire process, easy and fun. She was very informative on FIDM, its degrees, the expectations, and study requirements, along with determining what degree was right for me. Susan showed me the facility and worked closely with me on the admission process. She has been an incredible help and support for me. 

Tell us a bit about yourself. I have always had an interest in fashion, as it is a huge part of today’s culture. It is expressed through everyday life and what inspires fashion-conscious people. I love to read about fashion, and watch runway shows and red carpet events. I also love visiting the shops with friends and checking out all the latest trends. I also love playing different sports and snow skiing. My other interests include volunteering, as I love giving a helping hand to others. I have also been involved in "creative crew," which is a support team for a musical theatre production, including set design and fabrication.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment so far would have to be getting accepted into FIDM. This was a dream of mine and to be accepted when I haven’t graduated from high school is amazing for me.

What made FIDM right for you? From the day I started researching colleges, I knew that FIDM was the one. I just thought it was incredible with what it had to offer especially being very specific to my chosen major. I found that FIDM also has a vast variety of resources that will assist in the learning process. Another element is the job opportunities and internships available. While the education side is pivotal, having experience in the workforce itself is important. I had various options of where I could go to college and I decided to choose the USA, as I believe this is the best fit for a degree in this industry. I have visited Southern California multiple times and have a great attraction to the area.

Describe your entrance project. For my entrance project, I had to come up with five different outfits, for five different occasions. Coming from Australia, I wanted to highlight the lifestyles as I am inspired by Australia’s sparkling beaches, mountains, and untouched vastness, which are a considerable distance from the rest of the world to maintain its unique identity. The store’s clothing items are very versatile as you can be sitting on a beach and within an hour you can be in a trendy restaurant in the city. I wanted my store to capture this spirit with clothing that people can buy that is easy to wear and able to transform into something more casual or upmarket. I included bright colours with whimsical detail, while not disregarding streamlined essential standout shades.

What are your career goals? A future career goal would have to be to own my own clothing store, or work as a buyer or stylist.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn the ins and outs of fashion first hand. I have no doubt that FIDM will teach me the essentials and give me experience in the fashion industry, providing me with numerous opportunities and resources in such a dynamic and evolving industry.



Just Accepted High School Junior Already Owns an Online Fashion Boutique



Name: Kaitlyn Shelton

Age: 17

Hometown: Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati Area

FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, July 2016

Admissions Advisor: Laura Gorham

How did your advisor help with the process? Laura was a tremendous help through absolutely everything. She was very easy to talk to and communicate with, and made me feel 110% comfortable throughout the whole process. If it wasn’t for her, I would have been a complete mess.

Tell us a bit about yourself. For as long as I can remember, fashion has been one of my biggest passions and obsessions which has led to me owning my own online boutique, Awaited Apparel. I also really enjoy going to concerts as much as possible, hanging out with friends, and seeing new places.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My two proudest accomplishments would by far be getting accepted into my dream school as a junior in high school, and owning my own online boutique at only 17 years old. Neither of these were close to being easy, especially because I decided to make them both happen at the same time. I spent months making my entrance project as perfect as I could, which resulted in hours and hours of nonstop work. During this time, I became obsessed with the idea of starting my own store, and I had to make it happen. After months of research and dedication, I finally launched my own online boutique in May of this year.

What made FIDM right for you? When I attended the 3 Days of Fashion program at FIDM, I absolutely fell completely in love with every aspect of it. Not only is the environment awesome, but the passion and drive of every single person there was incredible and only motivated and inspired me to push myself to do more in this industry. Also, simply just the education you receive at FIDM is amazing. You really can’t ask for more.

Describe your entrance project. For my entrance project I had to put together five different outfits for five different occasions (each piece in the outfit being a different designer/brand) and explain why I chose it, where it would be worn, and what I believe the price should be for each piece. With all that being said, I wanted mine to stand out and be unique. Therefore, every piece and outfit I chose was all from my own closet. Instead of cutting pictures out of a magazine and gluing them on a piece of paper, I had pictures of me in each outfit, which made the project a little more personal.

What are your career goals? I would honestly love to be anywhere from a buyer, stylist, or just own my own successful shop.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? To learn the industry inside and out. I believe FIDM will teach me all there is to know about the industry and will provide me with incredible opportunities that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else.



Just Accepted Beauty Student's Proudest Accomplishment is Getting Into FIDM as a High School Junior



Name: Kenesha Walker

Age: 17

Hometown: Ossining, NY

FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles Campus, Fall 2016

Admissions Advisor: Roxy DeGuzman

How did your advisor help with the process? Honestly, I couldn’t be any more grateful towards Roxy, than I already am. She truly helped me out. Whether it was just answering my series of questions (because trust me, I had a lot of questions), or just being a motivator; Roxy was there, and she made this whole application process a pleasant experience.

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m really into Asian culture, specifically Korean culture. Whether it’s their food, fashion, and unsurprisingly, their makeup, I just love it all. Maybe my love for their beauty products comes from the fact that everything is packaged so cutely.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I’ve got to say my proudest accomplishment so far is getting into FIDM as junior. I’ve put so much effort into this whole application process and to know I’ve got accepted into my top school is amazing. Now I can go into my senior year of high school, knowing I was accepted into FIDM--that’s a huge relief and I think thats something to be proud of.

What made FIDM right for you? In my eyes there is no other school I want to attend besides FIDM. In fact, FIDM is the only college that carries the specific major I have an interest in. So that reason alone is one of top reasons as to why FIDM is right for me.

Describe your entrance project. For my entrance project I created an eyeshadow palette called Midnight Hollows for Urban Decay. The eyeshadow palette, although it's for everybody, was specifically marketed towards African American women. I wanted not only a versatile eyeshadow palette, but no matter how dark the pigmentation of your skin tone, the bold and vivid shadows would appear, no primer or base needed.

What are your career goals? I want to be employed at a top beauty brand, my preference being Urban Decay or Benefit. I want to be involved in the entire process, from the beginning to creating the idea, and carrying out the whole process of product development.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I want to learn how to create a product that is aesthetically pleasing and attention-getting. Packaging appeals to everyone, and that’s what I want to do--I want to learn from FIDM how to be able to put my perspective onto things and have it capture someone’s attention and draw them to buy it.



Just Accepted Beauty Student Dreams of Launching Her Own Skincare Line



Name: Adrienne Murphy

Age: 18

Hometown: Choteau, MT

FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2015

Admissions Advisor: Alissa Dixon

How did your advisor help with the process? The admissions process was seamless because of all of Alissa’s help. She would always get back to me and she was super easy to talk to about questions I had. She made me feel right at home the first time I visited the FIDM campus.

Tell us a bit about yourself. I come from a very small town so there isn’t much to do. During high school I was very involved in clubs like FCCLA, which taught me leadership skills which will be very helpful in my desired career. I was also a cheerleader all throughout high school and we cheered for every sport throughout the year. We practiced daily, cheered for games, decorated the school, and planned and cheered at pep assemblies. Even with this busy schedule I managed to stay focused on academics. Any free time I had during high school I spent traveling and hanging out with my friends and my family.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Getting into FIDM as a junior and my academic achievements. I worked really hard on my entrance project to get into FIDM and I had to balance my busy schedule at school while focusing on my entrance project. I graduated from high school with honors and also made the Academic Hall of Fame. During my senior year I was selected as Student Achiever and featured in the local newspaper for the month of March.

What made FIDM right for you? The fact that I will be getting a hands-on education from instructors who actually work in the industry was a huge factor in choosing FIDM. I have always been interested in skincare, but more specifically, product development, and FIDM is one of the only schools that offers this degree. I actually first learned about FIDM from Lindsey Hughes on her YouTube channel and I knew I would be a great fit for me.

Describe your entrance project. I designed a concealer that will cover acne and also heal the blemish while you have the concealer on. Although I enjoyed the business side of the entrance project, the best part was getting to be creative and develop a completely new product.

What are your career goals? My dream is to work for Benefit. They have such amazing branding and I think I could bring something positive to their skincare line. I would love the opportunity to travel and test out ingredients for new products. Having my very own skincare line is my dream and I believe I have the creativity and determination to make that happen. All in all I want to be happy and with an education from FIDM I know I will have an amazing future.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn what makes beauty companies successful. I hope to get a very hands-on education from instructors who know the industry. I would love to continue my education after I get my Associates degree and get a Bachelor of Science degree from FIDM so I can have a well-rounded education which will give me my best chance at being successful in Beauty Industry Product Development.



Just Accepted High School Junior Dreams of Owning a Clothing Line



Name: Abby Henkel

Age: 16

Hometown: Topsfield, Massachusetts

FIDM MajorApparel Industry Management

FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, July 2016

Admissions Advisor: Roxy DeGuzman

How did your advisor help with the process? Roxy was amazing; she was super friendly and willing to answer all of my questions. She helped me pick my major by sending me videos of a few different majors I was debating between at the time, and explained the differences between them. Also, she helped me by keeping me stay on track with the admissions process.

Tell us a bit about yourself. I have always loved fashion and art since I was little. I love to explore and learn about new places and cultures. Cheering has also been a big part of my life. I have been cheering since I was 8 or 9, and I have loved every second of it. I've gotten to see many places around the United States and compete in front of thousands of people.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment so far is winning a cheer competition called The Summit in Orlando, Florida. I'm very proud to say I am a two-time Summit Champion. Also, getting into FIDM as a junior is a big accomplishment for me because as we all know junior year is the toughest year of high school and trying to balance everything while doing the application was a lot of work.

What made FIDM right for you? When I came out to California for the weekend for the open house, my dad and I rented a car to drive around California so I could see what the vibe was like out there. We drove around on the Pacific Coast Highway into Malibu and stopped at Zuma Beach. Then we went to Beverly Hills and walked around Rodeo Drive. I was so in awe of what was out here that it finally felt like I was home.

When it came time to tour FIDM I was so impressed on what they had to offer. It was everything I imagined it to be and more, the faculty were super nice and informative, and when I saw students' work in the gallery, I then realized this could be me. It was the vibe in California and what FIDM has to offer that made me realize this is the place for me.

Describe your entrance project. When I was thinking of what to do for my entrance project, I wanted to do something that would set me apart from everyone else. I decided to do a larger size women's runway collection consisting of 5 cohesive outfits. I wanted my client to feel fierce, and not let her body control what she wears.

What are your career goals? My career goals is to someday create my own clothing line and own my own business.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn how to manage a business while learning to take my designs to the next level.



Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student is a High School Junior Who Speaks Hebrew and Chinese



Name: Dani Gross

Age: 16

Hometown: Beverly Hills, CA

FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Fall 2016, Los Angeles

Admissions Advisor: Kathi Gilbert

How did your advisor help with the process? Kathi was amazing. We met last summer and she encouraged me to apply as a junior. She was incredibly positive about my background and the opportunities that FIDM could provide to me. We completed the admissions process over my spring break. I’m set for an amazing senior year with my college plans in place. 

Tell us a bit about yourself. I have played soccer since elementary school and have served as the captain of our school team in addition to playing AYSO. One of my most exciting moments was to play on the Los Angeles team in the Maccabi Games, which are the Jewish Olympics. I take an active role in our school's FIDM Fashion Club and will serve as the President of the Club for the year ahead. With all the major stores close by, we are looking forward to a wonderful year in the Club and an amazing fashion show on our campus.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I am one of approximately 100,000 girls adopted from China and a very small percentage of girls that attend Jewish Day School. I speak English, Hebrew, and Chinese. I am proud of my unique heritage and am involved in projects and charities that work to strengthen Israel.

What made FIDM right for you? I was searching for a program that would provide me strong marketing and merchandising skills. FIDM offered me that unique mix of business creativity tied to fashion and retail.

Describe your entrance project. I utilized my home town and created a fictitious, but fabulous store in Beverly Hills called Daniland, which was a boutique and candy store. I also took great outfits and set them on the backdrop of Los Angeles including the beach and Rodeo Drive.

What are your career goals? My family owns a small retail chain of pharmacies and office building gift shops in Beverly Hills, Century City, and Irvine. I have worked at Mickey Fine and hope to take the knowledge I gain to help drive the growth and expansion of our family business. In addition, I continually work to import products from Israel and have made it a priority to build business ties between the US, Israel, and China.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I am excited to learn the fundamentals of business, merchandising, and marketing. I also love fashion. Who knows, Mickey Fine could even expand into the fashion business with new stores.



Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Accepted to FIDM as a High School Junior



Name: Casey Sampson

Age: 17

Hometown: Peterborough, NH

FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, July 2016

Admissions Advisor: Roxy DeGuzman

How did your advisor help with the process? I have known Roxy since the summer of 2013, which is when I first visited FIDM. We briefly met that summer and continued to stay in touch over the next year, emailing back and forth. I came to visit a second time in the summer of 2014 and Roxy and I talked a lot about the things I am interested in, what I am hoping to learn, and what I enjoy in life. When focusing on the major I would want to study at FIDM, Roxy helped me realize that the Merchandise Marketing major was the best fit for my personal interests and preferences. She encouraged me, motivated me, and was always there to answer any questions I had.

Tell us a bit about yourself. My interest in fashion and art started when I was very young. I’ve always loved expressing myself through the clothing, accessories, and jewelry I wear. I also like to express myself through music and different types of art.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I have always been a driven person and have always worked hard to achieve my goals. Maintaining straight A’s throughout high school while juggling sports, friends, work, and family is one of my proudest accomplishments. My early acceptance to FIDM is another. I still can’t believe I am officially accepted.

What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is the right school for me because of its location, atmosphere, and the majors offered. I love Los Angeles, and when I first visited the FIDM campus the vibe and atmosphere made me feel it would be a great fit for me. I loved just walking down the hallways of the school and seeing different windows displays and projects students had made. Seeing the creativity inspired me and made me want to become a part of the school.

Describe your entrance project. I completed my entrance project over the course of a few months. I decided to use photography to show my five outfits for my store because it allowed me to style each look. I was also able to choose different, visually appealing, and interesting locations for each photo shoot to really show off the clothing. I then took the photographs and uploaded them into a program on my computer that allowed me to create a magazine-like booklet, which I then had printed.

What are your career goals? Studying Merchandise Marketing at FIDM will allow me to explore a number of different career paths that I am interested in. I think I might like to become a buyer because I always want to be on trend and pay attention to new and up-and-coming trends. I may also be interested in becoming an entrepreneur and owning, as well as managing, my own store. My hope is that studying Merchandise Marketing at FIDM will help me decide which of these paths will be the best fit for me.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I hope to gain knowledge about the how the fashion industry works, as well as skills in both merchandising and marketing. I also expect to gain the business and management skills I need in order to be successful and do well in whatever job or career I pursue.



Just Accepted Vis Comm Student Will Head to FIDM SF in Fall 2016 to Pursue Her Dreams



Name: Bella DeGuzman

Age: 17

Hometown: Orange County, California

FIDM Major: Visual Communications

FIDM Campus and Start Date: San Francisco, Fall 2016

Admissions Advisor: The lovely and fabulous Susan Pope

How did your advisor help with the process? Susan was absolutely incredible. She made me feel at home at the Orange County campus, and was quick to treat me like family or an old friend. I love visiting her; she is friendly and talkative, just like me. I admire her raw honesty, and her animated presence. Susan helped push me in the right direction with my entrance project, but left a lot of room for me to be creative.

This helpful nudge was something I appreciated. Susan’s vibrant support both eased my nerves and made me feel proud of myself. I always left the campus with a smile on my face.

Tell us a bit about yourself. I love to make messes. I’m an artist, so I love spilling my guts all over a canvas (preferably in acrylic). I love crafts and DIYs, especially the ones that include pretty writing, pressed flowers, bright pinks, washi tape, and lots of glitter. I’m into tearing magazines to shreds, and making my walls real-life Pinterest boards (I’m also addicted to Pinterest).

I love flipping the kitchen upside down and dancing to my thousands of playlists while I bake. I could shop all day, every day, because one of my favorite feelings is falling into bed after a successful shopping day. I feel most at home in the ocean, the 6pm Rock Harbor service, and serving others. I could talk for hours and I can love infinitely. I love to love other people.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Definitely getting into one of my dream schools as a junior. I’m always late to the party, but this time I think I’m a little early. Knowing that I’ve worked hard to get something that I’ve desired for a couple years now makes my heart jump a little inside. I also landed a job last summer, and I’m pretty proud of that as well.

What made FIDM right for you? I love being busy, and I’m very comfortable multi-tasking. FIDM has a very fast-paced, crazy-busy schedule, and I welcome that with open arms. I get bored if my life isn’t jam-packed. I also love that FIDM throw its students right into the industry, during their time in school as well as right after graduation. I’m a very impatient person, and I know what I want to do – I love that FIDM is ready to get me started. I also adore the tight-knit community, as well as the lovely faculty and staff.

Describe your entrance project. For my Exterior Display Project, I painted a big window, with colorful lanterns hanging in watercolors. I drew up a quirky dress and a pair of polka dot pants and had them also suspending in the air. Everything in the window display was “hanging,” because that is how the clothes are meant to be seen, hence tall, skinny models. I taped a plastic bag over the work, and painted a design that said “Hello Spring!” in bright colors in acrylic.

For my Interior Display Project, I painted a store that was similar to my room, with a DIY clothes rack, leaning mirror, and monthly mood board. For my Circles, Squares, and Triangles project, I layered a horror vacui (Latin for “fear of space”) in black Sharpie over a light pink ombre watercolor background, and glued that paper on top of a paper that had a yellow triangle pattern peeking out.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn everything that I need to know. I think I will learn all of the key tools that the Fashion and Entertainment industries require. I expect to learn how to thrive, and not just survive.



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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