Name: Alexia Vaden
Hometown: Durban, South Africa
Current School/Work: I'm a senior at Corona del Mar High School. I've been working at Hobie Surf Shop in Corona del Mar for two years.
FIDM Major: Visual Communications
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles Campus on October 5th 2016
Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope
How did your advisor help with the process? When I first met with Susan, I could tell she was going to lead me through the process easily and smoothly. Susan thoroughly explained everything and she showed me examples of projects and step-by-step on how to fill out the papers and complete the things I needed to do.
Tell us a bit about yourself. A lot of my interests are creative. I love to draw and paint on my free time. I guess a hobby of mine can be shopping. I always love seeing new trends and updating my closet with the latest styles.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Examples of my biggest accomplishments really come through school and the amount of work I put into projects and presentations. A main accomplishment I am proud of myself for is that moving from South Africa to Newport Beach, California was a rough journey especially for having most of my family stay behind in South Africa. I am proud of myself for not going down the wrong paths to deal with the situation. If anything it made me appreciate everything I am given even more and view life from a valuable perspective.
What made FIDM right for you? I know FIDM is right for me because it brings out the creative side of education. I looked into my major when I knew I was starting to get a lot more interested in attending FIDM. After receiving information from the website and especially from Susan, it really helped reassure my decision on wanting to attend FIDM.
Describe your entrance project. My project was a three-part one that consisted of a Circle Square Triangle Design, an Exterior window display, and an Interior Design for my own store. I thought the exterior and interior designs for my store were pretty easy and fun. The Circle Square Triangle part was one I struggled on because I was so stumped on an idea. I ended up creating my own fashion line of clothes inspired by those shapes and created three designs for each shape. I presented my project and I was told my idea was never done before. It was exciting knowing I had completed something that I struggled on and it ended up being a success.
What are your career goals? Career goals of mine are definitely wanting to get a job in my major. I want my career to consist of traveling because I love to travel. I want to see different fashion aspects from all over the world. Nothing excites me more than that. I hope to be successful in something I love to do.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to progress in my artistic and creative abilities in the world of fashion and design. I'm excited to see what's ahead of me in the future while I attend at FIDM--and what opportunities I'll get even after I graduate.
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