Just Accepted Student Interviews

The future looks bright

In these interviews, newly accepted students share why they chose FIDM and talk about their passions, hopes, and dreams. Find out where they're from, what attracts them to design, and what they intend to study.

  • Dec
    18
    2015

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Has a Thriving Career at Old Navy

    Name: Kenneth Duane Talao

    Age: 18

    Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

    Work Experience: OLD NAVY Sales and Service Leader, Associate Trainer, Associate Coach/Lead, Loss Prevention; PACSUN Irvine Spectrum Sale Associate (2014)

    FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing

    FIDM Campus and Start Date: FIDM OC; July 2016

    Admissions Advisor: Cathy Chambers

    How did your advisor help with the process? Cathy was one of the best college advisors I've ever met. She made me feel very welcome to the FIDM family. Moreover, she was very helpful throughout the process and always there to give inspirational advice and guidance.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. Retail is my passion and I enjoy my job at OLD NAVY doing merchandising/visuals, providing excellent customer service to customers, coaching, and leading the team. One of my mentors and motivators is Emily Sim, one of the General Managers at OLD NAVY at GAP Inc. She is one of the best GMs at GAP Inc. who always challenges me to get better every time and guides me through the right way to success. My other mentors are my Department Specialists & Store Operations Manager at OLD NAVY #5536 who helped me boost my confidence and improve the skills I need in the retail industry. My hobbies and interest are collecting sneakers, shopping, traveling, hanging out with my best friends, and meeting new people.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? From being a Seasonal Sale Associate to now a Team Leader/Coach and currently Employee of the Month.

    What made FIDM right for you? I believe talent and intellect are born everywhere in this world, but the opportunity to develop them is not, and I think FIDM is the right school for me because it focuses on the real world fashion retail industry. FIDM has the key knowledge and power of what it takes to be dominant and successful in the big world of fashion retail industry.

    Describe your entrance project. My entrance project is the OLD NAVY store. I started it with the history of GAP Inc. and how it evolved to be now one of the biggest retail corporations in the world. I also included the some of the trending merchandise that customers love to buy. At OLD NAVY, we do more than just selling clothes; we give back to the community by volunteering our free time to different organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States. And what separates us from other stores is at OLD NAVY #5536 we are a family--whatever we do we do it with passion. On the same token, we also believe that knowledge is power and a positive attitude is everything. 

    What are your career goals? My goal next year is to be the next Marketing Manager at the OLD NAVY store and to stay with GAP Inc. and take the knowledge and skills I will learn from FIDM and proudly and creatively apply it with GAP Inc. stores.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect that FIDM will help me improve my creative talent, leadership skills, communication skills, professional skills, merchandising skills, and most of the retail marketing/management skills that I need to be successful in the industry. 

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  • Dec
    07
    2015

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student to Pursue Her Dreams at FIDM

    First and Last Name: Mary Erin Gadbut Age: 18 Hometown: Newport Beach, CA FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, January Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? Susan sat down w … Read More

  • Nov
    05
    2015

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Hails From Durban, South Africa

    Name: Alexia Vaden Age: 18 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 … Read More

  • Jul
    09
    2015

    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 … Read More

  • Jul
    07
    2015

    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, … Read More

  • Jul
    03
    2015

    Just Accepted Vis Comm Transfer Student Ran a Type 1 Diabetes Charity for Kids

    Name: Erin Hook Age: 19  Previous College: University of Colorado at Boulder  FIDM Major: Visual Communications Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, October 2015 Admissions Advisor: Christina Haynes How did your advisor help you with the admissions proc … Read More

  • Jun
    22
    2015

    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 pro … Read More

  • Jun
    19
    2015

    Just Accepted MPD Student Studied Fashion in Singapore Prior to Moving to the U.S.

    Name: Aijing Wu Age: 25 Hometown: Guangzhou, China Previous College: LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, October 2015 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor … Read More

  • Jun
    18
    2015

    Just Accepted High School Junior Dreams of Owning a Clothing Line

    Name: Abby Henkel Age: 16 Hometown: Topsfield, Massachusetts FIDM Major: Apparel 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 … Read More

  • Jun
    15
    2015

    Just Accepted Vis Comm Student Transfers to FIDM From Santa Monica College

    Name: Ali Barkouras Age: 18 Hometown: Orange County, CA Previous College: Santa Monica CollegeFIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: October 2015 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? Any que … Read More

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