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.

  • Apr
    18
    2016

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Left Behind Lucrative Engineering Career to Follow Her FIDM Dreams

    Name: Richa Bhatiani

    Age: 31

    Hometown: New Delhi, India

    Previous College: B.E. in Engineering Management and M.S. in Project Management

    FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing, Professional Designation 

    FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, April 2016

    Admissions Advisor: Mike Mirabella

    How did your advisor help with the process? Mike has been a great mentor and advisor for me. He has been very supportive and helpful all along my admission process. He worked with me on every step of the process and encouraged, as well as guided me, as to how FIDM will be instrumental in getting me into my dream career.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. In addition to my passion for the field of fashion, my other hobbies include reading, classical and contemporary dancing, cooking, styling, and traveling. I have traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and America, since childhood. I love learning about different cultures and customs and also like to learn what different cultures have to offer in the world of fashion. Fashion is what I really enjoy and have immense passion for. Styling and exploring new fashion trends come natural to me and I aspire to follow my dream and continue to grow in fashion domain.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Being able to follow my dream and making the decision to change my career from engineering management to fashion. This was not an easy decision for me since it required me to start from the bottom and leave my lucrative career. However, my passion and drive for the field of fashion allowed me to make this transition and be very successful so far in this field.

    What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is one of the most prestigious institutions in the fashion field and it helps provide individuals a platform to acquire new skill sets, get hands-on training, and challenge creativity. FIDM follows the industry trends and standards very closely and allows its students to learn about the most recent technologies and developments in fashion industry. I am positive that FIDM is right for me since it will provide me the platform to accomplish my career goal in fashion industry and will help me get to new heights.

    Describe your entrance project. My entrance project is about my dream to start my own label someday. It is about a specialty store inspired by the Parisian-style boutiques, which would sell a variety of women’s apparels and accessories sourced from various premium fashion brands from around the world. The project shows that this store would cater to the woman of today who is smart, confident, outgoing, and who juggles between various lifestyles like that of a career woman or a fitness enthusiast or one who loves to travel.

    What are your career goals? Upon my graduation from FIDM, I want to work as a buyer for a high-end or a luxury brand and eventually, after getting sufficient experience, I want to be an entrepreneur and start my own label. I believe that FIDM will be instrumental in shaping my career and will help me realize my dream.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I believe that the Merchandise Marketing Program at FIDM will help open new doors for me to make a successful career in the fashion domain. It will help provide me a wide range of opportunities within the industry including merchandise marketing, retail buying as well as other leadership and management roles. This major will help me acquire and improve skills including communication, research, creative and analytical thinking, which are key to becoming a successful professional, and an entrepreneur in this industry.

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  • Apr
    04
    2016

    Just Accepted SF Merchandise Product Development Student Wants to Launch Her Own Streetwear Brand

    Name: Emily Jackson Age: 17  Hometown: San Ramon, CA  FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: San Francisco, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Laurel Gardner How did your advisor help with the process? Laurel was act … Read More

  • Mar
    30
    2016

    Just Accepted 17-Year-Old Interior Design Student is Already Interning at a Firm

    Name: Madesyn Murray Age: 17 Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA Previous Work: I worked as an intern for LMID Inc., an interior design firm based in Los Angeles. FIDM Major: Interior Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, October 2016 Admis … Read More

  • Mar
    29
    2016

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Is Miss Massachusetts Teen USA

    Name: Alexis Frasca Age: 17 Hometown: Franklin, Massachusetts FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, October 2016 Admissions Advisor: Seung Kim How did your advisor help with the process? It was such a pleasure to wo … Read More

  • Mar
    16
    2016

    Recently Accepted Visual Communications Student Dreamed of Attending FIDM Since Watching 'Project Runway'

    Name: Maeve Foster Age: 20 Hometown: Tustin, CA Previous College/Work: Biochemistry major at UCSD for a year; Vocal Music Major at University of the Pacific for a semester; Certified preschool teacher with 12 units of Early Childhood Development clas … Read More

  • Mar
    11
    2016

    Just Accepted Sixteen-Year-Old Fashion Design Student Has Already Shown at LA Fashion Week

    Name: Katherine Miles  Age: 16
 Hometown: Scio, Oregon FIDM Major: Fashion Design Start Date: Fall 2017  Admissions Advisor: Dee Solis How did your advisor help with the process?
I have known Dee for a little over a year now. I met her at a camp … Read More

  • Mar
    10
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student is an Alumnus of the American Musical Dramatic Academy of the Arts

    Name: Emilio Ruiz-Vega Age: 19 Hometown: San Francisco, CA Previous College: The American Musical Dramatic Academy of the Arts in New York, NY FIDM Major: Visual Communications  FIDM Campus and Start Date: San Francisco, Summer 2016 Admissions … Read More

  • Feb
    23
    2016

    US Military Veteran to Pursue Her Lifelong Love of Fashion at FIDM

    Name: Rachel Hascall Age: 30 Hometown: Lake Elsinore, California Military Experience: US Military for 5 years in Germany and Afghanistan; worked as a civilian defense contractor for the last seven-and-a-half years. FIDM Major: Visual Communications … Read More

  • Feb
    11
    2016

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Dreams of Being a Buyer and Owning Her Own Store One Day

    Name: Emily Rodriguez Age: 17 Hometown: Redlands, CA FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, July 2016 Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald How did your advisor help with the process? Shirley so great and so … Read More

  • 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 Marketin … Read More

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