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.

  • Jun

    Just Accepted Merchandise & Marketing Student is a Fashion, Beauty & Music YouTuber

    Name: Jizelle Gutierrez

    Age: 16

    Hometown: Anaheim, CA

    FIDM Major: Merchandise & Marketing

    FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County Campus, Fall of 2017

    Admissions Advisor: Erica and Margaret

    How did your advisor help with the process? Margaret was so kind and really helped me determine what major was best for me. She also gave me so much information regarding my classes, scholarships, and the costs. Erica answered a lot of my questions and prepared me for my final interview. They were both so sweet and made the process very easy.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. I make YouTube videos on my channel, JizelleMeetsWorld. I upload videos about fashion, makeup, and travel vlogs every week. I also sing and play guitar and the ukulele. I'm also very involved in my church.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My most popular video on my channel is my Get The Look: Maia Mitchell video and it has reached over 8,000 views. Maia Mitchell is my favorite actress of all time and she actually watched the video and she now follows me on Twitter. Another one of my proudest accomplishments is getting accepted into FIDM as a junior in high school. It was one of the best days of my life.

    What made FIDM right for you? FIDM has been my dream school ever since I was a freshman. I love the creative environment and how the classes work. I love how there's an OC and LA campus so I'm not too far away from my family and friends.

    Describe your entrance project. For Merchandise & Marketing, I had to create a store and display 5 outfits for 5 different occasions. I named my brand, Moki, which is my family nickname. I picked outfits for Sunday Brunch, Coachella, Girls Night Out, Back to School, and The Boss. I determined the prices from what I would see at Zara, Topshop, or Forever 21.

    What are your career goals? One day, I want to be a successful business woman. It has been my dream ever since I was little to have my own clothing brand. Now, I want to have a makeup brand and plus-size brand as well. My overall goal is to empower women and spread the message of confidence through my brands. It's also important to me to create companies that are eco-friendly and help the environment as much as possible. It's also a goal of mine to reach at least 100,000 subscribers on YouTube. 

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn how to start a fashion and beauty company and how to run them. I am more than positive that what I learn at FIDM will help me accomplish my dreams.


    Categories: Just Accepted, FIDM, Admissions, Merch Marketing, Interview, High School Junior

  • Jun

    Just Accepted Apparel Industry Management Student is President of Her School's Fashion Club

    Name: Alexis Christian Age: 17 Hometown: Menifee, CA FIDM Major: Apparel Industry Management FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2017 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? Susan was a great advisor who hel … Read More

  • May

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Comes From a Famous Design Family

    Name: Natasha Fisker Age: 21 Hometown: Newport Beach, CA Previous College/Work: One year at San Francisco State University. Interned at PR Dept in Beverly Hills for fashion names such as Penguin and PopSugar and JMPR, PR agency for automotive companies su … Read More

  • May

    Just Accepted Social Media Student Is Former Pro Basketball Player

    Name: David Cline Age: 27 Hometown: Rogers, AR Previous Work: Pro Basketball Player in Germany  FIDM Major: Social Media FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, Fall 2016  Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? Susan … Read More

  • Apr

    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 Admis … Read More

  • Apr

    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 actively in … Read More

  • Mar

    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 Admissions A … Read More

  • Mar

    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 work with … Read More

  • Mar

    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 classes. … Read More

  • Mar

    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 campus visi … Read More