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.

  • Nov
    17
    2016

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Dreams of Being a Designer Who Gives Back

    Name: Jillian Maksudi

    Age: 17

    Hometown: Corona, California

    FIDM MajorFashion Design

    FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County; July, 2017

    Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope

    How did your advisor help with the process? My advisor was amazing. I'm always nervous meeting new people, but with her, I felt more relaxed and calm. She encouraged me to do my best and gave me advice on how to deal with some difficult things I was going through. She told me what to improve on and helped me improve my confidence.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. I love to volunteer as a Hospice Volunteer. The patients at the facility teach me how to sew, knit, and crochet, giving me new inspirations. I also love to read books, manga, webcomics, manhwa, webtoons, and watch anime. The art is always amazing and inspires me to create an outfit shown on the cover or within the story.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? I attended Santiago High School during 9th grade and every year they put on a fashion show. I was the only freshman in the fashion class so I worked really hard to catch up with my seniors. After months of hard work, I was able to finally finish my garment and the audience seemed to really like it. Another accomplishment is when I became vice-president of the Hospice Club at Centennial High School. I had the most volunteer hours than the rest of the volunteers so the head of volunteer services chose me to take that role. 

    What made FIDM right for you? FIDM has a warm, welcoming aura. We had a field trip to FIDM with my fashion class and once I stepped onto the campus, I felt like I was at home. I had a hard time fitting in during 9th grade and seeing all kinds of different people and personalities made me feel like I belonged at FIDM.

    Describe your entrance project. My designs reflected my sense of style. They were simple and classy, with a little twist. I tried to make each design different from one another because many things inspire me. My favorite designs were two dresses that I created specifically for two of my closest friends. Their dresses reflected their personalities.

    What are your career goals? I want to become one of the top fashion designers, like Christian Dior or Coco Chanel. Hopefully, I will achieve this dream and give back to the community. I want to donate most of my fortune and create dresses for those who can't afford one.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn how to succeed in the fashion industry. I know it's going to be a long and hard road, but with the knowledge I will acquire, I can finally achieve my dreams.

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  • Oct
    24
    2016

    Just Accepted Merchandise Product Development Student Already Runs His Own Streetwear Brand and Store

    Name: George Vilchis Age: 19 Hometown:​ Rancho Santa Margarita​, CA FIDM Major:​ Merchandise Product Development ​ FIDM Campus and Start Date:​ Orange County, 2016 ​ Admissions Advisor:​ Susan Pope ​ How did your advisor help with the process? ​My advi … Read More

  • Oct
    12
    2016

    Just Accepted Graphic Design Student Wants to Start Her Own Design Business

    Name: Brigitte Sevigney Age: 23 Hometown: Hoosick Falls, NY Previous College: I began my Graphic Design journey at SUNY Cobleskill where I had the great value to gain a lot of experience in my field on top of receiving an associates degree. I was an IT pe … Read More

  • Sep
    30
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Dreams of Being a Stylist in the Music Industry

    Name: Mackenzie Rivara Age: 20 Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Michael Mirabella How did your advisor help with the process? He inspired me to pic … Read More

  • Sep
    29
    2016

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Was Named Youngest Fashion Designer at Age 10

    Name: Cecilia Cassini Age: 17  Hometown: LA and moved to Newport Beach, California when i was 14. Previous Work: I've worked in retail since I was 14. FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, October 2017 Admissions Advisor: Joanne Le … Read More

  • Sep
    21
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Has a BA in Art History From UC Irvine

    Name: Jackie Alejandro Age: 22 Hometown: Redlands, CA Previous College: University of California, Irvine  FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Margaret Berger and Cathy Chambers How d … Read More

  • Sep
    19
    2016

    Just Accepted Social Media Student is Ready to Achieve Her Goals at FIDM

    Name: Salona Wallace Age:22 Hometown: San Clemente, CA Previous College: Saddleback College FIDM Major: Social Media FIDM Campus: OC & LA campuses Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald How did your advisor help with the process? I had a very attentive … Read More

  • Sep
    07
    2016

    Just Accepted Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Student Transfers From Fullerton College to Pursue Her Dreams

    Name: Paulina Gonzalez Age: 23 Hometown: Anaheim, CA Previous College: Fullerton College FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing FIDM Campus and Start Date: OC Campus, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisors: Cathy Chambers and Margaret Berger How … Read More

  • Aug
    22
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student is Following Her Dreams to FIDM

    Name: Carly Quick Age: 20 Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ Previous College: I previously attended the University of Arizona for two years. I also had an internship this past summer in Los Angeles with an advertising/marketing agency called Media Storm. I worked … Read More

  • Aug
    15
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Transfers From University of Arizona

    Name: Morgan Brown   Age: 20   Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas   Previous College: I attended the University of Arizona from 2014 to 2016   FIDM Major: Visual Communications   Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald   How did your advisor help with your process … Read More

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