Name: Abby Henkel
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 friendly and willing to answer all of my questions. She helped me pick my major by sending me videos of a few different majors I was debating between at the time, and explained the differences between them. Also, she helped me by keeping me stay on track with the admissions process.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I have always loved fashion and art since I was little. I love to explore and learn about new places and cultures. Cheering has also been a big part of my life. I have been cheering since I was 8 or 9, and I have loved every second of it. I've gotten to see many places around the United States and compete in front of thousands of people.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment so far is winning a cheer competition called The Summit in Orlando, Florida. I'm very proud to say I am a two-time Summit Champion. Also, getting into FIDM as a junior is a big accomplishment for me because as we all know junior year is the toughest year of high school and trying to balance everything while doing the application was a lot of work.
What made FIDM right for you? When I came out to California for the weekend for the open house, my dad and I rented a car to drive around California so I could see what the vibe was like out there. We drove around on the Pacific Coast Highway into Malibu and stopped at Zuma Beach. Then we went to Beverly Hills and walked around Rodeo Drive. I was so in awe of what was out here that it finally felt like I was home.
When it came time to tour FIDM I was so impressed on what they had to offer. It was everything I imagined it to be and more, the faculty were super nice and informative, and when I saw students' work in the gallery, I then realized this could be me. It was the vibe in California and what FIDM has to offer that made me realize this is the place for me.
Describe your entrance project. When I was thinking of what to do for my entrance project, I wanted to do something that would set me apart from everyone else. I decided to do a larger size women's runway collection consisting of 5 cohesive outfits. I wanted my client to feel fierce, and not let her body control what she wears.
What are your career goals? My career goals is to someday create my own clothing line and own my own business.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn how to manage a business while learning to take my designs to the next level.
Categories: Just Accepted, Apparel Industry Management, Admissions, Students, Interview, High School Junior
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