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

February 11, 2016

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 helpful. She helped me get a understanding of what FIDM offered, she answered all my questions, and always supported me through the whole application process.

Tell us a bit about yourself. I love being around my family and friends and I'm also a big dog lover. Every since I was little, my aunt and uncles have always inspired me to go into merchandise and marking and can't wait to start a career of my own.

What are your proudest accomplishments so far? One of my proudest accomplishment so far is being able to get accepted to a college and specifically FIDM. I'm so honored.

What made FIDM right for you? I have always looked into FIDM and heard many people talk about how great FIDM was, so I decided to look into it a bit more and soon after I got to meet with Shirley and she explained everything FIDM had to offer and convinced me it was the right school for me.

Describe your entrance project. I had to pretend that I was a owner/buyer of a clothing store and create five types of outfits. I was so excited because I've always dreamed of having my own clothing store, so I decided to make a look book; I gathered up five of my closest friends and dressed them up with clothes that I would want in my store, and went out to State Street in Redlands and took pictures of them from head to toe. My five different outfits were casual wear,  evening wear, career wear, "California" outerwear, and active wear.

What are your career goals? My career goals are being able to be successful in life and to be a buyer for a successful store and maybe one day, own my very own store.

What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn the things I need to know to be a successful and make smart choices in my career. I'm excited to be able to learn about fashion and the newest trends, and most importantly, ready to start a new chapter in my life.

Categories: Just Accepted, Merchandising & Marketing