College Tip for Fashion Majors

by - September 26, 2015


It's finally starting to cool down here in New England, which is awesome because sweaters and boots are coming back! I'm so sad that September is already winding down but it reminded me that it's still back-to-school season. In honor of that, I'm dedicating this post to my personal college experience and a tip that might help those who are unsure if they want to pursue a fashion degree.


Let's start with some background.

From a young age, I knew I loved fashion. I wanted a glamorous career. Mind you, this was 12-year old Jenn's ambitious thoughts. As I got older and I was about to graduate high school, many of my teachers asked me if it was wise to study such a specialized field like Fashion Merchandising rather than a broader field like Business. Truthfully, I was so stubborn and set in my ways that I went ahead and entered a school known for its fashion program.


The four years I spent there were great. I learned a lot about the fashion industry. I did many presentations covering fashion history, sustainability, economics, whatever. I participated in fashion shows. I learned how to draw flats and design clothes. Photoshop. Fashion photography. Everything was exciting and fun. I gained a lot of experience as a result. However, so did my friends. Those who went to bigger universities to study Business or Marketing landed amazing jobs as well. I realized by the end that it was not about what I studied but how I used that knowledge to my advantage. It was upsetting because I finally understood how limiting a specialized major can be, especially if you decide you want to do something else by the end.

So here I am now, going back to grad school to get a degree in Communications.

My lesson and tip to you isn't that all specialized majors are bad. However, as a high school student or even a college freshmen, research, research, research. Talk to someone you know who has majored in the field you're interested in. Get their opinion about how beneficial the degree actually is. Talk to some professors from various departments and listen to their personal life story...how did they get to where they are now? The more you know, the better off you are to make a good decision. Because let's face it...college isn't cheap. I wish I had done this when I was in high school but I was too busy focused on my own agenda. So if you decide you do want to pursue a fashion career and you want a fashion degree, make sure you are absolutely passionate about it.


I hope that was helpful to some of you. If not, pass the tip along to someone you know who might need the advice! Let me know what college/university tips you have down below!



Bye for now,
Jenn


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13 comments

  1. Great tips Jenn. I like what you say about doing your research. Researching gives you an educated idea of what life will be like after graduation. :]

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    1. Exactly! I feel like I didn't do enough of it :(

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  2. Great tips girl :) Hope you continue to stop by I know I will! xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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  3. I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    Your posts, style of writing and photos are amazing! You do a great job!

    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Diana! I'll definitely check it out!

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  4. Great post that I definitely will think will help those who are still struggling to make the decision to go to a general college or a specialized one. I actually had the opposite experience but for different reasons - my college was a liberal arts college that was strong in the arts, but not very strong in the particular medium I wanted to study. Sadly when I applied, I actually was mislead by a student in the student office into thinking they did have a great photography program and chose to go there for that reason. Because there was hardly a department, I really ended up learning none of the skills I would later eventually have to teach myself and am still teaching myself. I think the point is that each person needs to think about what they want to get out of their education and if they are looking more for a generalized education which will teach them how to think critically, or if they need a specific skill set a university that is more specialized could give them.

    The Chillage ceratinly does sound like a lovely place and I hope that visiting it and being able to wind down there and unload your stress has been helping you deal with all the school stress! I think a lot of places are now doing combined shopping and eating and I actually find it to be a pretty cool way to combine two activities a lot of people like to do in a social setting.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Hi Rae- Absolutely! I'm glad you shared that experience with us. It definitely comes down to figuring out what you want out of your education. The problem is that often times we don't know what we want or we change our minds. The education system should really be prepping us before college so that we know all of our options prior to choosing a school!

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  5. I’ve just found your blog. That was one lovely advise. Made me reminisce again back to my school years. Hope I would be able to see England in the future. My sister is based there...
    Xoxo!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)
    Jaimie of MERMAID IN STILETTOS
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    1. That sounds lovely! I've always wanted to visit England :) I'm also happy that you liked this post...it's a bit different from what I usually write.

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  6. Jenn, I think this is some really great advice. College is very expensive... I think the more knowledgable and informed you are the decision you can make.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving a nice comment... have a great week xox ♡

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    1. Thanks Launna! College can be overpriced and it's very painful when you're paying for something that you don't love. That's why being knowledgeable about your options is key!

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