College Tip for Fashion Majors
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,