I am currently typing this blog post in the comfort of my bed, in sweats and a t-shirt, without the worry of when my next project is due or stressing about studying for an exam. And I must say, it feels AMAZING! That's right folks, I just completed my first semester of college. Well it technically ended about two weeks ago but the feeling is still very fresh! Walking into my first class at the Fashion Institute of Technology (which was Excel for Business, aka Death) I didn't know what to expect. The one clear thought that was in my head was, "Emilie, we are not in Pickerington anymore".
I always new that I loved fashion and had hopes of one day sitting front row at the Chanel Fall 20something runway show with Anna Wintour on one side and Linda Fargo on the other discussing what the trends for next season would be, but I never thought it could actually be a reality! But fortunately it is. At FIT I am studying Fashion Merchandising and I have grown to love this school so much. The art, the people, the street style, the intense projects (like creating an entire marketing plan for colored ketchup!) everywhere you turn there's inspiration. My classes are so relevant to what's going on in the industry now, I actually enjoy going to class. And what makes it even better is the location. Being able to actually live full time in New York City has allowed me to view this magical place in a completely new light. From the architecture, to the window displays, to the amazing food, there's a reason why people tolerate the crowded subways and overpriced cubby holes realtors claim are apartments.
Along with getting my education, I have gotten amazing work opportunities too. Volunteering at New York Fashion Week felt a lot more like play than work. I mean how can you complain when your job is to help dress gorgeous, french male models. That's right you can't! I also booked my first retail job at TopShop/Topman 5th avenue. Working at TopShop is a blessing and a curse because after I spend a long shift working the sales floor, I quickly grab my wallet and spend my entire paycheck on great clothing. Ooops.
But even though I loved every minute of this semester, going to school full time, while working a job, trying to network, commuting from Brooklyn to Manhattan everyday, and finding time to sleep and pee was very exhausting and I am more than happy to have a break. But this is the city that never sleeps so I know this break will be short lived *sigh*. Now that I've gotten through the first semester, I cannot wait to share my developing New York Style with my fellow Poor Girls.
Until next time,