April of 2016 I was accepted into one of the most prestige fashion schools in the country, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I’ll start by saying FIDM was not my first choice for many reasons, but definitely turned into one of the best choices I’ve made thus far. I moved to Los Angeles Fall of 2016 to begin my 1st year at FIDM and in the beginning I found it incredibly hard to adjust I immediately wanted to move back home and just consider going to a school much closer. I was not willing to give the school or city a chance at all. Moving to a brand new city where I didn’t know anyone and still to this day I have one great friend (you know who you are!) I’d also like to add I didn’t know how to navigate around I felt was the biggest obstacle ever. I wanted to move back because I didn’t know anyone! which sounds pretty ridiculous now. It took me a while to even come to the realization that, that wasn’t even why I moved to Los Angeles; I moved to continue my education. I’ll speak a little on attending FIDM now! I’m glad no one lied and said college would be easy, but after my first year I can definitely see why people say “you can’t spell college without back to back L’s.” This year had multiple ups & downs and with taking some classes that required 10-15 hours of work for just that ONE class you realize real quick procrastination is not your friend. Nonetheless, I truly did enjoy ever moment of it. I remember when I first toured the school after being accepted and seeing some creations from other students and thinking to myself I made a mistake I’m not that creative or I don’t have ideas that would stand out more than some of these. So negative, right? 8 months later and I’ve learned to sketch and render on the computer store and home elevation and birds-eye view plans, constructed a purse, learned the ins and outs for Public Relations, and much more. To end this I’ll start by saying how proud I am of myself, this is only the beginning and I still have 3 more years to go!
– Makiya Emani