Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Premeditated Interlude.

If you follow me on twitter, instagram, are friends with me on facebook, grew up with me, have my phone number, or what have you.. you may have heard that I'm starting school in September.

Yesterday I took a trip up to Sacramento to visit IADT (The International Academy of Design and Technology), to check out their fashion design/merchandising program. Four hours later, I became a student there.

Now, once again, if you follow me on any social network or talk to me in detail at all, you'll know that my outlook on school has been bleak. College, to be more specific. After being enrolled in city college for about a year and a half, I decided that I wasn't going to go anymore.
I was told that once you graduate high school, you go to college and you get all of your credits, and you have fun, and you make friends, and then you transfer if needed and graduate and get your degree and life is awesome. 
I graduated high school in 2010, and started city college, working on my general ed. I had fifty year old men in my classroom who slowed down the entire learning process because they didn't know how to use a Mac. I had teachers who made fun of me because I challenged their teaching credential after I decided that watching movies every day in an English class was not helpful. I was on the waiting list for every single class I would've needed to complete city college in the appropriate time frame. The way my classes were scheduled made it impossible to get any decent hours with my job. I hated city college.
People had built up this image in my head about how college was supposed to be, and when mine was nothing like that, I was disappointed. I was discouraged, more than anything. I thought that since school just wasn't cutting it for me, that I was going to be stuck working retail the rest of my life, and my full-time career would be managing a TJ-Maxx store.

During the time that I took off from school, I really focused on what I wanted to achieve. I finally launched my online store at the beginning of the year, and since then, have started designing clothes, working on producing a magazine, gotten heavily involved in blogging again, and taking as many opportunities as possible to build up my resume and get the attention of those higher level fashion jobs.
Despite all of this, there was still a lingering in my head, that maybe this isn't going to work out. The only thing I don't have is an AA to prove that I'm focused, and that I'm willing to work towards my goal.


I was sitting at the computer, browsing Jean Greige or Wasteland just like any typical day off work. My mom walked into the room, shuffled around the kitchen for a bit, before finally saying "Hey, what do you think about going back to school?" I looked up at her and let out a "PBBBFFFT" sort of noise, implying that her suggestion was beyond ridiculous.

That night, I went to bed thinking about school a little bit more than I had before.

Over the course of the next two weeks, I would browse the internet, researching fashion schools, tuition, places to live, jobs to apply at, course schedules, etc. I decided to request information from IADT, being that they were in Sacramento which was already where I was moving to, and because they had a better program than Art Institute for almost the same amount of money.
The very next day, a representative named Felice called me. I went ahead and gave her a call back, even though at this point, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. She seemed interested, but so do most representatives who call you from private schools that cost a good amount of money.
"Hello, this is Felice."
"Hi, it's Deanna. You called earlier today, but I missed it, I had requested information about the fashion program."
Upon realizing who I was, she was beyond excited to hear my voice. She immediately asked me how I got involved in fashion, what I currently do with it, and even went ahead and looked at The Curious Closet. We scheduled an appointment for Monday, May 14th.


Yesterday, during our meeting, Felice asked me why I'm going back to school, and why it took me so long to apply for their school.

I think the answer is simply that I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet. I went into city college with an interest in photography, and it wasn't until about a year later that I decided I was more interested in the fashion industry. City college was a waste of time, but it wasn't at the same time, because it gave me a chance to really figure out what I wanted to do before spending a lot more money on a college that I would've gone to for what?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that you don't always have to jump right into college once you graduate. I know so many people who have changed their majors multiple times while in college because you don't really know what you want to do when you're seventeen, or eighteen, and have been told what to do via classroom for the last twelve years. You need some time to go out and experience things, and really find out what your passions are.

I'm excited to go to school now, knowing that this is definitely what I want to do, and getting to be surrounded by people who have that same focus and energy as me. Not only students, but educators as well. Every representative that I met made sure that I knew they were there for me, and that I could contact them at any time with concerns or questions, and that they would help me step by step, no matter what, something I never experienced during my time at city college.

By the time I'm twenty two, I'll have my AA in fashion design/merchandising, and I'll have so much more specific knowledge about my industry, which I can share with you guys, and which I'm sure will reflect upon Sun Faded and The Curious Closet.

I can't wait to look back on this entry in two years, and see where I'm at.

If you have any questions in regards to my opinion on school, jobs, etc. feel free to contact me via e-mail. I'd be happy to help you in any way possible, and give you a different input on things.


1 comment:

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