It Takes a Little Time.
SomeoneLikeYou Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Gray Sweater: H&M.
Maroon Circle Skirt: c/o OASAP.
Brown Chunky Scarf: Forever21.
Brown Boots: c/o Pink and Pepper.
Lipstick in NYX lipliner (I don't know the color offhand, sorry!).
Hello there! ♥
This semester has been a really busy one for me, but rewarding. I feel like ever since I got back from Italy and my experiences there, I have such a new view of the fashion industry and my studies. The first two years of my schooling here in the Kent State fashion program left me sometimes frustrated. It's an amazing school, the second best in the US for fashion, but often times at the end of the semester I would look back at the course work I'd done and thought, "did I even learn anything? Do I feel like these courses are well preparing me for a career in the industry after I graduate?"
And I know why I felt that way, because a lot of the classes I was taking were repeating the same information over and over again, and it felt like sometimes I was taking the same class and never learning anything because the material would overlap. Also, the things I was learning seemed so abstract and not relatable to myself or the industry.
But now in the second half of my junior year in the program, I understand exactly why they do things they do here and I'm so greatful for it! They lay a base the first two years because the information we're learning, although it can seem abract and repeated to death, is important to understand and fully grasp before you move on in learning more in depth about the industry. It didn't feel like I was learning anything the first few years because instead of them teaching me concrete information, it was more about teaching me concepts and a way of thought that is important when you get to upper level classes. By learning these basic things, I'm now able to apply them and understand why this, that, ect is done in the fashion industry and it all makes sense.
I find myself really excited and hungry for knowledge at this stage in my schooling which feels great. It was exciting to see in Italy these things I was learning in the classroom actually put into practice at the corporations, factories, and people I visited, and I continue putting that knowledge into real life experience this year. I've found sites like WGSN or WWD not so boring as I did in my first few years, simply because I didn't understand them. Now with an understanding, an interest cultivated in me that this school has developed, I find myself always wanting to stay up to date on the industry and learning as much as I can.
I don't know, I'm just at a cool point in my education and my life where I'm more excited than ever to be entering the field I'm in. Studying fashion has turned into so much more than I ever thought it would be when I first embarked on the journey two and a half years ago. It's enlightened me as a person in not only my educational knowledge, but in my own personal beliefs and attitudes, as well.
With much love, Lauren.