The Precollege Dream: Arden

I have high expectations for myself. Very high expectations. I dream to work my way up in retail whether it is starting at Claire’s and ending in Chanel, or Sales to corporate at Saks. I dream to be a top fashion blogger. I dream to work for Vogue and travel the world and learn from each experience. I dream to be invited to NYFW and strut in the most extravagant designer wardrobe. I dream to be personally invited to all kinds of fancy events and talk shows, to be honest, I just have a dream to wash my face twice a day. I have a dream and I dream to fulfill these dreams. I dream to go to FIT and work HARD. I dream to live the fashion dream.

I may come across as being a little dramatic because, well, you are supposed to dream of good health for yourself and your family. Dream of happiness and comfort. But I dream the fashion dream of glory and gratitude. But not to get ahead of myself, taking baby steps one at a time, one by one, starting at FIT, with my Precollege classes.

I have been growing. Each Precollege class I have taken there is a fine line form the first week to the last. My artistic interpretation has grown. My technique has grown. My personal vendetta has grown. I am growing, as a person and at this point in my life it’s all starting to come together. I have been dedicated in applying to Communication Design which has a high demand. So I would say that hard work does pay off, and it has been. Precollege class have been giving me a peek through the keyhole to pinpoint what I enjoy doing the most.

Visual Arts – Portfolio Preparation – AP Art

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Prior to any Precollege classes I started my art journey at my local high school.These classes have been so beneficial towards my success. It has given me the knowledge through trial and error of what media I use the best and ways of improving my drawing technique with practice.

HAD 150: Magazine Design

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I learned the essentials of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. It has definitely taken a lot of time and hard work. I enjoyed it, creating pieces of typography from my notebook to the MacBook.

HFS 182: Developing an Eye for Styling

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Color, texture, flow- in a nutshell.                           

It took some time to get all 3 of those elements in harmony. In the weekly assignment of mood boards, you could see my development of skill from the first week to the last.

HPH 159: Digital Camera Use and Photography for the Beginner 

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The first class I was clueless. I am still learning the balance of taking a good photograph, the shutter speed, aperture, IOS; and that is just the start. This is the current class that I am taking and just being the third week in I can already see a drastic improvement of my skills being applied.

Improvement is essential in life. My improvement gearing to FIT is essential. I dream the Fashion dream along with the dream of good health and prosperity.

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It’s The Most Anxious Time Of The Year

It’s the holiday season and happiness and joy are in the air however this year, the high school class of 2016 is embracing a new feeling this winter. It’s the time of year when many colleges start to get back to us with the news of our possible acceptance, mailboxes have slowly become a warzone of letters from schools and holiday greeting cards and at times it can feel overwhelming. Waiting for that top school to get back to you holiday_collegecan be nerve racking but fear not for life will go on. While this time of year may be stressful and I can certainly feel it taking its toll on me I remind myself and all of you readers in the class of 2016 to keep your chin up. It’s the holiday season and that means family is around and festivities are taking place, and while these little paper slips come through one by one to let you know your possible future you have a million other things to take your attention. Since this is possibly your (and my) last full holiday season at home take time to enjoy it fully, worrying about something that is already set in stone will get you nowhere. Take time to decorate your whole house with dazzling lights or even take up a winter sport for the first time. If winter activities aren’t your thing just kick back and relax and ease yourself with your usual activities. Lately I have been swimming a lot and re watching Doctor Who to distract myself and I have to say it has eased my soul a bit. Class of 2016, we made it this far so don’t overthink and always be happy.


What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up? A question asked to every single person under the age of 22 from their first day of kindergarten to the day they graduate college. I hate it because I think it’s a cop-out from adults who don’t know any other way to relate to kids. Who don’t know what to say or how to act so they try to relate in a way that they can understand. It’s a definition. A way to compartmentalized people into groups. All any of us want is definition. A way to explain everyone and everything.

I personally hate answering it because I feel some sort of commitment. Like after I say what I want to be that that’s it. That’s who I am and what I have to do. For the longest time when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up the answer was plain and simple: a fashion designer. Now I have begun to change my mind. My definition of myself had changed, lines have been blurred, truths have been lost. My future isn’t so clear anymore. I don’t know what I want. Now my cop-out answer to that cop-out question is fashion designer because that’s simpler than the truth: I don’t know.

After writing this blog I have become interested in fashion journalism. Working for a magazine or some blog sounds like a lot of fun, who knows if in the next ten years there will still be real magazines.  I have turned into a thing I used to hate and have become what I thought I didn’t want, but what I realize now was that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I love writing about fashion, I love sharing my ideas with people. I have lost some motivation for sewing and designing but who knows. I have years ahead of me to decide, we all do. Nothing is really permanent. We put so much weight on decisions like college and career because we are afraid of making a mistake. But if we regarded these things with more of an open mind, and remembered that there is always room and time for a second chance, maybe things would be a little easier, and maybe we would all be a little happier.


Congratulations Sarah!


Student: Sarah Hassan
Major: Fashion Design

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HAP 017 Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design  
HAP 026  Sewing for Fashion Designers
HAR 091  Anatomy of Fashion
HAR 089  Fashion Design Portfolio
 HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure
 HFA 023 Basic Drawing
HPM 067 Manual Patternmaking and Sewing

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Congratulations Rachel!


Student: Rachel Dean
Major: Fashion Merchandising Management

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
 HFS 180 Fabric Styling for Fashion
HPM 067 Manual Patternmaking and Sewing

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
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