Being in my Element

I just finished writing a personal narrative for my English class, in “regular” high school, by the way. We were given pretty general directions which enabled us to choose basically anything we wanted to write about. I chose to write about finding my passion, which is essentially when I am in my element. The term “being in your element” stems from a book I was required to read titled The Element by Ken Robinson. It wasn’t the most exciting book, but it presented a good topic. Being in your element is defined as “the place where passion and skill meet”. In other words, it’s something you not only enjoy, but excel at as well. In my essay, I discussed trying to “find myself” earlier in life.  I discussed the trials of exploring different activities, such as joining sports teams, and not feeling as if those we the best suited for me.

Can you guess what I included in half of my essay? FIT and fashion, of course!

Here’s a little part of my essay:

At the end of the day, I realize that these classes are way more than just a learning experience for me; they have changed me in so many different ways. When I step on to FIT’s campus, I’m filled with independence.  I have an attitude that anything is possible because I am in my element. The fact that I am surrounded by what I love and people who love the same thing as me for an entire day stimulates me to exude confidence and happiness, unintentionally. I also acquire a sense of  feeling carefree, which stems from the comfort and liberalness that I pick up. Additionally, because I am in my element, I am inspired to reach out and aim for any opportunity I can receive. This mix of confidence and inspiration has led me to complete five FIT classes in addition to my high school studies, become a blogger for FIT, start my own blog six months ago and serve on Nordstrom’s fashion board.  These opportunities would never have been accomplished if it weren’t for me finding my element.  Finally, I feel as if FIT and its classes provide an escape for me.  When I’m there, I am able to leave everything behind and focus on the one thing that lifts my mood, despite the situation.

 

I suggest everyone discover The Element and get a feel for what the author portrays as “the element”.   I think it could benefit each and everyone of us. FIT is such a career-focused school.  If you come here, you should know what you want to study here because there’s no “deciding” time once your in. Therefore, reading The Element will help drive your dedication to whatever your passion is.

Today my fabric styling class went to MOOD and M&J Trimming. Both places were great, I can’t wait to go back!  I have to say though, my favorite part of my experience was seeing “Swatch”, the owner’s dog at MOOD. I’ve seen him before on Project Runway, but when I saw him in real life, I thought I saw a celebrity!  That’s how excited I got.

Swatch!!!

Fabrics galore!

By the way, can you believe there’s only three more classes left! That’s crazy! When I was looking at my calendar, I was expecting five or six more!

Fashionably Yours,

Michaela

Do what you love, love what you do.

Everyone has someone or something that inspires them to work harder to reach their dreams. Most people are inspired by a well known name, but I am inspired by my sister Raquel.

My sister attended FIT and was the graduating class of 2011. She studied fashion merchandising and her junior year of college she found out about the studying abroad program to Italy. Italy is where it ALL started. When she was in Italy she learned a lot about herself and the fashion industry. She spent six months in Italy, and then after studying abroad she just kept going back for visits. Graduation day finally came and Raquel decided that she wanted to live her life in Italy and try to live out her dream of fashion there. Well… want to know what happened?… she is now living in Italy with her friend and they are starting their own fashion line. It is called Peridot and I know that it will be a success.

Seeing my sister live out her dream has taught me many things. My sister never gave up no matter what was put in her way and no matter how many obstacles she went through it still did not stop her. She has such a passion for fashion and that is why she is so successful. You have to do what you love and love what you do and you will succeed. You NEVER should give up and especially at a school like FIT you will go far.

I have had people tell me to not major in photography in college and people are always trying to put my dream down, but when I hear these insults I just think about my sister and everything and everyone that put her down; but the criticism made her even more successful because she has the biggest passion for what she does and that is what’s most important in life. I know that if I work really hard and put my heart into all my work I can reach my dream as well, but in the art of photography.

Brooke