Hello everyone! I am a new blogger on here and I am happy for this opportunity. My first blog will just be some information about me.
I was born in Colorado Springs, CO and moved around for most of my life. I have lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and so on. Most of my childhood was in Indiana, where I lived from first grade to eighth grade. My family moved to St. Louis and I have been here ever since.
I am a huge comic nerd and have been for most of my life. One of my favorite hobbies is dance, and I use to take tap dancing lessons. I love fashion, and was even voted the most fashionable guy in my senior year of high school. I have grown to love the St. Louis culture, which is part of the reason I chose to attend Fontbonne. I am majoring in Fashion Merchandising as well. I have a problem with binge watching shows, and I always take recommendations.
I hope to cover student life on this blog throughout the semester. Thank you all, and I can’t wait to see what this semester brings!
As a first year freshman, the question I get the most is “what are you studying?” When I say fashion, merchandising, the next thing they ask is, “So you’re going to work at target your whole life?
It is pretty annoying to get opinions about your passion that are less than flattering. However, I am passionate about my decision to study fashion and follow one of my favorite things. Most people may not know what they want to, but that is okay! It is more than okay! It should be expected. How can you expect a person to know at 17/18, what they want to do with the rest of their lives? The formative years of college will help you decide what you are interested in. It is okay if you try something for a little while and decide in the end that it was the right choice. Changing your mind is fine and encouraged. You should never settle for what anyone else wants you to do! No matter who it is or what the history is, you should do what you need to do to be happy and follow your heart, even if it may not be able to make up its mind!
Moral of the story, do you. Find something you love, and go for it. Do not let anyone hold you back from doing what you are passionate about. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, model, chef, teacher, etc., try it out and find a career that is going to be satisfying to you intellectually and emotionally, over financially.
When I Grow Up….
When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a banker. I honestly don’t really know why, but that’s what I always wanted to be. When my grade school teachers took all of the students on a field trip to the village area at the Magic House, I “applied” to be a banker. I knew banking meant that I got to do math and I really liked math at the time. I was formulate enough to be the “Banker Manager” at the Magic House for the field trip. We cashed all the other works play pay checks and taught the students how to fill out a deposit slip and write a check. This is one of my fondest memories from my childhood.
Continuing into middle and high school, I always excelled at math so I figured banking would be a safe bet and something that would always be needed. However, once I got into more complicated math, banking seemed less and less appealing to me.
After taking many more math classes, I realized I liked and wanted to continue with math, but not banking. My middle school opinion was that I did not want to sit at a computer all day with a calculator doing math. I found a passion for fashion as one may say, and out went the banker passion.
I still am fond of math and honestly find myself into crunching numbers quiet frequently. I am thankful for my initial interest because now I know how to calculate interest rates and things like that.
Now, as written in other posts of mine, I study fashion merchandising and I am hoping to be able to use my math skills as a buyer one day!
Whatever you decided to do as a career, even if you do not know when you make it to college, know you have time and people to help you. But, most importantly, pick a career that is going to be fulfilling and challenge you as well as maintain your interest for a few decades!
Watching the news this week, I saw a few stories about fashion in Saint Louis. As a fashion merchandising student, this imminently peaked my interest. The Fashion Fund is a company that is working to bring fashion back to the United States and bring fashion back to Saint Louis. It wants to make Washington Ave. as prominent as it used to be.
As per The Fashion Fund’s website, “Saint Louis Fashion Fund is a new non-profit, led by a 32-member Board of Directors, which includes leaders in culture, fashion, higher education, law and business. The Fund will support the activities of Saint Louis Fashion Week, now in its 11th year, while also bringing valuable projects and education to the St. Louis Community throughout the year – industry panels, professional support for local designers, and fundraising activities to support future programs as well as the debut of a Fashion Incubator, housed in the former Garment District, which will open in late 2016.”
In Late 2016, 6 designers will be fortunate enough to start their lines in Saint Louis with a priceless amount of resources and knowledge at their disposal. This will be a great addition to Saint Louis and will allow more designers and fashion influencers to be able to acknowledge Saint Louis as a new fashion headquarters in the United States.
This is also great for students going to Fontbonne and studying Fashion Merchandising because the idea is that more companies will move to Saint Louis to work with the new designers and see STL as a Midwest hub, thus creating more jobs for fashion merchandisers!!
This is a win-win for Fontbonne and Saint Louis!!
I have included a few links, including The Fashion Fund’s website, in case you want to know more!!
NYCEDC’s Eric Johnson Exiting to Head Up St. Louis Fashion Incubator