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Friends from school... none of which I met @ school. 

            I grew up dreaming of going to a fashion school like FIT or Parsons. In fact when it came time to applying to colleges back in high school, I never even considered the option of attending a state university or basic liberal arts school. When I did eventually land at my top choice, it was great. And it continues to be a great fit… but I am the first to admit that fashion school is also a little bit (mostly a lot) ridiculous.

            Fashion schools, at least the ones I’ve had personal experience with, are not at all regular schools. Fashion students don’t spend late nights cramming for finals at the library, and we don’t have crushes on boys from math class. When people do get drunk and go crazy it’s most likely a result of too much champagne consumed at a downtown nightclub, not from the jungle juice or a keg stand in the basement of a fraternity.

To this day, as a junior in college, I don’t really have any of my own ‘typical college experiences’ to tell at family dinners or share as anecdotes at parties.  The most I can do is relate things back to stories my friends have shared from their big state schools or films or TV shows that I’ve seen. Somewhere in the back of my mind I genuinely believe that if I were studying at Duke or UNC right now I would be living the same lives of the characters on Greek.

These thoughts have been especially prevalent in my mind as I decamp to London for the next few months to study abroad. While I’ve heard it’s quite different over there than it is here, I will technically be attending my first large, liberal arts college (or ‘Uni’ as they call it). I’m excited to see what it will be like, but a bit anxious considering my complete lack of know-how when it comes to campus life.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about recently is just how absurd fashion school in New York really is. It’s truly incomparable to any other academic enterprises. True, I don’t have stories of basketball games or sitting on the quad with my sorority sisters, but I definitely have some impressive tales to tell as would anyone in my **designer** shoes. There’s no telling what you could witness on any given day in my halls, but there are certainly a few universal situations fellow-classmates can identify with. 

Basically, you know you go to fashion school when… 

·      Every time you go outside someone is conducting their own personal photoshoot.

·      The number of gym classes you are required to take depends on your major. As in, if you’re after a visible role in the industry (PR or Merchandiser) you must take extra gym, but if you’re more behind the scenes we don’t really care what you look like.

·      There’s an entire section in your textbook dedicated to the styles of Sex and The City.

·      Fashion Week is a legitimate and excusable reason to not attend class.

·      You meet more people from your school through ‘promoter dinners’ than you do in the classroom.

·      You’re only allowed one piece of French toast on the meal plan. If you decide to get really crazy and eat two, not only with the cashiers charge you extra, but they will shoot you death stares and occasionally ask if you really need that extra piece?

·      Cosmopolitan rated your school #1… for worst colleges to meet single guys

·      “Professor? I need to leave class an hour early every week so I can get to Penn Station in time to catch my train back to Jersey.”

·      Professors actually apologize for assigning homework

·      When the weather is warm you are treated to very graphic scenes while standing behind someone on the escalator who decided that a super short skirt, extremely high heels and no undies is a good look

·      It regularly takes you weeks to decide if the person sitting in front of you is actually a girl or a boy (and often times you’ll never know for sure).

·      People still wear Jeffrey Campbell Litas. These shoes have always been atrocious. Even when they were cool back in 2012 for about two days.

·       Many students name Michael Kors as their favorite designer. They also believe he is the ultimate in luxury. Do they know the names of any other designers? Only if CoCo Chanel counts (coincidentally this is usually also the name of their tiny dog).

·      The professor hands back your exam. You got a 57%. By the time he is done explaining the curve, removing questions, and adding bonus points you have a 93%. Nailed it!

At a party freshman year with some friends from school... in the elevator on our way to PHD, a nightclub that was essentially our version of a frat house. 


Unknown said...

You have to take gym!!! I'm so glad I left those days behind - actually broke my leg!

- Grace xx

P.S Would really appreciate it if you could check out my blog and maybe follow if you feel so inclined? <3

Unknown said...

Beautiful photos : )
Thanks for your comment :)

Jeanne said...

Cool pictures! What a style!

Unknown said...

Wow, so much information and I guess so much gym classes))
Have a great day)

Gabrielle said...

This was ridiculously entertaining to read through. I've always wondered how it was 'behind closed doors' so to speak and I had no idea gym classes were compulsory depending on what area of fashion you're going into.. how interesting! :)

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


Shannon Valle said...

I found this post highly amusing. Fashion school is definitely not for me but I will admit I still have a deep love my Lita boots haha


Esmeraldaattema said...

Really cool post, love it :)!! x


The Equinox Fashion by Paweerata said...

your post is very interesting :)

Unknown said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time ! I love it xo

Beauty Follower said...

I like all the dress (and the green heels)
in the photo at the top!

Unknown said...

"Fashion Week is a legitimate and excusable reason to not attend class." - Probably the number 1 reason I wish I was at CSM or one of the other UAL uni's - this past season has been hell for catchup to and unrelated degree... Oh well! All these points gave me a bit of a chuckle, and you have an ENTIRE chapter dedicated to S&TC fashion??

little miss fii || Fii xo

Marjolein said...

I love this post! I think our schools are pretty much the same haha. I go to uni in Amsterdam and I can relate to a lot of the things you mentioned!

X Marjolein

Alina Amaia said...

This was such a fun read! I always dreamed of going to fashion school, so it's very interesting to get a look of how your life is.

Unknown said...

This was so funny to read! :)
I wish I had attended fashion school tho, too bad I realized my love and passion for fashion a bit too late. I mean I still can study, but I wish it was my first career.

Followed you via blogloving, is there another way to follow your blog tho? Let me know.

Lu | loulou

Bety said...

Hi Caroline!
Thank you for your comment on my blog!
I see here that is interesting and fun, and I agree to follow each other! Perhaps you will be first. I'll come back immediately and will follow! Let me know.

Constance said...

ahah it reminds me my studies !


My view of a fashion school is changing by now! All credit goes to your post, Caroline! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!


Unknown said...

This is really fun learning about the life of a fashion student! Indeed every outing is like a fashion shoot! :) xo~ Lena

What Would V Wear said...

Stunning, as always, darling! So fun! I remember when I was in fashion school! It's the best! :)
Happy Monday, love!
xoxo, Vanessa

Jan said...

I am now questioning my life decisiongs. LOL Fashion school sounds fuuun!


Shireen L. Platt said...

Oh wow, fashion school does sounds different from usual college. It's definitely seems to be more 'relax' and all around great environment to be in.

Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

Diana said...

Love the post! Thanks for your comment on my blog :)
Of course we can follow each other. I followed you, waiting for your turn ;)

miasmode said...

Haha I'm glad that I don't have to attend fashion school and Michael Kors isn't my favorite designer haha. Sounds like fun anyway :D

xx Mira

Mimosasandme said...

Great post, I really enjoyed reading it. I don't attend a fashion university but I can totally relate to everything you said here.

Unknown said...

Amazing post.
I would love to go to.
Hope to get my luck.

Check my new post.

Kirsten Wick said...

What a fun read! It's good to study abroad and experience something else. I've studied English language & literature and media sciences in Germany and had the opportunity to study in the UK too which I absolutely loved (seems nothing like fashion though lol!). By the way: I'm following you on Bloglovin now :) xx Kirsten

Kirsten Wick said...

What a fun read! It's good to study abroad and experience something else. I've studied English language & literature and media sciences in Germany and had the opportunity to study in the UK too which I absolutely loved (seems nothing like fashion though lol!). By the way: I'm following you on Bloglovin now :) xx Kirsten

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I like your writing style.


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Caroline Mason: 21. Native New Yorker (and one time North Carolinian). Assistant to Derek Blasberg. Just a girl who is OCD about all things fashion, drinks way too much coffee, and has an affinity for late night talk shows and travel books. FIT class of 2016. Previously with Karla Otto PR, Lori Goldstein and Lester Garcia.

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