Ok to actually say the phrase ‘I have finished my first year of University’ is absolutely mind boggling. To think that this time last year I had just received my offer from the University for the Creative Arts, and now I am here finishing my last brief, one of the toughest briefs i’ve had this year, as team leader, creating work that i’m actually proud of and work that is more than something that will be graded, but is essentially work that is crafting my skills into the industry that I will find myself fully immersed in in the next few years.
I always joke with my flatmate that when I applied for accommodation for Uni I actually asked Uni to see if there were any rooms where I didn’t have to see anyone and could just live on my own, not out of me being shady af but just because I was fucking scared that I was going to be living with a group of people who were going to be either a) LADS or b) really stuck up people who were going to throw chairs/sewing machines at me. Neither obviously came true, and in fact it was the complete opposite. I remember the first day I moved in and said hello to everyone and not even 8 hours later it felt like I had known them all for 32980 years. Living with other people is definitely something that I would recommend, even if it’s for 3 weeks or 23 years, try it because you find out things about yourself that you didn’t realise, like how shit you are at using a scourer, or how chaotic it is when you find a spider and have no large adult human to take it out for you. There was only one day where I was like ? o m g ? w h a t ? h a v e ? I ? d o n e ? but that very quickly subsided as I actually started uni and became busy and enveloped in this new bubble that I found myself in.
I’d never done business, never done textiles, so Fashion Management and Marketing was something that I knew was going to be a challenge, however it has been something that merges two of my favourite things together. Sociology. People. How people work and why they work in certain ways, mixed with how this affects their fashion choices and how they’re going to predict trends, and how brands react to consumer behaviour has really opened up a window for me that I never knew was there. From marketing, to branding, to management, to re-branding and buying and merchandising, my skill palette has broadened so massively in just 8 months it’s flawless. The lack of exams is also something that I am LIVING for. To be stressed about something that is actually enjoyable was a new experience however it’s something that actually is so fulfilling.
“Living with other people is definitely something that I would recommend … you find out things about yourself that you didn’t realise, like how shit you are at using a scourer, or how chaotic it is when you find a spider and have no large adult human to take it out for you”
Epsom is Epsom. Imagine a small british town, and then imagine if that town had like a cute gay cousin – that’s Epsom. Home to a creative arts university and one of the biggest musical theatre schools in the country, it is not short on diversity and creativity. It’s just the perfect size so you don’t get lose or engulfed in it, however you’re still craving that little bit more. Central London is a short 30 minutes away which is flawless, and the amount of opportunities that the city has will never cease to amaze me. Even since September, I have been blessed with opportunities and people have come to me to either work with or for me to be featured in their work, styling, modelling, writing, it will never not be warming for people to appreciate you, whether it be visually, spiritually, or both, it’s something that is forever humbling.
I hope that if you’re reading this and you’re currently in A levels or College and feel like you’re in such a rut that there is never going to be a way out, just remember that whatever you choose to do next, wherever you go in the country, the world, and whatever you choose to spend your life doing, you will have a fulfilling and enjoyable life. A levels were the worst experience of my life, and I genuinely thought there was never going to be a form of education that I was going to love ever again, however doing something you’re passionate about that will eventually become my career is something that’s so exciting, everyone deserves that feeling. Even if you don’t know what to do, do something in the mean time that you love and gives you life. You deserve it.
Good luck and remember, you’re more than an answer on a piece of paper,