TEEN ESSAY: Today's students, down the line
Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.
Most people think of the Academy Awards as a night to recognize movie stars, producers and directors for their achievements
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High ambitions, such as Casa Grande High senior Ysabella Esponda's, often are struck down by a simple, one-page college rejection letter, causing career plans to change and demoralizing the aspiring high school senior. But for Esponda, an early acceptance into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising has allowed her to become more focused on her dream
“I've wanted to go to FIDM since eighth grade,” Esponda said. “They have majors ranging anywhere from fashion design to interior design, and four campuses: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. I plan on attending the San Francisco campus for a year and then transferring down to L.A.”
Unlike most high school seniors who applied to colleges last fall, Esponda applied in 2011 for early admission, partly because of her adviser's encouragement.
In applying to be a merchandising and marketing major, “I had to write an essay, do a project corresponding to the major and get three letters of recommendation,” she said.
“Bella is extremely dedicated to her career choice,” Walker said. “She seems very interested in fashion and is very knowledgeable about the trends in the industry. She is definitely committed to becoming a stylist.”
The application process for FIDM went further than many traditional college applications, requiring an interview with an acceptance officer.
“It was really nerve-wracking going to the interview, but they ended up being super nice,” Esponda said. “At the end of the interview, I was told that they really wanted me to come to the school and also told that I was the second junior to be accepted out of all the campuses. That was really awesome.”
Esponda always has been interested in the fashion industry and chose FIDM because of the programs they offer for her selected major and, ultimately, her career as a fashion stylist or store buyer. However, she recently expanded her experience in the industry through various modeling jobs.
“Everyone has always told me that I should model,” Esponda said. “I love the fashion industry, but I was never into taking pictures in front of people. But then I decided to try it. Modeling has been a great opportunity to learn both sides of the industry: Not just to be the one taking the picture, or styling, but the one in the clothes, and to know how they feel.”
These stories are reprinted from Casa Grande High School's Gaucho Gazette.
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