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Thinking about FIDM ... [Apr. 8th, 2009|12:18 am]
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Hi everyone,

My name is Heather and I am a 23 year old from Michigan.  I am almost to the point of graduation from my university here in Michigan, where I'll be graduating with a dual-Bachelor's degree.

The past few years have been a little hard on me emotionally and health-wise, and some of my initial plans post-college plans are just not going to work out because of some of my physical limitations.  I wanted to go into musical theatre, but now with my injuries, dancing isn't realistic for me now, if ever again, because i have some limited mobility.

I have always been artistic, I love fashion and clothes and am a certifiable shopaholic, and I have my certificate in graphic design.  One of the few things I love as much as performing is fashion.  It will be about 18 months before I am able to leave Michigan, so it gives me time to think and process and decide if this is what I really want to do.  But I have been advised by my doctors that I might do considerably better if I were to move to a warmer state, and I have really been looking at FIDM over the past few months.

I am interested to know how the transition is -- is there anyone out there (or do you know anyone) who has begun their education their a little later?  And how do students moving long distances seem to transition?  What is the social life like?  (I know that sounds silly, because it's LA, but I come from a pretty close knit, Greek community, so I am wondering if it is easy for people to adjust.)

Thanks. :)
-Heather
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[User Picture]From: jazzy
2009-04-08 12:23 pm (UTC)
Heather, I graduated FIDM in the 90's and where I can't so much speak to the culture now, I know that when I started there, my class was almost all people in their mid to late 20's starting over or pursuing something further. I didn't go to the Los Angeles campus (San Diego and San Francisco all the way) but one thing I do have to say about it is if you like the sisterhood that comes with the Green community than FIDM definitely has that because it's primarily a women's school. I went to an all girl's catholic high school and I loved it.
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[User Picture]From: nbrhd_story
2009-04-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
There were a lot of older women/men in my classes and on campus when I was at FIDM (2005-2008). In fact, one of the designers at Debut 2009 (Clay) was older than his 20-something peers, and produced one of the most celebrated collections in the show. He had a lot of friends and acquaintances at school, so it's really just up to you! Age doesn't matter, if you're a good person you can make friends wherever you are.
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