This semester, as many of you may know, I'm doing study abroad at LIM College in New York City. I'm taking a placement year in my third year of study as part of my B.A Fashion Management degree at London College of Fashion. So I'm taking the semester abroad for the first 6 months and then I shall be returning to London in January to start a 6 month work placement. I remember visiting London College of Fashion on an Open Day back in 2011 before I got accepted and seeing a presentation on the study abroad opportunity in New York. It was one of the elements that mainly attracted me to the course and I've worked hard to make it happen.
Coming to New York has always been the dream, the ultimate goal. I visited briefly last year when I did a USA road trip with my best friend Mollie, which I did a post on here. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to live here in New York City, I really am so grateful of the opportunity and still pinch myself everyday when wandering down Manhattan's beautiful streets! I'm seconds away from the shopping heaven that is 5th Avenue and only minutes away from some of my favourite New York City landmarks including: The New York Public Library, The Rockefeller Centre and of course, Central Park - where I love go for lunchtime picnics between classes!
Here in New York, I study at one of America's most reputable fashion business universities: LIM College. The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising or LIM College as it is better known, is partnered with London College of Fashion, meaning I am able to do a straight exchange to the university from my particular course. With campuses in midtown Manhattan, I find my daily routine to be walking through Grand Central Station and strutting down 5th Avenue to class, which continues to be surreal!
Everyone at LIM is full of passion for the fashion industry and motivation to succeed. I love surrounding myself with inspirational people that share the same drive for success. There is definitely a great community atmosphere too at LIM and there are always lots of fun events happening around the university and at the residence halls.
This semester I'm taking four classes, plus an internship, which are: Economics, Buying & Merchandising Mathematics, Photography for the Fashion Stylist and Power of the Brand. I find my classes here in the States are less academically challenging in comparison to my degree in London. Grading works completely differently and we get course credit for weekly homework assignments and class participation rather than the complete project or essay as on my Fashion Management course. It is really interesting however to see academics from the American perspective and to see how similarly/differently the fashion industry works Stateside.
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