The Fall 2017 semester is half way through and it’s time to get to know who is in your classes. Many of our students are from our local community, some commute from other counties, and others have to get on a plane to attend the OCC Fashion program. OCC Fashion has many international students. We would like to introduce you to one.
Photo courtesy of Fatemah Malallah
Let’s start with something easy. What’s your name?
Where are you from?
What’s your major?
I’m taking the Industrial Sewing certificate of specialization & I have taken most of the Fashion Design program classes that are not included in this specific program, but I’m taking them to learn more about Fashion.
How did you get into fashion?
I decided to get into fashion to change my career as I have been working for 10 years in several fields including teaching, marketing, social media and branding. Then I realized that I have a huge passion for Fashion, I like embroidery and embellishing clothes and I have been doing that since I was 7. So I have decided to pursue a different career and turn my hobby into a job.
What inspires you today?
Everyone inspires me, specially my teachers in the fashion program and all the things they teach me.
How long have you been in the fashion program?
I started in May 2016
It had a lot of positive reviews about its fashion program. It’s very flexible and offers multiple programs within the Fashion department. The location of OCC is ideal for me.
I have been doing my research to decide on which school to join I have read over the internet a large number of great reviews about the school. Even when I contacted the school to ask about the program I found out that they are very prompt in answering my questions and they are very active and know what they are doing.
What do you do outside of school? (Job, hobbies, etc.)
I like to read about fashion, and experiment with sewing since I just learned how to sew. I also love visiting and exploring museums in the area. I am inspired by art.
If you ever took Cheri’s FASH 177 class this next question shouldn’t surprise you. What do you typically eat for breakfast?
I eat bread with cherry tomatoes and cheese and I make coffee mixed with milk. This is my typical breakfast on school days. During weekends I make omelet or scrambled eggs with cheese and mushrooms.
What do you dream of doing in fashion?
I dream of teaching kids sewing
Any advice for anyone looking to get into fashion?
Make the most of it and enjoy it to the max. No other school has teachers that are as talented and working in the fashion industry. Get to know them all.