Student Spotlight: Christine Mezile
Major: Fashion Studies
When Christine Mezile was younger, she drew comics.
"I liked to make up stories, and I loved making different outfits for my characters," she said. "Also, a good part of my family is interested in fashion, and some of my family members studied it."
She wasn't able to attend a four-year university. But when Mezile discovered that College of DuPage offered a Fashion Studies program, she knew it was the right choice for her.
"All of the teachers in the Fashion program are very knowledgeable and are willing to answer any question you have. They also try to give us resources to use outside of school and tell us where we can pick up the supplies we need for class," she said. "They really care about your future in the fashion business. We're all very supportive of each other -- it's almost like having another family. I feel that I've made a huge step toward my goals."
At the end of her first year, Mezile received one of two $2,500 Fashion Group International of Chicago scholarships, which are awarded to freshmen designers with a strong GPA who submit both an essay and three garments to the annual Jury Show. After the show, Mezile had a small interview with representatives from FGI.
"During the whole interview I was really giddy and excited, so I had a huge smile on my face," she said. "It really meant a lot to me that I was one of the recipients, and I'm excited to see who will receive it next time."
Mezile plans to earn her Associate in Applied Science in Fashion Design in spring 2014 and transfer to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to pursue a bachelor's degree. During her studies, she hopes to secure an internship and possibly study abroad.
For her career, Mezile would like to start her own fashion house/brand and offer fashion for men and women. A large part of her vision is to have customers worldwide and to attend New York's Fashion Week, which would showcase her designs.
She advises any fashion students considering College of DuPage to just go for it.
"You're going to be saving so much money compared to going to a university. Plus the education is very good," she said. "Another great thing about COD is that you don't have to fully commit to fashion as a degree if you end up not liking it. Take a couple of classes and see how you feel about it. Even if you don't want to do that, you can talk to Professor Sharon Scalise, and she'll tell you all about the program itself."
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