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Attending LIM College has been a great experience for me and even though I'm only a sophomore, I have already been given the chance to experience so much. Through LIM's Work Project Program, I have had a job at Fossil in Times Square and volunteered at 3 different fashion shows during Fashion Week. At the Manuel De La Cruz fashion show, I was actually backstage dressing models as they came off the runway and I was working right next to the designer. Many students decide to attend LIM College because of the ample opportunities for jobs and internships, but my decision to attend was influenced by another aspect of the college. LIM College is the college for the "Business of Fashion". Business skills are transferable to many different jobs and are the basic building blocks for a successful career. Some of the majors at LIM include Merchandising, Marketing, Management, and although there is no Design major offered, there is Visual Merchandising. I am currently majoring in Visual Merchandising and I love it! I hope to someday be part of Macy's Herald Square or Saks Fifth Avenue's visual team and dress their holiday windows.

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Attending LIM College has been a great experiece for me and even though I'm only a sophomore, I have aready been given the chace to experience so much. Through LIM's Work Project Program, I have had a job at Fossil in Times Square and volunteeed at 3 different fashion shows during Fashion Week. At the Manuel De La Cruz fashion show, I was actually backstage dressing models as they came off the runway and I was working right next to the designer. Many students decide to attend LIM College because of the ample opportunities forjobs and internships, but my decision to attend was influenced by another aspect of the college. LIM College is the college for the "Business of Fashion". Business skills are transferable to many different jobs and are the basic building blocks for a sucessful career. Some of the majors at LIM include Merchandising, Marketing, Management, and although there is no Design major offered, there is Visual Merchandising. I am currently majoring in Visual Merchandising and I love it! I hope to someday be part of Macy's Herald Square or Saks Fifth Avenue's visual team and dress their holiday windows.

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If I could go back in time I would tell myself to have faith in yourslef and don't settle for just any college. Research the college throughly and to see how much the total cost is with living expences because the closer you live to school the more you can take advantage of the opportunities they have to offer. Research how many credits you can transfer, so you won't struggle transfering to another college to continue your studies. Try your best to get the best grades possible, so when you apply for scholarships you can qualify for more money. Network with as much companies as possible to get the best job possible while going to school at the same time. Do not be afraid to cut back on work hours for school, especially during finals week when you have to study for big tests and finishing projects. Make as many friends as you want at school but just don't let it be a distration during class time, study time, or when working on an important project. Last but not least be proud of your accomplishments and thank god every day for everything you got.

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Throughout my college experience, I have learned that dedication and hard work pays off in the classroom and in the workplace. I have managed to work and go to college for the last four years and the balance of these two, while stressful, has enabled me to move up in the company I work for. College has been valuble to me because I would not be where I am today without my associate degree, but I do not plan on stopping there. With my goals set at keeping my 4.0 GPA and achieving a masters degree, I have found that I would not be where I am without the coworkers who encouraged me to better myself with education, teachers who inspired me, and the projects and papers that were challenging but, opened my mind to new ideas. For the next two years I will be working with a set group of students in the classroom. In the beginning of the program, we all set the same goal of graduating in 2012 with a 4.0 GPA and a bachelor degree in marketing. Having that support has kept me motivated and helped me when subjects have challenged me the most.

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I would advise students to carefully select the school they are going to attend. Not only will that school mold and shape your career and future, but it will be where you are going to spend the next four years of your life. Don't just consider the school's extra-curricular activities or sports, but consider how attending this school could help you later in life. You also want to check what academic, career, and support services they have, which I promise you will need. Just in case that school doesn't work out, check their policy on transferring credits and their core/required classes. Also, make sure the staff at the school is very timely in their response to you. See if you could possibly meet a few of the professors or stop by a class before you enroll. That would give you an idea of the classroom setting. Always remember to do well in all of your academic endeavors. To have just one point higher on your GPA, can really help you.

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Having been in college for two and a half semesters, if I could go back to my senior year of high school, I would tell myself to consider all of my options. From the time I was ten years old, I always knew I wanted to major in Journalism to do magazine writing. I worked all through high school just to get into New York University because I knew that's where I needed to be to achieve my dreams. The only prblem is that I was so goal oriented that I didn't consider what might happen if I found out I didn't like being a journalism major. After taking my first real journalism class, I realized just that. I hadn't taken time to explore all of my career options and I ended up at a very expensive school doing something I discovered I didn't even like, let alone love. I wish I would have taken more time in high school to learn who I really was instead of being scared into only considering one option for my future.

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I have learned a lot of harsh realities while at college. New York City, as beautiful as it is, can be a cold concrete desert at times. In both the fashion and business world, you will have to deal with people who are difficult, close-minded, and just plain unintelligent. It is tough to make friends in such a competitive field. The only person you can rely on is yourself. But I have also learned a few things that have helped be a lot while in college. I have learned that I am capable of getting good grades and forming productive relationships with professors. I am capable of getting the things I want, and I am the only one standing in my way. I can and wil do whatever I can in my power to achieve my goals and graduate from this school with high marks and high hopes for the future.

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If I were to go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to focus more on school and getting good grades so that I could have a better GPA to get excepted into a good school with possibly a scholarship. I would tell myself how expensive college is and in order to not be in debt you have to apply for scholarships day and night to lessen your owing of tuition. I would express to myself how important it is to have a bachlor's degree to get a good paying job to live comfortably. If I could go back in time to talk to myself, I would tell myself to look at my mother's life as an example and use that as motivation to do better, be better and strive harder for success!

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If I could go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell myself to stop being so nervous. College is something that has changed me tremendously, although I have only finished one semester. I have learned more about myself, and the love that my parents have for me, in one semester of college than four years of high school has ever taught me. I have learned how to save, how to appreciate, and how to remain humble, and I would not have learned these life long lessons while still being in high school. I would also tell myself to stop worrying so much, I have to remember that if it is meant to be, it will be.

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If I could magically go back in time, I would tell my old self to WAKE UP!!! As a high school senior, I wish I would of taken advantage of college prep programs, volunteering, and internships. I also would of applied myself more academically and participated in school activities. Unfortunately, I can not turn back the hands of time but I did learn from my mistakes. As a matter of fact, life is all about the ups and downs, trials and tribulations. I'm proud of the person I am today, and hopefully my advice can help H.S. seniors today.

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