Being a Millennial isn’t easy. There’s school, work, finding a job, balancing the work/social life balance – it can be pretty overwhelming. We wanted to find out what millennials like YOU were up to and how you were dealing with the real world.
This week we interviewed Dani, a 22 year old living in New York City, originally from Toronto, Ontario. She attends Parsons The New School for Design and majors in Strategic Design and Management, while minoring in Fashion Communication.
Let’s hear her story!
What led you to the position that you’re in now?
I am originally from Toronto but have always had the travel bug, so I decided to do my first year of University at the the Bader International Study Centre, a liberal arts program through Queen’s University in England. For my second year, I returned to Queen’s University as a Sociology major but then I discovered that it wasn’t for me. I took a semester off, applied to school at Parsons in New York while interning for Laura Siegel and volunteering for Toronto fashion week. I’ve always loved fashion and have done well in business related courses. However, most business programs are very analytical, and I was looking for a program to combine both my analytical and my creative skills.
How did you finally realize your decision was right for you? / Is it right for you? Do you wish that you had pursued something else?
After my first month in New York, I knew it was the right decision for me. I’m so happy that things played out the way that they did because I’ve had amazing opportunities in the fashion industry and I’ve met so many amazing new people!
Do you have any advice/tips for those applying to the same program or want to major/ go into the same field as you?
For those who want to go into fashion, my biggest advice is to learn to laugh off the criticism. There are people in the industry that can be harsh, and it is important to not take any of it too seriously. If you love fashion, it will all be worth it.
Any other comments you have about your university career / job thus far?
Fashion is a huge industry. It definitely takes time to figure out what part of the industry interests you most. I’ve had experience in planning and sales for Calvin Klein, working for PR Consulting for Vera Wang and Massimo Dutti, interned for start up companies like The Vintage Twin and worked in merchandising for Derek Lam. It is important to be open minded and to learn from the things that you don’t like to do!
And finally, we have to ask – What’s it like being a millennial?
Stressful! I have a love hate relationship with social media. It stresses me out, but I’m also addicted because I love following my favourite bloggers, designers and fashion influencers.
Thank you for reading. Do you have any other questions that we should ask Millennials?