If you had told me four months ago that today I would be living in NYC as an FIT student, I wouldn’t have believed you. I never felt like my prior college of two years was home to me, but it had been my dream school when I was younger, and I was determined to try and make the most out of my experience there. However, after being sent home amid the chaos that was COVID-19, I had a sudden revelation about how much happier I was to be home instead of at school – a glaring red flag that I was in the wrong place. I also learned during this time that another girl from my school made YouTube videos and was telling her story about attempting to transfer to USC. Between my gut feelings and her parallel situation, I finally found the strength inside me to go after what I wanted.
…But there was one issue: The deadline to apply to FIT was back in January, and at this point, it was mid-April. Instead of giving up and accepting the situation, I decided to research and reach out to FIT admissions. If I didn’t hear from them within a couple of days, I would have followed up (goals, ya know?). I was in such a desperate pursuit to earn my spot that I was willing to be a pain and a nuisance. Thankfully, after dozens of emails and a scramble to get all the necessary documentation turned in, weeks later I received the letter I had been hoping for: I was in!
If nothing else, this story is a lesson that if you want something badly enough, the timing doesn’t have to be perfect; you can make your goals and dreams happen regardless. Yes, I’m aware it’s corny, but it’s true that with enough persistence, you can really do anything you set your mind to. I hope my journey inspires you (even just a little bit) to go for that opportunity you’re scared of or think is impossible to obtain. Trust me, that little fire in your heart can go a long way.