Stop telling me that fashion isn't a 'real' degree
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"So, what are you doing at uni?" As soon as the F-word falls out of my mouth it's met with shrivelled noses and suppressed laughter. There's a huge misconception on what a degree in fashion communication consists of. Instagram? Selfies? Alexa Chung? A couple of photoshoots and makeovers here and there? We wish. We still have to do as much writing and research as you do on an 'academic' course. We write long essays, we cry over word counts, we sit through lectures and seminars - just like you. I remember thinking that doing a degree in fashion would be great, because I wouldn't have to do much reading. But how wrong was I? I'm lugging around textbooks that are 50 pages to a chapter with the tightly packed, never ending paragraphs in size 0.4 font. It's a misconception that all we read are magazines. I can't remember the last time I even read a fashion magazine without having to over analyse every single detail. Time management is key, as us fashion students are usually working on around 3-4 different briefs or projects at once, with painfully close deadlines. Oh, that's the other thing - whilst some students are all getting drunk every night and missing lectures the next day, we're working towards the next deadline. We don't have exams at the end of the year that we can panic revise for. We've always got a deadline.
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