Here’s my application essay for LIM college in new york so far. does anyone have any criticism for it?
Fashion definitely is not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about Frederick, Maryland. So you can understand my extreme excitement upon hearing that I, the girl voted best dressed in high school, had just landed an internship at Velvet Lounge. Specializing in contemporary women’s apparel, Velvet Lounge aims to expose my small town to the wonderful world of fashion. The two weeks that I spent at Velvet Lounge proved to be two of the best weeks that I have ever had in my entire life. Not only did I gain priceless knowledge of how a boutique runs, I affirmed to myself that working in the fashion industry is what I want to do in life if I am going to follow my passion. During my crash-course in boutique running, I dressed mannequins, updated their website to show new merchandise, put new merchandise in their computer system, helped style customers, and helped order new merchandise. Learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry was the farthest thing from work for me. Each day I sprung out of bed, eagerly awaiting two o’clock so I could check in to my internship and dreaded when it was time for me to leave.
In addition to learning about the business side of a boutique, I learned all about good work ethic. By closely watching how the employees and owner worked, I learned so many lessons on how to work in any type of job that I may hold in my life. I learned that when there’s a task to be done, it is best to get it done quickly and completely so work does not pile up; one day was more busy than others with having a lot of customers coming in, having a lot of new merchandise being delivered and needing to reorganize the store so the employee working with me that day divided up the work between us so we could get it done quickly. I learned that it is important to not be afraid to ask for help; when I was learning how to put merchandise into the computer system, I forgot what step came next and instead of guessing and potentially making an error, I asked for help to make sure that I got it done correctly. I also learned a lot about great customer service from my internship. The women who work at Velvet Lounge get to know the regular customers pretty well. They learn the personal style of most customers so they can help them shop. This shows me that in order to make sure customers come back you need to make them feel valued.
Overall, my internship at Velvet Lounge was undoubtably the best time that I have ever had in my life. It made me new friends with the women who work there and I gained priceless knowledge about the inside business to the fashion industry. Even though Frederick is a pretty small town, I was able to make the most out of the resources that my city has to offer so I can learn about careers in the fashion industry.