Fashion Forward

“My senior year of high school I was voted most likely to become a fashion designer. I wanted to make clothes. We had a sewing club where I actually made and designed my own clothes and wore them to school. People kind of knew me for that. I was really proud of myself for it. I got accepted into Southern Illinois University and I was so excited to get started. I got wrapped up in a new boyfriend, and I let that kind of deter me from my original plan. But that’s okay. I loved school. I knew him from high school, we had already been friends for awhile and kind of just reconnected. When we began dating, I applied for the second semester at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and I moved in with him. The transfer affected a few things, mainly being that I had to change my major since they didn’t have Fashion design. I decided to stick with another passion of mine, which was health and fitness; so naturally, I transitioned to Health Sciences at the time. One thing led to another and I ended up here in Florida. I love Jacksonville, don’t get me wrong, but lately I’ve been feeling out of place. I’ve done everything here from retail to working in a gym and now I just want to be working in my field. I miss being in my creative place with fashion. It’s been four years. I’ve been considering going back to Illinois, it’s kind of a dream of mine to go to Columbia for fashion design. I love being here at the beaches, but I love the city. It’s always been a big part of me. I want to see what it would be like if I went through with my original plan, and became apart of something bigger up there. I don’t think there’s another design school in Florida I would attend. I’m kind of just trying to figure it out.” 

Madi Lambert

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