Having called Condé Nast College a home away from home for the past year I've been immersed in depth of fashion experience and knowledge. Not only growing academically but personally it’s not always the real learning that has been done in the classroom. Starting at a college, no matter where, is always a daunting day but you know you're at home when the first day ends with a glass of wine at a drinks reception.

Before we began the course we had it drilled into our minds about the pace of a two-year BA, but I still don't think we fully believed what roller coaster we were being strapped into.

Every 10-week term feels like it’s flown by in a second; with three different modules per term the work load is heavy, but assisted by constant tutorials and peer to peer evaluations through the bonds we have in class, help has always been at hand.

Delving into so many aspects of fashion in the past year, from learning everything Adobe, fashion journalism and image making to name a few - it’s been an immense  learning curve to push and refine skills. Extremely helpful when defining what job you want to achieve at the end of the BA.

The Condé Nast College prides itself with their array of industry speakers and they have certainly outdone themselves this year. Edward Enninful, Nicholas Colderidge, Adwoa Aboah and Dylan Jones have graced the podium giving us insightful experiences and teaching us lessons that no book ever could. Scribbling down vital points while the guests speak will without a doubt, give you a sore hand but it’s always an advantage to have learnt from such figures in industry and apply this academically. Each tutor at the college has formed personal connections with students to provide help and assistance in class and through tutorials as well as always being on the other end of emails to aid as much as possible, which is a blessing.

Situated in bustling Soho, where could be better to take lunch breaks? Whether you're on a student budget or spend the days luxury dining, there are loads of ecclectic options that reflect the creativity of the area.

L’Escasgot opposite college has always been a favourite of the students as they provided us with a members card as well as a place to study within the restaurant. Dean Street Town House is also a favourite of students to relax at the end of the day, and of course coffee favourites Starbucks and Pret are on the doorstep, always beneficial in deadline week. Studying fashion in central London immerses us in the depths of trends, offering opportunities to develop street style photography and rummage through vintage stores. Of course Oxford Street and Regents Street situated around the corner, although not so positive on our student funds, are a great way to learn more about the brands shaping fashion.

Moving to London is a massive step for anyone but we couldn't ask for more of a family feel within college, between staff and students theres always someone to turn to. Coming to Condé Nast  College we’re surrounded by like minded people, encouraging eachother everyday. As we progress into our final year we are all undergoing our work placements this summer, enabling us to push our learning into industry, feeling proud to have added many new skills onto our CV’s developed through our first year at the Condé Nast College.

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Written by Olivia Lower

Fashion Communication BA Hons