7 fashion students explain what college is like during a pandemic

University is full of major life changes, especially for fashion students entering a highly competitive field full of potential. Whether you’re a freshman, nearing graduation, or just trying to get through the next day of class, each stage presents a new set of challenges. Add in a global pandemic, and it gets even more complicated.

Rightly so, being in the fashion world, you learn to be creative, resourceful and able to adapt to new circumstances. The current generation of fashion students are doing it in the traditional sense and in the “new normal” caused by the pandemic.

teen vogue sat down with fashion students at different points in their college careers to learn how COVID-19 has affected their studies. From social media communities to career changes, here’s how seven fashion students coped with the pandemic.

Allison Ko

Senior in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Courtesy of Allison Ko.

Teen vogue: What was a typical day for a fashion student like before the pandemic started?

Allison Ko: I usually had a fairly busy schedule. I tried to take a lot of classes, because there are a lot of things that I [am] I also did an internship during the school year, so I had that real-life experience sort of coupled with the classroom learning. I used to sleep in before COVID, so I woke up at 7:30, got ready for class, and headed to my 9am, which was probably a studio lab. So it would be three or four hours. I would have lunch somewhere near the school, then return to the main building for another class. Again, about three or four hours, then I would go back to the dorms, have dinner, relax a bit, then go back to school to work on projects. I probably get home around midnight, go to sleep, then wake up the next morning and kind of do the same thing. And then every other day I was doing an internship, so it would be a bit of a variation. But I would say that in general, my days were pretty full with classes, homework and internship.

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