Meet the first of our Featured Students: Alex Jurczewski
Although she wears a lot of black, Alex Jurczewski is obsessed with color.
“The idea of color psychology is what first interested me in fashion,” she said. “It amazed me how designers would combine different colors together that I never thought of. What’s even better is that each color on the color wheel has its own unique and individual story. The possibilities are endless!”
When she was 17, Jurczewski enrolled in a fashion illustration summer course at College of DuPage. She realized how amazing the Fashion Studies program was and decided it would be a great environment in which to start her education before transferring to a four-year school.
She is pursuing a Fashion Merchandising degree and is developing a passion for visual merchandising.
“I love how I am able to create a story visually that leads my customers to a certain reaction. It’s kind of like mind control in a very creative way,” she said.
Her goal is to transfer to the London College of Fashion and earn a bachelor’s degree. In fact, during the summer of 2014, she is taking a class there to get a taste of the program.
Beyond her bachelor’s, Jurczewski hasn’t determined a career goal because she doesn’t want to limit her options. Whichever path she follows, she thanks the faculty and staff at College of DuPage – especially Sharon Scalise, Anna Gay, Melissa Heischberg and Vin Reed – for giving her a solid start.
“I feel like I am challenging a new part of my brain that I did not even know existed, and now I see things from a new perspective, which is really working to my advantage,” she said. “Also, thanks to the support from the department, I was encouraged to take London trend forecasting at the London College of Fashion. They all have so much faith in me that it makes me constantly want to do better and go above and beyond to really see what I am capable of achieving.
“My advice to others would to be to stay focused and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Taking risks is what this industry is all about, and you come to school to learn, so making mistakes now will only help you in the long run. Do not be afraid to stand out and make a difference, because people will notice and they WILL remember. The Fashion Studies program has changed my life for the better.”
Read the article on the College Home Page: http://www.cod.edu/spotlights/students/jurczewski.aspx