Student Spotlight: Sarah Bhaidani
Major: Fashion Studies
Sarah Bhaidani has always shown her uniqueness through her clothes.
“When I was young, I enjoyed playing with Barbie dolls but I was always more interested in the clothes they wore than anything else,” she said. “I would spend most of my time drawing clothes and costumes. I started to seriously consider fashion as a career my senior year of high school but even then I was wary about my decisions.”
After graduation, Bhaidani was still unsure of what to do, so she enrolled at College of DuPage. It turned out to be the best decision she could have made because she found the Fashion Studies program.
“I learned so much from my professors and even those I didn’t take classes with,” she said. “My time at COD helped me grow and mature in ways I didn’t know I could. I learned skills and made contacts that will aid me in my goal to make a name for myself in the fashion community.”
During “Elements,” the program’s annual fashion show, Bhaidani received the Judge’s Choice Award for Outstanding Creativity. It gave her a feeling of accomplishment and was the first step toward reaching her goals.
“The award only strengthened and gave me the motivation to continue on my path and do bigger and better things,” she said.
In 2016, Bhaidani participated in COD’s Study Abroad program to Japan.
“Japanese is also a passion alongside fashion, so it was just the greatest opportunity for me to experience the culture firsthand,” she said. “I hope to do business in Japan one day with my career.”
Bhaidani currently is finishing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at Columbia College and is enjoying a design internship with a brand called Drink Black Water. She said College of DuPage is full of opportunities and guidance and students should always chase their dreams.
“I encourage anyone considering College of DuPage to enroll immediately because it has some of the best professors in the industry, especially in the Fashion Studies program,” she said. “I have learned more in one class at COD than I did in one semester in high school.
“Your dream is the most precious thing and don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. I’ve heard plenty of people saying, ‘Have a backup just in case this one fails.’ While it’s understandable that people think this is the best advice, don’t let it plant a seed of doubt in your mind. You are in charge of your life and you choose whether or not you’re successful. Keep your eyes and your mind open to new opportunities and never give up on yourself.”
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