Student Spotlight: Sarah Stuglis
Major: Fashion Studies
When she was a little girl, Sarah Stuglis loved dressing up her dolls. She also liked picking out her own outfits to wear.
“I realized I wanted to go into fashion when I was in downtown Chicago and saw everyone had a different look,” she said. “I knew how much I would love to see people walking down the streets wearing my own designs.”
Stuglis researched various schools and discovered that the College of DuPage Fashion Studies program allowed students to take general education classes along with fashion-based courses. She also liked how the professors either work or have previously worked in the fashion industry and bring that experience into the classroom.
“Not only did the teachers help me work toward reaching my class goals, they also helped guide me so that one day I can reach my career goals,” she said. “The teachers focused on each of us when working their way around the classroom to help and answer questions. They wanted what was best for us and did everything they could to help us personally achieve anything we were trying to reach for.
“Having small classes is also a benefit COD provides. It allowed me to have one-on-one time with the teacher, which provided a better opportunity to build a teacher-student relationship. The positive environment and everyone’s willingness to help made it easy to achieve my goals. And COD had endless resources to help me with whatever I needed.”
Having graduated with her associate’s degree in Fashion Design and a certificate in Fashion Entrepreneurship, Stuglis is creating her own online boutique to sell her designs while working full-time for an online-based social media company. She is interested in teaching sewing and has a passion for the elderly and handicapped communities.
“I would love to help them develop a sense of normalcy in their lives and could do so by giving them the ability to look and feel good in what they wear,” she said.
As for College of DuPage, Stuglis advises any student interested in fashion to consider the Fashion Studies program.
“When starting classes, we all started at the beginning. So whether you know how to sew or not is not important because we all started at the same stage,” she said. “COD will help you make new friends and meet people from other departments. The teachers will give you advice and provide you with connections in the fashion industry for your career after you graduate. Not only will you receive more personal attention because the class sizes are smaller than at a large school, you will also save money while doing it. I am so happy I chose to come to College of DuPage.”
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