|| 2015 Graduate of Orana College ||

Just a little something for all those wanting to purse fashion….
Twenty fourteen was one heck of a year filled with more then I every expected. This time last year I was still deciding whether to do fashion or nursing… Yes two totally different things but I stuck with my heart and followed my dream. I thought why not fashion I am young and can’t get enough of fashion so what better way to spend 2014 then in a fashion college. Looking back at the year gone I have learnt more then ever expected and have loved every moment of it. I never would of thought I would do half the things i did.

Orana college… The place to go to begin your fashion career. From the moment I set foot in Orana and had my interview with Orana’s director Yvonne Wallace, I knew this was the place for me. It was personal and had everything I needed and more to start my fashion studies. Yvonne’s love and passion for fashion made my decision so much easier. There was just something different about Orana that no other college had. 

Highlights – there were way to many to mention all but some include meeting some amazing, knowledgeable, inspiration and motivating teachers. All our teachers were from the the industry which was so helpful to gain knowledge about a true life in the fashion industry. Our college gave us so many opportunities with internships and volunteering at fashion events. Another highlight that I absolute loved about this college was our teachers. They were forever telling us about great places to intern and fashion events to volunteer at. Our classes in general were so much fun as they were small and personable. We got to do a lot of group work and interactive things during class. Our little student lounge was such a great place to get to know other students and discuss anything fashion related. 
It wasn’t all fun and games… at times it was challenging. Tears were shed and sweat was running. For me personally I have grown in myself and confidence. Asked me this time last year what I would be doing in 2015 I wouldn’t of been able to tell you. I put my heart and soul into 2014 and I can look back now and be proud of how far I have come and what I’ve achieved. 

My advice to anyone wanting to purse a career in fashion is to make sure you absolutely love what you do. Put your heart and soul into it. If you’re ever regretful you know you haven’t given 100%. Set goals, short and long term to keep you motivated during the year. There will be days when you feel like giving up but that’s when you need to think back to your goals you’ve set and strive for them. Reaching your goals in the future will be the most rewarding thing you’ll ever achieve.

I am so grateful for my time at Orana. I was so fortunate to have so many supportive people surrounding me through my journey at college. They helped pick me up when I was struggling and motivated me to do my absolute best. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. It helped to have both a fabulous director (Yvonne) and teacher (Krystal) that to have a passion for not only the industry but for there students too. They wanted nothing but the absolute best for us. 

So to all those fashion lovers I say… Put yourself out there, do something out of your comfort zone, work hard, be different, believe in yourself, learn from others and strive to be the best you can possible be. There are great things waiting and calling your name for in the fashion industry. 

Sarah Cardwell 2015 Orana Fashion Business College Graduate.