Online Student Spotlight: Cheryl Xu ('19)
October 10, 2018
After gaining work experience in her home country of China with companies such as Nike, North Face, and Adidas, Cheryl enrolled in LIM’s online associate degree program in Fashion Merchandising & Management when she moved to the U.S. She then decided to continue her LIM education by pursuing an online bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising.
Why did you choose to enroll in LIM College’s online degree program?
LIM’s focus on retail and the business of fashion, its reputation, and its flexible online course schedule made up my mind to enroll in the program. The online courses provide lots of flexibility for me to study while doing other projects, such as working part-time.
What made you decide to continue your education and get a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising?
From the beginning, I was targeting a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. Since I just moved to New York last year, and had never taken online courses before, I decided I wanted to start with an associate degree to see if it was suitable for me. Once I saw that it was, I decided I would enroll in the BBA program.
What do you like most about LIM’s online programs?
Even though the courses are online, we have lots of connection and communication with the professors and other students through discussion boards—the feedback and emails make me feel like I’m not studying at home alone. The Writing center, my online advisor, and Career Services also help me a lot.
As an online student, do you have time to do other things?
Of course! Normally, I spend four days a week on my studies. While earning my AAS degree, I also did projects for Adidas Group Greater China. Recently, I started learning to paint.
What’s your career goal?
My ultimate career goal is to develop myself into a fashion merchandising expert and find a job at a sport, causal or luxury apparel company in New York.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying to an online program with LIM?
If you love the fashion and retail industry, LIM College focuses on that professional knowledge. The online programs are great for people who need to balance academic study with things like family and work.