TRANSFER STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: ARIEL MOISE KLEINMAN ('20)
December 10, 2018
Hometown: Clark, New Jersey
Career Goal: Vintage Stylist and Shop Owner
Where did your college experience begin?
In high school, I obsessively collected fashion magazines, looking for the faces of my favorite models in their new campaigns. But I hardly gave a thought to choosing fashion as a career. So, I started at another college, dabbling in a few different courses. Eventually, I realized my love for fashion went beyond models and magazines.
What led you to LIM College?
I had amassed a vintage clothing collection that had outgrown my room, so I listed some pieces for sale online. Since starting a site to sell vintage clothing, business has been booming. I came to realize there was much more I needed to learn about creating a successful business that I couldn’t teach myself. I found this at LIM College, where I’m surrounded by some of the most knowledgeable people I have met.
As a transfer student, what was your transition to LIM like?
My transition has been entirely smooth. My transferable credits and recommended courses were plainly laid out. Yes, there are some first-year courses I can’t bypass—but in these classes, I’m in the company of many other transfers, which has helped me make a lot of new friends!
What’s your favorite class?
I would never have guessed this, but Economics is my favorite class. I’m not a numbers person at all, but what makes this class so special is that there are only eight students. My classmates and I have become very close, so I don’t feel nervous to ask questions about a complicated subject. My professor will spend extra time explaining concepts. He delivers each lesson like a conversation.
How is LIM helping you develop professionally?
I was glad to receive formal training in how to create a resume in my Industry Exploration class. Previously, I was worried my skills and experience weren’t being featured the right way. I’ve also been given both the networking skills and the opportunities to connect with professionals in all fields, not just vintage. At LIM’s Fall 2018 Career Fair, I delivered my resume to representatives from Ross Stores and Kleinfeld Bridal. I also met other LIM students who have interned with these brands.
What do you like most about the LIM experience?
LIM fosters community. They take into account academic support, health and safety awareness, cultural celebrations, and networking opportunities, all provided with a high level of diversity, inclusivity, and fun!
What advice would you share with other students transferring to LIM?
The professors here know the “goings-on” in fashion and have provided me with connections I never could make on my own. Take advantage of every lesson, connection, and opportunity. It requires some self-starting, but LIM is here to help you succeed.