Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

Major: Fashion Merchandising (online program)

Fatmata was recently selected as a semi-finalist in the prestigious National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation Next Generation Scholarship competition. During the summer of 2023, she will develop a case study for Macy's and it will be judged by a panel of retail executives. The top prize in the NRF scholarship competition is $25,000.

Why did you choose LIM College’s online Fashion Merchandising program?

I wholeheartedly embraced LIM College’s online Fashion Merchandising program for its dynamic fusion of flexibility and affordability, all under the auspices of an institution that commands immense respect in the fashion sphere. The program exudes authenticity, and I was instantly drawn in by the genuine connection with the dedicated staff. I feel assured that my degree will be a badge of honor and a passport to thriving in the fashion industry!

What has your experience as an online student been like so far?

My journey has been nothing short of transformational. The well-structured and consistent format of the classes has been instrumental in helping me navigate and balance the workload. The accessibility and engagement opportunities offered digitally have been invaluable in forging meaningful connections within the fashion community. In addition, my advisor’s unwavering support and regular check-ins have been a nurturing presence. Above all, the fast-paced nature of the classes keeps me excited!

What are the courses and professors like?

The courses are a treasure trove of insights and diverse perspectives. What sets the professors apart is their illustrious background in the fashion industry, which translates into an unmatched repository of practical knowledge and acumen in synchrony with contemporary trends. They skillfully strike a balance between setting high standards and offering an empowering support system that fosters growth and development.

What do you like the most about learning in an online format?

The most empowering aspect of learning in an online format is the sheer capacity to chase my dreams and cultivate my professional acumen while maintaining a full-time job. The sense of belonging is unmatched! Even as an online student, you have access to an array of clubs, virtual career fairs, and events that keep the LIM spirit alive.

What are your career goals?

My career aspirations are deeply rooted in scaling new heights in merchandising or product development. The robust foundation LIM College has provided is already yielding amazing opportunities. A testament to this was when my professors nominated me for the Fashion Scholarship Fund, where my merchandising case study was lauded with a scholarship. With an ever-growing network and relentless dedication, my eyes are firmly set on making indelible marks within the luxury fashion industry and I know LIM will be there for me every step of the way!