Born and raised in the Bronx, Fatima is on her way to earning a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Fashion Merchandising from LIM’s online program. She already has an associate degree in Fashion Merchandising, Marketing and Management from Wood Tobe-Coburn. Originally beginning her studies in LIM’s on-campus program, Fatima switched to online so she could work fulltime while earning her degree.
Why did you choose LIM College for your bachelor’s degree?
I knew LIM was one of the top schools for the business of fashion—and it was also mentioned to me by a former professor. So, I did more research on the school’s programs and culture and decided to apply.
What has your online learning experience been like?
It keeps me really busy. Being that I’m not learning in a classroom, I have to make sure I take the initiative in utilizing all the information that’s given by the professor. I also have to make sure I understand it. I like that I’m able to develop time management skills, because I can do the coursework on my own time. I just have to make sure everything is completed by the assigned deadlines.
What kind of access do you have to your professors and other students?
Normally, in each class, students and professors discuss topics or answer questions and assignments through online discussion boards. The interaction is cool because you get to know your peers and their opinions as if you’re in the classroom. Your professor’s contact information is always accessible as well, in case you need to contact them privately.
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to become an entrepreneur in the beauty industry. LIM is helping me work toward this through the coursework and internships. Interning in a corporate setting allows me to dig deeper on what it takes to own a business. Additionally, attending networking events that the College provides is also helpful.
Can you tell us more about your corporate internship?
I was a Product Development Intern at Mented Cosmetics. It was very hands on—I helped launch new cosmetics products for 2020, including creating a blush from start to finish. I also visited cosmetic manufacturers, contacted vendors, and analyzed and forecasted trends. It was a great opportunity to learn how to run a successful business.
What advice would you give to someone who’s thinking about applying to an online program at LIM?
My advice would be to go for it—and take it seriously. Some courses are more difficult than others. They may require more reading, studying, or even a tutor. Just remain focused, use the learning notes provided, keep up with time management, and it’ll be a great learning experience.