By Elle Bialozynski

Every fall semester all fashion design and merchandising students visit New York City. These trips aren’t a typical day in the city; you get a close look into the fashion industry. Being a second semester sophomore, I have been on two of these trips so far.

My freshmen year, we went to a showroom and were given an inside view of what it’s like working in sales. Both years we went to WGSN, which made me fall in love with trend forecasting. Our group was given a private, interactive presentation about the company and a tour of the office. Learning about sales and trend forecasting beyond the classroom was an amazing experience.

We were also immersed in the rapid pace of NYC culture. We were given hours of free time. Fortunately, the professors don’t chaperone us like they did on field trips in elementary school. This independence allotted time for shopping, eating, and learning the streets of New York. We walked around Fifth Avenue admiring the famous windows at Bergdorf Goodman. We also walked through Times Square to be surrounded by billboards and video screens.

The exposure to different aspects of the fashion industry and the freedom to explore NYC makes me so excited for the trip and to be a fashion student at Stevenson!