I'm currently in my third year of the BA Fashion Menswear course, also known as the gap year. During this year I will be travelling the world as an intern at a variety of established fashion houses to learn their trade.
I'm a 21 year-old East Londoner and had never heard of Central Saint Martins until I got to college - fashion schools rarely came up in conversation where I grew up in Docklands!
I got my place on the BA Fashion Menswear course after taking part in the NALN project, a short course that lets London based students experience Central Saint Martins. At the time I was studying at Tower Hamlets College and was chosen from 23 students on my BTEC ND Art and Design course to take part. I joined 20 other students from all over London competing for a place at CSM and to my amazement I was the one they chose.
Being a fashion student at CSM is about so much more than the final garment. You become a designer who is experimental and enjoys playing with and creating new concepts and ideologies for the creative world to enjoy. You spend most of your time researching in libraries, getting lost in pictures and books. You draw until the little idea in your head becomes a reality and receive feedback from tutors who help ensure your original idea is not lost.
The Kings Cross campus forces you to open your mind as you are joined by students from different backgrounds and ideologies at the studios which helps inspire and challenge you. But the most valuable thing is the tutors who are leaders in their field and keep their successful careers going while teaching you. Their feedback can be hard to hear at times but it's essential to your development as a creative. All this makes CSM the best school for creative individuals.
Outside school I spend my time with friends and family, when I'm not working late into the night to meet my deadlines. Central Saint Martins has invaded my life, but this is no bad thing!