BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing second-year student Amelia Wilson set up the Fashion Business Society in her first year. The society aims to bring like-minded individuals together to participate in events where professionals from companies such as Conde Nast, Farfetch and House of Fraser discuss their experience and share their wisdom. The society also offers relaxed monthly socials for members to get to know each other and explore London together. We caught up with Amelia and about what it was like to set up a society from scratch in her first year, and what the Fashion Business Society brought to her.
Hi Amelia! Tell us, why did you decide to create your own society?
I started FBS in February of this year with the hopes of forming a community where students like myself could connect and form new friendships, whilst learning invaluable lessons from professionals who have been there and done it all themselves. Now, I am the founder and president of the society, meaning that I oversee the general running of the society and organise the events and socials that we host.
How was it to create a society from scratch?
It was definitely scary to set up a society in my first year at university. I never expected it to be so popular! I have now found the confidence within me to reach out to people and ask them to come to our events. I have a lot of respect for event coordinators! It is worth all the efforts when I see everyone come together and meet, knowing I helped students an opportunity to meet people they wouldn’t have met without the society.
Has your society helped you socialise?
Yes, absolutely! My main priority was to create a community for like-minded students to connect and socialise in a relaxed, welcoming environment. I have made new friends and met people from different courses I probably would’ve never met otherwise! We recently set up a committee to organise the events and run social media. We could not have a lovelier group of volunteers. We are all very excited to meet the new members in September!
What is your favourite thing about the society?
I love being part of a community and forming new friendships, meeting new people! We also get to explore London all together, which is really exciting. Through the society, we also met incredible professionals who shared their story, and I am beyond grateful that they are willing to share their wisdom and advice. I hope someday in the future, we all get in a position to share our own advice.
What have you learned during your time at LCF?
During my first year at LCF, I have really learned to step out of the box, exploring every option and making the most of every opportunity that is offered to me. We are in such a lively and creative environment! It was a big change for me, but I soon settled in and now I feel like part of one huge family!
I learned that it is important to keep on top of your studies and put in the extra hours, but ensure that you have a good work-life balance, and that is what the society offered me, so I am very grateful for that.
What advice would you give new students?
My advice to new students is to make the most of your time at LCF and the opportunities presented to you by being here - connect with people you may not usually see yourself being friends with because they might surprise you, and don’t be afraid to step out of the box and do something wild! If there’s ever a place to try something new, surrounded by like-minded creatives, LCF is definitely the place to do it.