Around Easter time, I wrote a cv for myself for wanting to find a job. I have been doing this on the side whilst I've been applying to universities. I've attached it because I feel it's relevant to where my future is headed.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15Wpf5OE-3dUsi1Rv7gxxz-lGHTFTW29gUdflknoK6r4/edit?usp=sharing

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I am now done with applying to unis, I am very happy with where I am at. I am confident with my choice and so excited to start in September!

I have got an email from Chelsea, asking whether I want to come in again and have another overview of the course and to see the college. This event is for people who still are undecided to whether to come ton the college but also welcome to others who just want to have another look around. I'm going to go on the 19th April, I think it will be a good opportunity to maybe meet people who will be on my course and also just to have another feel of where I will be going next year!

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I want to include the research I did into portfolios as well as research into my course. I did this all before my interview, but was so busy at the time I didn't get a chance to post.

I was very late doing my portfolio, I think I was avoiding it because I was so nervous It wouldn't be good enough so I was putting it to the back of my mind and forgetting about it. Eventually, a couple of weeks before my interview, I made it (Not the wisest decision). I was concentrating on what Chelsea wanted to see, which was research in colour, how comfortable I am with using colour & experimentation with colour. Interest in surface design and texture. Awareness of contemporary context and ideas. Development progress, and individual responses.

I was thoroughly researching what I needed for my interview, and the whole layout of the course throughout the three years.
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My finished Portfolio :)

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I have now officially accepted my place at Chelsea to do Textiles, the requirements are to get a pass, pass, pass in my BTEC. To finally get to this stage I had to withdraw all other unis from my ucas track page.
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Since I last wrote, a lot has happened.

I've had my interview. Made my decision.

I had my interview at Chelsea, and it went really well. It was a lot longer than I thought it would be, first of all I waited in the cafeteria with my mum- which was really nerve racking, because the more I waited my anticipation grew stronger. They eventually called us over, around 15-20 of us, we were all called out and had to lay out our portfolios and sketchbooks- I was relieved because I wanted to lay it out and in order. We went on a school tour and the teachers, about 5 of them, all looked at our portfolios without us, it was around a 2 hour tour so they had a real chance to have a look through them, we then looked at year 13 work which was cool as well as hearing from an allumni. Her name is Helen Lawrence, and she's now a really incredible knit fashion designer, that really inspired me and her work is so so interesting. I think having that inspiration from looking at her work before going into the interview really pumped me up and made me excited. I then went into the interview, it was one on one but there were three sections of the room, three interviews being taken place- I only heard muffling but it helped that I was in a room that wasn't completely silent. The three main questions she asked me were:
1. Why do you like textiles/ why do you want to do it here?
2. Talk me through one of your projects.
3. What inspires you?

I went well, and she was really kind; the head of textiles there. She told me I had got in, and that they usually don't tell people but she wanted to tell me- I was so happy! Couldn't wipe a smile off my face.

I decided not to go to any other interviews, because I didn't want to go anywhere else. I had my heart set on Chelsea. I could have gone for practise interviews, although, It would have just made me feel more nervous, and I wouldn't be going to any of those anyway.

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Allumni, Helen Lawrence - who I met at the Chelsea selection event.

http://helen-lawrence.co.uk/
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It has been a while since I have written but since then I have been to a few open days and know where I want to go and what I want to do.

LCF OPEN DAY -

I didn't like it at all. I went to see the print and and embroidery courses. When I was looking around the studios, you're not allowed to get messy, there isn't much light and I didn't like how they looked, it wasn't very inspiring. Although the actual facilities were amazing, like the screen printing rooms and electronic knitting machines were really cool! However at this uni, you can't do a textiles course where you can do a combination of print and embroidery. You have to stick to one thing. So if I chose to do print I wouldn't allowed to do embroidery as well as this. So not much freedom. This was a turn off. Also, each final piece has to become a garment, so this is another example how there isn't much freedom.

CSM OPEN DAY -

I went to see the textiles course open day. I did like it, but the course included everything I wanted to do but embroidery, which is not pushing me to go there as that's one of the biggest things I'm into. However, the facilities were really good, the actual equipment was there and you can tell there's a complete vibe and it's actually inspiring to be in the building. The few studios I saw were really nice, but I didn't like the fact that you sometimes have to work on the tables in the walkways and on the floor in the atrium. I personally work better in a calm quiet environment with a few people; a studio place. So if this isn't guaranteed then I feel like my work will be all over the place. + only a few countries to travel to in the exchange.

CHELSEA OPEN DAY -

I loved it!!!!! They do everything I want to do, with the freedom! There were so many facilities and I loved the sound of the course. There was a really nice art college vibe and straight away I could see myself studying there. The three years sound really good - first year you learn how to use all the facilities in all of the areas, so basically like I foundation. I think this would be so good to have a workshop on all the different trypes of weaving, printing & sewing. In the second year you go more into depth with projects. And in the third year you get your own studio space where you can put up a mood board and their studios are soooo nice. I particularly loved how much freedom you can have- your outcome can be whatever your project takes you to.

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Interview!! chelsea 7th march 13:15
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Ucas is done!

I have applied for:

* London College of fashion UAL - Print
* London College of fashion UAL - Embroidery
* Central Saint Martins - Textiles
* Chelsea college UAL - Textiles
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