Student Spotlight: Sariai Bethel

Student Spotlight: Sariai Bethel
This month of February, 2023, we shine our student spotlight on a young, ambitious individual who's full of passion and creativity. Sariai has always been sure of her love for fashion and she's been working on her skills since a young age. Let's read more about her below!
How long have you been a design student and what got you interested in fashion as a career?
I have been a student at the Fashion Institute of Florida for almost 3 years, starting with beginners sewing in 2020. Since I can remember I’ve always been creative and had an interest in fashion. Growing up I attended an arts program and there I learned how to sew clothes and also participated in a few fashion shows. Around the time I was graduating (2020), it was time to decide what route to take after high school. I knew that regular college wasn’t for me and I’d already grown a love for clothes and wanting to expand my knowledge on fashion design, so I chose this school!
How are your classes helping you in the process of preparing personal projects?
The classes have helped me immensely and I use everything I've learned for  my sewing projects. Not only have the classes helped me with my technical skills, but also with opening up my creativity with the clothes that I can make, and expanding my own personal style. 
What are your plans after you finish your studies at the Fashion Institute of Florida?
After I graduate, my plans for the future are to continue working on my brand and maybe even put together a mini collection for the summer! I always want to learn and maximize my knowledge about my craft, so in the next few years I may continue my studies in another state/city. 
What advice do you have for students already studying or wanting to study fashion design?
To anyone wanting to or already studying fashion, my advice would be to always practice your craft because that is how you will get better. Try to keep a positive mindset while doing a project and if you get to the point of feeling overwhelmed in the process, take a break, regroup, and come back to it later. Lastly, don’t be afraid to completely start a project over if needed. Sometimes starting over is just what you need to see your work clearly and improve it.

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