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Anonymous asked: Hi Sophia, I searched LCF open day and found your article. I was too late so you really helped me out. I was a bit disappointed that you didn't talk about the people you met though, as in the other applicants. I've heard that it's a pretty snobbish sort of place and I was wondering is that's just a load of BS. Can you tell me how you found it?
I’m glad to have been of service!
Hmm. Well I went last year (so technically a year early if you’re one to go by the ‘standard procedure’ of these things - as I was only an AS student.)
My initial reaction to the open day was - WHAT the hell? I am not exaggerating when I say that the majority of people had either one or both of their parents with them. I personally found this peculiar. University is a milestone in one’s life where one becomes independent and lives away (usually), so I suppose I found it odd that they had opted to take their Mum with them! I travelled for two and a half hours on the train the night before and made my own way there in the morning. I know it’s London and all but it isn’t rocket science. Looking at it in a wider context, if you were so lucky to be offered an internship at say, British Vogue, you wouldn’t be going with your Mum or Dad, you’d be going it alone.
That said, I went to boarding school so I’m really independent and I actually prefer to do these sorts of things on my own. At the end of the Fashion Journalism presentation one Mum genuinely piped up and asked a question that had been covered in the talk. That would have made me cringe (die) if it had been my Mother! Slightly awkward.
Another thing I can say from observation, is that most of the other girls (there were hardly any guys), were wearing really understated, simple outfits. (I was quite surprised.) Like, jeans and Converses with leather jackets. Luckily I wore something I’d wear (on a good day) to college so I wasn’t - what other people would perceive to be - overdressed. I wore a nude dress with mesh detailing and a pearly collar, a grey boyfriend coat, a faux fur stole, black tights and patent T-bar shoes. I don’t know why I am mentioning this. I guess it just shocked me! I think due to having dreamed of attending LCF for such a long time that I’d spun a fantastical web in my head, depicting girls in pointed heels and red lipstick marching along the corridors like something off The Devil wears Prada. Obviously I was very wrong.
The only communication with another (potential) student attending the open day, was with a beautiful girl - also on her own - wearing a pair of gold finish jeans, orange heels and a fur coat. I can still remember her outfit because she looked insanely cool. We smiled and nodded at each other. I suppose we felt a mutual sense of awkwardness as NOBODY spoke to anyone they hadn’t turned up with. (I think that’s why people took their rents, for a bit of a chinwag.)
Anyway! Sorry for rambling on. The general consensus is that everyone kept to themselves and I only saw one other girl taking notes during the talk. I wasn’t ecstatic about the people as they seemed bored and uninspired, but I don’t know any of them, they may be lovely and just as enthusiastic as I was - but I doubt the latter.