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Studying Fashion in London

Luana, class of 2022, is enjoying her time in London studying fashion business and exploring the city - but she is missing the taste of Japan not found overseas.


Where are you now?
I am currently living in London, UK.

What are you studying? What is your field of study/major?
I’m studying Fashion Business and Management at the University of Westminster!

What was your favorite class so far?
Fashion Marketing has got to be my favorite lecture. My professor is beyond knowledgeable in this field and excited to share their wisdom with us, they also invite many guest speakers to share their knowledge and opinions directly from the Fashion Industry. I feel challenged but motivated to continue my studies in Fashion.

What was your least favorite class so far?
One of the classes I like the least is Study Skills as I already was able to learn certain skills at NIS, at times the class feels monotonous and not engaging. 

What part of university life do you enjoy the most?
My favourite part of university life is being able to interact with different cultures, like I did at NIS, since my university welcomes many students from abroad (including me).

Outside of your studies, what’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days?
Exploring London has been the most exciting activity for me! I usually hang out with my friends and we explore different areas of London. Since the city is so big and lively, everywhere still seems new and exciting.

What’s the one thing you miss most about Japan? 
The thing I miss the most about Japan is the FOOD! Although fish n' chips are pretty delicious, it is nothing compared to Japanese food. I tried different Japanese restaurants around London, but it was not the same.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for your schoolmates still at NIS?
NIS was an important and happy phase in my life. I was able to grow as a person and find strength to pursue my goals! I also had difficult moments (struggling with language/cultural barriers, difficult assessments and time management) but now that I look back, they were important to build the person that I am today... At the end of the day, sad, angry, embarrassing and disappointing moments/feelings/days are as important as the happy and exciting ones, otherwise how would we ever know if we are happy if we have never been sad. Everything is temporary and most of the time unique, so seize every second and every feeling of your life.