At the end of the academic year, CCAD deans present the Outstanding Seniors for their divisions. Today, in part six of our 10-part Outstanding Senior series, meet Fashion Design major Rachel Cass.
Q) What was your proudest achievement while at CCAD?
A) Getting all six looks into the CCAD Senior Fashion Show. This year was a little different from past years. Each designer was able to complete six looks, and then [the looks] would be presented in front of a panel and judged to decide which would go into the show. I wanted to do as many as possible, and I am really proud of myself for getting them all in.
Q) What scared you the most while you were at CCAD?
A) Probably the pressure to perform. I am from Columbus, and I knew that CCAD had an amazing and competitive reputation. It certainly lived up to that.
Q) What are your plans after graduation?
A) I am talking to a few companies now, so I hope to get an offer from one of them—I am keeping my fingers crossed!
Q) What’s your ultimate dream job or goal?
A) I would love to work for Urban Outfitters in Philly. That is one of the companies that I am talking to now, so it’s exciting. I went to Marietta College and got a degree in graphic design and worked at Anthropologie before coming to CCAD, so I have experience with their brand and style.
Q) Why is it important as an alumna to give back to CCAD?
A) I wouldn’t be here without the scholarships I received, and I think it is important, as an alumna, to continue to give back financially to the school to feed those scholarship programs and help other students study here.
Q) What smell, word, object, or whatever will always remind you of your time here as a student?
A) Coffee. I lived on coffee.
Q) What will you miss the most?
A) The people and the pressure. There is good and bad pressure here, and you have this constant weight of having to perform well, but I work well off of it, and it feeds my desire to do better and work harder.
Q) If you can describe what graduation feels like in one word or sentence what would it be?
A) Surreal. You work so hard for this for four years, and then all of a sudden it is here, and you wonder where it all went.
Q) What was your favorite class at CCAD?
Pattern making. Pattern making is the foundation of Fashion Design. You can be a great illustrator, but you have to know how to translate those illustrations into patterns so you can then create your work.
Q) What did you like to do during your free time?
A) I really didn’t have any free time, especially this last year with doing six looks for the show. When I did have a spare time though I would spend it sleeping and relaxing!
Q) What is your fondest memory at CCAD?
A) Working in the fashion labs with fellow students. We would have the music going and we would all be working together to get work done. It was nice because no matter how stressed we were we still made sure to have fun and be silly.
Q) If you could, what would you change about your undergraduate career?
A) Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything.
Q) What is your advice for future CCAD students?
A) Do not procrastinate. You just can’t do it here.
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