How to get a first in every project and why first year matters with Charnice

by Searlait Golby
First year BA (Hons) Fashion Business and Promotion student

Today I sit down with Charnice Blaize, a 22-year-old student from Northampton, who has quite literally, K I L L E D  I T throughout her entire time at University.

Charnice Blaize
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Currently finishing her final major project in her third year of Fashion Business and Promotion at BCU, Charnice has tons of experience from working in the River Island head office, to interning for Tinie Tempah himself.

After finding out she has achieved a first in every single one of her projects, I had to sit down with her and ask her, how has she done it?


Charnice’s top 7 tips for reaching your full potential


1.) Don’t look at your peer’s work, look at years above. Your year are all in the same boat, so won’t have much to offer in comparison to those older.

2.) First year DOES matter. Build yourself to a standard from the beginning. Discover your capability and push yourself even further. When idea’s come to mind for a certain project, grasp them and just do it.

Charnice Blaize work

3.) Achieving a first is nothing more than a formula – complete the brief, along with anything extra you can think of (look at older work for examples) and ensure the presentation is amazing.

4.) Learn to not use cue cards in presentations. It’s more professional to know exactly what you’re talking about independently.

5.) Alison will be frank about your work. Sometimes you need that. It’s much better to receive constructive criticism and know how to improve, than thinking everything’s alright when really you could’ve improved drastically.

Charnice Blaize dissertation6.) When examining your work, always consider – if you weren’t writing this, would you like to read it? It’s essential your passion and personality reflects your work.

7.) What you know is great but it’s WHO you know that makes the difference. You need to get over not being comfortable and get out there. Make friends, talk to people who look interesting and let people know who you are and what you do. Self-promotion is key!


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