Clothes, cars change but education lasts forever

Another day at the Tallahassee Fashion Institute, also known as Florida A&M University, and I am sitting in class bored to death while the professor jabbers on about investing into market fund accounts as opposed to Macy’s merchant accounts.

As I skim the class of model wannabes, I cannot help but notice a few scholars taking notes on their Dell laptops. The environment encourages me to participate a little. Perhaps, I will ask a question, but wait – I know I did not just see that girl shopping online for shoes! Isn’t this the type of behavior our professors are telling us to avoid?

There is nothing wrong with being concerned about your looks, but there is a problem when you spend more time dressing for school than you actually spend at school itself.

But then again, a lot of people do not really grasp the concept of school.

It is vital to care about the source that is taking all of your money. People find themselves in debt by the time they graduate. Not only are tuition, books, and the basic costs of living breaking people’s pockets, but the costs associated with trying to keep up with the “Hollyhood” look may also have pockets screaming.

Women are not the only students enrolled in the Tallahassee Fashion Institute; men are also apart of that number.

Are guys more concerned with making sure their car looks good while it is parked in the employee parking zone, or are they more concerned about the light reflected from their chain that is brighter than the professor’s overhead projector?

Whatever the case may be, many people may agree with me when I say FAMU is the showroom of Tallahassee.

People who do not even attend FAMU know it is only right if they ride by Paddyfoote and SBI playing the song “Leather So Soft” if they want to display their new speakers.

Makeup, clothes, cars and all the other things we are obsessed with are materialistic possessions. We use these things to satisfy the need for attention. We fulfill our psychological needs while taking away from other needs, such as education and finances.

A wise man once said, “You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.”

In the event of your demise, MAC Cosmetics will be applied one last time, but the mortician will not dig you up every day for daily maintenance.

You leave here with one hairdo, one application of makeup and one outfit. Obviously, fashion is not as important as we prioritize it.

Fashion is an ever-changing process. You may miss out on opportunities if fashion means more to you than handling your business.

I am not trying to step on anybody’s toes, but we all know the saying, “If the shoe fits, wear it.”

Deidra Fields is a junior business administration student from Tallahassee. She can be reached at