As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” It’s a time of new growth and renewal, which is a perfect analogy for education. For many of our students, this is the first time attending college. It’s a time to learn new skills and prepare for a career in fashion. And for some, attending college at Berkeley is a chance to come to America and learn in the fashion business capital of the world. However, there are many students in the fashion program who are coming back to college, in some cases to complete unfinished degrees, and in other cases, to renew their skills and prepare for career changes. We welcome all and appreciate the diverse ideas, experiences and backgrounds that are brought to our classroom. In fact, this intermingling prepares students for the greatest challenges and opportunities in a global marketplace.