I Made it to Santiago! (and back!)

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Hello again! After a very busy summer I am back in the NYC swing of things and there is so much to talk about, but I have recently found out that many of you readers were interested in the last post I made about doing the Camino de Santiago (read it here) so I thought I would give you a little follow up.

The few weeks building up to my start were pretty stressful, it didn’t help that I also had finals and was trying to figure out how to move out of my apartment and get all my stuff back home from Italy. I had done plenty of research on what to bring, what to expect in terms of weather and terrain, and how to get to St. Jean, but I knew that I wouldn’t really be able to know what the experience would be like until I was actually walking, and I liked it that way.

Getting to St. Jean Pied-de-Port was pretty difficult. I had to fly to Bordeaux (via London for some reason) then the next day I took the train to Bayonne and then a bus to St. Jean. It was a little overwhelming, there were a lot of pilgrims all arriving with me and I didn’t have a room booked yet, although there were plenty of places catering to us there so it wasn’t a problem. The first person I met was a school teacher from New Zealand who was doing the camino because teaching didn’t excite her anymore and she didn’t know where her life was going next. I also met four girls about my age who were from Kentucky. I knew that the first day of the walk was going to be the hardest because you have to cross the Pyrenees mountains, so I was a little nervous to go at it alone. To make the day better it was raining at 6 am when I got up. Luckily, those four girls were leaving the same time as me and also wanted to make it all the way across in one day, so I joined up with them. Before I knew it, I had my walking buddies. We ended up walking all the way to Santiago together and even picked up a few extra people along the way!

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To describe the entire camino experience would take pages and pages. Even then I don’t think I would be able to communicate the truly amazing time I had and all the fantastic characters I met along the way. It sounds corny to say, but this is one of those life changing experiences that can take you from crying and broken one day to looking out over a mountain range with exhilarated gratefulness the next.

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One of many incredibly breathtaking sunrises I was lucky enough to experience

I think everyone should do it at some point in their life. It is physically difficult, but not impossible. I met many elderly people doing the camino (and I mean 60 plus) as well as kids! One girl was 9 and doing 15 kilometers a day on her tiny bike; there was even a baby. A BABY. If a baby, well if a mother carrying her baby, can do it so can you.

The journey is more about the relationships you build with those who are also on this soul searching pilgrimage, and discovering about yourself. While it is important for your body to be physically prepared, I would say that preparing myself mentally was much more helpful. I definitely thought a lot about the questions I hoped to find  answers for, and things I wanted to improve upon in my everyday life.

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I will leave some pictures to try and give you a broad idea of what walking the camino (500 miles!) was like, and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them! If people really show an interest I wouldn’t mind making more posts about my experience in greater detail, but for now I will be going back to New York/ FIT based posts.

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all the pilgrims in one albergue (hostel type thing) would make big family style dinners a lot. They were one of my favorite parts!

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–Emily–

Perks of Kaufman Hall

Hi everyone and welcome back to a brand new school year at FIT!  If you’ve been keeping up with the blog since day 1, welcome back!  If you are just joining us, welcome to the family!  Some of you may know that last year I was in Nagler Hall on 27th St.  This year, as a sophomore I chose to go to Kaufman Hall over getting an apartment.  You truly cannot compare Nagler to Kaufman because they are worlds away from one another but Nagler made me truly appreciate what Kaufman has to offer.

Besides Kaufman being only a few blocks away, the view regardless of what floor or side you face is really nice, especially with the light coming through the windows in the morning (Ideal photographic lighting).  The dorms in Kaufman are HUGE and I mean HUGE.  Not just NYC huge, actually real life, middle of no where huge.  Each dorm room varies in square footage so freshmen, be sure to ask someone who lives in the dorms for a tour before you pick which floor/room you want.

The dorms are air conditioned, they are safe, there are tons of washers and dryers, AND THERE’S A KITCHEN IN EACH ROOM (Alumni and Nagler people rejoice).  The list goes on and on.  Let me know if you have any questions about Kaufman in the comments below!

Dorm Views from Kaufman

Dorm Views from Kaufman

Ashley

Back to School: Course Highlight

Well, hello there Blogosphere! Remember me? :) It feels good to be back and writing for the FIT Admissions Blog. It’s almost been a full year, can you believe it?

School has swung back into session, almost like we never left. Students have refilled every crevice of FIT’s campus and the spirit of a new school year is among us. In between classes, the quad is covered with students basking in the warm sun of September’s indian summer. Friends perch on the ledges surrounding each building, as they laugh and reconnect over their lunches. There’s a wonderful energy to campus at the beginning of Fall semester. Excitement, passion and creativity - qualities of each FIT student that kickstart the semester.

I personally feel wonderful being back in the city and on campus again. I am now a college Junior (what?!?) beginning my bachelor’s program in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Which means I now have an Associates degree in Advertising and Marketing. I feel super cool being able to say that ;) I’m excited for these next two years at FIT and what it has in store for me.

With new semester’s come new courses, DUH! Moreover, with a new program comes new courses. Some student’s decide to try a new major when they enter their bachelor program. However, I’ve really enjoyed my major over the past two years. The courses that are offered in the bachelors program really excite me! For today’s post I’m going to focus on one of the courses that I’m very much looking forward to this semester – Video Studio Production.

You may be thinking, “but he’s a marketing major, why is he learning how to be a camera operator?” Well, it takes more than a camera operator to produce a television show. In this course we learn professional studio techniques for video, journalism and communications. We learn to understand what it takes to put on a show not only behind the cameras, but in front of the cameras as well as in the control room. 

I’ve actually be interested in the “behind the scenes” of television production as a career for awhile and this class is the perfect introduction. FIT actually has a state of the art TV studio and control room in the A building, and those two rooms are my classroom! The TV studio has three cameras, a set, proper lighting and everything a legit studio would have. The control room does exactly what it says, controls what’s going on in the studio. It’s complete with multiple monitors, sound boards and computer systems.

I’ve had three classes so far, and in each one different students are able to take on different roles. For example, one class I was the Technical Director, camera operator and director and in another class I was the host of our mock talk show. Working my way from behind camera to in front! It’s very interesting to me to learn how talk shows are made (obviously on a much smaller scale and less pressure.) This semester we will be producing and filming a talk show, an instructional video and a PSA! With each project, the students in the group will be able to rotate roles so that we can learn different aspects of the process.

This class is different from others I’ve taken here at FIT because we’re not just sitting listening to a professor for 3 hours. It’s very hands on and exciting, and the perfect start to my Monday morning. I am able to see a different avenue that my major could take me down and it’s very informing.

Sometimes when we’re in the midst of a program, we may have our sights set on one specific job. Or we may have no idea what we want to focus on. The great thing about FIT, and my major specifically, is that it covers all bases. When you leave a course at the end of a semester, you’re able to check one more aspect of your industry off your imaginary list. I’m definitely learning where my skills could be applied in the future job market. I personally like to see where my major is applicable in the real world because I’m still not certain what industry I will enter after I graduate. I know I’m not the only one!!

I can’t wait to update you readers on this class as it progresses this semester! I hope you all have had as a successful back to school as I have. Go out and enjoy this beautiful weather!! Finally feeling like fall :)

xx, Brendan

 

Notes From the 6 Train: Guilt Free Feast!

As mentioned in Ashley’s post, this Week is No Impact Week. Yay! As a total corporate social responsibility nerd, and events director of the CSR club, I was thrilled when I found out that FIT was adopting this week. Initially inspired by Colin Beaven, a New York City professor who wanted his family to eliminate their carbon footprint for an entire year. Afterwards, he wrote a book and made a documentary about it create family that wanted to live for a year and not negatively impact the Earth. Impact can be a variety of things, pollution, adding to the carbon footprint, littering or not properly disposing of trash, constantly and consuming, and one of my favorite, eating.

This is a topic that many don’t even factor in when thinking about sustainability. I interviewed Professor Cokkinos and Professor Pearson, both active members of the FIT’s Sustainability Council. SN: The Sustainable Council is looking for new student members to help FIT’s sustainability mission, help organize and plan events around the campus, etc. The council also gives grants to student’s sustainable projects. Who doesn’t love free money?)

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Since Professor Cokkinos is the faculty member of The Culinary Arts Club, so I asked him what sustainability eating really means: He responded with this great example.

“Think about all the waste that goes into eating a hamburger at McDonald’s. When you order a meal half of what you get is, the plastic cup, the wrapping to the burger and fries and then the huge bag in comes in, all gets thrown away. Half of what you get you don’t eat, not to mention all the practice of cutting down rain forests for cattle grazing that McDonald’s does. For a little more students could go to a sit down restaurant, where they’re given food on a plate that can then be washed as opposed to tossed down the garbage.”

And if you’re still not convinced, just take a look at this raw recipe for Mexican Gazpacho.

Raw recipes are low impact because you can choose organic, seasonal, local produce, that did not travel hundreds of miles and keep your flavor high and your carbon footprint low by not cooking it. Keeping it raw also preserves all of the healthy nutrients for maximum nutrition. It is also part of a great detox and weight loss program. Not to mention it tastes great! You can’t loose.

• 2 1/2pound, about 4 large ripe tomatoes, preferably from your local green market
• 2 jalapeno chiles, seed removed (unless you are feeling adventurous)
• 4 garlic cloves,
• 1medium (10-ounce) cucumber, peeled
• 1/3cup chopped cilantro
• 1/2small white onion, finely chopped
• 1 1/2cups croutons (try yesterday’s bread toasted and cubed)
• 1/4cup quality vinegar (I like ARLOTTA BALSAMIC)
• 1 thick slice stale bread (this is optional for a low carb version)
• 2tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• Sea salt to taste

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• Place everything in the blender except for the croutons. Wiz it up keeping some chunks for texture. Chill the gazapacho and serve in frozen coffee cups or glasses, garnished with the croutons. Another sustainable, green cuisine bonus comes when clean up is just rinsing the blender instead of running the hot water down the drain doing all kinds of dishes.

For more information about joining Culinary Arts Club contact michael_cokkinos@fitnyc.edu

If you want to read more about FIT’s entire No Impact Week check out the full length article I wrote for September’s issue of W27.

Lastly, here is the link to the Sustainable Council: http://www.fitnyc.edu/8604.asp

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Fake it till you Make it. NYFW Edition

Hey Guys,

So as you were ALL well aware of New York Fashion week was held at Lincoln Center from September 4th-11th. Not only was that THE thing to do but it was the major theme for parties, events, magazines and obviously your news feed. I’m here to let you in on a little secret anyone can be someone (literally ANYONE, yeah I know you also know those people)  at MBFW with a little help from the old quote: FAKE IT, till you MAKE IT. Really my friends, all it takes is some makeup, dressing up like your life depended on it (and here at FIT we have that pinned down to perfection) and standing for 15 mins outside of Lincoln Center. Instantly you become someone who people want to take pictures of and think they are striking gold. Don’t get me wrong this is very fun to do (read on and I’ll tell you about my experience) but the real action happens backstage, not out there with the fashionistas, bloggers and all sorts of wannabes (sorry, had to say it). The only way to get a glimpse of action is through FIT and then network your way up.

  • My 1st fashion week (February 2011): I had just moved into the dorms and I started school. Walking through the hallways I noticed a bulletin board (keep your eye on those) with a sign that said NYFW volunteers wanted. There was a set date and time where you would sign up for the shows you wanted according to your schedule. I signed up for Zang Toi, Ruffian, Daniel Vosovic and Risto as a dresser, and can honestly say my dreams were starting to come true. In less than a week I was already working inside the tents with recognized designers and got to fill up a second row seat that was empty because it would make the runway look bad (pure luck). Right now, I should warn you about how very intense and secretive these people are I had to legit sign a NDA just to be able to volunteer with them (crazy right?). During those opportunities I got as much Intel as I could and networked my buttocks (you know what I mean, haha) off. This way I got to be asked again to work during next fashion week, needless to say that and my work ethics got me in again.180550_10150092218986751_6605557_n 180854_10150092209261751_4792358_n 182264_10150092217186751_7380738_n179823_10150092223206751_5400948_n
  • My 2nd fashion week (September 2011): This time I worked with the events sponsored by PLITZ Fashion Marketing Group and United Colors of Fashion by supporting back- and front-of-the-house efforts and planning and executing silent auction, including assemblage of gift bags at their Annual Gala (sounds very resume material and that’s right, just copy pasted it from there). Other than that I did do dressing again and of course more networking. I could’ve signed up through FIT but my schedule was a bit tough to make it even though they do them during common hours (Tue&Thur no one has class between 1-2pm).424532_10150527592636751_1018841098_n 473046c6-2f03-11e3-9b16-22000aa40fde-large 321435_10150284534086751_1132163157_n 315323_10150284531636751_2133955038_n
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  • My 4th fashion week (September 2013): Enough with the volunteering! By now, I was well aware that I deserved to see a show or at least enjoy having a gift bag instead of making one. Even if my previous experiences were valuable I wanted to experience the “glamour” of it. With my roommates almost forcing me to go I accepted to go with them and have my fame. Indeed, 15 minutes later I was starting in a video and people were asking to take my pictures. Mind you, I’m NO one in terms of fashion moguls, editors or buyers but yet it seemed like they couldn’t get enough of me. Shutters clicking everywhere and I knew it was my time to leave, I couldn’t keep pretending (haha those poor people) and wasting their time. So everyone knows it by: INVITATION ONLY, right? Well NOPE it’s not. Living proof here. I dressed all in black as volunteers are supposed to (plan B) and just walked through those doors with an all deserving attitude to find myself inside with less than a glance by security. Long story short, I got my hair done at the Tresemme Salon, free gift bags from Ebay and fashion magazines, free ice cream, pictures and drinks and more. I was about to get into a show but what the heck it was never going to be second row like the first time. Instead I went ahead and swam in all my free stuff.

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  • This fashion week I stayed home and avoided everything altogether (seems kind of weird, doesn’t it?) I did post for my website InfoModaRD about the Dominican Models that were spotted on the Runway this time. Though, my new take on fashion week is exactly what Suzy Menkes describes in The Circus of Fashion, “something has been lost in a world where the survival of the gaudiest is a new kind of dress parade.” I did see people lining up and camping out to get into the volunteer signups at FIT. My recommendation to you is do it once because it is a learning experience, of course if you can. If you are uncertain just check out the designers and opportunities before you make that line. Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.48.16 PMAnyways just remember, whether you fake it till you make it or go flaunt your stuff all over Lincoln Center be wise before you answer any questions. Or you might just end up looking like this:

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

Sustainable Design! #NoImpact

This week at FIT is #NoImpact Week which offers a ton of fun activities ( Click the picture to link to the programs offered the rest of this week).

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FUN FACT -Did you know: As an interior design student I am required to include sustainable elements in my projects? Sustainable elements include anything from cork flooring to paints for walls that aren’t toxic for the environment when being painted on or taken off.  As a designer you take care of the well-being of the people around you, the people using your space everyday.  Would you want to be in a space designed to protect your well-being and the environment that looks amazing or one that just looks amazing and when it’s taken apart can harm you? #NoImpact

As a Designer you can join the LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) council.  LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. LEED uses five different categories to judge a building’s sustainability; 1) site location, 2) water conservation, 3)energy efficiency, 4) materials, 5) indoor air quality, and a bonus category for innovation and design.

Many U.S. federal agencies and state and local governments require or reward LEED certification. However, four states (Alabama, Georgia, Maine, and Mississippi) have effectively banned the use of LEED in new public buildings, preferring other industry standards that the USGBC considers too lax.

FIT is one of few interior design programs currently in the united states strictly enforcing the incorporation of sustainable design elements in student projects. FIT practices sustainability in many ways such as our recycling program, reducing paper and other resource use, reducing toxins, and improving indoor air quality.  Our sustainable programs are on the up rise right now, putting FIT all over the news. So aren’t you proud of us? Want to be apart of it? You can find out more and how to all this week at the different events.

See you there!

Kailee

September is Sucide Awareness Month

Welcome back all, or I guess welcome back to me after a long eventful summer. I thought long and hard about what my first post back would be, and it’s something very near and dear to my heart,  Suicide awareness .

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Just a few days ago I lost someone that was my best friend in high school to suicide . Everyone was shocked to find out what had happened because he never showed any of the signs, never mentioned to anyone anything was bothering him or anything.  He was the happiest kid you could meet, and loved anyone that came across him.

Getting back to school and getting adjusted to new surroundings can be difficult sometimes. Or Breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend whatever it may be. Life happens but nothing that’s going on can’t be fixed! Every single person out there is beautiful inside and out, and has an amazing life waiting for them. There are so many people in your life that love you so incredibly much.  When my friend passed his wake was filled with all kinds of different people I never knew he was even friends with. He touched so many peoples lives without even knowing it, just like you do too.

So if you know anyone who has been depressed, please contact someone and look out for these signs:

  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Suddenly happier, calmer.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you or anyone else you know is experiencing these symptoms let someone know. Tell a parent/ guardian. If your at FIT  you can go to  the Counseling Center located at A212B or call them at 732-217-4260 or you can call the National Suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255. If you ever need to talk , your having a bad day? you can also contact me and I will be there for anyone that needs me.

This month in honor of suicide awareness month and everyone who has lost a life, a loved one please wear yellow or write love on your wrist , just one day this month.

You are loved,

Kailee

In loving memory of Cody Murphy.

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Welcome or Welcome Back

Hi Everyone,

So yes, I admit it.. I have been absent for a while (but for good reason). I’m proud to tell you that I finally launched my project. InfoModa RD is the first digital Dominican Fashion Encyclopedia based on informational interviews of professionals in the fashion industry within the Dominican Republic. The website is meant to provide deeper knowledge of this industry (for me of course and everyone else) and support and promote Dominican talent. For now the website is just in Spanish but sooner rather than later we will have the English version. Feel free to check it out and follow us on instagram, twitter, Facebook and/or YouTube (yup I just promoted myself through this blog, I mean after all my knowledge comes from FIT). As I usually say “Lo bueno se comparte” which means you share the good stuff, so go ahead help me, help you learn more about one of the most attractive and fashionable countries in the Caribbean.

infomoda boceto final1On the other hand, I’m happy to report that starting this Friday I’m the new ATS & ATF Sourcing Intern – Accessories (footwear, bags, & belts) at Ann Taylor(spoiler alert) I got it! Remember that list I gave you for phone interviews? Well this is the final result so if I were you I would follow every word on it (haha). And kid you not, today LinkedIn put this on my right hand column and I thought to myself CHECK (damn right I see myself there). Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 10.47.33 PMSo it’s safe to say I’m back on campus on track with my crazy life and by this I mean incredibly productive. This semester I am:

  1. Taking 6 classes
  2. Work at Admissions Office as student tour guide and Blogger
  3. Today became a language tutor at the amazing and (FREE for students) tutoring center (yep, I get paid).
  4. Intern two days a week
  5. Fashion Informant for InfoModa RD
  6. and a million other things like visiting Tod’s HQ, getting free massages, participating in Fashion week, interviewing next week to work at a Hanky Panky sample sale, and skype interviewing for Save the Children DR.

So good to be back and can’t wait to not have enough time to breathe (of course I’m an overachiever) because literally everything I do, I do it with passion.

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Sadie

PS: By the way, just discovered you can download your resume from LinkedIn check it out here.

 

Student ID Card

Hello there Newcomers,

As you start crossing out things from your Checklist for New Students, you will soon find out that you need a student ID Card to access any FIT Building. FIT is obsessed with security (and I mean it) and in order to enter campus buildings your ID cards must be clearly (and I mean in the security guards face) for them to let you in. tumblr_inline_mkm1lltt4x1qz4rgpParents sure do love this top-notch security, but as I (repeatedly say on my tours) it gets annoying for us students. Anyways I’m not here for that, you will notice that on your own haha.

Your photo ID cards are issued at the beginning of every semester (usually during orientation they have a set schedule for you) or if you are smart enough and live near FIT you can just show up on campus now with proof of registration (this means your Fall 2014 schedule, which can be printed at the Registration Center, Business & Liberal Arts Center Room B103 for FREE) and avoid lines. These ID cards identify you as members of the FIT community  (so remember to give us your best smile) and can be great conversation starters at any cafe, or the subway and even in different countries (FIT is world-renowned). Every semester after you need to get your ID card validated with a colorful sticker that you obtain from Campus Security during registration (you need a valid class schedule, same process as the beginning).unnamedTo get your ID card you (by now know you need your schedule) must bring identification to the Photo Id Center located in in room D-404 (the D building is Pomeranz Center located on the corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue). They are open Mondays-Fridays from 10am – 9pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. Some of these times might vary during holidays so please go ahead and contact the Photo ID Center: fitcard@fitnyc.edu – 212 217-7777, just to double-check. Oh, and before I forget, administrative offices are closed from Friday-Sunday during the summer (this means you wont be able to get your schedule printed out).4b690fa88258a84567c3c484f140997bd8379578430ecaa00307e78e6a030ae1Since I saved the best for last, I think you should now every visitor is required to enter campus via the Marvin Feldman Center lobby. They will then be required to show a photo ID to security in order to obtain a visitor’s pass. If by now you are thinking argh so tedious, keep in mind all this is just to keep you safe and sound. tumblr_lq8l7ydnS81qlw0qxo3_400BTW, just in case you have cool parents (mom in my case) if they would like to sit in for one of your classes, just have your professor write-up a letter and take it to security when you go get their visitors pass.

Summer is almost over, remember CARPE DIEM!

Sadie

PS: Don’t lose it, or you’ll have to pay for a new one (why, GOD, WHY?!)

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Money on My Mind

Hi there,

Since we are approaching our fall tuition deadline I decided to write (more like copy some info from the FIT website, which lets face it, students barely read) a post about the payment options and resources FIT offers. For those of you who JUST realized the deadline is coming up soon and have no idea when that is I’m here to save your day, and your wallet (you can thank me later).

Payment Due Dates:

  1. Degree Students: Fall Semester is due August  4, 2014 or at time of registration after August  4, 2014.
  2. Non-degree Students in credit-bearing courses: Fall Semester is due August  4, 2014 or at time of registration after August  4, 2014.
  3. Non-degree Students in non-credit bearing courses: You must pay all tuition and fees in full at time of registration for all semester.

For those of you who are new to the system or are not sure how to pay FIT allows you to pay your bill online (which I prefer because it is easy, convenient and paperless aka GREEN), by wire transfer, by mail, or in person. Our online system is on the Student Tab of MyFIT under Online Resources: Pay Student Account & View E-Bill. This link leads you to our Bill+Payment Suite that have the following services:

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  • convenient, secure online billing, statements, and payments
  • monthly payment plans
  • e-refund program that directly deposits refunds to your checking or savings account (this is pretty amazing specially when it’s unexpected!)
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  • third party payment, which allows parents to receive emails for payment due dates and access to student accounts (my mom has access but she conveniently always forgets the password and makes me be on top of my game, haha she calls it grown up responsibilities).

If you have any further questions and are in NYC you can go directly to The Bursar’s Office on campus: Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room # 127 or if you are far away like me you can email them at bursarhelp@fitnyc.edu.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. –Benjamin Franklin

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Carpe diem,

Sadie