How to Handle Being Sick

While being sick on its own isn’t fun at all, add on school, work, and internships AND being away from home, and it can seem like a hopeless recipe for disaster.  I for one, hate missing class or a day of work or an internship and even worse, I hate letting my boss or professor down.  Sometimes you just get really really sick because you are human and you have to take a day to get better and not get everyone around you sick.  I have some tips for when you have to make the dreaded call about missing an important days’ work.

  1. Let your professor or boss know as early as possible.  While you may only wake up 10 minutes before class starts, let your professor know immediately.  If you tell someone in your class to tell your professor, that can come off as irresponsible.  The professor may not check their email until later but it’s important to be as professional as possible.
  2. Find out what you missed if you’re missing class.  If it is a class where you MUST ask the professor what you missed, then so be it, but most of the time it’s much easier and less of an annoyance for your professor if you ask a responsible friend.
  3. Just because you missed class, that doesn’t mean that you have an excuse to not have something done on time.  If you missed more than one day of class, then you have an actual excuse, but if you missed one day because you were feeling under the weather, you still have six more days to get your work accomplished before next week’s class.
  4. Don’t miss exam days unless you’re incredibly ill or if it’s an emergency.  Sometimes the professor may not let you make up an exam or they may give you a harder exam (doesn’t always make sense).  If you have a cold and a headache and feel crummy, it’s best to get the exam over with and crawl back into bed.  With this being said, isolate yourself from other people to prevent others from getting sick.  While it is slightly selfish to go anywhere while being sick, it will cause greater stress for your professor and yourself if you have to take an exam at a later date or not at all.
  5. Thank your professor or boss for being understanding.  Most of the time, your boss or professor will understand your circumstances and be accommodating if missing class is unlike your behavior.  If you go out of your way to thank them, they will appreciate it even more, especially since you were just bedridden for a couple days.  A little kindness goes a long way.

    Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: Summertime Hustle

So, I’m not sure when/ how/ where I signed up for this opportunity, but last week I was invited to assist Style Coalition at an event held at Milk Studios. Now, nearly everyone knows Milk, during fashion week many events take place at Milk. It’s funny because twice in the past I’ve tried to volunteer at Milk and heard nothing back. And this time, I was asked, without even applying, with pay, to work an event there. (Little story in how things work themselves.)

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The event was a collaboration with Loreal Feria + Style Coalition to showcase Feria’s new hair dyes. Helen Castillo (who was super sweet by the way) from Project Runway, debuted five pieces inspired by the new dyes, & Elliphant & Astr performed.

There was of course, an open bar & food, hair consultations for attendees, free hair dye and makeup.

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Helen’s pieces

I spent majority of my time in the hair and makeup room & then checking people in at the front door. It sounds simple enough, but with over 250 attendees, I was on my feet the whole time. I was there with a few other FIT students as well. I talked to another girl who was working the event and mentioned that she has worked with this organization several times.

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As soon as the event concluded, I sent a thank you email to the organizers, so hopefully now that I’ve worked with them, they will contact me for future opportunities!

if you’re interested in attending free events in the future, I think all you have to do is sign up at Style Coalition to be put on their list serve.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Academic Advisement Help

As a freshman, I was completely overwhelmed with the proper classes that I needed to take.  I thought that everything had to be done in a certain order, no exceptions.  I didn’t think that I had many options to choose from and on the other hand, I wondered what my options were.  If you are an incoming freshman or new student and you have no idea what classes you are supposed to take, reach out to academic advisement.  Your academic advisor is somewhat the equivalent of your high school guidance counselor.  They’re there to help you with your academic lineup for your time here at FIT.  You should be receiving the contact info of your academic advisor, and I highly recommend reaching out to them regarding all of your class-related needs.  While you may think that you just have to take 6 credits of English (hypothetical), that doesn’t mean that you can take any 3 2-credit classes.  There are certain courses that aren’t allowed to be taken by certain majors/don’t count towards graduation for certain majors, so why waste your time and money by taking a class that doesn’t count towards graduation?  Here are some sample questions that you should ask your Academic Advisor:

  • If my high school AP scores transfer over, should I still register for those classes?
  • What courses can I get ahead on?
  • What courses do you recommend for a new student’s workload?
  • What options do I have when it comes to my liberal arts and what classes don’t count towards graduation?
  • What are some of the minors and how do I declare a minor?
  • What are some of the classes that I should be taking during the spring incase a certain class/section fills up?
  • Should I only be concerned about my associates graduation requirements or my bachelors as well?
  • Is there a way that I can graduate early?

You can find out more information about Academic Advisement at https://www.fitnyc.edu/22232.asp

Your academic advisor is here to help you!

Ashley

Notes From The 6 Train: Honoring The LifeWork of Adam Gray

Wow. As I’m still processing this, I don’t really know what to say, but it’s something I do think needs to be adressed.

Adam Gray, assistant director of the FIT writing center, (where I work as a writing tutor) unexpectedly passed away two days ago. He was one of my favorite faculty members at FIT. He was super smart, present and aware in ways most people just aren’t. He was just a really special person.

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Below is what I wrote to go to into a booklet that’s being sent to his parents.

“I don’t know if you know, but your son was a quiet revolutionary.

As a black women from the south, and member of the queer community, I often struggle to find to people to connect with, especially within the hierarchal system of academia. Yet, we established a special connection, that did not merely transcend or ignore our plethora of different life circumstances, and experiences, but instead used those differences to build a more dynamic and full relationship.

He valued truth, in all forms it came in, from the disenfranchised, the unheard and marginalized, he brought this into his practice, his work, and our community. It was obvious, from the books he suggested, language he used, and topics he studied, he cared about the voice & story of people that most usually don’t. Those voices being inner-city black and brown kids coming from working class backgrounds, such as myself, who speak, think and perceive the world differently.

As our society has more and more visible acts of rage and violence, one of the most revolutionary, and most challenging, acts anyone can do is listen to people who are different from them. And that’s what Adam did, listen, and spent his time here at FIT, investigating ways to better equip tutors and students to own their voice, and by doing so, their story, their experience, their purpose.

His work is done, nor his voice is not lost. He can be found in notes, quotes and suggestions scribbled in my notebooks, emails and the energy of our writing community. I hope our words help illuminate the indescribable impact your son had in his work, at FIT and on us all.”

Apartment Update

So I have officially been living in my new apartment for about a month and a half and I’m in love.  I was skeptical at first and I was nervous about coming back to New York after being home for a week but I’ve fallen back into the swing of things and all is well.  I have some advice as far as apartment planning and the things I did right and the things I did wrong.

  1. You don’t have to buy all your furniture at once.  When you are making that trek out to IKEA for the first time to get all of your furniture, get the essentials such as a bed and a place to put things like clothes and a TV.  You don’t need a couch and a table and chairs right away.  If you wait a little while, you’ll have more money in your pocket and it’ll be less of a financial burden.
  2. Buy toilet paper and paper towel in bulk.  No one wants to make a special trip to buy several rolls of toilet paper or paper towel, so see if your parents or someone that is helping you move can bring a good ol trusty pack from Costco or Target.
  3. Why didn’t I buy a vacuum?!  I am in desperate need of one, especially being on hardwood floors.  You don’t think you need it, but you do.  Dust galore.
  4. A good roommate will make or break your apartment experience.  I am thankful enough to live with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier.  We already know how each other live and we don’t have to tiptoe around each other to try to live normally.  We are like minded in our organizational habits and our lifestyles.  A good roommate truly makes all the difference.
  5. Ask questions ahead of time.  How do you pay for rent each month?  If there is an issue with the apartment do I call the super or outside maintenance and how much will it cost?  When will the rent checks be cashed each month?  How will I know if you received my payment?

Hope this helps you on your apartment adventures!
Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: Envisioning the Bigger Picture

Hello all!

So I just received some incredibly exciting news! I was told that of the recipients of this year’s PVH $5,000.00 Scholarship! *Yay, throws glitter & dances in it as it falls to the ground.* (This is the scholarship I mentioned in last week’s webcast.)

I want to talk about this scholarships because this was probably one of the most challenging scholarships I’ve ever applied for. The deadline for this particular scholarship was in the midst of midterms and massive projects. Though it was stressful time with all the work and the scholarship was quite extensive, I knew that’s exactly the reason most people wouldn’t even bother to apply. And I was right. Out of all of the ITM students, only three, including myself, showed up to the interview.

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This could be you!

To be completely, although there was only a few of us, I was worried about the interview. I had another scholarship interview in the middle of midterms, was unable to prepare adequately, and felt very unsure in the actual interview. This uncertainty had definitely been picked up by the interviewers, and I didn’t get that scholarship. (Hey, you win some, you lose some.)

But when I met with Guy Vickers, the president of The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, he was so kind and put me completely at ease. There was also a designer from Clavin Klein, a former PVH Scholarship recipient & FIT student, as well as Christine Pomeranz, the department head of the ITM program. Needless to say, panel interviews can be a little intimidating, but a little research of the company and confidence in yourself and experience goes a long way.

If you are an ITM student, I highly encourage you to apply for these specialized ITM scholarships! Other majors have specialized scholarships as well, so even if you’re not an ITM major, do some research in your department and you qualify for one those.

Here’s the officially press release if you want to check it out.

http://www.fitnyc.edu/files/pdfs/PVH_Announcement2015.16_FINAL.pdf

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Notes From the 6 Train: College Week Live.

So I did my first webcast yesterday! Yay.

I think it went really well. I hope everyone who tuned found it helpful. If you weren’t up yet (it was 10:30 am) or if you want to review the webcast, you can create a profile on collegeweeklive.com. I just found about this website while doing the webcast. This is unfortunate, because it’s a really helpful tool for learning about schools.

The website it divided into a few different parts. There are live chat sessions in which you can talk and pose questions (via text boxes, think AIM 5 years ago) to people who work there (like the admissions counselors & I.) If you are interested in learning about different schools, you can look the website schedule and it shows all the upcoming webcasts from schools nationwide. After the webcast happens, it then lives on that particular’s school website forever in case you want to review again the future.

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In addition to the webcasts, College Week Live has a list of resources to help plan (college admissions 101, essay writing, etc.) & paying for college (other scholarships, FAFSA, work-study programs, etc.) College Week Live also hosts a $1,000 monthly scholarship that doesn’t require an essay.

If you’re still making decisions or planning, I’d definitely advise this website as one to check out. Here’s the link. https://www.collegeweeklive.com

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Conquering the LIRR

For those of you who aren’t from Long Island and the idea of walking into Penn Station with an end destination but no idea how to get there, I’m here to help.  This past weekend I took the LIRR for the FIRST time to go to my best friend’s bridal shower.  I was absolutely terrified, especially because I had to transfer trains at Jamaica which before coming to New York, I thought only existed in the Caribbean…

So the biggest help will be your friends that are from Long Island.  They will give you the best advice as to how to take on the train system.

  1. Figure out where you’re going
  2. Use the LIRR Trip Planner to see what trains you need to take http://lirr42.mta.info/
  3. When you arrive in Penn, follow the signs to the LIRR.  You have the option to use the ticket window to buy your tickets, the ticket machine similar to refilling your MetroCard, buying the tickets online, or buying them on the train (more expensive).
  4. Tickets will vary in price depending on the day and time that you are traveling, which you can view on the trip planner.  You can purchase single ride, round trip, monthly passes and several other options
  5. Once you purchase your ticket, you will look up at the big screen that tells you what time your train is arriving and what track it is on.  If you followed step #2, you will know what train you are taking.  Anywhere from 4-12 minutes prior to departure, the screen will notify you of what train your track is on and you as well as 50+ other people will all rush in the same direction.  Follow their lead if you are going on that train!
  6. If you have to transfer at Jamaica, the connection train will always be across the track upon arrival or a few minutes later.  If you are not taking the connection train, then you must go and find your train.  Ask the people around you as well as employees.  They know best!
  7. While on the train the conductor will come around and hole punch your ticket and return it to you depending on the type of ticket that you have and your destination.  Be sure that if you are on a round trip, don’t lose your ticket coming back to the city!

That pretty much covers it!  Good luck on the LIRR!

Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: Webcastin’ & Livestreamin’

Exciting news for all the students looking to transfer to FIT. This Thursday, from 10:00-11:30, I am going to be talking on a live webcast addressing all questions you have. This is the first time we’re doing this a live webcast (also, my first time I will be doing one ever, eep eep!)

Transferring schools, credits and towns can be tricky so I think this will be a good time to clear up some questions from someone who has experienced it all.

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So, start thinking of your questions now and I look forward to chatting with you on Thursday. See you soon!

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Notes From The 6 Train: The Laundromat Project

In my last post I mentioned that I have a summer internship as an artist assistance, but I want to talk more about the organization that I’m working with. The name is the Laundromat project and it’s mission is exactly what it sounds likes, doing cool stuff in laundromats. The entire premise of this non-profit is to make art more accessible for those whom it may not be for, such as those who live in low income and working class neighborhoods. This is done by bringing act and interactive exhibits to laundromats & other community spaces.

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I am super excited to be working with this organization because it’s work I fully believe in. Accessibility to art (film, dance, writing and poetry for me) has made such a huge impact in my understanding of the world and my existence within it. Creating art has healed me in ways that would impossible otherwise, and has connected me with people and communities that have changed my life.

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But it started because I was exposed to it. Whereas, for many people living in lower income and working class neighborhoods, art is this esoteric or even nonexistence force that exists for other people besides themselves, or exclusively the wealthy. So I look forward to bringing to connecting and building through art. I am also looking forward to working such talented artists, who do this important work.

This is going to be a good summer. I can feel it.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane