A little over 2 years ago, I was accepted into my dream school (FIT…obviously). I was in the kitchen when I saw the letter and I was so incredibly nervous. Both of my parents were in the room as I started to open the envelope. I saw one word…”Congratulations” and I immediately dropped to the floor. I started screaming and I was grinning from ear to ear. I then obviously had to call everyone I knew and tell everyone all over Facebook and Instagram and everything. Even being a photography major, I immediately resorted to taking a picture in Photo Booth on my MacBook. What was I thinking? Was I an 8th grade teen all over again? And with it being take in Photo Booth, the image was backwards on top of everything. (Never again).
If you have recently been accepted, share your story in the comments about where you were! What are you most excited for when coming to FIT?
For all of you that may or may not know, I am a part of Blush Magazine, the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT as the Senior Photo Editor. Our brand new Spring issue comes out this week on newsstands here at FIT. Be sure to pick up a copy before they are gone! Everyone on the Blush Magazine team works really hard to put out a really strong and beautiful issue. We are completely student run from the articles to the photo shoots to the layout and more. If you want to join Blush Magazine, we meet on Tuesday’s (not every week) in B736 during common hour. We are having a meeting tomorrow, 3/24 for planning for our summer issue! If you miss this meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out information for our future meetings. Below is a sneak preview of our fashion editorial shoot for this spring issue!
As a freshman and sophomore I made a decision to live in on campus housing. I definitely think that I benefited from those experiences, especially freshman year. I made a lot of friends and it’s nice to have everyone accessible for group projects or help with homework all within your building. As I look towards my junior year here, I am looking into moving off campus. I am doing this because I want to move in with one of my friends from home, who does not attend FIT. I also want to be more independent as far as living independently and creating a space that feels like my own. While New York has become my home, I don’t think it will truly feel like home until I separate myself from campus. I think that if I had gotten an apartment sooner than this upcoming year, it would have been too soon. You need to experience the life living in a dorm and create friendships within FIT. If I had lived in an apartment this year, I feel that my sophomore year experience would have been very different, not necessarily bad, but different. I feel like once you get your own place, you take on a completely different lifestyle and independence. I am looking forward to living off campus and the responsibilities that come with it, but I’ll report back in several months to tell you how things are going and to give my tips and tricks!
New York, New York. The infamous city at the epicenter of the fashion industry. That reason alone should convince you enough to come to school in NYC. New York is always described as a city of constant movement and fast paced energy. Everything that you do here is rapid and working towards your career. The wonderful thing sometimes is that I don’t have time to stress because I have SO much always going on. New York is always moving forward and bettering itself, and simultaneously, so are the people. New York has it all…except a conveniently located Target (Yes, I’m bitter). The opportunities pour from every corner and street sign. If you don’t take advantage of New York City, you are wasting away incredibly opportunities. Don’t wait for New York to hand you an opportunity, go out and find the opportunities for yourself. New York City is truly your oyster.
At FIT, you have many opportunities to do a credited internship through the school. Along with the internship in the field, you also are required to take an internship class simultaneously. The internship class itself only meets 6 times throughout the semester. Having already attended 3 out of the 6 classes, I figured that I would fill you in on what usually happens in an internship course:
You discuss your internship and your experiences each time you meet
You reflect on what went well in your internship and what accomplishments, big or small you achieved
Write journals reflecting on your experience and how you can improve
Submit your internship time sheets
Have a midterm evaluation by your supervisor
Discuss your company’s mission statement
Network with other students within the class to gain connections and hear about their internship experience for your future reference
Commonly realize that there are so many people in your building from FIT
The class thus far has really helped me evaluate my internship and what I can improve on as an intern. Hope this helps some of you curious about the internship process!
They say that college/university is supposed to be the best 4 years of your life. It’s a chance to be free from home yet still taken care of by your guardians. I think to set yourself up to make something the best 4 years of your life is setting yourself up to have fake fun for the sake of the fear of missing out. I know that university won’t be the best 4 years of my life because I dedicate myself 2000% to my education and my future career to ensure that I will have a stable career and a certain lifestyle post-graduation. I see the front desk people of the gym more than I see my friends. I couldn’t tell you the last time that I explored New York, but these are all my choices. But planning and trying to make 4 years the best 4 years of your life puts a lot of pressure on you. You’re allowed to do what you want to do, but don’t feel forced by the social norms of college. There isn’t a college checklist or bucket list of things or events or milestones that you must accomplish by graduation. Dedicate yourself to you and not what you think your high school classmates expect you to post on Instagram. Live for you and make your FIT college experience your own experience. Write your own stories.
I’m sure many of you reading this blog are students who have applied to FIT or want to apply in the future. What I would have loved to know as a prospective student was “What is a typical day like for an FIT student?” Hopefully this post gives you an idea. However, please note that not all schedules are similar and I am choosing to overload myself but this course load is not required! I am taking 21 credits, 7 classes, 2 of which are online classes, if that gives an idea.
7:20 am: Gym
9:10 am – 12:00 pm: Portfolio Class
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Portfolio Class continued
4:00 pm: Homework, & Studying
If you would have asked me what I wanted to do with my life this time last year, I would have told that you I was going to be a beauty photographer shooting ad campaigns for Sephora, Urban Decay, and Chanel. Today if you were to ask me, I would say that I want to be a photo editor on the digital aspect of a magazine (the .com/social media portion) and a group fitness instructor. It’s amazing how much changes over a year. While my life did not change all that much, I am different person compared to freshman year me. I am more responsible, passionate, confident in myself as a person and an artist. I didn’t give up on my dream, my dream just changed a little bit. I am still in the photography realm of everything, but my outcome and how I picture my life upon graduation and 10 years plus has changed.
It is important especially in college, and a college like FIT to continue to keep an open mind and to know that it is okay to change your mind. While it can be difficult to completely switch gears at FIT, imagine yourself out of college and try to imagine what you want to be doing regardless of your declared major. Go after your passions and take control of what you love. Don’t let anyone stop you.
FIT is known for having students that are go-getters. It’s not uncommon for a student to be taking 21 credits, having two jobs, and an internship (yes I described myself). So with us living in a city full of opportunities, I have a few tips and tricks of how to scout out your dream internship (I’m not an expert):
Always be on the hunt. I’m constantly looking and making a list of companies that I’d be interested in interning or working for now, next semester, or once I graduate. Curating a list makes it easier to make goals for yourself and to set yourself up to not have the question “Where do I begin?”
Follow prospect companies. Along with making a list, follow all of the companies on your list on every social media possible. This gives you an idea of the office environment and allows you to feel out if it would be a suitable place for you. They may also remember you if you are interacting on their social platforms. If you are interested in working at a magazine, look at the masthead and see who may be the key contact at the time of your internship application…and follow them all!
Go on as many interviews possible. Whether it’s an interview for a professional dog walking job or for an interview at Vogue, you are practicing and improving your internship skills. While you’re at the interview, you get a sense of the company and feel out if you are able to see yourself there, even in the future.
Ignore the name. Don’t always look at the company’s name. Sometimes working for a startup or small company is better because your learning is hands on. Bonus: if the startup becomes a massive success, you will have been a part of it!
Find a happy medium. Think about your dream job. Now that you’ve thought about it, think about the steps that you need to take to get there. What internships do you need to have to obtain the necessary skills? Who do you need to know? How will you make it possible? Ask questions and write everything done. Everything is more solidified in gel pen.
Remember those awesome people that led your orientation group when you were a new student? Those are FIT’s Student Ambassadors! Student Ambassadors lead orientation, help with residential move-in, and events throughout the year. The program is immensely rewarding and tons of fun! The program itself is the equivalent of a large, wonderful family all breaking out into song…specifically Beyonce. As a Student Ambassador you not only get FIT shirts/a jacket as your uniform (exclusive to the program), you also get paid but the experience is so rewarding, I would do be a part of the program even if it was volunteers only! Being a Student Ambassador has truly been life changing and has made my experience at FIT incredible!
If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador (current Freshman-Juniors only) for the 2015-2016 school year here is the link to the Student Ambassador page/application: http://www.fitnyc.edu/3158.asp. Applications are due Friday, February 23rd at 5pm! Hope to see you soon!