Author Archives: Ashley

Why I’m Moving

Now that the semester is officially over, most students have moved out of the dorms, gone home for the summer, or got an apartment in the city to take on some city dreams for the summer!  For me, I’m leaving Manhattan.  I currently have an apartment In Manhattan but with my lease being up, I decided to look elsewhere.  Manhattan is an incredible and beautiful place.  With great accessibility to school and everything at my fingertips, you’re probably wondering why I’d leave.  Not only is it less expensive to live outside of Manhattan, I’m able to live two separate lives; social and school/work.  When I come into the city, I’m often overwhelmed by the tourists, constant whirlwind, and pressure.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things as well, but being constantly surrounded by it from the moment you walk out of your door, when do you get the chance to clear your head?  I will miss the accessibility and convenience of living in the city, but I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life where I can finally feel like an adult.  This is a big step and a big move for me as I enter my senior year.  I don’t know what the future holds and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, but these are the times in your life where you find yourself, become truly independent, and start anew!

Ashley

Summer Goals

Summer break is finally here!  Unfortunately, the blog will not be active until the fall semester starts back up again, so I wanted to fill you in until we return this August!  This summer I’m looking forward to working, planning for my fall internship, and trying to explore New York as much as humanly possible.  I say this every single year, but this summer, I’m actually going to follow through with it!  I’m excited to enjoy my new apartment and explore my new neighborhood and all the yummy food!  I am hoping that I’ll be able to go back and visit family before next semester as well!  This is my last summer prior to graduation so I’m looking to enjoy myself but also stay focused on my end goals post graduation.  By the end of the summer, I will be ready to conquer SENIOR YEAR!  I hope that everyone has a lovely summer and enjoys the warm weather!  See you in August!

Ashley

Step Outside Your Major

With 30 majors here at FIT and thousands of students, it can be very easy to get comfortable with your crowd within your major.  If you are in a smaller major like Toy Design or Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing, you are most likely spending endless hours in class with the same exact people.  It is important to step outside of your major and not only meet people within the school, but also take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate.  FIT is truly seamless (no pun intended).  If you are a designer, you can collaborate with a photography major to have your pieces photographed…most likely FOR FREE.  If you are a photography major, you can reach out and have clothes, jewelry, and product to photograph….FOR FREE!  It’s a win-win situation all around!  Photographers should be collaborating with graphic designers who should be collaborating with AMC majors.  Every student can create a professional quality final product or project outside of the assignments that they are given by the professors.  Once we all graduate, there may be creative restrictions, a lack of budget, or a team premade for the company that you work for.  As a student, now is the time to take advantage of the resources that you have at your fingertips!

Ashley

Tackling Finals

Looking back on this semester, it truly flew by, but now the time is finally here…FINALS WEEK!  While some people absolutely dread it, I kind of enjoy it, but only because I plan ahead (and find joy in planning ahead).  As an art and design major, a lot of our finals are final projects, which means the earlier you get your final project done, the sooner you can check that class off your to-do list!  Isn’t that a beautiful thing?  Here are my top strategies to getting ahead on your final projects and papers:

  • Write out a list of all the remaining assignments and projects that you have left for each of your classes
  • Take that list and set dates that you would like each assignment to be completed by
  • Make a schedule of when you’re going to work on each assignment
  • Put your phone on the other side of the room, but with the volume on.  If someone needs to reach you, you’ll know…otherwise you’ll be too tempted to check it every 5 minutes.
  • Be in touch with your professor to confirm that the guidelines for the assignments haven’t changed.  There’s nothing worse than completing an assignment and putting in your all, only to have the professor change the guidelines completely.
  • Plan incentives/rewards for yourself once you finish each project.  Whether it’s a snack or a nap (my two choices), it helps to motivate you.
  • Rejoice in the fact that you have finished a semester!

Best of luck!

Ashley

Myths of FIT

FIT is not your typical college by any means.  Located in the heart of Manhattan, FIT is far from your usual college experience.  I’m here to clarify and dispel any FIT myths that are out there!

Myth #1: FIT doesn’t have sports
This is far from true!  FIT has 15 sports teams (6 men, 8 women, 1 coed) and we are a part of the NJCAA Division III Conference.

Myth #2: FIT doesn’t offer housing
FIT has 4 residence halls, 3 of which are located right on 27th St. The dorms located on 27th St are for new students and the dorm located on 31st St and 10th Ave is for returning students.

Myth #3: Classes can be 3 hours long
This is actually very true!  As an art and design major, I have had classes that range between 2 hours to 8 hours long.  It is more common that classes will only meet once a week, which is preferable with the amount of coursework that we have.

Myth #4: FIT is basically an all girls school
While the demographic is predominantly female at 85%, more and more males are coming to FIT every single year!  Our male population is rapidly growing here at FIT.

Myth #5: FIT is a fashion school
Our most popular majors are Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, and Advertising and Marketing Communications.  Some of the coursework included in even our most popular majors can be unrelated to fashion.  There is a fashion focus, but we offer majors such as Toy Design, Photography, Entrepreneurship, and Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.  For example, you don’t have to shoot fashion in order to be a photography major at FIT!

I hope this helped to dispel the popular misconceptions about FIT!

Ashley