Author Archives: Ashley

Rewarding Moments at FIT

FIT is known for the opportunities.  Since coming here in August, I’ve had a lot of rewarding memories that I will hold with me forever.  Among my many memories within a year, the one that stands out to me the most is being a part of Blush Magazine here on campus.  Blush is the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT.  I’ve talked about it in many of my posts for the blog, but it truly is one of my favorite things about this school.  I’ve met so many amazing people and had so many opportunities with it.  I’m the Senior Photo Editor for the magazine and I cannot recommend a better club to someone who is interested in fashion magazines.  Coming from high school to FIT, there are many times where you wish that there was a club or organization that fits who you are in high school.  When you come to FIT, there is an abundance of clubs and organizations that are suitable for every single student’s interests.  Upon joining Blush, I finally felt like I was at home, which is something that every student deserves to have.  What’s a rewarding moment for you that changed everything?

xx,
Ashley

Student Ambassadors!

There’s nothing that I love more than helping other people and being a part of a close knit group of people, so with recently being accepted as a FIT Student Ambassador, I could not be happier.  FIT Student Ambassadors provide role models for students as we help out with move-in, all of orientation, and various events throughout the school year.  To any recently accepted students that are currently reading this, be sure to say hi in the fall at orientation!  There are so many amazing opportunities at FIT whether it’s in a club, organization, or internship, which makes me so incredibly excited and proud to be a new member of the FIT Student Ambassador Family.

I had my SA training this past week and I felt so welcomed and loved the second I walked into the room.  I highly recommend applying next year no matter what year you are.  It is great to be involved in something where you can make a positive impact on others.  Get excited for orientation!!

For more information on Student Ambassadors: https://www.fitnyc.edu/3158.asp

xx,
Ashley

Where to Celebrate Midterms

Midterm week(s) are almost over so obviously it’s been a lot of all-nighters, coffee, and stress so you deserve a little TLC.  Here are my top 5 places to treat myself after a stressful week of school:

  1. Yogurtland, Off the Wall, 16 Handles, or Red Mango….so basically frozen yogurt.  Yogurtland and Off the Wall offer discounts for FIT students.  Once this brutal winter is over, you can expect to see me there very frequently.
  2. Brooklyn Bagel.  Yeah Panera is always delicious, but you haven’t had a true bagel and cream cheese until you go to Brooklyn Bagel on 8th Ave between 24th and 25th.  The assortment is unlike any other bagel place.  Take that Panera.
  3. Auntie Anne’s.  While the street vendor pretzels are delicious, the fresh and buttery ones at Auntie Anne’s don’t even compare.  Stop by their location in Penn Station and get your hands on one.
  4. Moe’s Southwest Grill – BEST QUESADILLAS EVER.
  5. Sleep. Because it’s necessary and you deserve it!

xx,
Ashley

Midterm Tips – Memorization Edition

With the dreaded middle of the semester comes midterms.  Sometimes it’s a relief because there is so much anticipation for the actual exam that it’s good once it’s over.  But with some of my midterms, I just can’t get the information engrained in my head.  So here are some tips and tricks that I use to help memorize sequences such as dates, places, and artwork…aka Art History.

  1. Write things over and over again.  Studies show that this actually works!  If you write things down more than once, you are more likely to remember them.
  2. Come up with a jingle.  I’m no singer, but this definitely helps… Berlinghieri…St.Francis…1243…Tempera.
  3. Record yourself saying what needs to be memorized and listen to it on repeat while simultaneously saying it out loud.  I am definitely going to listen to the recording as I’m about to fall asleep (creepy…? weird? Whatever works!)
  4. Have your friends quiz you!  If you are friends with someone in your class, have a study date!  You are both helping each other out and you learn the material more when you are teaching someone else!

    xx,
    Ashley

Blush Magazine Launch Party

As you may know, one of my favorite parts about FIT is being involved in clubs and activities on campus.  Blush Magazine is a fashion and beauty magazine on campus completely created by students, from the articles, to the layout, to the photography.  Yesterday evening, the magazine hosted their launch party along with the release of the second issue, the spring 2014 issue.  I highly recommend joining Blush to anyone interested in the fashion magazine side of things.  It looks great on a resume and you meet some of the greatest people at FIT in Blush.  We meet on Tuesdays in B736 during common hour: 1-2pm.  Here are some pictures from the launch party!  Hope to see you all soon at an upcoming meeting!

FIT students holding up the spring 2014 issue of Blush Magazine at the Launch Party

FIT students holding up the spring 2014 issue of Blush Magazine at the Launch Party

Lip & Lash Bar at Blush Magazine's Launch Party

Lip & Lash Bar at Blush Magazine’s Launch Party

A Sephora Giveaway Raffled at the Launch Party

A Sephora Giveaway Raffled at the Launch Party

xx,
Ashley

A Match Made on 7th

With FIT’s population being 84% female, the dating pool is not that large. Thankfully, FIT’s PRSSA (Public Relations Society of America) put on their 5th annual speed dating event: A Match Made on 7th.  At this event PRSSA brings in 50 guys from other NYC schools to speed date with 50 FIT girls.  Each pairing has 90 seconds to get to know each other before moving on to the next person.  Being one of the first to buy my ticket, I was really excited to meet all of these people.  I did not expect to find my prince charming, and unfortunately, I did not, but the event was a true success!  Several attendees really hit it off with other guys and planned to go on dates or go out afterwards.  I met some fantastic people there that I plan on keeping in touch with, but just as friends.  I highly recommend that everyone attend this event next year because you never know who you are going to meet.  As Loretta Young once said, “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.”

xx,
Ashley

Photography Advice – Open Studio

Being a photography major at FIT isn’t a walk in the park.  It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.  There are going to be days where you question why you are pursuing photography, and there are going to be days where you really know why.  There are going to be plenty of people waiting for you to fail, but there are people that really want you to succeed.  As a photography student, there are certain things that you are going to have to figure out on your own, whether it be a photo project, assignment, technique, or lighting.  Trying to figure things out on your own isn’t exactly the easiest, which is why open studio exists.  To sign up for open studio, you go into the photo office on the 4th floor of the D building and you pick what day and time works best for you.  The schedules are put out a week in advanced so be sure to sign up a week before so you can get your desired date and time.  While you still may be weary going to into an open studio and not knowing what equipment to check out or what you are doing, try recruiting a friend an experimenting together.  Also, do your research the night before looking into what kind of equipment from the list of equipment from the cage is best for you.  Don’t give up and step outside of your comfort zone!

xx,
Ashley

Classes I’m Loving – Year 1

With finally getting into the swing of things this semester, there are definitely certain classes and professors that I have been enjoying and learning a lot thus far.  While all of my classes have been great, there have definitely been standouts among my 2 semesters.  I figured that I would share with all the readers and prospective students, photography majors and other majors alike, so that when it comes down to registration, you get the awesome profs!

  1. Photoshop 1 for Photographers – Professor Allison Wermager
    I am only a few weeks in on this class but I have definitely enjoyed it.  Professor Wermager is incredibly helpful and supportive of your work and progress in the class.  She is always willing to help which is really a beautiful thing.
  2. The Art & Practice of Self Defense – Officer Daniel Modell
    I’ve already learned so much in this class.  It is incredibly fascinating to learn about how we can protect ourselves with our own strength.  It is comforting to know that if I am ever in any dangerous situations (hopefully never) that I can protect myself.
  3. Advertising Photography Medium Format – Professor Didier Dorot
    While this class is a dreadful 6 hours long, I have learned SO much!  Professor Dorot has a lot of incredible insight and advice on the industry and what it is like to be on a professional set and how to deal with clients.
  4. English Composition – Professor Jeff Brewer
    I have never learned so much in a single class.  Professor Brewer has many life experiences and incorporates them into the curriculum and has us channel our own experiences into our writing.  Professor Brewer is hands down the funniest professor at FIT.
  5. Introductory Sociology – Professor Victor Corona
    What an incredible class.  Not only is Professor Corona writing a book on Warhol, Club Kids, and Lady Gaga (SO COOL) the curriculum is interesting to all FIT students.

xx,
Ashley

Dorm Essentials – Nagler

The beautiful thing about being a first year student is that you get to live right across the street from all of the buildings.  Doesn’t sound that appealing?  If you live on 27th street, you get to wake up 10 minutes before class and you have all of the FIT resources within walking distance (Which seems like a very long distance right now because it’s freezing outside…).  If you plan on living in Nagler Hall on 27th St, the following are the much needed supplies to conquer the dorm life:

  1. Community Bathrooms = Towel/Robe to walk back to your room
  2. A fan!  Unfortunately you cannot have a window fan, but I highly, highly recommend getting a fan to conquer the fluctuating temperature in your dorm room.  My fan is currently on full blast and it’s 32 degrees outside.  If you have the side by the window, prepare for hot and cold…i.e. the window chill and the heater.
  3. Microwavable food for those days where you aren’t feeling the dining hall or a midnight dinner.  You can’t have a microwave, fridge, toaster, or hot plate in your dorm, but you have access to a microwave in the first floor lounge and a fridge in your floors laundry room.
  4. A big laundry bag.  This applies to all dorms, but there are going to be some weeks where you just don’t want to do your laundry and it piles up quickly.  In order to keep your room free of clothes all over the floor and easy accessibility when taking your laundry from your room to the laundry room…get a laundry bag.
  5. Various types of shoes.  You need your shower shoes, your “I’m going to go down to the lounge” shoes, the “I’m going to go get frozen yogurt from Yogurtland and I’m wearing pajamas and I hope I don’t see anyone that I know” shoes.  In some cases, the shoes can be interchangeable but it’s better to be safe than sorry.  :)

xx,
Ashley

Creative Dining Hall Ideas – Roommate Edition

Greetings to all! My name is Rachel and I am truly honored to be a guest writer on this fabulous blog that my roommate, Ashley, has so wonderfully put together.

So.  Let’s be honest.  The FIT dining hall is not the best – 5 star rating place to fill your stomachs, quench your thirst, grab some grub . . . whatever you wanna call it. So today, I wanna share some personal tips and tricks I have come up with while perusing the multiple stationed room for the past few months while on the meal plan to spark more of an interest to the cafeteria.

  1.  The Deli Delight (Hold the Deli)
    Do you ever go to the sandwich station and think, “This is pointless for me.  I don’t like more than HALF the things they put on a sub!” False.  Who ever said being simple is a bad thing? Here’s what I say. Ask for some pita, or whatever kind of bread you prefer, and ask them to toast it. While it’s getting to a perfect s’more golden brown, you get packets of peanut butter and a tasting cup (tasting cups by the ketchup from The Grill station) full of jelly, and BOOM. You got yourself a beautiful gourmet PB&J sandwich. Or, if you’re not about the PB&J life or maybe you’re just feelin’ a bit of a Middle Eastern flare on that day, ask for a side of hummus.  You can never go wrong with some pita and hummus.
  2.  Deli with your Own Twist
    Keeping with the same station, we don’t always see what we would prefer to be on our sandwich. So, here’s what you do. Go to the salad bar and pick out what you would actually like to have on your sandwich (in my case, mushrooms) and just ask to have the toppings put on the bread.  It’s as simple as that! Be creative while mixing and matching the stations!
  3. Sushi (Hold pretty much everything)
    Okay.  This one is might be a bit tricky to pull off.  If you like plain seaweed for a snack, like I do, kindly walk over to the sushi station and politely ask for just some seaweed.  Sometimes, they are generous and will get you some and sometimes, you just asked on a bad day. Definitely try it! Could be worth it.
  4. Yogurt Parfait
    This breakfast station is one of my personal favorites! This is a suggestion for those of you who can’t eat granola, don’t like it, etc . . . Go about your yogurt parfait like usual and if you still want that nice crunch to your yogurt, just substitute cereal in for granola! Rice chex is highly recommended.  ;)
  5. H20 To Go
    This trick is just a reminder and not all of it goes along with your meal plan.  If you are stuck in a kitchenless dorm room and cannot boil water, no problem! Take a cup of hot water (from the coffee and tea station) and use it for your own, previously bought oatmeal, ramen, whatever you need to make that requires hot water… and remember! Water is FREE. Yep, that means you don’t even need to swipe your cards and use up a meal, folks.

Good luck & good eats!
Rachel