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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

FIT Admittance

Many of you who are stumbling across the blog probably just got accepted to FIT!  First off, congratulations!  It is an incredible honor to be accepted into one of the most renowned fashion schools in the world!  You should be very proud of yourself and of the hard work and time that you put into getting accepted.  Reflecting back on when I was admitted 3 years ago in 2013, I was a completely different person.  Coming to FIT will transform you for the better.  Your professors and classmates will push you to create your best work.  You are in a city full of people who are giving their all in order to succeed, and that will only make you work harder.  FIT is a school where the assignments that you are given are relevant to the industry.  You’ll go on fieldtrips to museums, galleries, and top businesses in the field.  You are going to a school that has the opportunity to be hands on because New York City is truly our campus.  Your assignments will allow you to explore the city and learn valuable information that you couldn’t get first hand anywhere else.  That is why I chose FIT.

Ashley

NYC Food Events

You can forget about the Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller and the grand Rockettes performances, because when New York begins to have outdoor food events, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  Nothing beats sitting outside on a warm day and indulging in a gourmet ice cream cone or a fresh burger all while enjoying it with friends.  New York hosts some of the best daily and weekly food events around and I’m here to tell you some of my favorites!

  • Smorgasburg: Taking place in Williamsburg on Saturday’s and Prospect Park on Sunday’s, this holy grail food event takes the cake.  From the ramen burger to the brand new Wowfulls waffle ice cream creations, you have to cross Smorgasburg off your food bucket list.  Last week was the opening weekend of the season, so feel free to head out there the next chance you get!  (http://www.smorgasburg.com/)
  • Madison Square Eats: Taking place in FIT’s backyard at Madison Square Park, UrbanSpace created this daily food vendor masterpiece.  They are opening April 30th and it runs until May 27th from 11 AM – 9 PM.  You can enjoy the beauty of the Flatiron Building, the park, and foods from Ice & Vice, Roberta’s, MeltKraft and more! (http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/)
  • Broadway Bites: Disappointed that Madison Square Eats only lasts a month?  Well it’s a good thing that Broadway Bites opens shortly after on June 3rd and runs until July 17th.  Since it is hosted by UrbanSpace, you can expect to see similar vendors at Madison Square Eats, but certain vendors are only available at Broadway Bites like Wafles & Dinges, Doughnuttery, and The Gumbo Bros.  (http://urbanspacenyc.com/broadway-bites/)
  • UrbanSpace Vanderbilt: This PERMANENT food vendor location hosts restaurants like Liquiteria, Ovenly, Takumi Taco, DOUGH and more!  They are open weekdays from 6:30 AM – 9 PM and weekends from 9 AM – 5 PM.  (http://urbanspacenyc.com/urbanspace-vanderbilt)

Hope you enjoy all the deliciousness that NYC has to offer!

Ashley