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Notes From The 6 Train: Soroptimist Scholarship!

Who would I be to not acknowledge this wondrous month of March (not just because it’s my birthday month) but also it’s because it’s Women’s Month! I, of course, celebrate my innate goddess-ness daily, but I will be sure to highlight other women/ women oriented groups throughout the month.

The first organization I want to recognize is Soroptimist International Group. They’ve been around since for a hundred years, have a longstanding, passionate group of members, and lovingly do the work that is the organization’s mission.

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Their entire focus is to improve the lives of women worldwide. They have programs to end domestic violence, others to end human trafficking, and even disaster grants.

They also realize the importance of women being educated and offer scholarships to college students. Last year, I was a winner of the scholarship. (Yay!)

YOU, (almost all of the FIT student body/ future student body *it is only awarded to women*) should apply. The application was fairly easy, and in fact, they lacked a number of qualified candidates that they had to extend the deadline. This year, as every year the deadline is April 1st. The information can be found on their website. http://www.soroptimist.org/our-programs/other-programs.html

Also, if you win you get to dress up and attend a free luncheon as the guest of honor. And we know FIT students love good reason to dress up. So what’s stopping you? This is our month!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From The 6 Train: Uncovering Programs To Get To School (EOP Program)

With Junior Day having just past, I want to write about programs that you may not have even known about at FIT!

I interviewed my friend Nicholas about he joined the EOP program, what he gained from it and what he continues to gain from the program. First, I shall start with what the EOP stands for, it means the Educational Opportunity Program, a program offered to New York residents for additionally support when needed.

Colleges know that life is tricky sometimes, They understand that maybe you lived in particularly stressful environment, or went through a plethora of family problems while in high school, so your GPA isn’t the highest. However, if the school still sees you as an asset they want to aid you in your success. EOP is the support system ensure your success before and throughout the duration of the college experience.

Nicholas said that the highlights of his experience as an EOP student are as follows:

-potential for additional financial aid (who doesn’t want that?)

-the summer program before beginning the official semesters (that apparently have super interesting courses & give you a chance to experience different majors if you’re still deciding)
having the unwavering guidance of your specific EOP counselor that helps throughout your college career)

-access to other helpful programs throughout the schoolyear

-meet other EOP scholars, and create a strong support system before starting school (which is a luxury, I must tell ya)
not only meeting other EOP scholars, but also meeting students outside outside of your major.

As mentioned before, EOP is offered exclusively to NYC residents, but programs with similar missions are abundant across the country. If you think you are interested in applying for the EOP program I’ve included the link below.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

http://www.fitnyc.edu/2920.asp (For FIT)

http://www.suny.edu/student/faq/faq.cfm?faqname=EOPFAQ (For all state schools)

Notes From the 6 Train: How to Survive the 12 Hour School-day

So I’m kind of a pro on this topic. Because I take 6 credits every semester, and only want to come to campus (at most 3 days a week, last semester it was 2) I usually end up having one day where I’m at campus for 12 hours, from 9 am to 9 pm. This is not my preferred schedule, but the class always seem to line up like this, so let me give you a play by play on how I survive, in case you ever find yourself in a similar position. This is particularly true for commuter students who have to travel long distances to come to campus.

1. First, and most importantly, I remind myself that I only come 2 or 3 days a week.

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2. Eat to win! I pack my lunch everyday, and it especially on these longs because going on and off campus to get food can be such a hassle, plus super expensive. You will need:
– A water bottle (gotta stay hydrated)
– A full lunch (full of protein, as you will need that energy to remain focused during your classes)
– Snacks! This one is pretty self explanatory.

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3. Use whatever time you’re not in class to your advantage. You won’t be in class during the entire time. I have 3 classes that are scheduled in 3 hour time blocks, but I have still about 3 hours in between to kill. During these breaks I get work done, get a massage or acupuncture at the health clinic (this does have to be scheduled in advanced though) or even take a free fitness to waken myself up (there are free classes at the gym at FIT.) Though, with this last option I obviously I don’t do a really sweat inducing workout. I would suggest yoga.

Other things you can doing your breaks:

– Work! On campus jobs or workstudy
– Take a nap. the commuter lounge was basically made for that

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4. Handle all of your on campus errands.
– Running to financial aid/ bursar’s office
– Go to a club meeting/ events held during common hours
– Go to a tutoring center/ visit a teacher’s office hours

I know that a 12 hour day seems daunting, but when you get home after such a productive day you feel good! Luckily, my 12 hour day is Thursday, and I have no classes on Friday so I either start my weekend early and go out OR go home and enjoy the well deserved, blissful rest.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From The 6 Train: Veggie Heavenly!

So I’m not sure if you all know but I am a vegetarian. I haven’t eaten meat in four years. I know it can be a challenge for anyone, esp. vegetarians to get all the nutrients we need. This problem is increased in the winter we are unable to bask in he summer sun because our skin is unable to eat up all if that vitamin (double check the vitamin) that makes us happy. We also need the strongest immune system we can have in this crazy weather AND being super close corners with people (which happens much more often in the winter months) so our systems can fight any germs folks on the train pass along to us.

So I’ve created a brief list of vegan/vegetarian restaurants to check out if you’re in a time crunch and want some tasty vegan/ vegetarian dishes. Carnivores are welcome to experiment as well!

how cute!

how cute!

So my absolute most favorite vegan place in the city is Seasoned Vegan. Not only do they have vegan food, but also raw food (food that hasn’t been cooked as to retain all of it’s nutrients that it loses when it cooked), family owned and best of all, it’s affordable! This is a huge plus when it comes to food in NYC, ESPECIALLY vegan food. Plus, it’s Harlem, and is a good reason to go exploring outside of 27th St.

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The next place is much closer by. Terri’s is a great quick and fast vegetarian sandwich shop located on 23rd St. This place is also quite affordable (with a sandwich costing around $7-$8),they also vegan cupcakes, detox shakes a host of other quick foods if you’re running off (or late) to class.

yum!

yum!

This last place may seem a bit obvious… WHOLE FOODS! So, it’s definitely not the cheapest, but you can grab a quick a lunch (I usually head straight to the salad bar and grab some veggie sushi) and run back to campus since it’s only a 5 minute walk. What about you? Where do you go for your veggie delights?

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: Classes Spring 15′

So I have to admit that I’m pretty exciting for my classes this semester. Actually, I’m always excited for my classes. I often feel apathetic before school starts and then I always get a bit amped. As an FIT student employee (a blogger, ambassador or blogger but not work-study unfortunately) we always get first priority registration! So, I am able to get the classes I want! Well, at least we get the time we want, when we register we usually don’t know who out professors are at the time of registration, which we all know is a major competent of classes, but I think I’ve wound up with some pretty good teachers. A few of the classes I towards in particular are my “Starting A Small Business” class and my “International Finance” Class.

Classes this semester will hopefully make my life like these guys in Breaking Bad

Classes this semester will hopefully make my life like these guys in Breaking Bad

Let me preface this by saying that math is certainly not my strong suit BUT I have a good professor who is extremely knowledgable, Christine Pomeranz, the chair of the International Trade & Marketing department, who worked in the international banking for twenty years & handled five BILLION dollars in accounts. Honestly, I’m hoping to get my personal finances straight in this class and get some helpful stock tips.

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I look forward to my Starting A Small Business class because I’ve considered starting a business before. My professor for this class has owned his own moderate-better coat manufacturing company for 30 years, so he has a plethora of experimental learning as well. He is all very passionate about his profession (and works from home, #lifegoals) During this class we create our own business. There are no tests or quizzes, because the tests in real life is whether or not your business succeeds. That, is the most important test of all.

What about you? What classes/ teachers/projects are you excited for?

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From The 6 Train: New Opportunities Alert!

I’m a tutor at the writing center now. Yay! It’s something I’ve thought about much in the past and finally applied this past semester. I will begin working at the beginning of February. I know we’ve discussed the tutor/writing centers before but I’ve done more research since being hired.

The FIT Writing Center holds monthly seminars that focuses on different elements to improve your writing (super exciting for someone whose a writing nerd such as I). The FIT Writing Center also participates in writing conferences that take place all over, last year they went to Disney World and the year before they went to Germany (and from what I hear it’s sponsored by FIT, that just means = free! But I have to do a bit more detective work about this.)

Also, it is a paid position on campus AND is more than minimum wage. And you’re only obligated to work 6 hours weekly (but you can work more if you want) and they are quite flexible about scheduling. So when thinking about a job, you might not need to look very far, maybe just over your shoulder or a few doors down!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: Last Week Hustle

My besties & I.

My besties & I.

So I totally forgot to write about what I did while home! I just went straight to business! I think I’ve mentioned before how I like going home because you realize how much you’ve grow. This visit highlighted this so much for me! I welcomed back old friends into my life and realized that my parents don’t bother me like they did when I was younger (maturity much?). I also held my annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Queer Women Potluck. It’s always such a pleasure to reconnect with commune with people that you’ve established relationships with. As you can see, we know how to have a party (photo booth and all).

Just observe how merry we all look!

Just observe how merry we all look!

Going home fed my soul and now I feel replenished and energized to begin the semester and even begin thinking about plans for summer.

If you all didn’t know it, now is the time to apply for many summer internships/ scholarships. It’s the last week of break and is the last amount of idle time. For many, once the semester begins life becomes a worldwhind.

I’ve already applied for the Time Inc. summer internship (wish me luck guys!) which is 10 paid week internship with one of the various Time Inc. brands (ranging from Essence to InStyle to Fortune and a bunch of other well known brands.)

Now is the perfect time to begin scouring the FIT internship bank before you begin drowning in schoolwork and tests.I’ve begun looking up other opportunities I want to apply for and scribbling application deadlines into my calendar. You want your opportunity to pass you by! Gotta stay sharp!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From The 6 Train Student Spotlight: Liz Pulos

During finals week last year, I had a chance to sit down with Elizabeth Pulos, a soon to be international trade & marketing major (and politics minor) who is officially finished with FIT in just a few weeks. This, of course, will be after her Peru. She’s participating in the International Trade & Marketing Department practicum in Peru, the class necessary to complete all degree credits. Before she set off on her journey to foreign countries she talked to me about the incredible things (my words, not hers) she participated in/ accomplished while a student here at FIT.

look how Fancy Liz looks!

look how Fancy Liz looks!

Here’s a very brief list:
– Winner of three International Trade & Marketing Scholarships: Ralph Lauren, New Times & PVH (which she encourages all ITM majors to apply for, this money helped pay for her trip to Peru)

-Writer and participant of the newly formed Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator which is “The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is a hub for ethical fashion and design where designers transform their ideas into successful businesses”

Check it out here: http://bkaccelerator.com/can-fashion-hunting-apps-help-sustainable-designers/

– President of the Corporate Social & Responsibility Club for the past several semesters where she organized/ facilitated incredible events open to the FIT community such as: having the Alliance advisor Ian Spaulding and VF Corporation Supply Chain VP Tom Nelson came to speak on campus or bringing in Chelsea Cooper (a FIT grad), founder of the CSR Club and Associate Manager of Men’s Denim Development at Ralph Lauren.

– Contributor of a chapter in an upcoming college textbook (how cool is that?!

We did not plan to wear matching bottoms! Just have great synergy. :)

The CSR club this semester, we didn’t plan to wear matching bottoms! Just have great synergy. :)

All of this, not to mention volunteering at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Agency, maintaining a 4.0, playing in a band, working in the film and movie industry, working on her own social compliance small business and being a generally kind and intelligent human. I had the pleasure to get to know Liz on a more personal level during the past semester. During the fall we were in the International Business Law class and served together on the board of the Corporate Social Responsibility Club. And I know that she will continue after graduation. Congrats Liz Pulos!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: Just Call Me DJ Aya

So as I mentioned before, winter break is the perfect time to experimenting and trying new things. For me, music had been an outlet I’ve been in dabbling in. I’ve always been very connected to music (much like the music industry and the fashion industry, one is influenced by the other.) This holiday season I sent my closest friends a healing folder as a gift. As apart of this folder I created this mix (my very first mix guys.) And I am excited to share it with you all! Below is this precursor to the mix. The link is included below.

“I get to share something with you that’s super, very important. As some of you may or may not know, I have begun DJing, and I am thrilled to be sharing my very first mix with you! You were my inspiration, brilliant, talented, dynamic women. I wanted to create something that was drenched in this very essence of the ultimate, awesome, omnipotent feminine energy. Initially, I was going to make this mix composed of only women artists. But that idea didn’t last long as, as I know just how important it is honor the holy feminine AND masculine (I am so lucky to know a plethora of women who embody both energies in such a beautiful way it felt absurd for me to bar that type of musical love.) On the last note, I want to mention that this mix is about how you feel, how you should be love and loved upon. The songs in this mix represent all aspects in life (I hope), when you’re feeling sassy or soulful or even when you’re even feeling uncertain about who you are/your purpose, I wanted it to be just as multidimensional as you. I hope you enjoy listening to it (and turning up to it) as much as I loved making it for you. I present the first of many loved filled art and music projects to come!”

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.