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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

Number One Tip For All International Students

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Hey everyone! My name is Zorya, a recent new addition to the admissions blog. I’m so excited to be part of this blog and share with you my experiences and give you tips and tricks on how to survive the crazy life that is New York and FIT. Being an international student from a small village in Switzerland,New York was always such an exciting word, but at the same time terrifying. I didn’t know what to expect nor how I would adapt to this huge change in scenery. Today I can say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. Since being here I have become my own person, discovered things about myself I would of never have if I had stayed back home.

The number one tip I have for any international students that are planning on applying to FIT, is to dorm (at least the first year). Personally it really helped me to settle down in the city, without having to worry about paying rent, figuring out which subway to take, and walking back home late at night after class. Also it’s great because you have a roommate and making friends is much more fun when you’re meeting people that all have the same passion you have and are so close. There are a lot of rules when you dorm at FIT, but looking back now, I’m happy there was, because it really gave you this sense of security and safety, which I think is important if you are new to the city.

Let me know if you have any request of topics you would like me to cover!

xoxo

Zorya

Travel Tips for the Big Move in the Big Apple

Coming from California, the move from a suburban world to an electric metropolis was already overwhelming enough! If you are awaiting an admissions decision and a worried about moving your closet from your home to FIT, DON’T BE SCARED! It is possible!  Here are a couple of travel tips that helped me while traveling across the country and back to FIT.

  1. First of all, make sure to pack wisely! – if you are a heavy packer (like myself) clothes may not be your friend when overweight luggage give you unwanted fees! Most airlines have a limit of 50 lbs. per checked bag, and don’t worry; FIT has an excellent mail room that will receive anything you left from home!
  2. Is it too late now to say… GOODBYE? – make sure you are at the airport/train station/bus terminal early and prepared to board! Major airports can have lines that take up to an hour to go through, so don’t miss your flight by arriving 2 hours before your departure!
  3. Be street smart – if you are new to New York City, be sure to keep an eye on your belongings. Purses, luggage, wallets – anything can be stolen, at any time! Although FIT is one of the safest colleges in America, New York City can be sketchy at times!
  4. Find the best deals for you! – As we all know, traveling can be expensive. By researching thousands of websites out there that are touting the lowest rates around you will be able to arrive to N-Y-C with MON-EY in your pocket!
  5. Get familiar with the MTA! – Once you are in NYC, learning the subway system might be one of your top priorities. There are plenty of apps you can download which give you live subway times and the best ways to get to your destination!

Love & Art,

Mariano

How to work when your tired

Hey everyone!

So I don’t know about your but there are already some days where I am to tired to accomplish anything. I work three jobs and take 8 classes, it is a lot but it can be done with a few easy tips

Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Make sure you have a clear goal of what you want to do with your day. Regardless if its go to work, make a snack, go to the gym, do one blog post , whatever it is have a set plan to get it all done.

Drink a lot of water. Most people don’t drink that much water when they are tired they end up drinking coffee, which will wake you up for a little but then you will crash and feel worse then before. When you drink water it helps hydrate you leaving you more energized.

Get Rid of distractions. Turn your phone off for an hour or two, don’t go on Facebook, and don’t do my worst habit of watching Netflix while trying to get work done. Go to Starbucks or the library somewhere with limited distractions.

Go to the gym, or just move around. When you start to move around it helps increase your energy. When your sitting in the same spot for to long it makes you sleepy leaving you with even less energy then before. Try to walk around for 5 minutes every 45 minutes it will make a huge difference.

Lastly I know its hard to do but try to get enough sleep at night an odd number of hours of sleep is better then even. So its better to take a snap for 3 hours instead of 2. To sleep 7 hours instead of 8. You tend to be in a deeper slumber in even numbers( I know which is weird). I know I have been extremely tired lately and all of these things have helped increase my productiveness.

-Kailee

The Final Weeks

The final weeks of the semester can be daunting, but there are common things that we have to do before we head home for the holidays!  These sort of tasks may only take a few seconds but it’s crucial to make sure that you are good to go.

  • Return your textbooks.  You may think that this is common knowledge, but there have been people who have flown home and forgotten that they didn’t return a book.  Set a reminder in your phone and consider it the most rewarding post finals treat to yourself.
  • Check out of the dorms/apartment.  If you are in the dorms, your RA will walk you through what you need to do to ensure that you are accounted for.  If you are living in an apartment and going to be gone for the new year, make sure that you pay your rent early to avoid any crazy stress.  If it’s automatically taken out of your account, you’re good to go.
  • Clean your dorm/apartment.  Whether you’re going to be gone for 2 weeks or 6 weeks, your place can collect all types of nastiness, so scrub and mop to prolong the dust from collecting.
  • Clean out your fridge.  This is self explanatory but let’s not return back to an apartment with an odor.
  • Pay your tuition.  Tuition for next semester isn’t due until January 4th, but the sooner you turn it in, the sooner you can cross it off your to-do list.
  • Soak it all in.  Another semester accomplished, another semester down.  Congratulations!  One step closer to graduation!  Be proud of yourself!

Ashley