Category Archives: Campus Life

On my Mind: One blog to another

The best way to keep up to date with what is happening back at FIT is to constantly check our college’s website. At a simple glance this page seems to always be the same but when you look closely at the column on your right, under announcements, you can see updates about our school. My top pick from this week is the new FIT blog “On My Mind” by the one and only President Joyce F. Brown. This woman, Dr. Brown is an amazing and highly educated person with incredibly interesting and useful information to share with us (obviously like me haha, so don’t ditch this blog). The topics on this trending blog range from Education, Industry to Curriculum and more. This superwoman that is present at every FIT event I have attended has been blogging since May. For those of you who want to know more in-depth about her exemplary achievements should read through the About the President section.

A few insider things I know from attending FIT for the past three and a half years is that she lives on campus, the whole top floor of alumni belongs to her and her family (they own the cutest most fashionable pup), when you get to ride on the elevator with her you don’t have to stop at any other floor (feels like royalty), and she is very avid on sustainability and making FIT the best place possible. Reading through her blog, I noticed she went ahead and wrote about one of my future topics so I’m quite sure great minds think alike; learn more about our Green Roofs.

One very exciting news I also discovered was that FIT has a new Sustainability and Ethics minor! I’m very ecstatic (and incredibly angry that its right when I’m graduating) that there is a need in our industry to rethink and open up the sustainability conversation. I invite you all to reconsider what have been the norms for the fashion industry and what they can be. This ted talks video will have you craving for change in every single aspect on the way how we do business: CSR 3.0.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

 

Summer lovin’ reading is a blast

Well everyone its finally SUMMER!!! To those who graduated congratulations and to those that didn’t I know you needed the break to get back to your non-stressed self. For me the summer is a time to take extra classes and read up on things that I know I will be in pursuit of next semester and also some fun reads.

I will be teaching myself more about sketchup this summer so I got the book Google sketchup for dummies which actually has really helped thus far. But some of the fun books I have read so far that I highly recommend are..

1.Animal Farm by George Orwell which Is definitely an illuminating fable that ill change your views on animals and how they are treated.

2.Suffer the children by Craig Dilouie it was called ” a wild and edgy apocalyptic thrill ride” this is one book I highly recommend I’m usually not into books about ” the end of the world” but I couldn’t stop reading from the second I picked it up. I finished it in a few hours and its over 400 pages.

3.Hallow City by Riggs which is actually a sequel to miss peregrines peculiar children. I loved the first book, as we all know second books aren’t always the greatest but I felt otherwise with this book. I loved it more then the first and I cant wait till the movie comes out.

4. Last but not least black moon by Kenneth Calhoun  I just started reading it and its doing a pretty good job of drawing me into it thus far. It’s full or emotion and a great  out look of what could actually happen to our society.

What books are you reading this summer? Any good beach books I should know about?

 

Notes From the 6 Train: Introducing Leesa Tabrizi

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Seeing that graduation was just a few weeks ago, I wanted to highlight a recent FIT graduate. Going to a school with so many talented people can make it difficult to choose someone to write about. But, for me this was an easy decision. I wanted to showcase someone who illuminates, not just through their work, but through their words and interaction with others. I met Leesa in my social psychology class, and ended up working on a group project titled “Gender Norms: To Conform or To Stray,” which was about just that, who challenges gender norms and when. We went to the village together one night to conduct our “field study,” which basically means we got to go be creeps at the several bars on a Saturday evening to see if people abide by their designated gender behavior. We wanted to see if queer identified people took on some of the heteronormative behaviors of the straight counterparts, so we went two gays and two straight bars and observed. Leesa was totally chill in this totally crowded gay bar with gays taking off items of clothing to get free drinks, and that’s when I knew Leesa was a special girl.

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Besides being accepting and welcoming of all types of type, she’s a creator of stunning work that is reflective of her culture, experiences and most importantly, her soul. Below is a photo of just part of her senior thesis project that was displayed in the Art & Design Graduating Student Exhibition. Unfortunately, it’s not the entire piece, which was composed of two giant rugs and a huge center colorful and impressive ornamentation that suggested a relation to a flower that tied the entire piece together. She explains that the rugs are significant because they padded her reality. With her father having a rug store and with rugs that often spilled into her home, she grew up in a rug world! Besides rugs just existing, they provided a spiritual safe haven for her aunt and grandmother who prayed on these expressive rugs. Because of these rugs she became interested in Islamic art and architecture. From her studies she learned about the Garden of Eden that was often referenced in these rug motifs. Religion, stars, flowers, and rugs are important factors in Leesa’s audacious work.

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Because of Leesa I may never look at a rug the same again. On a personal note, thank you for being so kind to me this semester!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: My Time in Toronto

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I want to tell you about the cool things going on in Toronto. It’s a really neat city that’s super close to New York and is cheaper to get to the most US cities. Luckily, I have friends there who were able to show me all around the interesting places, and avoid all the toursit traps. We went to Kensington Market that was made up of all sorts of homey and inviting shops that just scream “come check me because I will probably have sorts of stuff you won’t find anywhere else.” This was true indeed. We also got to eat some amazing churros infused with chocolate and dulce de leche cream. I didn’t know that such a thing existed but once I found it, I keep returning to the market just for the churros. Here was where I found the groovy hat in the picture beneath. I found it at a vintage store for about $8.50 US dollars! Any avid vintage shopper knows just how pricey vintage items can be, so this was quite a steal. It is now my favorite hat!

I was lucky enough to be in town for Toronto’s biannual Vintage Crawl. Vintage Crawl is when all the vintage stores in the city stay open until midnight, offer AMAZING deals on merchandise and offer free drinks, beer and snacks. Some stores even had live Dj’s. I guess they figure the more you’re eating, drinking and dancing, the less attention you’re paying to the money flying out of your wallet. They’re probably right, because I bought several items, and every single person I went to the crawl at least bought one item. I’ve never been to the vintage crawl on Brooklyn, but I had such a good time in T. Dot that I will certainly check it out the next time it crawls around.

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That’s me at Toronto’s largest monthly queer hip hop party, Yes Yes Ya’ll! Toronto has a pretty progressive queer and polyamorous community, so being able to experience just taste of it was a treat. The entire placed was packed and the crowd was incredibly diverse. They also played a variety of music types, from old school hip to current hip hop as well as reggae and dancehall ( Canada has an extremely large Caribbean community, with their being more of Caribbean descent in Canada than in the actual Caribbean).

I also went to the Textile Museum of Canada, which had several interesting exhibitions, but one of my favorites was about kimonos. I also went to check out “This Is Not A Toy,” curated by Pharell Williams at the Design Exchange, which was all about… TOYS!

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I was able to do so amazing cool things in just the 4 days I was there. If you’re looking for a quick get away this summer, jut look up!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

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Language Advantage

Merhaba Peeps,

I hope someone is still there (I’ve been gone too long, I’m SORRY). I was gone two weeks on a Mediterranean cruise with my mom, as an early graduation gift. I did try posting twice but it really wasn’t working (or cost-effective for that matter, oops). I’m back in Rome for the time being and I’m going to explore the eternal city once again and maybe even for the last time in my life (hopefully not).the-computer-demands-a-blog

I just wanted to share with you how important it is to speak more than one language, I cannot stress it enough how it will come in handy all throughout your life. OK, so from what I’ve gathered Americans assume everyone speaks English (not everyone obvs) , and I heard that the English do that too (eeerghh that annoying buzz sound in game shows). Through my travels in Turkey, Greece and Italy I discovered that even if English is the main international business language, the best baklava seller in Turkey might not care about that fact (oh how yummy it was). I also noticed that some people are predisposed to you as a customer and a human being, as soon as you just slap a HI or Thank You without even trying their native tongue (Efharisto: thanks in Greek). I also found Hard Rock Cafe in Istanbul (newly opened, known by a handful of people) on a pure coincidence because the girl sitting next to me turned out to speak Spanish and work at HR in one of the most prominent hotels of the area and took us on a tour because she wanted to practice her Spanish (kid you NOT). Anyways, you get the gist of it, language was not meant to be a barrier, do not let it scare you. It is the gateway to understanding other cultures, other countries, other ways of thinking. Besides, eavesdropping in four different languages can be quite fun (especially when they are talking about you, unkindly) and you respond… followed by a jaw drop!

So when you are questioning the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and why FIT requires two language courses think of all my stories and all the stories you could have. Think about all the doors it will open for you and all the resumes your resume will crush (Languages: English, (Fill in the blank). These classes were designed to make you thrive in an ever-changing global environment. If you feel they are too intimidating you can wait until your Bachelors (that is when they are required), and if not you can start in your Associates and maybe even minor in a Foreign Language. FIT offers: French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. If English is not your main language we also offer ESL programs throughout the year. Oh and don’t fret,  it is very interactive because we have a state-of-the-art Foreign Language Multimedia Center!tahnks

A presto,

Sadie

(I promise not to ever leave for so long again. I missed you all, I mean that is hoping someone reads me haha)

Notes From the 6 Train: Bring Back Our Girls

So, if you haven’t heard about the crisis in Nigeria, here’s a little back story. Several weeks ago, approximately 234 Nigerian girls were kidnapped in the middle of night by a famously corrupt, brutal and dangerous Islamic extremist military group called Boko Haram. This group has committed some of the worst atrocities against the people of Nigeria within the past decade or so. Boko Haram steals women from villages, but have never carried out such a large kidnapping at once. The girls who are kidnapped are often forced to work as “porters, sex slaves, and cooks,” according to Aljazeera. There have been other reports that many of the girls were auctioned of as wives to members of the Boko Haram, for as low as twelve dollars. The Nigerian government did not attempt to rescue the missing girls and as a result there have been global protests crying for some type of assistance to help locate the girls. I attended the protest at Union Square a few weeks ago, here are some of the photos.

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I thought that it was an interesting concept to get those who attended the protest to wear head wraps or (geles, the more traditional term) to show solidarity and oneness with the young women who have been kidnapped. Everyone looked stunning. Simply amazing. After I saw a women hearing stilettos though, and almost all the women participating in mini photo shoots to go on their Instagram I began to wonder, is this a fashion show or a protest? Clothes are very powerful, and have the ability to convey strong messages about images, ideas and people you may for, against, or want to align yourself with. That’s the power of fashion and clothing, but I think it’s important to comprehend why we dressing a certain way, and the messages we are sending out when we do so.

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Take a look and decide for yourself. Within the last 24 hours President Obama has announced that he has sent some assistance in finding the girls. I have attached some links to several articles about the crisis if you’re interested.

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All things Color, Love, & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

http://time.com/108025/nigeria-chad-boko-haram-american-troops-obama/

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/4/21/parents-234-girlskidnappedfromnigeriaschool.html

This semester flew by!

WOW! It is almost the end of the semester for everyone. Between the long cold winter all the snow days and the long projects it honestly felt like summer was never going to be here.

I had some amazing field trips this semester. Some which included IGUZZNI, which is a lighting show room and manufacturer. We also went to steelcase ( the place i plan on working at one day ), the LEDUCATION expo. The NY times building and so many more, FIT really helps get you out to see the city and see all these places you never would have known existed. sd

This is the LEDUCATION expo where we got to meet vendors, and people we will be working with in the future.

Here is two of my classmates annie and hannah at steelcase. They gave us all kinds of refreshments and let us take as many pictures as we wanted.

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This next one is the demo we got at IGUZZINI, which was absolutely amazing.

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I also was able to spend a lot more time focusing on my studies this semester, I think im getting better at my time management skills. My favorite class by far was my methods and materials class with Carmita Sanchez Fong ( You might remember her from admitted students day or from the post i wrote about her a while back).

gvferThen lastly some of my projects I felt like I put my heart and soul into every project ive completed but these I know I worked extra hard on.

asdThis was my first project of the semester and also the one where i cut the tip of my finger off with an exacto knife because i was rushing ( not a good idea) So please if you are doing something in a hurry or just using one be careful!

finalAnd this was my final 3rd semester project!! With my group Annie Kate and Ani we pulled together an awesome project, we had some troubles printing along the way but other than that I was very proud of how it turned out!

I cant believe this semester is over already, it makes me tear up because even with all the set backs this was one of my favorite semesters. It pushed me to my limits but also showed my i am unbreakable, and I can achieve whatever I put my mind to.

What was your favorite memory this semester? I’ll post a few next week, so comment pictures , stories whatever you would like!

XoXO Good Luck with Finals everyone

Kailee

I’m Going on an Adventure!

I know I said that this year was my “year of travel”, but I am about to embark on my biggest adventure yet! After my last final on Thursday I will be packing up everything I brought to (and bought in) Italy and sending it home. Fingers crossed nothing gets lost or broken in transit. All I will be keeping is my trusty bright red backpack, hiking shoes, the ever important Nalgene, and a minimal amount of clothes and travel necessities. When you have to carry everything you own on your back, the line between needs and wants becomes much more clear.

I am doing this because in a week exactly I will be walking. A lot. I’m going to walk from one end of Spain to the other. Actually I am walking from a little town in France called St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago, Spain and hopefully if I have time to Fisterre or “The Ends of the Earth” – the last place people believed you could go before falling off the edge of the world. I can’t think of a better, or more dramatic, place to end my pilgrimage.

Full disclosure: I have never actually watched any of the Lord of the Rings movies, this is just too perfect to not include

Full disclosure: I have never actually watched any of the Lord of the Rings movies, this is just too perfect to not include

That is what I am doing, a pilgrimage. Specifically El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, as it is officially called, is a medieval trail that Christians crossed to see the remains of Saint James. By proving you walked a certain amount of miles (by getting stamps at stops along the way) each pilgrim receives a fancy diploma-like document in Latin that absolves you from all your sins. To be honest, I am not an extremely religious person (I don’t really see the point when the basis of all religions boils down to the same basic beliefs, but that’s a whole different conversation), so completing this journey will be less about being forgiven for my sins and more about focusing on making myself a better person, and just the fact I could do it.

Each one of those blue dots represents a day of walking

Each one of those blue dots represents a day of walking

This whole thing started a few summers ago when I went to go see a movie with my mom at the little, artsy movie theater in my hometown. It was called “The Way” and it started Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. When the movie finished I just said to my mom “One day I’m gonna do that.” And here we are, I’m following through with the promise I made myself. (Also the movie is really good and still on instant streaming on Netflix ((I think)), check it out!)

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With only a week left I am getting pretty nervous. I was originally going to have a friend from high school who is fluent in basically every language come with me, but due to money issues she had to cancel. After that, trying to find someone not only willing to walk 458 miles, but who also had all of June and some of May free proved extremely difficult, and so, I will be doing this on my own. In a way I think it might be better this way. I will be forced to meet new people and I will be able to reflect on my own life in more peace. But that in itself is pretty scary, let alone the actual physical dangers that the Camino can hold.

On the other hand, you can’t have an adventure without a little danger!

–Emily–

Lunch for Less

Hey everyone! the semester is coming to an end which means you most likely don’t have any money. Lots if projects and printing that needs priority over food. ( Not really but your probably going to chose your projects).

There are a few places right near school that you can get lunch for under 11 dollars, with a drink and everything!

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The first place is GiGi’s Monday’s they have discounts for students that have there WEAR IT MONDAY bracelets on. They also have daily deals with lunch for much less.

200px-Chipotle_Mexican_Grill_logo_svgMy absolute favorite place to eat  you can usually get a drink and a dish for 10.50 ( which considering how much food you get its a bargain!) I get a chicken bowl and a small drink probably every Monday because that’s one of my long days. 543px-Whole_Foods_Market_logo_svg

Lastly there is whole foods located just a few blocks from school at 250 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001. They have a buffet every single day with different foods. They also have fresh sushi, sandwiches, soup, dessert and more. When going to the buffet be sure to pick up the lighter things, heavier means it costs more. You can usually get a box of food, a drink , and a little desert for under 10 dollar’s!

I know there are also a lot of places around school that have dollar pizza and other deals like that . When I look for good deals it’s about getting more food for less, because I would rather only eat once and have snacks then eat and have to eat three more times because I am still hungry . More places are being added to WEAR IT MONDAY every week so make sure you take a look at the weekly student success letter and get your bracelet!

xoxo,

Kailee

Reflections on Italy

I love Italy. I love the food, I love the views, I love the art. Everything. There is one thing that I have been missing though. It is the one thing that has made me appreciate FIT immensely since I have been here, and that is our teachers.

I’ll admit that as a freshmen I really didn’t think that the teachers at FIT would be the absolute best. I mean, it’s not like we’re Harvard or Yale. But after three years I realized how wrong I was, and I didn’t comprehend how great they were until I didn’t have them anymore. This semester was the first time I have been exposed to teachers other than ours at FIT, and they were not all bad, but they just could not hold up to the quality back home.

I didn’t realize how much our FIT professors strive to make our lectures interesting and engaging, or how (relatively) easy it is to get help from them one-on-one. For example, I am currently taking a class called “History of Italian Fashion” and every time I walk into the classroom I find myself wishing that Lourdes Font was teaching the class. Professor Font is by far one of the smartest and most knowledgeable people I have ever met. She knows everything about fashion! I took her class “Costume and Fashion in Film” and despite it being a four hour long class on a Friday, it was one I constantly looked forward to attending. If you can make history of anything interesting to a twenty year old at six o’clock on a Friday, kudos.

As much as you may believe your professors are trying to drive you to the loony bin for all the work they give out (especially during finals and midterms), they are truly invested in your success. Linda Sands was my first draping professor and she scared the crap out of me for the first half of the semester. Every time she came by my table to check my work I felt like I was going to throw up. By the end of the semester I realized she was so harsh because she was pushing us to pay attention and make our garments perfect. Needless to say our whole class ended up loving her and we even threw her a surprise birthday party! I was so happy when I got her the next semester for pattern-making. She can be a little scary, but it’s just her mamma bear claws. I know that if I were to show up at her office with a project I was working on, she would stop what she was doing and help me solve my problem.

The professors at FIT are the greatest asset I didn’t realize I had until I lost them. They always say one of the most important things you should do while in college is make relationships with your professors. I always thought that sounded really intimidating. I mean, they’re adults with lives, and there are so many of us how could they possibly single each one of us out to care about? But trust me, when you find a class you love taught by a professor you really admire, you will create that relationship. Honestly, there have been so many professors at FIT who have helped me grow, academically as well as personally.

And don’t always trust ratemyprofessor.com. You’ll be surprised.

–Emily–