Category Archives: Creating

Prepare for National Portfolio Day

If you are applying to FIT in the Art & Design school and your application requires a portfolio, I HIGHLY recommend attending a National Portfolio Day.  For those who may not be familiar, National Portfolio Day (NPD) is a day in which you have the opportunity to meet with representatives/admissions counselors from the schools you wish to apply/attend (FIT, of course!) and review and discuss your portfolio, talk about the program and university, and also answer any questions that you may have!

It is a golden opportunity to go straight to the source to receive advice and put your worries to rest.  The great thing about NPD is that representatives are traveling to different cities and states, so you don’t have to make the trip out to New York City if you aren’t local!  The NPD season has just begun, so you’re likely to still make it to a NPD near you!  For a full list of the 2016-2017 schedule and the participating schools, you can click here.  To anyone that cannot attend a NPD, do not stress, as attending a NPD is not required, however it is very helpful!  When I attended NPD in 2012, it was very productive and useful to hear what the representatives had to say about my work.

Best of luck to all applicants!


FIT Ranked Top 10 Globally


Yes, all of the Facebook posts are true.

The fashion news website Business of Fashion placed FIT’s undergraduate programs sixth in the world and its graduate programs tenth in its second annual Global Fashion Schools Rankings. Just to put in perspective how amazing this news is,  FIT and Parsons School of Design are the only American undergraduate institutions in the Top Ten and the FIT’s graduate programs made the listing at number ten for the first time this year.

The rankings are part of BoF’s annual report on the state of fashion education, which includes an in-depth analysis of key geographies and detailed profiles of the top 50 undergraduate and the top 25 graduate fashion programs. The ranking is based on three criteria: global influence, learning experience and long-term value. With FIT’s ability to project a global reputation we all know and love and prepare students for the real world of business and design, the survey also notes that a number of institutions are connecting creativity and commerce through interdisciplinary curricula that allow students to become more specialized and demanding business, technology, and marketing courses.

“FIT is in the company of outstanding institutions throughout the world that are doing excellent work,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “The accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni are to be credited for helping us earn our reputation around the world.”

I have always been so proud to attend and represent this wonderful school, but now more than ever, it really goes to show how lucky all of us FIT Tigers are. We have a lot to live up to, and we are prepared for it every step of the way. Let’s never let them down.


Senior Spotlight: Lara Tabak, Inaugural Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award




In total awe of Lara Tabak, an FIT senior majoring in Fashion Design, who recently won the first ever Inaugural Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award! This past Friday, she joined designers and celebrities at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS celebration held at The Plaza. Infor, a leading provider of cloud software for the fashion industry, is in its third year of partnership with the ICONS event.

In addition to walking the red carpet at the event with Kristen Ingersoll, Hearst Magazine International’s Fashion/Entertainment Editor, who wore the butterfly-inspired red carpet gown Tabak designed, she also won $10,000 in scholarship money. This was the inaugural year for the Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award, which was launched to the foster the next generation of leaders in fashion design.

“The more I learn, the more I feel that there is to learn and I am in the right place for it,” Tabak said. “I am grateful to FIT and my professors who have taught me so much and have helped to prepare me for the incredible opportunity I have been given by Infor and Harper’s Bazaar. The collaboration with such a historical and impressive publication along with a creative and innovative technology company affords me a fabulous welcome into the modern fashion industry.”

Way to go, Lara! Such an inspiration to all FIT students. If you work hard enough, great things really do have a way of finding you. Keep doing incredible things — we’ll be rooting for you every step of the way.



Life Hack: How to be an Optimist

As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.


First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.

Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.

Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.

Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Stay Positive!



How to survive your first day

Starting college is a nerve racking experience. Most people find the first day to be filled with anxiety because they don’t know anyone and there is so much going on, but I promise you will make it through!


The first thing you should do before your classes start is explore campus! Make sure you know where your classes are , where the bathrooms, cafeteria, computer labs, and extra help are located. Just walk around take it all in and get ready to be an official college student.

Next, make friends in your classes! Especially your liberals , they are mixed with tons of different people of all different majors, and grade levels. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone random, trust me they want to make friends just as badly as you do. But if you don’t make any friends right away don’t worry there is plenty of time to join a club, get involved, or introduce yourself to someone out and about other then in class.


One thing that is a must let your parents fuss over you. I know your a college student now but your a college student at FIT and your parents are so beyond proud so embrace It and thank them for encouraging you so much. You will be thankful by your senior year I promise!

Another is pack head phones and a snack for your first day. It is definitely overwhelming at first and you need some down time between classes or even just walking to class to listen to some music or watch a quick episode of something on Netflix. Give yourself a chance to relax and unwind, plus who doesn’t like snacks. Most people think my bag is filled with books, but they thought wrong I have snacks on snacks (haha).

Lastly, wear something your comfortable in. I made the mistake of wearing heels my first day freshman year and my feet were killing me by my second class and I had to get up and introduce myself. I must have looked ridiculous wobbling up to the front of the class. You want to be able to be cool, calm and collected.

Any other suggestions for the first day?

Best of Luck,