Category Archives: First Week

My Last Semester:

Where do I even begin…

As my last semester , I look back on my time here, and from where it really all began. A boy, lost in his fashion dreams, taking a risk to move across the country to pursue his dreams. Here’s some excerpts of my application essay to FIT. Reading it again fuels a flame that sometimes gets dull throughout hectic school year, but that is always burning…

The notable fashion photographer and journalist Bill Cunningham once said, “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” Coming from a family that struggles to meet every day needs, I live through a reality that is tougher than the average American teenager. My mom is a single mother of two who makes ends meet without a college education. Even though our financial difficulties are a burden, my mother sacrifices everything she earns in order for me to do the activities I love. She continuously encourages me to do my best, and motivates me to be successful in life. Amongst the harsh realities I face, fashion allows me to escape to a world where I have no worries and can exercise my creative talents. At a young age, I knew that whatever I pursued, I would give the utmost dedication in order to be successful and make my ultimate fantasies a reality.

From my earliest memories, I dreamt of living the life of a male equivalent of Carrie Bradshaw, the forever-young and outgoing “fashionista” from the award-winning book and television series “Sex and the City” by Candace Bushnell. Living in New York City, writing for a fashion magazine, and going to fashion shows seemed like an exhilarating life, but I knew it was going to take hard work and experience to get the career I dreamt of. Becoming a fashion journalist would cultivate my passion for fashion…

…The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City is my ultimate fantasy that can become a reality. Since I am a driven, creative, and enthusiastic young adult ready to take on the demand of the fashion world, my fervor and knowledge of fashion will only develop as an FIT student. FIT’s unique Advertising and Marketing Communications program will truly engage and challenge myself to grow infinitely. As I progress in my educational journey once again, I look forward to calling myself a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I am a perfect fit for FIT because I will get down to business in a creative way.

As fashion journalist turned into fashion publicist, I look back in awe. Your dreams may mold into something else, but they will never fade away. Here’s to a great Spring 2018, wishing you all the best!

xx

Mariano

Being FIT for the New Year:

As we all come back from the hibernation that is Winter Break, I’m sure we all have told ourselves “only one bite” of your aunt’s delicious chocolate cake or mom’s famous macaroni and cheese. If you’re like me, taking only “one” bite turns into ten.

Going into 2018, here are some tips I’m going to taking into consideration to start this year healthy!

  • Eat – No this is not a typo! Eat, and eat well this year. As much as people believe not eating will help you lose weight, it actually does the opposite. The key is to replace the “not so healthy” foods in your diet with healthier ones, not less food that your body needs!

  • Stay active – As the school semester begins, we all know sticking to an exercise routine gets harder and harder. Little workouts always count, break up an hour throughout your day of different cardio and strength exercises to keep those calories burning and sweat dripping.

  • Find a diet for you – If you’re one to diet, find the one that you and your body enjoy the most. Not every diet is meant for everyone, so don’t be pressured by peers to stick to one plan if it’s just not you!

Here’s to being healthy and happy in 2018! Let’s make this year a great one.

xx

Mariano

How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Vote AlgiKnit Team in “Chasing Genius” Competition

Hi all,

I hope your semester has been productive thus far!

To keep the new-semester momentum rolling, help FIT’s Team AlgiKnit win National Geographic’s Chasing Genius Challenge!

Team AlgiKnit has been selected as a finalist in the National Geographic Chasing Genius Challenge for creating sustainable textile materials. WOO! They are the proud winners of the 2016’s Biodesign Challenge for developing a yarn out of algae and fungi.

Today is the last day to help AlgiKnit win a Chasing Genius People’s Choice award by voting for the team’s initiative. Here’s how:

Team AlgiKnit is also in the running as one of 15 finalists in the Sustainable Planet category. Your vote will also help AlgiKnit win the People’s Choice award worth $25,000.

Support sustainability projects and the brilliant *FIT* brains behind them!

MB

Volunteer at New York Fashion Week!

Hi there!

The fall semester is an exciting time for fashion students, because it means fashion week season! A lot of us want to volunteer but often don’t know how or don’t have the connections to do so, especially if you are a freshman. I was in the same boat when I started at FIT. Fortunately, FIT’s Student Life offers students the opportunity to volunteer through the school. Every fall there is a signup where you are randomly placed (based on your availability) to volunteer for a designer. Some are luckier than others, but it’s still a great experience to have. Below are the dates and time when the signups will take place this semester. I would highly recommend going there as early as possible, because the lines can get very long.

The SVCS Fashion Week signups are on Tuesday, August 29 from 12 to 5pm in the Haft Auditorium and on Thursday, August 31 (time TBA) in the Haft Theater.

Click the link for further information and events taking place at FIT: https://www.fitnyc.edu/student-life/department-of-student-life/week-of-welcome.php

xoxo

-Z