Category Archives: First Week

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2022!

Congratulations one more time! As FIT sends out your acceptance letters / emails about housing that tell you got accepted but you’re still freaking out because you didn’t receive the actual acceptance packet yet….literally me, lol. Here’s some FAQ’s that I constantly get asked!

What are some of the things to do at FIT?

FIT is home to over 50 clubs and organizations. From W27, the campus newspaper, to Black Student Union. Our institution provides an array of activities throughout the school year. With New York City as our greater campus, there is never reason to be bored!

What is the best dorm for me?

Depending on your personal preferences, FIT offers an array of dorm types. As a freshman at FIT you’rerequired to stay in the 27th street dorms if you choose to live on campus, these include Alumni, Nagler, and Co-Ed Halls. From traditional to apartment style rooms, it really is up to you! To find out more information on the dorms, check out the Residential Life page on FIT’s website!

What is the best meal plan?

 Similar to choosing your room, it really is up to your personal preferences! The FIT Cafeteria provides an array of healthy choices to satisfy your appetite! FIT does it’s best to provide for those certain dietary requirements or preferences. Choose a meal plan that you feel would best satisfy your needs!

Do you feel safe at FIT?

The Fashion Institute of Technology is one of the safest schools in the nation. Security is very tight and IDs are required to enter any campus building. The campus also obtains emergency kiosks for any time of need. An additional shuttle service to 27th Street is provided for those who reside in Kaufman Hall.

I hope these questions help make your decision or clarify any confusion. Feel free to leave more questions, I’ll be happy to answer them!

Semester Activities

Welcome Back Everyone!

I hope you all were able to enjoy your breaks. It definitely felt nice to rejuvenate and prepare for spring semester! In doing so, I have thought about how to make the best of my last semester at FIT. Before assignments and projects kick in, I love to take advantage of what FIT and New York City have to offer. As this is my last spring living in Manhattan (sigh…), I was thinking of of my favorite activities, and things I am yet to try. Here are a few ideas you might want to try too!

FIT Fitness Classes:
FIT offers free athletics/fitness classes, which do not require prior registration. Classes are offered in different categories, such as spin classes, cardio classes, open gym classes, and so on. While athletics classes are a requirement for some majors, not everyone gets the opportunity to try them out. My goal is to try the kickboxing and spin classes before I graduate. Have any of you tried them? I would love to know your thoughts!

NYC Restaurant Week:
Every year, popular restaurants in the city participate in restaurant week. For special, fixed lunch and dinner prices, restaurants offer preset menus to try. A few years back, I tried the fixed dinner at Riverpark in east Manhattan. My friends and I were able to pick from the different options for a three course meal. My main dish was a pumpkin pesto pasta- not only was this delicious, but it was something I never would have thought to try on my own! This is the perfect opportunity to try some new food (for a reasonable price) that you might not have otherwise!

Groupons!:
Recently, a friend and I found an awesome deal for a spa groupon in Koreatown. Before the craziness of the semester begins, my friend and I were able to unwind and spend the day at the different sauna rooms and hot tubs. This is something I would have never done on my own, (especially once my school work picks-up) if I had not seen the offer. Groupon is always promoting different discounts to fun and unique outings. Sometimes, there are even opportunities for additional student discounts- keep an eye out!

These are just a few, unique ideas to make the most of your semester. Of course, we all put all lot of time and energy into school and our work; it is important to take time to enjoy all FIT and the city has to offer! Balance is key, right? What do you all like do make time for during the semester.

Happy first week,
Annmarie x

A Week @ FIT:

As many students wonder what actually happens during the week at FIT, the Department of Student Life gives all students a great breakdown of different events and activities going on, day by day! Each Sunday, “This Week @ FIT” provides plenty of information on things going on around campus. As a great intro into Week of Welcome, here is the daily get-down around town, or campus that is..

Tuesday, January 30

DECA’s Bake Sale | Sponsored by FIT Collegiate DECA
9am-5pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Come support FIT Collegiate DECA in their efforts to raise money for their annual competition! We will be selling baked goods to sweeten up your day!

Stalking Awareness | Sponsored by the Campus Anti-Violence Education Group and the Security Advisory Committee
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center Lobby

January is Stalking Awareness Month! The New York Police Department will be in theDubinsky Lobby on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 pm to share tips and tricks for staying safe in the city. Learn different ways to stay safe and about resources on and off campus. This event is sponsored by the Campus Anti-Violence Education Group in collaboration with the Security Advisory Committee.

Gospel Choir Bake Sale | Sponsored by the FIT Gospel Choir
12-4pmDavid Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Stop by the Dubinsky Lobby to grab a sweet treat and support the FIT Gospel Choir!

Get to Know The Library | Sponsored by The Gladys Marcus Library
12-2pm | Shirley Goodman Resource Center, 5th Floor Library Service Desk

The Library is one of the highest rated and most used resources on campus. Find out why by joining taking a 15 minute tour of our facilities and services.

New Club and Organization Financial Training | Sponsored by the Department of Student Life and the FIT Student Government Association
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A721
Are you an member of an FIT Club or Organization? Attend New Club Training to get a refresher on Club and Organization policies and procedures. *Mandatory for New Clubs* Tuesday’s training will review important financial policies and procedures. 

FIT SGA Hello Dolly Ticket Sale I Sponsored by the FIT SGA

1:15-2pm I David Dubinsky Student Center, A724

Welcome Week Ticket Sale; First Come, First Served! Stop by the David Dubinsky Student Center, 7th Floor Room A724 starting at 1:15pm to 2pm (or until tickets are sold) to buy tickets for the Broadway show Hello, Dolly! starring Bernadette Peters on Thursday, February 1st @ 7pm for $30/ea. Exact change/cash only and FIT ID is required (each ID can buy two tickets and non-FIT guests are permitted). Please contact Allie Carter at alexandra_carter@fitnyc.edu for any questions or more information.

Outdoor Track & Field Team Meeting | Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation 
5:30pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Auxiliary Gym, AX39

Interested in joining FIT’s outdoor track & field team? Come down to the auxiliary gym to meet Coach Joe, find out details and ask any questions you may have.  Can’t make the meeting? contact the coach at joseph_plutz@fitnyc.edu instead!

Dance Company Auditions | Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation 
8:30pm | Business and Liberal Arts Center, Dance Studio, BX28

Got what it takes to join FIT’s dance company? Come down to the dance studio to show off your moves, find out details and ask any questions you may have. Contact the dance company director at carlita_ector@fitnyc.edu for more info

Wednesday, January 31

Civility Initiative | Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Stop by the table to learn about FIT’s exciting new civility initiative. Students will be able to sign the civility pledge, pick up button, and take a selfie in front of civility backdrop showing their support. Don’t forget to post your photo to social media using #IPledge.

FIT SGA Movie Night ‘Wonder Woman’ | Sponsored by The Student Government Association (FIT SGA)
8pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Dining Hall                                         

Join your Student Government Programming Committee for a screening of WONDER WOMAN. Movie nights are held bi-weekly same time, same place! Fresh popcorn always served!

Thursday, February 1

Get to Know The Library | Sponsored by The Gladys Marcus Library
12-2pm | Shirley Goodman Resource Center, 5th Floor Library Service Desk

The Library is one of the highest rated and most used resources on campus. Find out why by joining taking a 15 minute tour of our facilities and services.

OL Recruitment Table | Sponsored by The Department of Student Life
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Interested in joining the 2018 Orientation Leader Team? Stop by the David Dubinsky Student Center lobby for more details.

OL Information Session | Sponsored by The Department of Student Life
1-2pm | Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, D530

Interested in joining the 2018 Orientation Leader Team? Join us for this informative and fun info session!

New Club and Organization Leader Training | Sponsored by the Department of Student Life and The Student Government Association 
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A721

Are you an member of an FIT Club or Organization? Attend new club training to get a refresher on Club and Organization policies and procedures. *Mandatory for New Clubs*

BSU “For the Cuture” Model Casting | Sponsored by the Black Student Union
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A734
FIT’s Black Student Union is hosting model castings for their 2018 “For the Culture” runway presentation. Models must bring heels to walk in and come prepared with measurements known.

Provided by The Department of Student Life

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