Category Archives: In retrospect

Ocean Photography: Inspiring Conservation

Hello there!

Two days ago I got to attend a short conference lead by the acclaimed photographer Keith Ellenbogen in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater. The presentation was titled Ocean Photography: Inspiring Conservation. Basically Keith Ellenbogen, showcased his incredible images and talked to us about his various experiences and stories on his environmental and marine science expeditions. Going into this I didn’t really know what to expect, since I’m not much of an ocean lover or really at all interested in this particular subject. But seeing his photography and the way he was so passionate about this topic and what he did, struck me. The images he showed us were absolutely incredible, I never realized how much patience and thought goes into snapping an image (of an ocean creature/wildlife). He talked about how his images serve bigger purposes than just a simple image of an oceanic creature. It is really an art form to itself. I also never realized how much innovation goes into the art of photography. Everything is calculated and planned ahead (at least in his case). He will sometimes spend months and months in one spot, just to get the perfect shot, which might never happen. But that does not seem to bother him.

This made me realize that I shouldn’t restrict myself to subjects that only interest me, because like in this example it opened my eyes to a completely new world I was completely ignorant of, and showed me a new found love and interest. It also made me realize how little I know of my own planet, and has encouraged me to educate myself more. Sometimes going out of your comfort zones, can actually be beneficial and allow you to discover different sides of yourself you wouldn’t otherwise.

Hope this inspired a few of you!:)

xoxo

-Z

Surviving in the Concrete Jungle:

We all know that New York City is one of the most stressful cities in America, if not, the world. Finding time not only for yourself, but for your mind could be very difficult. Here’s some tips to help bring yourself back to center and survive the concrete jungle.

Recall places you’ve been where you appreciated the sounds.

Summon the places where you’ve enjoyed the imagery.

Experience the elements that contribute to your happiness.

Remember where you were when you experienced deep contentment and meaning.

Stay open-minded.

For myself, I try to stay grounded and in a happy place by going back to inspirations that brought me to where I am today. It sounds cheesy, but Sex and The City, The Carrie Diaries, and Ugly Betty inspired my outward dreams to pursue a career in the fashion industry. So I usually binge watch these shows for impromptu injections of inspiration to keep me going.

Sometimes you have to look back to help you move forward.

xx

Mariano

A Life Update:

Hello all! It has unfortunately been SO long (5 months, but who’s counting?) since I have blogged. I apologize for the lack of updates, it was one heck of a summer dealing with a family death that had me leave New York City before finals last semester, on top trying to get prepared for this year…my Senior year. Literally feels like yesterday I was writing my first blog and getting accustomed to new surroundings, classes, and activities. Over the last 5 months, I’ve felt and experienced a lot of different emotions. As everything is changing all around me again, as I move onto the next chapter of my professional life, things can get tough, and sometimes it’s okay to breakdown, the most important thing is – getting back up.

Mental health is just as important as psychical health. According to the APA, “anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent).” No one should cope with anxiety and/or depression alone. Trained and licensed mental health professionals can provide support in helping you to find relief from your symptoms, also right here at The Fashion Institute of Technology.

FIT’s Counseling Center is free to all full-time, registered, degree-seeking students and are private and confidential. Faculty, staff, parents and student groups are also invited to use the Counseling Center’s consultation services and educational resources. The Counseling Center staff are licensed social workers, psychologists, and consulting psychiatrists that provide short-term counseling and professional referrals for students. All clinicians have advanced degrees, training and experience, and participate in ongoing professional development and clinical supervision. To find out more information, or see some questions answered, check out the Counseling Center’s “what to expect” here. It’s great that all students here have the powerful resource of the Counseling Center. Working on improving your mental health is very important, even if you think you’re doing fine.

On another note, I look forward to sharing all of the great experiences to come this year! I will be posting every Friday, so be sure to peep in at the blog as some really great events and even application season for prospective student approaches! Thank you all for reading, and always feel free to comment any suggestions, questions, or just opinions!

xx

Mariano

Saying Goodbye

It’s truly hard for me to believe that the day is actually here.  This post will be my last post as an Admissions Blogger.  When the Admissions Office was first starting the Admissions Blog 4 years ago in October of 2013, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.  18 year old, freshman me was excited for new opportunities in New York City and I was going to take advantage of every door that opened and every opportunity that knocked.  145 blog posts later, here I am; older, wiser, stronger, and a completely improved version of myself compared to 4 years ago.

Working for the Admissions Office allowed me to be a part of something greater than myself.  From working Junior Day to Admitted Students Day, it gave me perspective on how fortunate I was to go to such a prestigious university.  I can only hope that these blog posts and student events have helped some of you along the way and gave you some insight on life here at FIT.  I wanted to thank all of the fellow bloggers from when I started 4 years ago, to the current bloggers on the team, and to Joe, Mercedes, and Vernon for all being such incredible leaders.  Above all, thank you to FIT for providing me with a path, wonderful memories, and excitement for the future of my career.

Best,
Ashley

Moving Out Tips

After having moving in and out of the dorms several times at this point, I consider myself to be a professional.  Moving out is no easy feat especially when you’re moving out at the exact same time as hundreds of other students, but here are some of my tips and tricks as to how to handle moving out like a pro:

  • Pack as much as you can into a suitcase.  They’re easy to transport and they hold quite a bit, while still being compact.
  • Use your declining balance to buy snacks for the road and water for the security guards
  • Take a look at your wardrobe.  Donate any clothes that you did not wear often throughout the school year.
  • Start taking down your room decorations prior to the move out date.  It makes things so much easier when you aren’t in a time crunch to remove all of your string lights and posters.
  • Do your laundry before you move out.  Try to have as minimal dirty clothes as possible, therefore you don’t have to keep things separate.
  • Get rid of your shower caddy for sanitation purposes.
  • Thank your parents or friends who are helping you move.  

Happy moving day and best of luck!

Ashley