Category Archives: Off Campus

Autumn Adventures

The options are endless when it comes to activities to do in the city and the time around Halloween is no different!  Here are some of the fun events happening around Halloween weekend:

  • Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
  • NYC 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade
    • Monday, October 31st, 7 PM
    • 6th Ave, between Spring and 16th St, starting at Spring St & 6th Ave
    • Thousands of people flock to this event to participate in the parade or watch from the sidewalks
    • Arrive early if you want a good view, especially because many streets are blocked off to get to the parade.
    • Free

  • New York Haunted Hayride
  • Giant Pumpkin Weekend
  • Blood Manor Haunted House
    • Now – Saturday, November 5th
    • 163 Varick St., Tribeca
    • The classic haunted house attraction with lines out the door!  Be sure to buy your tickets in advance online!
    • $30 online, $35 at the door

Happy Autumn!


Gallery Hopping in Chelsea

One of the great things about FIT is its location!  Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard.  While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea.  Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!

From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene.  If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more!  Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday.  It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.


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!


NYFW Spring 2017

From Kanye West’s mess at Roosevelt Island, to Alexander Wang’s pajama inspired looks with a McDonald’s and Slurpee after party – New York Fashion Week this past month was a week of hot weather and new fashion… new to be used very lightly!

Two shows I worked this fashion week were VFiles, a collaboration show with a music influenced atmosphere. Along with Baja East, the NYC garage punk pink light-lit show in the middle of Financial District. Working at both of them was an amazing experience, and before I forget to mention, partying with Teyana Taylor at Baja East’ after party.

Here a few of my favorite looks from both of the shows.









Don’t take New York City for granted, take advantage of the open doors in front of you and be a fearless networker. 

Getting to Work: Old Navy

Old Navy - 6th Ave & 18th St

Old Navy – 18th & 6th

Starting work last semester at one of the most entertaining retail clothing stores there is has been a tornado of laughs, stress, and learning. If you are not familiar with the American brand, Old Navy is “a place where you can find all of your wardrobe “must-have’s” at prices you can’t believe. Everything from your favorite t-shirts and jeans to your seasonal fashion faves. A place where every family member is invited. Where everything has great style and quality and the shopping experience is actually fun, not a chore.” (Gap Inc.)

Getting started in April, I was excited to begin a new journey, and my first real retail experience at the flagship store. A flagship is a company’s main store that is used in showcasing the various brands the store offers. Unlike other stores within the chain, the flagship is usually more impressive, bigger and shelves more merchandise than the rest. Getting to know the retail industry from the top of the ladder store was a great learning experience.

Why Old Navy you may ask? In a city filled with competitive H&M, Forever 21,  and Zara – Old Navy has always been a brand I associated with the real American dream. From day one, Old Navy was a revolution. They are fabulous, affordable fashion, not afraid to break the industry’s rules. They recognized that fashion didn’t have to be just for rich people – it could be for everyone.  With the first store opening in 1994, Old Navy became the fastest retailer to reach $1 billion in sales within four years and today are one of the largest apparel brands in the world, operating more than 1000 stores across the US, Canada, Puerto Rico & Japan.

This is my store, and if you would like to be apart of the brand, be sure to check out the Rotational Management Program (RMP) a 9+ month training program based in our corporate offices in San Francisco and New York City.

As a trainee in RMP, you’ll start the program knowing which product function you will be placed into upon graduation —  Inventory Management, Merchandising or Production. During the program you’ll rotate through each function and see how our product lifecycle works — from ideation to production. You’ll develop collaboration skills by working with cross-functional teams to effectively deliver the right product as well as build general management proficiencies. In addition to the ownership of day-to-day responsibilities, you’ll be provided with classroom training and assigned special projects that allow you to make an impact by directly influencing the business and interacting with senior leaders.

While in the program you will rotate within one of the brands – Old Navy, Gap, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory Stores or Athleta. Upon graduating you will be placed into a full-time position with competitive benefits and salary within that brand.