Category Archives: Fun On Campus

Fire & Ice Exhibition

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Hello!

I just wanted to come here and let you guys know that currently all graduating AAS fashion design students are having an exhibition of their semester work inspired by “Fire & Ice”. I went there yesterday to see my roommates work and was blown away by some of the things I saw. I definitely recommend you checking it out if you have a few minutes to spare. I find it so interesting to see what students come up with and how they bring it to life.

The exhibition is open from April 27 to May 1, 2016 from 9 am-9 pm. It’s located in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

Let me know in the comments below if you went and what you thought of it!

xoxo

Zorya

NJ → NY: New York Transplant Tips & Tricks

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Hi everyone!

My name is Melinda and I am one of the newest additions to the Admissions Blog! I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful platform to share my experiences as an FIT student with you all.

As the title suggests, I am a New York transplant. What does this mean? I was born and raised outside of the metro area and found my way into the Big Apple. I grew up in Central New Jersey and moved to New York City to study Advertising and Marketing Communications, which is part of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at FIT. For starters, the transition from high school to college is not an easy one. Although the city is not foreign to me, since my parents are native New Yorkers, I learned very quickly that the transition from suburbia to an urban setting also requires getting used to. Here are my top 3 tips and tricks to ease your transition to New York City:

1. Learn Mass Transit: When I moved to Chelsea, I had a fear of the subway because I didn’t know how to use it; as a result, I walked EVERYWHERE. Although navigating on foot is doable, it is not the most efficient. Take advantage of the off-campus tours during New Student Orientation, like group trips to Times Square, Soho and the Brooklyn Bridge, to feel-out what it is like to travel like a New Yorker. Also, download transit apps like Moovit for subway/train/bus directions or utilize the MTA website for additional schedules and services. (The 1 is the 7th avenue local train, which you will use frequently!)

2. Plan and Prioritize: Making a personal schedule for classes, appointments, events etc. and to-do lists for homework assignments each week will save you stress and time wasted. Purchasing a planner prior to classes will also prevent procrastination and force you to stay organized (especially if it’s super cute!) My suggestion is to complete classwork the day of or day after class to check-off assignments from your list that are fresh in your head.

3. Get Involved: You are not alone; every new student at FIT is in the same boat. Meeting new people, adjusting to classes and balancing a social life with an academic life is heavy on everyone’s plate. Here are some options to further immerse yourself in the FIT community:

  • Clubs: There are 50+ clubs on campus that cater to student’s majors and personal interests. Plan to attend the club fair that will take place a couple of weeks into school. This is an easy way to meet new people with shared interests. You can even create your own club too!
  •  Publications: WFIT (TV Broadcast/Radio), W27 (Newspaper) and Blush Magazine (Beauty and Fashion Magazine) all offer an insightful platform to share your voice with the FIT community regarding topics related to FIT, social issues, lifestyle etc.
  •  The Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS): This service, which is offered through the Department of Student Life, provides students with volunteer opportunities at Fashion Week, community events, etc. This is ideal to gain industry experience and to make a difference in your community.
  •  Leadership: Build leadership skills at Leadership Weekend or attend the Leadership Workshop Series to learn how to effectively communicate as a leader. Also, participate in Impact Day by giving back to local organizations in NYC. This is a great way to represent FIT and to learn and grow as a leader on campus.

Learning how to use mass transit, prioritizing and getting involved on campus has made my experience at FIT an amazing one. I hope these tips help as you transition into New York City.

Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are, as well as what you would like me to write about for my next post!

Always,

Melinda

Embracing the Cold

While we have definitely had a mild winter, there are many days where we just don’t want to leave our rooms because of the brisk wind outside.  As a result of staying in for the night, sometimes we are at a complete loss of what to do.  I’m here to help!  Here are some of my favorite ways to stay in during the cold winter months:

  • Movie Night – this may be self-explanatory but I highly recommend getting all of your friends together and putting on a classic film that you all loved from when you were 12.  It may be incredibly cheesy, but nothing beats cozying up in bed and spending time with your friends.
  • Home cooked Dinner & Baking – whip out Pinterest on this one and pull up all of the yummy desserts and dinners that you have itching at the chance to try!  Go grocery shopping with your roommates prior to the evening and split the shopping between dinner and dessert.  Bonus points if you add in a movie night too!
  • Friend Potluck – You are most likely going to be hanging out with your friends and roommates anyways, so why not make it fun and have everyone bring a food with them to your room.  It can be a themed dessert night depending on what show you are going to watch or just fun appetizers!  Just make sure that no one has any allergies
  • Relaxation – Before you know it, midterms and finals will be here and all you want is to relax and crawl into bed, but you won’t be able to.  Take advantage of the time now and spend the night treating yourself to a face mask, some refreshing fruit, and an early bedtime.
  • Game Night – You can easily find someone who owns Cards Against Humanity…a classic college staple.  Gather up your friends or people on your floor and see if anyone can teach you all how to play a new game!

Stay warm and enjoy yourself!

Ashley

Supporting FIT Students

With the semester in high gear as we finish up the last couple of weeks, there are many exhibitions, displays, and events taking place across many of the art and design majors.  Being a junior photography major, I am a part of the BFA Photo Exhibit titled, “Lines of Sight.”  The show displays some of our work from the semester.  The opening reception is on Wednesday, November 18th from 6-8 pm in the lobby of the Feldman Center.  The work is up until December 11th.  Our entire semester as photography students have revolved around this show so any support is greatly appreciated!  More information is below!

If you are reading this as a prospective student, I highly recommend coming to see student work.  It is a great source of inspiration as well as a chance to see what you could be creating and doing as a student at FIT!  Supporting other students as a student is incredibly important.  We are all trying to make it in this industry and as cheesy as it sounds, we can’t always be comparing ourselves to the next person or be in constant competition with one another.  At the end of the day, a fellow student could be hiring you for a job or you could be hiring someone else.  There are so many different lines of work within each major and you never know where you’ll end up.  So with that, be kind, support one another, and focus on your goals.

BFA Photography Show

BFA Photography Show

Ashley

Midterms are approaching us…

Hey everyone,

It feels almost as if school just started and we just began learning, but that is far from the case. We are already at midterms , and large projects due, papers, ect. Before you know it school will be coming to an end once again and we will be another semester closer to graduating. College fly’s by especially when your stressed out from the amount of work all due at once. So I have some tips that will make it a little easier to calm down.

  1. Check out “Beats for studying” radio on Pandora

pandora-radioI actually just found it today while I was trying to study on the train. I hate studying on the train due to all the noise so I try and drown it out with music which sometimes distracts me. (I will start signing along in my head and what not) So i decided to look into the genre section on Pandora and they have a whole studying section. “Beats for studying” is actually all the popular songs out right now just made in to soothing classical songs. It is amazing and I personally cant stop listening to it.

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As crazy as it sounds exercising can really help ease your mind and body. I know there is little time in the day for it around these times, but even if its just ten minutes I promise you will feel better instantly!

3. Get some Fresh Air

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Take a walk around the block or just sit outside for five minutes

4.Be Kind to yourself

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Make sure to remind yourself how much of a great job your doing just being you! Stressful times will pass soon enough and you will be back to your self.

Remember FIT has so many resources if you need them. Such as the councilors and the tutoring center , don’t ever be afraid to reach out to someone. Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Xoxo

Kailee