Category Archives: Fun On Campus

College Freshman

Although I am no longer a Freshman I have been there and conquered that year. So I thought I would give you all a few tips to help you get through it.


That was the biggest mistake I made, my first semester I probably spent over 500 dollars on books. ( which was totally not necessary) Most of your classes don’t even use the book the have on the syllabus, so before you go crazy buying them wait a week and see if you are going to use them. Until you get the book then you can go to the library and copy the pages that you need for the class. And ALWAYS remember Rent, or buy used don’t ever spend 200 dollars on a textbook that you will never use again.

2. DO go to school events

And get involved as much as possible, even though FIT isn’t the typical college with football games and college avenue they have so many exciting and interesting things to get involved in.

3. Don’t think just getting a degree will get you a job

Experience, Experience, Experience! Internships and involving yourself in the business world is what will get you a job. Don’t get me wrong your degree does get you a job but having your degree and a ton of experience will make you more valuable then the person that doesn’t.

4. DO leave campus once in a while

Were in the heart of NYC, although I don’t recommend going alone when your new to the area, explore ! take a citi bike somewhere, go to museums , shows, anything, the city is your oyster.

5.Do make friends with someone older then you

They will have the best advice and when you feel like no one understands and you cant move forward because your so stressed out. They will be there to talk to you because  they have been there and made it through.

Goodluck this semester everyone!

Notes From the 6 Train: New Semester, New Goals

After reading Ashley’s goals for this upcoming semester, I felt inspired to write my own. She’s so right about the beginning of the semester. This summer I realized how much I NEED nature in my life to feel like a sane person, and keep me grounded. I also acquired a few new jobs *yay* and have to weave all of my life together somehow.


– Use the gym + free movement classes provided for FIT more often (I mean, we are all paying for it, may as well use it to our full advantage.)

– Immerse myself in all the incredible nature New York *state, not city* has to offer.

– Volunteer at least twice monthly at a community garden ( FIT’s rooftop dye garden possibly?)

– Write and give an amazing presentation at the upcoming Writer’s Tutor’s Conference.

– Find a healthy balance between my classes & my numerous jobs :)


All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Notes From the 6 Train: Envisioning the Bigger Picture

Hello all!

So I just received some incredibly exciting news! I was told that of the recipients of this year’s PVH $5,000.00 Scholarship! *Yay, throws glitter & dances in it as it falls to the ground.* (This is the scholarship I mentioned in last week’s webcast.)

I want to talk about this scholarships because this was probably one of the most challenging scholarships I’ve ever applied for. The deadline for this particular scholarship was in the midst of midterms and massive projects. Though it was stressful time with all the work and the scholarship was quite extensive, I knew that’s exactly the reason most people wouldn’t even bother to apply. And I was right. Out of all of the ITM students, only three, including myself, showed up to the interview.

This could be you!

This could be you!

To be completely, although there was only a few of us, I was worried about the interview. I had another scholarship interview in the middle of midterms, was unable to prepare adequately, and felt very unsure in the actual interview. This uncertainty had definitely been picked up by the interviewers, and I didn’t get that scholarship. (Hey, you win some, you lose some.)

But when I met with Guy Vickers, the president of The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, he was so kind and put me completely at ease. There was also a designer from Clavin Klein, a former PVH Scholarship recipient & FIT student, as well as Christine Pomeranz, the department head of the ITM program. Needless to say, panel interviews can be a little intimidating, but a little research of the company and confidence in yourself and experience goes a long way.

If you are an ITM student, I highly encourage you to apply for these specialized ITM scholarships! Other majors have specialized scholarships as well, so even if you’re not an ITM major, do some research in your department and you qualify for one those.

Here’s the officially press release if you want to check it out.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Notes From the 6 Train: FIT Always Surprises

Here at FIT, you never know who you may meet. At the end of last semester I had the pleasure of being invited to speak with President Joyce F. Brown & Speaker Mark-Viverto. She’s the Speaker of the New York City Council (the top post) and represents District 8 in Manhattan. I also happen to live in District 8, which is why I was chosen to meet her. Christopher Wallace (FIT Student Association president) & Orlin,another student who also lives in District 8.


We got to ride the fancy elevator (well, at least without getting yelled at by security), go to the top of the building and have orange tea and snacks in President Joyce Brown’s office. Also, President Brown was quite friendly and easy going, as was Speaker Mark-Viverto. After we told her about FIT and what we do here, we escorted her on a school wide tour. I must admit, it was quite cool to be a witness to the inner workings of the school — and government.

The Speaker was quite impressed with FIT. She thought the campus and the majors (toy design & fragrance/ cosmetics, which she didn’t know were majors) were very (NEED AN ADJECTIVE HERE)

I visited parts of the school that I did not even know existed.
– the cosmetics and fragrance lab


– the advertisement & marketing communications department film studio and blue screen

– toy design lab


I also got a special curated tour of the newest exhibit in the FIT museum at the time, Fakin It’, about the fashion industry and knockoffs and the huge impacts they have on the fashion industry as well as how/ where these knockoffs come from.


This was an exciting experience that I’m glad I got to be part of. Like I said, FIT is full surprises.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Laen

It’s Senior Showtime!

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There is less than one month left in the school year, so it’s that time again; the time when all the graduating students work is put on display. It can catch some people off guard as the displays go up intermittently around the school, and as everyone is so focused on finishing up their own projects, but when you finally stop to look at all of them it is really inspiring. Over 800 students are represented from both the AAS and BFA programs. To see where each major will be located click here! Just another reason to come to FIT to check out the school.

The AAS Photography display in the main lobby of Feldman center

The AAS Photography display in the main lobby of the Feldman center

Most Art & Design majors have their work displayed throughout the school as well as a “senior show” where industry professionals along with friends and family can see a collection of work that was created over our time here.

The AAS Fashion Design (apparel) presentation (from when I graduated)

The AAS Fashion Design (apparel) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)

The AAS Fashion Design (illustration) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)

The AAS Fashion Design (illustration) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)

The most famous “senior show” is the bachelor’s Fashion Design show. It is attended by lots of influential industry people, as well as the designer critics who worked with all of the students. This year’s is happening this Thursday (4/30/15) and can be livestreamed! I saw the presentation of all the work in the Great Hall a few weeks ago, and couldn’t be more proud of my peers who did the AAS with me! Definitely watch the show to see the critics and people’s choice winners work the runway.

The "wall" as it's called in Fabric Styling

The “wall” as it’s called in Fabric Styling

My major (Fabric Styling) has one wall that the entire major works together to create. It’s a huge undertaking, but is a nice way to show the work of the entire group as one piece. We also have a senior show coming up (along with the Textile/Surface Design kids) where we each get a table to display our portfolios and any other work we have done. I’m hoping lots of people show up!

The Packaging Design Presentation in the lobby of the Goodman Center/Gladys Marcus Library

The Packaging Design Presentation in the lobby of the Goodman Center/Gladys Marcus Library

The Junior show for Graphic Design is on May 14, 2015 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater (5pm-9)

The Junior show for Graphic Design is on May 14, 2015 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater (5pm-9)