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Notes From The 6 Train: Putting Your Passion into Practice

As the semester begins to draw to a close it’s a good time to reflect on the classes I’ve been taking this semester. Of the six classes I’ve been taking this semester there are three that I will highlight during the next few weeks.

The Art of Writing Poetry: This was my favorite class.I am a writer, so big surprise there. That was actually the exact reason that I choose this class. As a blogger and freelance writer, it’s easy for me to write for others and stop focusing on writing for myself. Writing is a healing mechanism for me. So I made a conscious effort to not let myself slide down the rabbit hole of not writing, and took a class that would encourage me to write. This class has provided me with writing assignments that have kept me engaged with the world around me, my experience and myself, throughout the entire semester. In addition to our homework, we had to record ten observations of out our surrounding world, statements that start with “I see,” or “I hear.”

My professor encourages us to chance takes with our words, cut out half the words in the poem and then rearrange the line order. Or she gives us two minute writing exercises. I appreciate being pushed to further develop my writing. Here are few examples of my observations:

(I hear) a train conductor swinging words like a baseball bat.Inflection up & down. The sixth, seventh, eight, last inning. Your stop.

(I feel) suspended in reality, hovering above hieroglyphics, moments.

(I see) six shades of myself. Bouncing off car mirrors, street corners & cement cracks, heading towards the same place.

Then she tells us to play with line breaks like this:

Six shades of
myself

Bouncing off car
mirrors, street

corners, golden
cracked, cement

towards the same
place.

And/Or remove half of the words

Shades of
myself

Bouncing off

golden
cracked
corners

The best part is that during our student/ teacher conference (yes, it is mandatory meeting) to go over your work and suggestions to grow as a writer. During my one on one I received helpful feedback and even talked to my professor, (who is a published write and continues to publish) about possible publishing. That’s why it’s so imperative to meet with you teachers that you connect with, they are a wealth of knowledge. So hopeful, I will be a published writer soon (wouldn’t that be exciting!)

I just want to point out that you don’t have to desert your passion(s) while in school. But it’s your responsibility to incorporate it your curriculum.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

The Style Shop

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Have you been to the Style Shop yet? Definitely a necessary stop for any open house or admitted students day. Sure other colleges have bookstores or maybe even fancy boutiques, but I have never seen another university with a store run by students, for students with products made by students.

The Style Shop, located in the Dubinsky Student Center (turn left as you walk in), is run by the Merchandising Society. The Style Shop opened in 1996, and since then has been giving  students real-life retail experience right on 27th street. I sat down with co-manager Cathleen Cataldo to talk about the successful enterprise.

Co-managers of the Style Shop Cathleen Cataldo and Nicole Gabriel with Olivia Kim, the Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom

Co-managers of the Style Shop Cathleen Cataldo and Nicole Gabriel with Olivia Kim, the Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom

It seems like every FMM (Fashion Merchandising Management) student works or wants to work for the Style Shop. Why do you think there is such a huge interest?

I think a lot of people want to do it because it gives you real life experience on how to run your own business, especially for freshman coming in who may have never had retail experience before, and it’s something they can talk to interviewers about and put on their resumes. For management positions it is also really great experience because we are completely running the whole business on our own.

So how does the Style Shop work? What are the basics everyone needs to know?

There are four different buying teams. First there is the industry buying team that goes out to different wholesalers throughout New York City and buys mostly costume jewelry. Then we have our vintage buying team that goes out to different thrift stores and buys cool and unique clothing for the most part. There is the designer buying team that buys from FIT faculty, students and alumni. They are buying one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces made by the FIT community. Lastly, there is Product Development that actually works with vendors to create FIT slash Style Shop branded merchandise like printed t-shirts, laptop bags, in the past they have done iPhone cases, stuff like that. What was a huge huge seller for us this year was the “spirit jerseys”  that say “Fashion Institute New York” on the back. Yeah, that was definitely our biggest seller and we’re actually waiting for a new shipment to get in today hopefully. They sold out on the first day.

The popular spirit jerseys

The popular spirit jerseys

So what sells the best? Industry, Designer Vintage or Product Development?

A lot of people come into the store looking for merchandise made by FIT students -  the designer stuff. However, industry makes the most sales penetration wise, just because their merchandise is very inexpensive. So those are the top two departments overall for sales. Okay, if you want me to go through all of them: for product development, the spirit jerseys are the top seller. For designer, I mean it’s a combination of things. Everyone likes the jewelry, but right now designer has some great velvet chokers that have been selling really well. For industry, just the statement necklaces always do really well, and for vintage it’s their cool, unique clothing. It’s not necessarily “vintage” but it is all bought at thrift stores. Just cool pieces that can’t be found at your average store.

Who are the main players within the Style Shop team?

I’ll explain the entire management process. So, myself and Nicole Gabriel are the two co-managers and we oversee twelve different departments. The four buying teams which I mentioned earlier, plus the visual merchandising team that does all the visuals for the store. We also have a marketing team, a PR team, we have store operations, human resources, and the finance, planning and digital teams.

So how long have you been in the Merchandising Society?

I’ve been in since by first semester at FIT…

And you’re graduating in May so –

Yeah, so all four years. I started out in the Style Shop with a small management position my first semester. So I’ve been very involved for all four years and that’s how I got to where I am today.

Cuffs designed by FIT student Libby Merritt

Cuffs designed by FIT student Libby Merritt

So what’s your favorite piece in the store right now?

Favorite piece right now? Oh man, that’s really tough. I’d have to say, umm…there’s a lot of vintage pieces, like our vintage buyer brings in a lot of really cool, unique vintage clothing and those are always some of my favorites. And those velvet chokers, those are really cool.

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and any questions about the Style Shop can be sent to styleshopfit@gmail.com

If you’re interested in the Merchandising Society you can visit their website here.

–Emily–

Student Life at FIT

Recently, I saw a comment asking us to talk more about what student life is like at FIT. And I had to stop and think about it before I could come to a clear realization about life here. We are not like any other school in the country. Many larger, more traditional colleges will proclaim their student life “highlights” in brochures or on Admitted Students day, but we aren’t a traditional school. We don’t have a football team that everyone goes and watches on the weekends, or huge theatrical events that involve hundreds of people.

At FIT student life is what you make it. There are many amazing events on campus, which I think a lot of my fellow bloggers have talked about extensively (see Brendon’s post Girl Code @ FIT or Kailee’s post about No Impact Week at FIT), but really all of New York City is an extension of our campus. While there are a lot of posts about what is going on at the school, there are also plenty about things we have done outside of school, for instance Aya’s post about NYFOL or Ashley’s Guide to NYC Talk Show Tickets. Being part of the crossroads of the world is a huge opportunity and advantage of going to school here.

Honestly, no matter what you apply it to, life is what you make of it. So if you are someone who loves getting involved with your peers there are a multitude of ways to be involved in school events. However, if you are someone who likes to do stuff more on your own, or with friends outside of school, there is obviously more than enough to experience in the city. My only advice would be not to get too caught up in school work. Yes, it is important and the reason you are here, but being a successful and well rounded person requires getting out there and meeting people, whether that be through a club or at a concert.

That being said, I think we all will be conscious of trying to show more of what student life at FIT is like if that is what people are interested in. And if you have any other questions or topics you would like to hear more about leave them in the comments!

–Emily–

Instagram Savvy

At FIT, students are constantly updating, tweeting, instagramming, and blogging to build their social media presence.  Among the hundreds of social media sites, Instagram appears to reign as one of the best.    Even the departments at FIT have their own instagram accounts to keep everyone updated on events, what’s happening in the offices, and to ensure that you don’t have any FOMO (Fear of Missing out).  If you want to stay in the loop here are the top instagrams to follow here at FIT:

  • Fashion Institute of Technology: @fitnyc
    This is an obvious one.  They instagram everything from events to contests, and my favorite, the throwback pictures of the students and campus from the 80′s.
  • Student Life: @studentlife_fit
    If you don’t want FOMO, this is the instagram to follow.  Paired with the weekly “This Week at FIT” emails, you won’t be out of the loop with fun events happening every week.
  • Res Life: @fitreslife
    This one is great to follow if you are in the dorms.  There are always events and contests going on in the residential halls, that you don’t want to miss.
  • PRSSA at FIT: @FIT_PRSSA
    FIT PRSSA is the Public Relations Student Society of America at FIT.  Their motto is “Everything you do and say is public relations.”  Follow their instagram for info and events on how to best market yourself.  They are one of the wonderful clubs here at FIT!  If you want to join, email them at PRSSA_club@fitnyc.edu for more info.
  • Style Shop at FIT: @The_StyleShop
    The Style Shop is the student-run boutique in the lobby of the Dubinsky Student Center.  I truly believe it is one of the best assets of FIT.  Whether it be the student/faculty made apparel and jewelry to the quaint shop and decorations, The Style Shop is FIT’s gem.

Happy following!

Ashley

Third in the Country Ain’t So Bad

Sadly, tennis season is over and I have to retire the racquet and sneakers. We competed at the NJCAA Nationals last week. We were there from Tuesday to Friday and played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where the professionals play the US Open! Although it was raining for most of the time, it was still exciting to play on the same courts as the best players in the world!

There was stiff competition, but we still managed to come in third place, and Nicole, our first singles, came in first for her section. If you think about it, that means we have the best player in the whole country! The video below has a few highlights from nationals:

–Emily–

Homecoming: GIRL CODE @ FIT

This past Monday kicked off the beginning of FIT’s Homecoming Legacy Week, which runs from October 27-November 2! Homecoming is a collegiate tradition that unites alumni, faculty, and current students to celebrate they’re institution.

FIT has a jam-packed week full of super fun events, interesting panel discussions and even shopping on campus! Click here to read more about Homecoming/Legacy Week!

On Monday night, the FIT Student Association hosted it’s first ever comedy show! I am a big fan of live comedy so, I was excited to learn that FITSA is bringing in more events such as this.

IMG_4110The comedy show was called “Laugh FIT with Girl Code,” and it was featuring (you guessed it) comedians from the MTV Show  “Girl Code.” It featured Alice Wetterlund, Andrew Schulz and Carly Aquilino!

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The show was HILARIOUS!! If the roaring laughs from the crowd didn’t prove it enough! It was so cool to see the Haft Auditorium filled with laughing students. After midterms, we could all use a good night of laughs! I think the FIT Student Association hit the nail on the head with bringing some comedians from “Girl Code” to campus. Seeing as more than half of the student population is female – many speak girl code. I’m close to fluent in speaking girl code myself ;)

At the beginning of every semester, if you look at your tuition bill, there is a fee of $65 dollars that goes to Student Activities. Events such as the comedy show are perfect examples of where this money is actually going. FITSA is constantly coming up with new ideas, performers and events to come to our school. I have hope that they may be planning some really cool events/performers in the next year! We will have to wait and see! :)

If you’re on campus, be sure to involve yourself in the rest of the weeks fun activities!

PS – Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!!!

xx,

Brendan

We Like Sportz and We Don’t Care Who Knows

The FIT Tigers

The FIT Tigers

You better sit down, because I’m about to let you in on some information that might rock your world. FIT has sports teams. Yes, real sports teams that have practices, and uniforms and compete in competitions.

We are part of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) which is like the NCAA, only it’s for two-year schools. (Yes, I realize you can get a bachelor’s degree at FIT over four years but I don’t make the rules here people.) Unfortunately, this means that a student can only compete in a sport for two years. However, I have been told that a student can compete for one sport for two years, and another sport for the other two years.

There are men and women’s teams for cross country/half marathon, dance team, table tennis, tennis, track & field, and swimming & diving. Women can also participate on the soccer and volleyball teams.

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I play for the tennis team, and we just won regionals over the weekend. The FIT athletic teams have actually been very successful. If you go to the gym in the basement of the Business and Liberal Arts Center there are trophy cases filled to the brim with past regional and national championships.

Our first singles Regional champion, Nicole!

Our first singles Regional champion, Nicole!

We’re not playing Division 1 schools, nor is anyone getting scholarships based off their athletic abilities here, but sports are a part of life at FIT that many people do not realize. The tennis team has practice every day between classes and plays matches every weekend  in September and October. Because we won regionals we are continuing to nationals which are being held on the same courts where the U.S. Open is held!

Just because you are a student at a predominantly arts oriented university, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of competing in sports.

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Love Your Library: Disruptive Luxury

Hi Everyone,

Love Your Library is a series of events hosted by the FIT Gladys Marcus Library focusing on different aspects of the fashion industry. This year marks their 7th year of consecutive success and I was really impressed by the quality of their guest speakers. Last Wednesday I assisted Disruptive Luxury: 3D Printing for Fashion and Luxury Goods with the Designer Francis Bitonti who is known for the world’s first fully articulated 3-D Printed Gown for Dita Von Teese.

He covered everything from a brief history of his design studio, the future of the industry, and changes to both as a result of technologies like 3D printing. (His studio also offers free courses, check them out here)

Some of the things I took away:

  • 3D printing is so much more than rapid prototyping.
  • There is a shift on how content is created, language makes things and that language today is code.
  • Mathematical Models drive innovation.
  • We have to embrace computation as a creative media.
  • We should stop trying to reproduce what we already have.
  • 3D printing can be a Zero Waste Process.
  • We have a level and control of precision like never before seen in humankind.
  • There is a trend on making smaller printers not bigger.
  • In approximately 10 years the patents will die which will make the technology more widely available and less expensive.
  • The future is in our hands.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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Notes From The 6 Train: Matching Midterms!

It’s about that time… Midterms! Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the free benefits offered at the FIT Health Center. Midterms is the time to check in with yourself to make sure you’re staying healthy and sane during midterms.

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Acupuncture: I know this can seem a little scary due to the number of little needles pocking your body, but it’s not nearly as frightening as it seems. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, I’ve gone twice already and am always completely at peace, usually I just fall asleep. When I wake up the acupuncturist has some type of helpful commentary. The first time I went she immediately took note of the minor scoliosis located in lower part of my back. She said as a result my body is a little off center, with one of my legs being a shorter than the other (it’s okay you can laugh). Anyways, she’s really kind and always make sure that you’re at ease.

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Massage: this semester I had my very first FIT massage. The messuage was very respectful, clean and attentive to your body’s responses. She constantly checked in with me to make sure that nothing was painful. I was also very relaxed here as well (that’s the point, right?) It was particularly helpful for me because she often works with a number of athletes and dancers, and used to be a dancer herself so she knows the wear and tear that comes with it. As an aerialist who trains at least 4.5 hours weekly, having someone who is familiar with a dancer’s body was comforting.

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Nutritionist: I am more physically active than I have been in a long time. As a result, I decided get a general check up on my eating habits and make sure that my body is getting all the nutrients it needs to operate at the optimal level. The nutritionist listened to all dietary concerns (I’m a vegetarian concerned that recently I’ve been replacing meat with too much carbs) and had plenty of suggestions and take home information. Some of the sheets were how to give your body what it needs for really cheap (golden information for us college students). She even suggested to get some bloodwork done (also at FIT for cheap/free) to make sure that I have all of full of the necessary nutrients and vitamins.

As I’ve mentioned before, you don’t have to be wealthy to be taken care of. It’s up to each ourselves to make sure that we give our body and spirit what it needs!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

FIT Club Spotlight: Hula Hoop Club!

A big part of the college experience is getting yourself involved on campus. Whether that be in sports teams, fundraisers, school clubs – you name it, it’s a good idea! Personally, over the past two and a half years at FIT I’ve been involved in the FIT Dance Team, FIT Skyliners Acapella Group and of course, the FIT Admissions Blog! Each activity was a great way for me to do what I enjoy, meet new people and feel connected to my school.

There is a club for anyone and everyone here, which is wonderful. Ranging from the ANIME club, to the French Language and Culture Club, to Media Design Club and to W27, the on campus newspaper. Can’t find a club for you? Well, if that’s the case you can actually create your own club! It’s hard work but it can definitely pay off. Just ask my friend, Amanda Gedney!

Amanda Gedney is a 20 year old AMC major (like myself) who was the pioneer and creator of the Hula Hoop Club here at FIT! Now the club holds events and bake sales, has many members and is gaining more every week! Let’s see what she had to say about her club!

BC: When did you start hula hooping?

AG: I started hula hooping about 2 years ago. Winter break of my freshman year of college my sister and I bought hula hoops from Toys R Us for something to do as an ab workout while binge watching Netflix. Then we started to look up YouTube videos and attempted the first trick “the lasso.” With many attempts and flying hoops throughout my living room, I realized how fulfilling hooping was.

That spring my two friends who go to Binghamton University joined the hula hoop club there. Once the summer started I begged my friend Taylor to each me everything she knew. She also made me my first beginner hula hoop, 38 inches (the wider the hula hoop the easier it is to use.  We played and practiced on the beach that summer and I was able to hoop at the first music festival I went to called Camp Bisco!

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BC: How did you think to start the hula hoop club at FIT?

AG: I thought to start the club at FIT because of the club at Binghamton. I thought it was so cool how my friends had the opportunity to be apart of a group of hoopers. It’s the best way to learn new tricks and understand each other’s “flow.” Flow meaning the individual rhythm each person puts into their hula hooping. I also wanted to find hoop space for the winter. In the city it’s easy to hoop in a park when it is nice out, but in the winter it’s impossible. Through the club I wanted the opportunity to have indoor rehearsal space. I also wanted to find fellow hoopers at FIT because hoop friends are the best friends.

BC: What steps did you take to create the hoop club?

AG: First off, it was a lot of work to start the hoop club. You have to attend multiple meetings with the student government to pitch your idea. You also have to create a club constitution and prove that you have ten members interested. The last step was getting the student body’s approval at the student council meeting. I’ll always remember that day. I had to stand on the stage at the Katie Murphy theater and convince the 75 people there as to why FIT needed a hoop club. It worked though! 

BC: What types of things do you do in the hoop club?

AG: We meet every Tuesday from 1-2. It is very casual and is a great stress reliever in between classes. We also go to concerts together and hoop in parks during the weekend. We’re not just a club; we’re a little hoop family always welcoming new friends! Everyone is at different stages in their hooping skills and it’s so great to learn tricks from each other. Every hooper knows that amazing feeling when you finally learn that new trick. This semester we’ve been learning new flow arts from new members! We’ve had some male hoopers, which are always welcome!

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BC:  Do you recommend FIT students to join a club?

AG: absolutely recommend students to join a club at FIT. Especially at FIT you have to go out of your way to be involved and I recommend every student to do so. In high school I was the President of my class and on many sports teams. Coming to FIT I wasn’t sure how to get involved. I went to the club fair my first semester and saw that there was a marketing club. Being an AMC major I figured that was the club to be in. I was very dedicated to the AMA Marketing Club and I became President the year after, which I still am currently. I knew that I also needed something fitness related and a great stress reliever, hence the Hula Hoop Club. 

My advice to new students is to get involved! It’s the best way to meet new people and find those with similar interests. My second set of advice is if something that you want isn’t available then start your own! My philosophy is if you don’t let anyone tell you no, you’ll soon realize how much you can accomplish. 

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Thank you SO much Amanda for answering my questions and informing the readers on clubs here at FIT!! You definitely are the perfect example of getting yourself involved on campus, while remaining a successful student.  You might have just recruited a few more hoopers…myself included :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

xx, Brendan