Category Archives: Sadie

Let’s Clarify: He’s not an FIT Student

Multiple websites are claiming that the man apprehended for the Boston Marathon Bomb Hoax is an FIT student (just Google it and you will see) , I can assure you he is NOT a current FIT student. Sometimes miss-information like this makes it to mass media and its not long before it becomes a PR disaster and everyone starts to look at our college under a different eye (scrutiny by our competition even if irrelevant). I’m here to let everyone out there know that blogs, websites, newspapers and other news outlets should verify their sources before posting information that could potentially cause harm to others.

Lets face it, we live in a world where speed trumps fact checking, and it is all about who reports first. With lack of accuracy, our news stream is being filled by churnalism which is the death of original journalism. If only Kevin “Kayvon” Edson would have taken the time to update his Facebook page (yes, this is where they got the info, ridiculous) this would have not even been portrayed in the news (but as my friend says, people have Facebook to brag about stuff, even when its not true). Today, a few minutes ago, we recieved an email from President Brown, which I will share with you:

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I was there last year during the days following the attack. We were at an Entrepreneurship Forum at Babson College and we were in lock-down as they searched and caught the culprit. It was a scary situation, but one thing can be said, tragedy unites us all to our cores. We as Latin American students along with Boston citizens, and people from around the globe came together in support of others’ pain.

With that in mind, the Fashion Institute of Technology, pays homage to all the fallen people, victims and survivors from the Boston Marathon Bombing. Boston STAY STRONG.

Sadie

Plan the Perfect Semester

Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law.

If questioned twice, I will deny this post ever existed (something along the lines of identity theft). Bearing that in mind I will proceed to share my secrets with you (hahaha).

Ciao incoming students,

As you plan out your first semester (and swear you are about to die, so stressed out) there are some things that have come in handy through the years when it comes to registering and choosing classes.

  1. You will be assigned a faculty adviser according to your last name, you can and you should email this person as soon as you receive the email. Later on, you will find out that you like a certain teacher better and you can request to change :). I got snowed in during my first week, so I had to assign myself my own adviser which turned out to be wonderful, because I chose someone who fit (no pun intended, well maybe a bit) me.
  2. Search for your curriculum at the FIT website. Home –> Academics–> Undergraduate Programs–> Fashion Merchandising Management–> Curriculum. This will help you have an idea of what the next two years of your life will look like. Minimum credits for a full-time student: 12, max credits per semester: 21.Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.18.17 PM
  3. Who doesn’t like ending the semester as early as possible to enjoy Xmas back with the family or just to explore NYC better (you nodding your head, pay attention NOW, will not regret)? As much as I love FIT, I am a metal to a magnet, I can feel the stronger pull to return back home early (long distance relationship, love of my life, target acquired) so I plan things to end early December. How? Well, (refer to the top quote haha) you look up the semester calendar. Look at what day is the last day, this fall the classes to end up the latest are Friday (sometimes can be Monday) classes, which means I plan my whole semester around NOT taking Friday classes (perks: long weekends, every weekend). Semester Calendar fall 2014
  4. Log in to MyFIT before your assigned date and time and look up at courses (use class search), days, time slots, availability and professor if noted (ratemyprofessor them). Create two mock schedules by u in excel and write down the CRN (course reference number, duh right :P ), this will make registering a one minute deal. You will log in, click on student tab, under online resources click Registration, choose semester, copy paste your CRN’s and done.Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.29.54 PM
  5. Check out what your major has to offer, I know International Trade & Marketing offers advisement tracks, where they suggest what courses you should take, depending on what your dream job is. Don’t be afraid to click around the website, or Google what you want to do after graduation (I know it seems far out and away, but better not let it take you by surprise).Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.33.59 PM
  6. Make an appointment with our (well now yours too, CONGRATS) Academic Advisement Center, they are happy to meet with you in person, online, or via telephone (convenient, yes!). They want to make your “academic experience as smooth and rewarding as possible” if that is not enough for you, at their front desk there is always free candy (no questions or comments just ransack the bowl haha).

Welcome to the beginning of an amazing chapter in your life! You will not regret this decision, so many doors will be opened for you that you will look back in hindsight and laugh at yourself ever even considering other options. Below, a peek into your great future: Greatness joke

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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Scholarship Opportunities

Ciao Peeps,

How many of you would believe me if I told you my first real interview was with 7 executives at a round table in FIT? (yeah, completely intimidating) What if I also told you I was the main focal point, the head of the table, and one of the first candidates to be interviewed? (biting your lip already? so was I). Turns out this is a true story, and a great one too (be the judge).

It was a rainy day, I was late and I only had two classes for the day so I decided sweatpants would do (not that kind of judgement haha), a very last-minute outfit decision that turned out to be a very practical one. After my first class, I casually decide to pick up some pamphlets from a table which turn out to be scholarship opportunities. I quickly dismissed it because I had heard that it was really hard to get one if you are an international student. As I turned to leave the classroom something kept pulling me back towards the stack of papers, so I did. Reading through the requisites I realized I met all of them and was very pleased with myself (ya know).  While folding the paper to take it home and give it further consideration I glanced at the due date, which was that day at 3:00 PM (no joke, wish I was kidding). A minute went by, then two, then three and I still hadn’t moved. I mean, if I had picked it up that same day it had to mean something (anything really, coincidences strike me as odd) and I could not bear to live with regret.

Running down to the computer lab to write my resume, cover letter, motivational letter and extracurricular activities I felt like I was part of the apprentice (so little time, so much to do). My future depended on the words I wrote but thankfully inspiration and passion were flowing out of me (this girl is on fiiiiire) and took over my body. For the next few hours I was there, but I also was buying CD’s at the bookshop to electronically submit my documents, asking a professor if he could write a recommendation letter on the spot, and buying manila envelopes for the hard copies (hooray for sweatpants, right?). At 2:58 PM I ran into the ITM office with my submission, and Nicole the lovely secretary welcomed me with “Good, you made it right on time.” Granted, I missed my second class, but the experience was just exhilarating.

Sometime later I heard back and I had been chosen as a candidate for 2 of the 3 scholarships I applied to. The follow through consisted of an interview with board members, industry leaders and your Chairperson (as if it wasn’t scary enough). Each person had 15 minutes to be grilled in the “board room” (it really wasn’t that bad, I was just so nervous I got all hot). The first one was for Ralph Lauren at FIT and I was pacing through the hallway so fast I thought they would hear me coming. Long story short, I didn’t get it and it was disappointing. Hours later I was still dissecting every second of the interview to find out what went wrong. Until this day I don’t really know but I remember they wanted to know exactly what I wanted to do with my life and what my future plans were. I had no concrete idea, other than finishing school (because this world is full of opportunities), so I was honest and told them that (was it wise? NO. would I do it again? YES).

Luckily when my second interview came around at the Tommy Hilfiger HQ in NYC, I was more prepared (or so I thought). When I walked into their huge conference room, I decided to enjoy my time and do what I loved best (obvs you know by now it’s talking about myself haha). When the same question came around, I gave them the same answer, yet this time they were as thrilled as I was about an immense ocean of infinite possibilities. As we sat there and discussed almost everything you could imagine, I felt it was more a conversation than an interview and it was when I realized I really love my major. ITM  gave me all the confidence I needed to discuss global issues with my interviewers (I was more knowledgeable than I even knew).

Long story short I got it! The feeling you get when someone else sees your passion and believes in you, is unique. I know you have heard it before, but when it’s meant to be, it will be. (Example: I found out later that one of the board members was a breast cancer survivor, and kid you not, the same way something was pulling me towards picking up those papers, something pulled me towards wearing my blazer with the pink ribbon I had received months ago and kept on it. She asked me about it and I went into full detail about how I donated my hair without knowing a single thing about her.) If that’s not enough for you to believe that things will happen when they are supposed to, I’m not really sure what would be.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

My Dorm

Ciao ladies and gents,

Sorry I’ve been away (partly not that sorry, was having too much fun) , I had an amazing Spring Break in Belgium where I got to visit my friends and family from when I studied there in 2009. Now, I’m back to the real life (yeah, like living in Rome and traveling every weekend is the REAL life) and it’s time I catch up with you guys :)

My definite question right now is: to dorm or not to dorm? I’ve been living in the Residential Halls for 3 years now and even though it has been awesome experience (with some annoying twists parfois), I feel the time to become independent is upon me. Meanwhile, when I’m apartment hunting, I realize all the perks living in the dorms has. Aside from it being PRIME real estate in Chelsea, it is so amazing to just be able to walk or scooter (like I do) and be there in 5-7 minutes.

Without any further ado, I have become famous once again (yeah, right) with my past dorm-room coming in at minute 4:15 (although that is not my door, oops)  in the new Kaufman Hall video tour. I’m the bed with the green lizard, and it’s my orange computer in the dining room table (with my mid-day break cooking show Mazola Academy), and the beautiful roses my boyfriend sent me.

Enjoy with caution (I’m already tempted to move back in) !

Deadline for Online Application: April 2, 2014

how to apply

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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Athletics

Waking up at 5 am with 21.5 credits, an internship and a job is simply impossible (at least for me). I remember when the women’s soccer club became a team and this was how early I had to get up to practice. Prioritizing being able to go through the day awake rather than playing soccer competitively left me with a void in my heart.

Here I am, a year and a half later (pounds heavier) but with only 12 credits, incredibly long weekends, no job or internship (just volunteering) and in Rome. There could have not been a better timing to go back to the sport I once loved. So say hello, to Sade’ (this is how they spelled out my name on my uniform LOL)  a current AUR She-Wolf playing Calcio Femminile. Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.20.37 PMAlthough I’m quite missing our tiger (which I was once) I’m happy to be howling before matches. Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.24.01 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.24.14 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back home at FIT, we have 14 different teams that hold try-outs at the beginning of each semester. This semester I’m trying to get in shape so when I come back I will be able to try-out for our amazing soccer team (and hopefully make it). For more info you can check out our Athletics & Recreation website, where you will find an outline and more details about Women’s & Men’s sports (yes we DO have men at FIT, despite what Cosmo says).

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Ultimate Warrior Elite Challenge Spring ’13

If you are more into individual working-out we have two gyms available to students (which are included in your tuition) with PTs helping you figure out the machines and the weights. If you are like me and need extra motivation from people around you, join some of our recreation classes (I highly recommend our signature class FIT Workout Nation-It’s not a Game!).

Work Hard, Play Hard!

Work Hard, Play Hard!

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If you are just thinking of avoiding it all-together (I have a surprise for you) your AAS degree requires students to complete 2 courses in Health, PE, and Dance (ranging from ballet, personal defense, fencing to Stress Management). So before you pout, walk away and decide to not apply to our school, I will kindly remind you that “75 minutes of brisk walking per week equates to an extra 1.8 years of life expectancy as opposed to staying sedentary.

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So, cheers to staying alive!

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

The CIC: Career and Internship Center

  • Girl: “Sooo, how many internships have you done?”
  • Me: “Um, only one. Why?”
  • Girl: “What JUST one? I’ve done six already!”

This was only sophomore year and this girl (which is almost every girl at FIT) has worked for six different companies already and counting. I suddenly freeze and my brain in matter of seconds is clouded with self-doubt, I mean what had I been doing for the past two years (studying, volunteering, working, enjoying life, traveling). Quickly, I (very much) lost interest when she started bragging about all the designers she (supposedly) met.

In your freshman year (and so forth) you will encounter this situation over and over again. The good news is that when it comes to internships it’s not about the quantity but of the quality (what you learned, how long where you there, did they slave you). To ensure that all of our students at FIT have amazing internships and career outcomes we have the Career and Internship Center. This valuable resource is located on campus in B-202 (or should I say in the Business and Liberal Arts Center) and available to the Students, Alumni and Industry.

Almost every major at FIT requires a credit-bearing internship during their AAS  which you can choose to do in your 3rd or 4th semester. You can also do more than one internship and some of them might even be payed (just remember NO free labor, no matter how bad you want to work for that company or how big that designer label is). Prior to any internship there are orientation sessions which you have to attend and you will be guided through all the steps. In a nutshell:

  1. You get assigned a counselor which works with you through self-assessment and resume development.
  2. You get access to our Online Job Bank (which has been pre-screened to ensure fair labor and +), where jobs from the fashion industry get posted directly to us before going public.
  3. You choose your top 5, do your research (hand-in-hand) with you counselor and write cover letters, thank you notes and much more.
  4. You get a call-back and have a mock interview at the CIC (you go over work etiquette and what the industry requires) and finally go out into the real world (definitely beyond 27th and 7th) and get interviewed.
  5. You get a yay or a nay, and then select who you want to work with (keeping in mind that this is a binding contract you will be making)
  6. Next semester, you have an IC class 6 times where you report in with your professor and evaluate your internship, and get tools to further develop yourself in the workplace.

The CIC, also offers our students the opportunities to assist to On-campus recruitment events (the A-building lobby is usually lined up with tables where you can see Guess, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren and +), Job and internship fairs, and Company information sessions (Macys, Kohl’s, Tommy Hilfiger and+) . Even after you graduate, alumni get Lifetime job search support and individual assistance from our career counselors.

So just remember what matters; that you get an internship where you are happy. A company that you like and admire and that values you as a human being, and prioritizes your knowledge (you are not there for fetching coffee). That girl might have done six, but I did the ONE I had always dreamed of doing. I got to work at Oscar De La Renta HQ directly with Senior Vice President Merchandising & Sales and the Senior Merchandising Manager for Childrenswear. I got to see firsthand how you start a collection, market and sell it. I could continue bragging like that girl did, but what’s the point? (you get me, it was AWESOME, every Dominican Girl in fashion’s dream). The connections I created are priceless and all I know is that if it wasn’t for FIT I would’ve never thought I could get there.

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

PS: How I wish I could find that girl and shove this pic in her face I’d take this 6 to 1, ANYDAY (booyah!)

Me and Oscar de La renta

“Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.”

 

 

Rome-ing (ˈroʊmɪŋ) Around

I’m a treadmill kind-of lady. Even though everyone just assumes elliptical are for chicks (current misconception) I only use them when I don’t have enough time to fully workout. In the days where I really want to go the extra-mile I run (more like fast jog haha) on the treadmill. I recently discovered that even if it is winter (in Rome not really) sometimes you just need to go outside and breathe some fresh air. While it can be very inspirational looking at your fat jiggle in the gym’s mirror (really makes you GO at it) there is a whole world outside waiting to be discovered.

Since I’m in a new city (maybe you are too) , what better way to notice bits and pieces you miss during the daily routine than by running at a new park every weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a runner but I do my best to stay on track. This past week with the company of my roommates (which make sure I don’t give up) we visited two amazing parks in different neighborhoods. The first one, Villa Doria Pamphili is a 5 minute walk from school and was built in the 17th century. Since it is on the top of a hill in Monteverde the air is cleaner (your lungs will thank you later) and the sun feels warmer. This park is made of 1.8 sq km of pure green freshness, perfect for picnics, running (any sport really), photography, reading and so much more. It was my first visit, but not my last.Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 11.59.59 PM

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 11.59.51 PMOn the other hand, Villa Borghese park was built in 1605 and is full of culture, art and perfect foliage. It is preceded by the Spanish steps (haha yes, more steps, this is warm up) and then opens up into tall pines, gravel tracks and lawns. Inside you can find (well take a break in) the Galleria Borghese adorned by sculptures of Bernini and paintings by famous artists such as Raphael, Caravaggio and more.

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As I mentioned before, tread-mill is how I’ve been doing it but honestly it’s about to become how I used to do it. Rome is full of interesting spots and enchantingly mysterious places that you otherwise wouldn’t notice (btw so is NYC). Also, AUR has a running club which offers fun runs of 5 and 10K which I plan on doing (they include free memorabilia). I will be training and discovering Rome at and around these parks. If I were in your feet I would suggest you do that too. Here go ahead and just put one foot in front of the other:

  1. The Hudson River Greenway
  2. Central Park
  3. East River Promenade
  4. Randall’s Island

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

PS: Any recommendations?

 

The Small Things DO Matter

Ciao,

Its only been 17 days and I’ve been spending my days getting used to my new university and apartment. During this adaptation time I have been able to appreciate FIT in a whole other aspect. Here I have compiled a brief list of things I never noticed and can’t seem to stop missing, for those that say small things don’t matter its all about perspective.

  1. Vending Machines that accept Credit/Debit Cards: here if you don’t have exact change you will starve or die of thirst (guaranteed).
  2. Escalators: my legs are so sore because in Italy the first floor is actually the second so as you can see on top of my morning hike I have no choice but to keep on going (iron thighs coming up).
  3. Mail/Package Notifications: getting those e-mails were sometimes the best part of my day (unexpected surprise), now I have to go to school and check on this archive under my last name through everyone else’s papers to see if I got something.
  4. Weight room: as long as it is free you can get yourself weighed at the Health Center, unfortunately I had to buy my own scale and in kilos ( it does cut my official number in half so haha it might not be thaaat bad).
  5. Gym classes are included in your tuition: we have such variety back home that having to pay 90 euros just for yoga (no offense yogis) once a week drives me absolutely crazy.
  6. Massages & Acupuncture: you might not believe it but it is also included in your tuition 12 sessions of your preference one on one with a specialist. This is just not happening here.
  7. Angel: While I always complain about it (every single semester, yes I’m sorry they need to make this better) I can check my grades daily and get constant updates. In this case I guess I will find out after my midterm and just be completely sure when the semester is over.

On the side, my birthday was this week and it was just amazing. Auguri to me on my 23rd birthday! I share some photos because even though I miss some things others are just way better here (gelatto, pizza, wine, nutella and the list goes on).

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The Happiness of a cake completely covered in Nutella

Pizza Party

Pizza Party

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We were pretty excited to be at The Pantheon for my bday!

It doesn’t matter where you are, Carpe Diem!

Sadie

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Study Abroad: La Vita è Bella

FIT offers many  diverse study abroad opportunities depending on your major and how much time you want to spend abroad. Our three main categories are FIT in Italy (we have a campus in Florence),  Summer/Winter Courses, and Semester Programs. Our school offers a synergy of incredible life experiences and education without boundaries in countries such as France, China, Australia, UK and so many more. The best part (which a lot of people like) is that our programs are not competitive which means we do not have limited spots. As long as you comply with the necessary requirements and can afford it (we do have scholarships for certain programs, hooray!)  you are off to a life-changing journey. Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 4.28.45 PM

Nowadays international experience is very valuable and considered an asset because of increasing globalization. In my field ITM, traveling and speaking a second language could be what makes you stand out from another candidate during an interview. With that in mind, I decided to study abroad for a second time but this time Rome would be my home. I’m now a student at the American University of Rome  for this Spring 2014 semester. During my time here I will try to share with you guys snippets of my experience in Italy (hoping to motivate you) and give you an honest review of this whole adventure.

I’m one week into the program and I can definitely say this has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. My apartment (yes you heard right) is located in one of the hip, historic neighborhoods Trastevere and from what I’ve heard we got the best building (I got a single my rooomroom and didn’t have to pay extra for it). I have five roommates (from different colleges such as UMD and UM) which have been incredibly nice and welcoming (for now haha). Our university is located on the crest of Rome’s highest hill (250 steps and some more, iron thighs coming up) which offers a magnificent view of the city.

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 So far, I went to the Colosseum (the first of many), had free yoga & pilates lesson, had authentic pizza & gelato, got lost, joined the She-Wolves Soccer Team, had a cheese & wine tasting, signed up to Groupon Italia and the list goes on.  Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 5.56.55 PMIn regards to my classes, I have loved them (liberal arts which I chose) and they are:

  1. A Moveable Feast: Writing about Food
  2. Comparative Politics
  3. Media, Art and Social Activism
  4. Ethics and Global Policies

This semester hopefully will allow me to grow as a human being and become much more a citizen of the world. Sometimes being away from home can make you nostalgic, but I assure you it is all part of the process. At the end of the day, everything really depends on how you look at it, sure starting over could suck, but it could also give you the freedom to become who you’ve always wanted to be.

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

FIT is Alert

One of the many services that I find useful from FIT is our Emergency Messaging System called FIT Alert (which you are enrolled automatically into). This system sends out emergency communications to students about weather conditions (excellent because it might save you the commute) public health emergencies, floods, fires and violence on campus. You will receive these alerts via email but you can also opt to receive them in the forms of text messages and/or phone calls.

Useful Phone Numbers

This initiative is part of the college’s Emergency Preparedness plan to make sure we are all safe and secure as a community and on-campus during emergencies (like the annoying fire drills, yep they ARE necessary). If you log into MyFIT you will see a tab at the top (the fourth one from left to right) in which you will be able to review and confirm your information. MYFIT website alertFIT Alert is updated weekly and once you graduate you will be automatically removed (so don’t worry about sending it to your junk mail once you’re gone).

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

PS: As for me I keep getting storm update alerts but honestly I don’t care because here at Rome, la vita e bella! A post is soon to come about my first week here. Ciao, a presto!