The fall semester is an exciting time for fashion students, because it means fashion week season! A lot of us want to volunteer but often don’t know how or don’t have the connections to do so, especially if you are a freshman. I was in the same boat when I started at FIT. Fortunately, FIT’s Student Life offers students the opportunity to volunteer through the school. Every fall there is a signup where you are randomly placed (based on your availability) to volunteer for a designer. Some are luckier than others, but it’s still a great experience to have. Below are the dates and time when the signups will take place this semester. I would highly recommend going there as early as possible, because the lines can get very long.
The SVCS Fashion Week signups are on Tuesday, August 29 from 12 to 5pm in the Haft Auditorium and on Thursday, August 31 (time TBA) in the Haft Theater.
My name Is Jacob Luis Ortiz, and I’m excited to be one of the new members of the admissions blog team! To tell you a little about myself i’m a Production Management major, I’m a freshman in my second semester, and i’m so excited to be a student at FIT.
I would like to mention how much I love my major, it’s one of the smallest majors on campus but definitely the most useful. For those who don’t know about Production Management, don’t worry I will be doing a post on Production Management 101 shortly. As I was saying I think production is a very useful major and it has an almost 100% job placement rate after graduation.
Besides my major, the FIT campus is another thing I enjoy. There’s constantly events and workshops happening on campus to keep you busy. Like the 11th annual drag pageant last month, it was epic go next year to see for yourself! Not to mention the wide range of clubs that are open to all students.
I think one of the most rewarding experiences I have had on campus is meeting so many great people. FIT has an intimate campus that allows for you to see lots of familiar faces on campus. I really love my school and am proud to share it with you! Jacob, signing off!
After having moving in and out of the dorms several times at this point, I consider myself to be a professional. Moving out is no easy feat especially when you’re moving out at the exact same time as hundreds of other students, but here are some of my tips and tricks as to how to handle moving out like a pro:
Pack as much as you can into a suitcase. They’re easy to transport and they hold quite a bit, while still being compact.
Use your declining balance to buy snacks for the road and water for the security guards
Take a look at your wardrobe. Donate any clothes that you did not wear often throughout the school year.
Start taking down your room decorations prior to the move out date. It makes things so much easier when you aren’t in a time crunch to remove all of your string lights and posters.
Do your laundry before you move out. Try to have as minimal dirty clothes as possible, therefore you don’t have to keep things separate.
Get rid of your shower caddy for sanitation purposes.
Thank your parents or friends who are helping you move.
The end of the semester is here and with that comes beautiful weather, and sometimes a tendency to slack in the motivation department. Here are some of my tips and tricks for preparing for finals:
Study outside of your apartment. If you have a habit of studying on your couch and falling asleep, now is the time to kick that habit in the butt. Head over to the library, coffee shop, or a place best suited for zero distractions and quiet time.
Keep your phone on loud. This may sound counterproductive, however, I typically check my phone when I’m curious if I have a new notification or text message. If you keep your volume up, you’ll know when you’ve been notified, rather than constantly checking to see if someone needs to get a hold of you. If you’re studying in the library, put your phone on loud, but put headphones in.
Study with friends. If you’re in a study group, someone most likely has some insight on a topic that you aren’t 100% confident about, and vice versa. You become more knowledgeable about the topic when you have to teach it to someone else.
Plan out your schedule. Set deadlines for yourself and allow yourself to go out to dinner or plan a cafe visit so that you have something to look forward to.
Sleep. This step is often very neglected during finals weeks, but is so important that you are getting proper rest. You wouldn’t want to be under the weather the first week of summer, would you?
Over this last week, FIT’s Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend group had their reunion. Leadership Weekend is a retreat of a group of up to 100 FIT students for the purpose of developing the students strengths in group work. I had the amazing opportunity, along with about 50 other FIT students of all grade levels, to attend the Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend Retreat at Star Lake Camp in Bloomingdale New Jersey. This retreat was everything I ever needed. The Leadership Ambassadors and the FIT faculty that set up the event really put effort into making a weekend for building relationships and communities with fellow students. From ice breaker activities on the bus ride to Star Lake Camp, to big and small group activities such as creating and presenting our very own imaginary country, Leadership Weekend was a creative community builder from start to finish.
The magic behind Leadership Weekend is that students and faculty alike are ready to participate in a weekend designated to getting to know each other and getting to know themselves. That’s where the leadership part came in. Each student was required to take a test to find out what their top five strengths are, and over the course of the weekend, understand how these strengths play a role in their life and make them who they are. There was an overwhelming realization that the strength test really got to the heart of who people are, and it lead to a lot of self-discovery. I came away from Leadership Weekend with an understanding of where my actions are derived from, what I want FIT to look like for other students, and an amazing network of newfound friends.
I would HIGHLY recommend attending a Leadership Weekend retreat as an FIT student. It’s a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City living, and it’s an all-expense paid trip. You make many close friends, and have a fun all weekend long. The only flaw, you’re only allowed to go one time! Unless you sign up to be a Leadership Ambassador that is.