Category Archives: Student Life

Notes From the 6 Train: It’s Raining Research

Each semester at the writing center we choose a topic to delve into deeper in order to become tutors and writers, so we are more helpful for you all! This semester’s focus is research. I know this sounds super boring, but it is imperative while in school and incredibly important for artists. Many students loathe research because it’s time consuming and hard. It’s hard because many of students, including myself until last week, aren’t aware all of the resources that the FIT library has to offer for researching.

Artists who make are, without engaging in thorough research beforehand, and claim that they were “inspired” by another artist seems fishy. Without research and thoughtfulness, inspiration can quickly become copying.

Here are three ways the library can aid you in your research process (that you probably don’t know about):

1. You can instant message librarians!

You want to ask a pointed question such as “I am interested in researching trends of the 20’s, what are good resources to start research?

They usually answer quite fast. If they don’t respond immediately, they will email you probably within the next hour at the latest.

2. You can email them.

If you have a question at 2 am you can email them and you get a response in 24 hours (usually, much faster than that.)

3. You can text them.

Same deal. This way you can receive a response while on the go.

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In order to access these resources you simply go to the FIT library home page, click the “Ask A Librarian” tab and explore the researching possibilities!

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All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Fall Festivities

Hey everyone!

So recently I came across some really fun fall festivities all over the internet, and I don’t know about you but fall is my absolute favorite season. So I thought id let you guys in on some really awesome day/weekend trips which are coming up.


HARRY POTTER FEST!! Chestnut hill, PA October 17-18

Its a little bit of a hike to get there but for two days straight you eat, sleep, breathe harry potter. Oh and did I mention dressing up is highly encouraged? How awesome is that. I will definitely be at this event. The 17th is a bar crawl to all harry potter inspired bars and restaurants while the 18th is events, even a quidditch match. (how

Oktoberfest Hoboken, NJ September 25-26

The Catholic Community of Saints Peter & Paul in Hoboken celebrates Oktoberfest with a beer garden from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; party from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and kids village from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hudson Street between 4th and 5th streets

Fall Arts and Music Festival Hoboken, NJ September 27

This has music on three stages, more than 300 artists, crafters and food vendors, and a children’s section at 3rd Street. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street. Admission free

Pumpkin Show October 9-11 Woodstown, NJ

The 12th South Jersey Pumpkin Show is an explosion of gourd-related activity, with a pumpkin weigh-off, giant pumpkin pyramid and Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show, which is a pumpkin-themed children’s pageant. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown. Free admission; parking $5 per car.

Indian Festival of lights, Jersey City NJ October 24

a Diwali celebration, returns to Jersey City with food, performances and vendors. Noon to 6 p.m., Grundy Pier and Exchange

And last but not least….

THE ZOMBIE WALK! Smithsville, NJ October 31

The Zombie Walk in Asbury Park may be dead, but Smithville’s annual procession of the undead is still in full effect. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m

There are so many more fun and exciting things coming up even around NYC. Go on facebook or even just google and see what’s going on near you. Do you have any suggestions for places to go? Let me know, I love going on new adventures!

Happy fall y’all




Last First Day

Hello readers!!

It is so great to be back writing for the FIT Admissions Blog after a wonderful summer. What did I do you ask? Worked, worked, vacationed, and worked some more! And I enjoyed every second of it.

How was your summer? Did anyone make a trip to FIT? Take classes? Vacation somewhere cool?

Throughout the summer, at various family events, I would be asked, “So, you’re entering your senior year, huh?”

To which I smiled and reply, “Yeahhh, I can’t believe it’s finally here, but I’m ready.”

(But seriously, wasn’t it just yesterday that I was a freshman moving into Coed dorm?!?! Where does time go??)

There was no sarcasm, no lying behind a smile. I am ready for my senior year, and excited as ever. And I credit FIT for that. Each year as a returning student, you feel more and more prepared for what’s yet to come. What else FIT’s courses, professors and classmates have to offer you; what other adventures New York City has in store. You look back on the experiences and knowledge you’ve gained the year before and apply it to the road ahead.

Of course a small part of me is nervous of what’s to come 9 months from now, after I walk across the stage at graduation. But I choose to be excited rather than nervous. At this point, that’s all I can do. I’m not going to waste my energy fearing the “real world.” With the connections I’ve made while at FIT, I am confident I will be well equipped when entering the work force. For now, I will work hard, have fun, enjoy my senior year and the rest will fall into place.

So, as I walked back onto 27th street on my last first day of school, I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. I felt back at home. I know this block, I know this campus. I know which water fountain’s the coldest, which classroom has the best view. Which corner I like to sit in and read my book in between classes, which computer lab is usually busiest. I was back in my flow.


I was shocked at how many new faces there were, now that I’m the “big man on campus” aka a Senior. The freshman look so young! Did I look that nervous on my first day? (The answer is yes)

In the sea of fresh-faced freshman, I found my fellow senior friends. We hugged, laughed, caught up on each other’s lives. I could see the comfort and sense of “home” in their eyes that only comes with time at FIT. First days aren’t as scary when you know your way around, and you’ve got friends by your side. We’ve made it three years together at this school and we’ll make it through this last year. Nothing can stop us now!

Get ready for a great year readers and fellow students! Please comment any questions or requests on blog posts you’d like me to look into!




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

Orientation Experiences

Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited!  As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT!  Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.

It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation.  I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family.  I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding.  I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.

After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St.  I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation.  The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all.  After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.

To view the orientation Fall 2015 Orientation schedule: