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Getting to Work: Old Navy

Old Navy - 6th Ave & 18th St

Old Navy – 18th & 6th

Starting work last semester at one of the most entertaining retail clothing stores there is has been a tornado of laughs, stress, and learning. If you are not familiar with the American brand, Old Navy is “a place where you can find all of your wardrobe “must-have’s” at prices you can’t believe. Everything from your favorite t-shirts and jeans to your seasonal fashion faves. A place where every family member is invited. Where everything has great style and quality and the shopping experience is actually fun, not a chore.” (Gap Inc.)

Getting started in April, I was excited to begin a new journey, and my first real retail experience at the flagship store. A flagship is a company’s main store that is used in showcasing the various brands the store offers. Unlike other stores within the chain, the flagship is usually more impressive, bigger and shelves more merchandise than the rest. Getting to know the retail industry from the top of the ladder store was a great learning experience.

Why Old Navy you may ask? In a city filled with competitive H&M, Forever 21,  and Zara – Old Navy has always been a brand I associated with the real American dream. From day one, Old Navy was a revolution. They are fabulous, affordable fashion, not afraid to break the industry’s rules. They recognized that fashion didn’t have to be just for rich people – it could be for everyone.  With the first store opening in 1994, Old Navy became the fastest retailer to reach $1 billion in sales within four years and today are one of the largest apparel brands in the world, operating more than 1000 stores across the US, Canada, Puerto Rico & Japan.

This is my store, and if you would like to be apart of the brand, be sure to check out the Rotational Management Program (RMP) a 9+ month training program based in our corporate offices in San Francisco and New York City.

As a trainee in RMP, you’ll start the program knowing which product function you will be placed into upon graduation —  Inventory Management, Merchandising or Production. During the program you’ll rotate through each function and see how our product lifecycle works — from ideation to production. You’ll develop collaboration skills by working with cross-functional teams to effectively deliver the right product as well as build general management proficiencies. In addition to the ownership of day-to-day responsibilities, you’ll be provided with classroom training and assigned special projects that allow you to make an impact by directly influencing the business and interacting with senior leaders.

While in the program you will rotate within one of the brands – Old Navy, Gap, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Banana Republic Factory Stores or Athleta. Upon graduating you will be placed into a full-time position with competitive benefits and salary within that brand.


Life Hack: How to be an Optimist

As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.


First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.

Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.

Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.

Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Stay Positive!



FIT to the VMA’s

Living in New York City comes with spontaneous adventures and the unexpected. This past weekend, I would have never thought I would be attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Coming from a small city in California, attending an event known as the epitome of pop culture and music satisfied my inner city boy mentality.

It all started when I landed the tickets at the MTV VMA pop-up shop in SoHo where a well known YouTuber posted the address and asked his fans to meet him there for a special surprise. My instincts told me they were going to be VMA tickets…. and wa-la!


Behold the beauty of real tickets to a unreal event with a performance list like this:

Alessia Cara
Troye Sivan
Wild Things
Scars to Your Beautiful
Jidenna “Little Bit More”
Lukas Graham Mama Said
Main show
(Part 1)
Don’t Stop the Music
Only Girl (In the World)
We Found Love
Where Have You Been
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Side to Side
Future Fuck Up Some Commas
(Part 2)
Rude Boy
What’s My Name?
Nick Jonas
Ty Dolla $ign
(performed in Tick Tock Diner)
Beyoncé Pray You Catch Me
Hold Up
Don’t Hurt Yourself
Britney Spears
Make Me…
Me, Myself & I
(Part 3)
Needed Me
Pour It Up
Bitch Better Have My Money
The Chainsmokers
(Part 4)
Love on the Brain


Singing and dancing along with some of my favorite artists was an amazing experience to share with some close friends! Living in New York City can be intense, but it is the moments like this that make you appreciate the spontaneity of this city.



Settling In: Kaufman Hall

Leaving 27th Street hasn’t been that bad, “Kaufman Hall is located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, an area of Manhattan which is currently undergoing some significant construction that will result in a vibrant and exciting new community of shops, restaurants, and a large central landscaped plaza open to the public in the coming years.

Kaufman Hall is a 320,000 square foot, 15-story building, offers one-, two-, three-, and four-bed loft-style suites. FIT’s 27th Street campus is just a short walk away.


Kaufman Hall is home to returning residents. The new air conditioned hall which opened in 2006 houses approximately 1100 students. All of the apartments have private bathrooms and kitchens. Kaufman Hall also has a workroom and computer lab with high-speed internet connection and a fitness center.” – FIT Residential Life


The building is fully equipped with it’s own basement with a computer lab workroom and laundry room. The walk is a nice refresher as you are on the way to start the day! Living in Kaufman gives you a greater sense of independence. The tall ceilings give an apartment living feel, with good views if you are as lucky as I was!


Preparing for FIT’s Application

As a new school school year approaches, Class of 2017 is preparing to apply to colleges across the nation. If you are interested in applying to FIT, here are some helpful tips to speed up your admissions process!FIT1. CHOOSE A MAJOR! – The most important step of the process when applying to FIT, since you’ll begin studying what most interests you on day one. Find the program that best fits your talents and dreams. Remember: since FIT has a dual-degree system, you can always switch into another major for your Bachelors degree! For the list of the amazing undergraduate majors at FIT click here!

2. APPLY! – As a SUNY school, FIT requires it’s applicants to first file the SUNY application online. After you apply, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been received. It can take 7-10 days to receive the first email from FIT after submitting the SUNY application, so don’t freak out if you don’t get it right away!

Then comes the FIT application. Submitting your supplemental admissions materials to FIT is the longest step! The Academic History and Essay form will be made available online after you have received your email from FIT. To submit these forms, you’ll need to access MyFIT using the provided FIT Username and Password. (Seems like alot but it’s a piece of cake, just be sure to not procrastinate.)

The essay is the most important asset of your application – besides letter grades on a transcript, it gives FIT a chance to get to know YOU and YOUR reason to pursue an educational career at FIT. Your essay should answer the following questions: What makes you a perfect candidate for FIT? Why are you interested in the major you are applying to?


3. SUBMITTING ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS! – Along with the online academic history and the essay, be prepared to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent directly from your schools to FIT. For more information on sending in transcripts click here and go to STEP TWO – School Transcripts.

4. ART MAJOR = PORTFOLIO! – Art and Design applicants must submit a portfolio. You will be invited to submit your portfolio once your SUNY application has been received and processed by FIT. Please do not submit any artwork with your application. Business and Technology applicants may not submit a portfolio and materials received for these majors will not be reviewed or considered.

5. AP/CLEP & SAT/ACT SCORES – Official AP and/or CLEP scores, if any, are required when available. Official IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas or certificates, if any, must be provided by the IBO.

SAT and ACT test scores are not required for admissions purposes. They are, however, required for the Honors Program. They are also required for placement into your English and Math classes at FIT. Use FIT school code 2257 when sending SAT scores, and code 2744 when sending ACT scores.

Check out more information about placement tests and sending scores here.

6. ENJOY YOUR SCHOOL YEAR! – Remember, stressing over an application can take a toll on yourself whether you are coming straight from high school, or are looking to transfer to FIT. Enjoy your school year, and be ready to bare the wait until acceptances are sent out in April!