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Goals For This Semester

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Hello there! I never used to be someone who set goals for myself. But recently I’ve found that they can be really helpful and can really challenge you in a positive way. This semester I’m starting a new chapter in my life, I’ve switched majors from Production Management to Advertising Marketing & Communications, and I’m starting my Bachelor’s Degree. I thought it only fitting to set myself a few goals, to help guide me in the right direction and hopefully make me feel like I’ve achieved something (even if it’s something really small).

  1. Higher my GPA – Last semester wasn’t my semester. I took so many different classes, because I had to take a lot of prerequisite classes for AMC. I ended up with classes that did not relate to each other, which was really stressful. But this my schedule looks much better and I love all my classes (which is always a bonus).
  2. Get more involved in school activities – FIT has great community service activities you can get involved with. I love interacting with other students and feeling like I’ve helped someone. This semester I really want to start helping and volunteering more.
  3. Start looking/applying for a Spring internship – I know it’s early, but I know myself and if I wait too long, I’m not going to do it. Also I don’t want to do it when I have all my exams, because I don’t want to have that extra stress on my shoulders.
  4. Stay on a Budget – I know I’m not the only one when it comes to spending less than what I make.
  5. Be more CREATIVE! 

If I can do it, you can do it!



The Career and Internship Center at FIT

Did you know that FIT has a leading career and internship center with a team of experienced counselors, knowledgeable and friendly support staff that offer a range of services that help students and alumni succeed in the industry, match students and graduates with jobs and internships that suit their interests, abilities, and goals, and bring employers together with prospective employees?

According to the CIC, as a student of the Fashion Institute of Technology, you have access to the center that will ultimately open doors for you in the industry. Counselors have expertise in industry and the rapidly changing job market not only help in finding the right job or internship, they provide career-planning skills needed throughout life. Whether it’s a first job, professional advancement, or a new career direction.

Students have many options using the CIC, including, but not limited to:

And as Alumni:

As the end of my second semester at FIT approaches, I’m getting ready to dive into an internship search that will hopefully lead to a career with the help of the CIC! The CIC also e-mails students of on-campus interviews that many companies will do!

Be sure to contact the CIC for any detailed information, take control of your future success!

Business and Liberal Arts Center, B202
212 217.3000
212 217.3001 (fax)

Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm*

* Hours are subject to change during summer and winter breaks. FIT is closed during holidays. See Academic Calendar for dates when the college will be closed.

NYC: The City of Opportunities

First of all, I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday season and break! Although I am missing the California weather, I am so excited to be back in school and in the city! I apologize for my absence blogging since I have been overwhelmed with SO many awesome things that have happened to me over the last few weeks, and now I’m back here to share!

As many of you are waiting for an admissions decision from FIT, I want you to know that no matter what happens, to never give up on yourself and your dreams. As some may know, I am a huge fan of Lady Gaga – she needs no introduction. This year, being in New York City I was able to meet her a couple of times, along with other great singers, actors, and designers.

Now, here is a picture of my Goddess herself looking beautiful….


Lady Gaga wearing Scott Studenberg and John Targon of BAJA EAST.

How is this relevant? You may ask. Well…

Last week I was blessed to be able to attend a private screening of first episode of the third season of The Fashion Fund at the Morgan Library & Museum. The fashionable night entailed one of the best nights of my life. As I enter the tall glass doors of the venue, my heart began to pound as Anna Wintour, Diane von Fürstenberg and many other high profile names in the fashion industry are feet away from me mingling and taking pictures for the press. The screening ended with Q&A monitored by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School.


Oh wait… Did I forget to mention that Scott Studenberg and John Targon of BAJA EAST are CFDA finalist and are on season 3 of the show? BAJA EAST… as on the label of clothing that Gaga adores? As the Q&A sessions comes to an end (with the designers looking for interns), everyone headed upstairs for fancy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Tempted to approach Scott & John, my friend breaks the ice as we both express are interested in interning for the trailblazing brand. As I get their email to send my information my body is shocked with excitement.

To get to the point… I am beyond thrilled to be volunteering at the BAJA EAST fashion show this Saturday. This is an opportunity of a lifetime that can lead to a possible internship to build my knowledge in the fashion industry. Anything can happen in New York City, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Never give up, and most importantly…

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)


Notes From the 6 Train: Gettin’ Down w/ the Green

We now officially in fall! Yay! The fall solstice just passed, and that means that begins the countdown on our warm & sunny days. Here are a few things you should do (aka things I’ve did) before fall is gone and winter is here!
Living in a city without many natural landscapes to escape to is challenging for me. I don’t have a car nor do I know how to drive, so though there are many places upstate to go, not being able to drive seventy limits those options. However, I am not easily deterred. I need nature to maintain my sanity, so I found some cheat-codes to connect with nature if you don’t have the time, or money or ability to take a trip upstate. I began volunteering at a community garden.


I also took a hike to Wave Hill to check out their botanical gardens. It was so peaceful and serene. I felt as if I wasn’t even in NYC anymore. I won’t do much writing about it, and let the photos speak for themselves.


Thus far, I have been keeping up with my goal of being outside a lot, and am looking forward to even more exploration while the weather holds up!
What about you? Have you been maintaining your goals you set for this semester?

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Life in the Concrete Jungle: An Introduction

I know what you’re thinking… it’s New York City – I’ll never make it, I’ll go broke, I’m one in a million who have the same dream of being successful in the fashion industry… These thoughts running rapidly in your mind are holding you back… But let me tell you this –


The Empire State Building

To the prospective students across the world… if FIT is your dream school, go for it. Getting an education in the BEST city in the world is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else.


The Freedom Tower

My name is Mariano, I am an 18-year-old Puerto Rican boy, from a lower-middle class family in California; studying Advertising and Marketing Communications. FIT was just a dream to me and now it is a reality. Never underestimate yourself and the opportunities in front of you. If you are thinking about starting a new chapter of your life in New York City at FIT, find out more information on the application process here.

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

In the last month, I’ve learned and experienced so much that I will never forget. Hopefully, you will soon! Please reply with any questions about the application process, I don’t bite!

Until next time… xoxo – M