The Beauty of Student Life

Being a student aide in the Student Life offices has really opened my eyes to all the events that are constantly taking place on campus.  The Student Life offices are located on the 7th floor of the Dubinsky Student Center.  Here are some perks of visiting the Student Life offices:

  • Movie tickets are sold 2 for $16 to any AMC movie theatre
  • Broadway show tickets are sold every couple of weeks. Be sure to check those weekly emails!
  • There is a Breast Cancer walk this Sunday!  Here is the link if you want to sign up: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=38287345&fr_id=62564&pg=personal
  • We are distributing tickets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 to when Girl Code (YES the MTV show) comes and does a show here at FIT!
  • We can provide contact information if you want to join a club!
  • There is almost always an event happening in The Center and it usually involves free food.
  • We have a massive game room that is basically any kid at heart’s dream world.
  • Bonus: EVERYONE IN STUDENT LIFE IS SUPER NICE!

Come visit us!

Ashley

Notes From The 6 Train: Leadership Workshop!

I write this on the bus returning from Armank, New York, where the 40th annual FIT leadership workshop was held. I, along with about 35 other FIT student leaders, traveled to the woods to bond, get away from the city and eat good vegetarian food (well, at least that’s why I went), and of course to amp our leadership skills!

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Honestly, this was the most I’ve ever talk to FIT students. Firstly, since we were the only people at the facility for 2 days we were forced to talk to each other fact. Additionally, I’m a commuter student so when I come on campus it’s do a job; attending class or a meeting, or studying. I find that other people experience this tunnel mind when they are on campus as well. Sometimes we need to be pulled out of comfort zone so that we are able to meet new people. That’s exactly what happened! I connected with a bunch of people that I never would have met otherwise.

Communal Gratiffi Board

Communal Gratiffi Board

Not only did I meet new people but I also learned a lot about myself. (Sounds very cliche, I know) but bear with me. I have had a number leadership trainings, so going on this retreat was a refresher of knowledge I’d acquired in the past. It also helped me see how much I’ve grown, and what I still need to work on. I also did get a break and enjoy some nature. It was beyond beautiful. I got to see the changing leaves and see some deer! Taking a break from the city is important to me, I know I need to be around nature to feel balanced.

This workshop is offered once in the fall ad again in the spring. It’s highly sought after, so whenever you see the posters around the school be sure to sign up immediately.

The attendees!

The attendees!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

The Writing Studio

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If I have learned anything from my experiences working, I know that the two things that are most important for any job are good writing and speaking skills. Yet, no one is born a talented speaker or writer (I don’t know if you know this, but babies literally cannot speak or write!)

Fear not! If you feel that your skills are not up to par there is help available! The Writing Studio (located in Feldman Center Room 612) provides a collaborative process to enhance each student’s abilities and personal voice, not just edit papers. Although there are some professional tutors on staff, most of us are also students that have been carefully evaluated and selected. I say “us” because I am a tutor at the writing center!

I think the fact that it is peer tutoring is actually very helpful. We can relate to you about stress, school work, life at FIT and probably answer most of your questions about anything, not just writing. We also have insight into some of your classes, teachers and experiences here.

Brian Fallon, Director of the Writing Center

Brian Fallon, Director of the Writing Center

It is easy to make an appointment (you can also do a walk-in, but if we are booked we have to honor our scheduled appointments first). Just log in with your FIT username and password, go to the day and time you want to meet, and fill out the form that pops up. (Be sure to check everything especially the time. It automatically makes the time for 15 minutes so if you want more you will have to change the drop down box)

We help with brainstorming ideas, organizing papers, helping plan research, and even with personal writing and resumes. Often, we work with ESL (English as a Second Language) students who are not used to writing papers in English.

Some tutors also provide the option of online tutoring, which can be helpful for commuting students. If you want a little guidance but cannot make it into the writing center be sure to check out the writing guides we  provide.

Or you can come in and say hi to me! Either way, you get all this for the low, low price of…free!

–Emily–

Notes From The 6 Train: Connecting with Your Teachers

This past week I got to spend time with two of my old teachers. (Yay!) They were visiting from Atlanta to participate in the Bell Hook’s Scholar- In- Residence activities. Bell Hooks is an important figure in the feminist world. She’s written a number of consciousness shifting books after the intersection of blackness & feminism & patriarchy. She cowrote “Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life” with Dr. Cornel West,who also partook in the dialogue the other day. If you aren’t familiar with their work, you should look them up.

Anyways, this isn’t about Bell Hooks or Cornel West (though they’re both incredibly insightful), but about the impact of having amazing teachers. Martha, (at my school we called our teachers by their first name) was my 7th & 8th grade teacher. She encouraged us to employ our critical thinking skills and created a class culture dedicated to us becoming leaders. Our class was governed by a class government, which as middle schoolers, made us feel powerful beyond belief. We even were able to travel to Washington, DC to lobby our state representative to not participate in the Iraq war.

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Oman, another teacher at my school, was never officially my teacher, but was so inviting and open that I would hang out in his room throughout high school. He’s an anti- racism and anti-patriarchy activist, who facilitated classroom discussions about just that. Both Martha and Oman would later team up and have a business to create change, becoming diversity consultants, for teachers.

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Besides these two teachers, I have been extremely lucky to have a number of other influential and important teachers, faculty and other mentors. Since my school spanned from kindergarten to high school, I’ve had constant people throughout majority of my life. Many of whom have offered their support for years and have helped in various ways, ranging from visiting their art studios to gain inspiration, to supporting me on a scholarship committee to secure funding to go abroad.

I’m a firm believer that you put out what you take in. If you make sure that the people you surround yourself with are all driven and are reaching towards smilier goals, then your entire team will be stronger for it.

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Talk to your teachers. Invite them out to coffee. Ask them questions. They want to help you, that’s why they’re teachers. Of course, not all professors will be as open as others, but if you connect with a particular teacher keep in contact. Their wealth of knowledge extends far beyond the pages of a textbook or the walls of classroom. Who knows, maybe the will be the one to help land your dream job or internship, or, at the very least, offer to past for your dinner whenever you go to visit (after you complete their class of course, you gotta work for that free meal)!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

The first project…

Well everyone it is my fourth and final semester as an Interior Design Student, I will be graduating in the winter ( Can’t wait). It has been a long grueling road in the Interior design Department for myself but I couldn’t be happier I made it through. So my first project of this semester was to make a four floor society. My society was actually one that we do have in New Jersey. It is called Ear Candy and Ear Candy helps repair old  musical instruments for under privileged children and also offers classes to teachers to help there students further there interest.

This project came with it’s challenges just like every other. Between losing family members and starting a new job it has been difficult to focus on school but luckily I pushed through. My main suggestion when you get to fourth semester interior design is ….. ( drum roll please).. Know what your good at and stay with it. For me I tried to render on the computer for the first time and well it didn’t come out amazing but it taught me a lot! I wouldn’t suggest doing that when doing a project such as this. You tend to run into problems you wouldn’t normally think about.

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lnjnI am pretty good at sketch up , I know the tips and tricks but when rendering in it I didn’t find it to convey my design as best as it could. So I tried Lumion but I never tried it before and a lot came up when trying to use both programs such as in Lumion you must label each thing you want to render as a different material or your entire project will be one material ( Like mine turned out). It is an amazing program to use but I would suggest playing around with it more before using it on a project. Lumion isn’t on every computer in our school but it is in C229 and the basement lab under the C building. ( Its very expensive so not everywhere has access to it ). If any one has any suggestions for my next project I’d love to know!

The image below is almost what one of my boards looks like but not quite, plus there is 5 more.  So I haven’t presented yet , I present on Tuesday ( this is the first time I have ever been done early) But once I do I will be sure to post more pictures of how it turned out and how the critique’s helped me improve! Happy Projects design students may the curve be ever in your favor ( just kidding wouldn’t a curve be nice? haha)

Good Luck

Xoxo,

Kailee

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MPS in Global Fashion Management

Bonjour mes Amies,

This past week I got to practice my French with students from Paris and learn some Chinese words with students from Hong Kong. How did this all happen? One short answer: hard work and dedication (I said short, not easy). Let me explain myself, I received an email with the subject “To my Best Students (A Students)” from one of my incredible ITM professors inviting me to a seminar carefully crafted by Pamela Ellsworth the Chairperson of the Global Fashion Management Masters Program at FIT. When I read through the email and saw the list of guest speakers I realized I had struck gold with this opportunity. At the same time, I realized I had limited knowledge about this program’s offering, so here I have it for you (served on a silver platter).

  • FIT’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Global Fashion Management prepares emerging fashion executives for top managerial positions in the burgeoning international fashion industry.
  • Offered by FIT in collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris.
  • Intensive ten-day seminars on each campus, you will gain a comprehensive view of the interrelationships among the various segments of international fashion businesses and the technology that drives them.
  • The program focuses on leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and the global marketplace, you will graduate prepared to assemble and manage international teams of professionals within an organization, and to guide an organization through the unchartered waters of international business efficiently and profitably.
  • Is completed within 18-months. Class structure is interactive and flexible, and includes intensive seminars, online learning, guest speakers, and site visits.
  • open to candidates with a minimum of three years of professional experience in retail, design, marketing and merchandising, import/export, fashion journalism, or other related field.

Click here to find out more about an international education on three continents. Also their open house is coming up, be sure to register by clicking on the image.

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Some of the incredible guest speakers:

Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH

Michael Appel, Retail Consultant

Paul Price, CEO, Creative Realites

Janice Sullivan, CEO, EDUN

Professor Sarah Labowitz, Stern School of Business, New York University

Inka Apter, Manager of Fabric Research and Development, Eileen Fisher

Leslie Singer, Professor, School of Visual Arts; Chief Creative Officer, Singer Salt

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 10.50.07 PMSome of the things I learned:

Companies HATE change, but change has to be viewed as a positive thing. There are a lot of changes happening within the fashion industry.

Never take a defensive position against a threat, figure out how to get with it.

The new normal: majority of consumers plan to keep savings high & spending low.

Every company is a tech company.

3D printing has the ability to unleash your imagination, it is the most disruptive form of creative technology.

Meaning is the new luxury.

Not knowing is not an appropriate response in 2014.

In turmoil, we see opportunities.

Be fearless, be bold. Filter your own opportunities.

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The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic.”

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guide to Groceries

Going from Nagler Hall to Kaufman, I was clueless as to where to grocery shop, where the cheapest food was, the healthiest food, the closest location, etc etc.  I was so used to my meal plan and occasionally going to Fairway for a few snacks and breakfast bars.  Now that I’m a full fledged dorm with a kitchen and without a meal plan, I quickly learned the dynamic and food demographics of each of the lovely grocery stores around the area.

  1. Trader Joes – my personal favorite.  Your one stop shop for all things healthy, organic, and reasonably priced.  They have a phenomenal produce section. While they don’t have the name brand snacks and goodies but they have their private label brand that is just as good if not better.  A slight hike from Kaufman but a nice stroll from 27th located at 675 Avenue of the Americas between 22nd and 21st.  MUST TRY: Way More Chocolate Chips Cookies
  2. Whole Foods – aka Whole Paycheck.  If you want the healthy, high end, organic food, make your way over to Whole Foods on 250 7th Ave between 24th and 25th.  MUST TRY: Whole Foods Peanut Butter
  3. Fairway – the holy grail of amazing prices and your one stop shop for name brand with a side of healthy.  Stray away from their produce however (speaking from personal experience).  Their organic section is phenomenal and if you are a lover of protein and nutrition bars, Fairway is the place for you.  Located at 766 Avenue of the Americas between 26th and 25th.  MUST TRY: Anything Annie’s Organic
  4. Gristedes – all the food, all the brands!  You can find all your typical, savory indulgences at Gristedes.  The prices are a little steep so head to Fairway before you head to Gristedes.  It is the most convenient out of all the other shops on the list located at 307 W 26th and 8th ave.  IMPORTANT: THEY HAVE PILLSBURY HOLIDAY SUGAR COOKIES IN STOCK. 
  5. Ideal Market – convenient for the Kaufman folks, but the selection isn’t all that great.  If you are in desperate need of eggs or craving some cookies and don’t want to trek out to 6th ave, Ideal Market is there for you in times of need.  There is an FIT discount, but it is very slight.  MUST TRY: They have an amazing bakery section.

Happy shopping!

Ashley

Like, Share, Retweet, Follow – FIT is All Over That Social Media Game

Want to stay updated on all things FIT? Well here is an easy map to make it easy for you:

INSTAGRAM

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

FIT’S EVENTS CALENDAR

THE GLADYS MARCUS LIBRARY

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

FIT’S LIBRARY INSTAGRAM

PINTEREST 

THE SPECIAL COLLECTION’S FACEBOOK

THE SPECIAL COLLECTION’S TWITTER

STUDY ABROAD

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

BLOG

THE MUSEUM AT FIT

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

EVENTS CALENDAR

FIT has endless blogs, Twitters, Facebooks, Instagrams, etc. so feel free to comment with one you found and particularly liked and I will keep updating this list. These were just some highlights I thought most would find helpful and interesting.

–Emily–

Notes From The 6 Train: #ATLast

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During the finally weekend in September I took a mini break from and headed home for the Outkast show! Before I continue, there are a few things I must explain so you, the reader, are able to grasp why this was so transformative for me. I literally grew up listening to Outkast, the lullabies of my childhood. There’s something so gratifying about seeing the people of your town coming together for a shared experience. Andre 3000 & Big Boi permeated my youth as familiar figures in my life, reminiscent of boys from around my neighborhood. To me, they demonstrated the complexities of maturing in an city environment. Sometimes by sending out messages that sometimes seem conflicted, displaying the yearning to do right while simultaneously maintaining their ever coveted “manhood.”

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There was so much passion this weekend, overflowing from the center of Centennial Park, into the streets of Atlanta. It was impossible to escape. This irresistible sense of belonging sucked me. This was my tribe, I was home.

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As an out of state student, it’s can be easy to get sucked into this NY state of mind. I recognize just how important it is for me to stay connected to my hometown. Sometimes that means listening to some southern music, eating some southern food, or taking a weekend break to fly down South. New York is an amazing place to study, travel & live, but remembering your home & then bringing that flavor is makes you special! Don’t shy away from it!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Maybe a Minor?

Camus to Caravaggio. Da Vinci to Darwin. Aristophanes to Zappa. Know who they are? You should. Because a well-rounded knowledge base is the sign of an inquisitive mind — and a solid liberal arts education is the best way to work that muscle – FIT’s School of Liberal Arts

Despite the fact FIT is an extremely specialized arts college, everyone here still has to take math, science, English and even phys ed. Yes, every FIT graduate has to complete two gym credits. This is because FIT is a SUNY school (State University of New York) and since we receive funding from the government, we are required to follow some of their rules. At first, this may seem very annoying and you are not going to want to do it. Hey, I feel you. Did I want to take another math or science class after high school? No. Did I drag my feet everyday to those classes when I took them here? Yes, but it wasn’t that bad, I promise.

In fact, I think that the liberals we have to take make for a nice break from the never ending deluge of fashion we are under (or photography, or graphic design, or interior design…you get the picture). Sure, you may not enjoy all the liberal arts classes you take, but I bet you will really enjoy a few. Because we are required to take so many liberal arts, it actually makes it easier to complete a minor, which can really bolster your degree.minor card

You can declare a minor after completing five courses (or 15 credits) from the specified classes for the minor you choose. If you have transfer credits coming in from high school or another college, plus the class or two you are required to take in that subject here, you may already be more than halfway done!

I personally have finished an Art History minor and am one class away from finishing my Fashion Studies minor, and the classes I have taken for those have easily been my favorites. Yes, it is more hours of class, but knowledge and better understanding of the world outside your major’s industry can greatly impact the success of  your work and make you a more rounded person. If nothing else, speak to your adviser and see how many classes you would need to complete a minor, you never know, you could be only one class away!

Fashion Studies minor example

Fashion Studies minor example

FIT offers minors in English, Speak & Communication, Modern Languages & Cultures, Film, Media & the Performing Arts, Science, Math & Economics, History & History of Art, and Sociology, Psychology & International Politics. For a complete list of classes click here. There are really interesting and engaging classes so I encourage you to check them out. (side note: if you want descriptions of the classes you can copy the course number – i.e. HA 347 – and paste it into the search bar at fitnyc.edu)

–Emily–