Thanksgiving Emotions

Thanksgiving is one of the most emotional holidays in my opinion.  By emotional, I mean there is a total range of emotions that fluctuate before, during, and after Thanksgiving.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Keep reading/watching as I take you through the endless hysteria happiness that is Thanksgiving.

Sitting in class the week of Thanksgiving:

Packing your bags to go home:

Getting on the bus/plane/train/car:

Seeing your family/pets for the first time in ____ weeks/months

And then the reality sets in….

Smelling the food and preparing yourself

Smelling the food in the oven

During the feast…


40 minutes post-feast

Happy feasting and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ashley

Notes From The 6 Train: Putting Your Passion into Practice

As the semester begins to draw to a close it’s a good time to reflect on the classes I’ve been taking this semester. Of the six classes I’ve been taking this semester there are three that I will highlight during the next few weeks.

The Art of Writing Poetry: This was my favorite class.I am a writer, so big surprise there. That was actually the exact reason that I choose this class. As a blogger and freelance writer, it’s easy for me to write for others and stop focusing on writing for myself. Writing is a healing mechanism for me. So I made a conscious effort to not let myself slide down the rabbit hole of not writing, and took a class that would encourage me to write. This class has provided me with writing assignments that have kept me engaged with the world around me, my experience and myself, throughout the entire semester. In addition to our homework, we had to record ten observations of out our surrounding world, statements that start with “I see,” or “I hear.”

My professor encourages us to chance takes with our words, cut out half the words in the poem and then rearrange the line order. Or she gives us two minute writing exercises. I appreciate being pushed to further develop my writing. Here are few examples of my observations:

(I hear) a train conductor swinging words like a baseball bat.Inflection up & down. The sixth, seventh, eight, last inning. Your stop.

(I feel) suspended in reality, hovering above hieroglyphics, moments.

(I see) six shades of myself. Bouncing off car mirrors, street corners & cement cracks, heading towards the same place.

Then she tells us to play with line breaks like this:

Six shades of
myself

Bouncing off car
mirrors, street

corners, golden
cracked, cement

towards the same
place.

And/Or remove half of the words

Shades of
myself

Bouncing off

golden
cracked
corners

The best part is that during our student/ teacher conference (yes, it is mandatory meeting) to go over your work and suggestions to grow as a writer. During my one on one I received helpful feedback and even talked to my professor, (who is a published write and continues to publish) about possible publishing. That’s why it’s so imperative to meet with you teachers that you connect with, they are a wealth of knowledge. So hopeful, I will be a published writer soon (wouldn’t that be exciting!)

I just want to point out that you don’t have to desert your passion(s) while in school. But it’s your responsibility to incorporate it your curriculum.

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

Welcome to the Jungle: AMC Career Expo 2014

FIT has always had a wonderful reputation of providing its students with one-of-a-kind learning experiences outside of 27th street. Every week on campus, there is another opportunity offered to students. Everyone at FIT, from professors to students, are so connected within their respected industries. Through those connections, internships and even entry level jobs are often easier to find than you may think! However, it does take a nice resume and a good head on your shoulders to nail it down ;)

To make it even better, FIT’s Special Events class puts on an annual Advertising & Marketing Career Expo, which is a fancier way of saying Job Fair. About 60 New York based companies gathered in the John E. Reeves Great Hall Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm in hopes to gain some new interns and even employees! Ranging from corporate fashion designers like Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan to smaller boutique agencies like 24/7 Laundry Service, there is bound to be a company that interests you.

This years AMC Career Expo flyer!

This years AMC Career Expo flyer!

Students are able to walk around to different company tables and introduce themselves and start a conversation with these representatives. This was my first year to take advantage of this amazing opportunity that is offered to all AMC students.  Dressed to impress, I entered the Great Hall with a stomach full of butterflies. I didn’t know what to expect, or what companies I was hoping to talk to. It can be overwhelming walking into the hustle and bustle of a job fair and immediately begin networking yourself. But I must admit, this was such good practice for me. I am a good conversationalist…once a conversation has begun. Sometimes I get nervous to be the one initiating the conversation, especially with professionals. However, this experience definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone in the best ways possible. I walked up to the table, introduced myself – and it only got easier and better from there!

I brought a few copies of my resume, ready to pass them out! All in all, I gave all of my resumes to different companies and had some great conversations with potential employers. They were all very curious about my past interning experiences, which I was happy to tell them about. In return, I asked a lot of questions about their companies and positions within their companies. Asking questions is important. It doesn’t make you look “dumb,” actually the exact opposite. It shows that you’re interested and want to learn more!

I walked away with 5 business cards, and potential internships for Spring 2015! The first thing I did when I got home was to type a follow-up email to the company contacts I was interested in pursuing. Within the email, I thanked them for their time and how I enjoyed chatting with them. I reiterated how I was interested in a possible internship and attached another copy of resume, just to be safe! The next morning, I had 2 emails from the top 2 companies I wanted to intern for! In both, they mentioned how it was so nice to receive a follow up email promptly. ALWAYS, send a follow up. The best follow up is a Thank You note, however email was the appropriate option for this situation.

I am so happy and grateful that I went to the Career Expo. It’s a great networking event for students who may not have much experience in the industry already, or who are looking to gain more experience. This is something that is so special and unique to FIT. If you didn’t take advantage of this event this year, be sure to keep your eyes out for next years flyer! You don’t want to miss this!!

xx,

Brendan

The Style Shop

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Have you been to the Style Shop yet? Definitely a necessary stop for any open house or admitted students day. Sure other colleges have bookstores or maybe even fancy boutiques, but I have never seen another university with a store run by students, for students with products made by students.

The Style Shop, located in the Dubinsky Student Center (turn left as you walk in), is run by the Merchandising Society. The Style Shop opened in 1996, and since then has been giving  students real-life retail experience right on 27th street. I sat down with co-manager Cathleen Cataldo to talk about the successful enterprise.

Co-managers of the Style Shop Cathleen Cataldo and Nicole Gabriel with Olivia Kim, the Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom

Co-managers of the Style Shop Cathleen Cataldo and Nicole Gabriel with Olivia Kim, the Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom

It seems like every FMM (Fashion Merchandising Management) student works or wants to work for the Style Shop. Why do you think there is such a huge interest?

I think a lot of people want to do it because it gives you real life experience on how to run your own business, especially for freshman coming in who may have never had retail experience before, and it’s something they can talk to interviewers about and put on their resumes. For management positions it is also really great experience because we are completely running the whole business on our own.

So how does the Style Shop work? What are the basics everyone needs to know?

There are four different buying teams. First there is the industry buying team that goes out to different wholesalers throughout New York City and buys mostly costume jewelry. Then we have our vintage buying team that goes out to different thrift stores and buys cool and unique clothing for the most part. There is the designer buying team that buys from FIT faculty, students and alumni. They are buying one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces made by the FIT community. Lastly, there is Product Development that actually works with vendors to create FIT slash Style Shop branded merchandise like printed t-shirts, laptop bags, in the past they have done iPhone cases, stuff like that. What was a huge huge seller for us this year was the “spirit jerseys”  that say “Fashion Institute New York” on the back. Yeah, that was definitely our biggest seller and we’re actually waiting for a new shipment to get in today hopefully. They sold out on the first day.

The popular spirit jerseys

The popular spirit jerseys

So what sells the best? Industry, Designer Vintage or Product Development?

A lot of people come into the store looking for merchandise made by FIT students –  the designer stuff. However, industry makes the most sales penetration wise, just because their merchandise is very inexpensive. So those are the top two departments overall for sales. Okay, if you want me to go through all of them: for product development, the spirit jerseys are the top seller. For designer, I mean it’s a combination of things. Everyone likes the jewelry, but right now designer has some great velvet chokers that have been selling really well. For industry, just the statement necklaces always do really well, and for vintage it’s their cool, unique clothing. It’s not necessarily “vintage” but it is all bought at thrift stores. Just cool pieces that can’t be found at your average store.

Who are the main players within the Style Shop team?

I’ll explain the entire management process. So, myself and Nicole Gabriel are the two co-managers and we oversee twelve different departments. The four buying teams which I mentioned earlier, plus the visual merchandising team that does all the visuals for the store. We also have a marketing team, a PR team, we have store operations, human resources, and the finance, planning and digital teams.

So how long have you been in the Merchandising Society?

I’ve been in since by first semester at FIT…

And you’re graduating in May so –

Yeah, so all four years. I started out in the Style Shop with a small management position my first semester. So I’ve been very involved for all four years and that’s how I got to where I am today.

Cuffs designed by FIT student Libby Merritt

Cuffs designed by FIT student Libby Merritt

So what’s your favorite piece in the store right now?

Favorite piece right now? Oh man, that’s really tough. I’d have to say, umm…there’s a lot of vintage pieces, like our vintage buyer brings in a lot of really cool, unique vintage clothing and those are always some of my favorites. And those velvet chokers, those are really cool.

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Stay in touch with the Style Shop with:

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

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and any questions about the Style Shop can be sent to styleshopfit@gmail.com

If you’re interested in the Merchandising Society you can visit their website here.

–Emily–

Student Life at FIT

Recently, I saw a comment asking us to talk more about what student life is like at FIT. And I had to stop and think about it before I could come to a clear realization about life here. We are not like any other school in the country. Many larger, more traditional colleges will proclaim their student life “highlights” in brochures or on Admitted Students day, but we aren’t a traditional school. We don’t have a football team that everyone goes and watches on the weekends, or huge theatrical events that involve hundreds of people.

At FIT student life is what you make it. There are many amazing events on campus, which I think a lot of my fellow bloggers have talked about extensively (see Brendon’s post Girl Code @ FIT or Kailee’s post about No Impact Week at FIT), but really all of New York City is an extension of our campus. While there are a lot of posts about what is going on at the school, there are also plenty about things we have done outside of school, for instance Aya’s post about NYFOL or Ashley’s Guide to NYC Talk Show Tickets. Being part of the crossroads of the world is a huge opportunity and advantage of going to school here.

Honestly, no matter what you apply it to, life is what you make of it. So if you are someone who loves getting involved with your peers there are a multitude of ways to be involved in school events. However, if you are someone who likes to do stuff more on your own, or with friends outside of school, there is obviously more than enough to experience in the city. My only advice would be not to get too caught up in school work. Yes, it is important and the reason you are here, but being a successful and well rounded person requires getting out there and meeting people, whether that be through a club or at a concert.

That being said, I think we all will be conscious of trying to show more of what student life at FIT is like if that is what people are interested in. And if you have any other questions or topics you would like to hear more about leave them in the comments!

–Emily–

Instagram Savvy

At FIT, students are constantly updating, tweeting, instagramming, and blogging to build their social media presence.  Among the hundreds of social media sites, Instagram appears to reign as one of the best.    Even the departments at FIT have their own instagram accounts to keep everyone updated on events, what’s happening in the offices, and to ensure that you don’t have any FOMO (Fear of Missing out).  If you want to stay in the loop here are the top instagrams to follow here at FIT:

  • Fashion Institute of Technology: @fitnyc
    This is an obvious one.  They instagram everything from events to contests, and my favorite, the throwback pictures of the students and campus from the 80’s.
  • Student Life: @studentlife_fit
    If you don’t want FOMO, this is the instagram to follow.  Paired with the weekly “This Week at FIT” emails, you won’t be out of the loop with fun events happening every week.
  • Res Life: @fitreslife
    This one is great to follow if you are in the dorms.  There are always events and contests going on in the residential halls, that you don’t want to miss.
  • PRSSA at FIT: @FIT_PRSSA
    FIT PRSSA is the Public Relations Student Society of America at FIT.  Their motto is “Everything you do and say is public relations.”  Follow their instagram for info and events on how to best market yourself.  They are one of the wonderful clubs here at FIT!  If you want to join, email them at PRSSA_club@fitnyc.edu for more info.
  • Style Shop at FIT: @The_StyleShop
    The Style Shop is the student-run boutique in the lobby of the Dubinsky Student Center.  I truly believe it is one of the best assets of FIT.  Whether it be the student/faculty made apparel and jewelry to the quaint shop and decorations, The Style Shop is FIT’s gem.

Happy following!

Ashley

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Spa to my Soul

Hi there,

This past weekend could NOT have been better! Thanks to Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life Conference I’m psyched about graduation and starting my own journey (as opposed to s*i*t*i*n* my pants, pardon mon francais). safe_imageMy friend the CEO of Streben Marketing got us press passes to cover the event as Dominican Press (say what?! and thats why you need entrepreneur friends). Little did I know, this was going to be quite frankly MIND BLOWING. I could proceed to write about the entire event, but it is one of those things you have to live to believe (sorry, NOT so sorry lol).

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Wise words from the incredible speakers of this event (they are too much to list but click here for the entire schedule and click on their names for more info and inspiring videos).

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Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine:

When we don’t see the opportunities, we must create them.

Sara Blakely, CEO Spanx

The best revenge is your own success.

Jason Silva, Futurist Filmmaker

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Some other ideas I jotted down without speaker credits (bravo Sadé), but which I must share with you nonetheless:

  1. Play your own game, be the best you can be.
  2. Who you know, is what you know.
  3. The downside to sameness is that we limit ourselves.
  4. Own your own ambition.
  5. Never settle.
  6. Great things are happening now.
  7. Find your inner mentor.
  8. Commit to pursuing your passion.
  9. Vaginas don’t come with an owners manual, get informed.
  10. We talk about everything, sex, drugs, stretch marks, WHY not money?
  11. Get noticed for the right reasons.
  12. Happiness is from within, not from without.
  13. Projection is perception.
  14. My presence is my power.

Amy Cuddy, Social Psychologist

Don’t fake it until you make it; fake it until you become it.

This is what 2,000 people look like when they Power Pose.

This is what 2,000 people look like when they Power Pose.

Jillian Michaels, Personal Trainer

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Kelly Osbourne, TV Personality

Wake up and learn to love yourself, because you are not going to wake up and be someone else. Fucking love yourself.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

Notes From The 6 Train: NYFOL!

I love lights. There’s a certain mystic energy that lights emit that I connect with. And I’m always a fan of festivals, I appreciate the togetherness that they bring. So what could be better than a combination of the two?

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The First Annual New York Festival of Lights (or NYFOL- New Yorkers love acronyms even if they are not helpful in deciphering what they are describing) in Dumbo! So this weekend a friend & I traveled down to Brooklyn to see what the hype was all about.

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Light inspired events let me know that the holiday season is officially upon us. The experience was a bit nostalgic for me because as a child I would visit the Festival of Tree every year with my girl scout troupe. I even went to the festival of lights at the Botanical Gardens once (in Atlanta, I’m not sure if that’s an event here in New York.)

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There were a number of light shows all three nights paired with music or poetry. There were a live performances. There was also a number of communal events for all to enjoy, take for the instance the heart filling station, where participants entered a tent and were submerged in love evoking images shown onto two of the walls of the tent. On the remaining walls were art pieces with similar messages.

Also, it’s always a pleasure to take part in the first of any event, (especially if it’s a free event, gotta get it before they start charging!) This event was successful, so I am sure that it will continue to happen for many years to come. I will be attendance for sure.

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

Diary of a Madwoman

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 6.26.23 PMEver since hmm…about third grade we have been told that time management is the most important skill you can posses. Yet, no one ever really explained how to manage time well. I guess it is because everyone works differently, and you can’t really stop someone from procrastinating. There could be a power outage and I would still find a way to avoid doing work.

Despite my procrastinating abilities, it has never created a problem where I didn’t hand in work on time. My issue is remembering to do all my work. I have a terrible memory. It is my hamartia, my Achilles’ heel, my inevitable downfall.

Or is it inevitable? (Hint: it’s not.) After being burned by this once (okay, more than once) I went through the four stages of “efficiency enlightenment”. Step one: Denial – I know I usually have a terrible memory, but this time I’m gonna remember to do this. It’s only one assignment, how could I possibly forget about it? Step two: Get distracted and lose all memory of everything that is important and necessary – Okay time to go home/get a snack/take this Buzzfeed quiz. Step three: Shock and anger – OH !*%#(  I COMPLETELY FORGOT TO WRITE/PRINT/FINISH THAT THING!! Step four: Acceptance and enlightenment – Wow, I am so dumb. I am never letting that happen again. Wait, what’s due next class? Lemme write that down.

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And there you have it, the secret to never missing an assignment again. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but it works for me. I freaking love planners. I write everything in them – due dates, ideas, random notes, schedules… you get the picture. Usually I try to get my hands on an FIT planner, which is much more official than the one I’m using now. It has all the actual dates with space to write assignments, little calendars, quotes from famous people and pictures of FIT student’s work, which is my favorite part. They give them out to freshmen at orientation, just one of many fantastic reasons to actually go to orientation. Usually, they have the extras at the Student Life center where I swipe them from, but this year there weren’t any! So, I had to improvise. It’s almost nicer because I have more room for random notes, which I have a lot of surprisingly.

photo 2(1)But everyone knows the best part about writing down everything you have to do is crossing it out. Nothing feels better than making a nice big scratch across an assignment that has been taken care of. One less thing to do! I am also a big fan of circling and underlining the important/usually forgotten stuff. Do you guys have any tricks for getting work done?

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–Emily–

 

Notes From The 6 Train: Open House 2k14

A few weeks ago was FIT’s annual Open House! The bloggers got to participate and spoke on the LIFE at FIT panel. This was my first Open House ever. When I applied to FIT I wasn’t able to the FIT Open House. So thanks to everyone who’s checking out our blog byway of Open House.

FIT tour guides!

FIT tour guides!

I appreciated the opportunity bloggers we’re always behind the screen. Though we get numbers on views, it can begin to feel like we’re writing into a void, especially when no one comments on our posts (so comment if you have a question or suggestion. we ALL love it!) It’s such a pleasure to connect with our audience in real time, in front of the screen. (That way you can see just how attractive and witty we all are in real life.)

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Having this opportunity to interact with prospective students reminded me of how nerve wracking this entire “life after (high) school,” rhetoric can be. Many of these worries and thoughts are similar to students preparing to graduate FIT. Many of us (shoutout to Sadie) can sympathize and relate to those questions that tend to bubble up, no matter how many deep breathing exercises we do. Questions such as what happens now?, am I making the right choice?, what if this isn’t the right choice?, and all the other questions that sprout in our minds when faced with uncertainty.

I dare say most are more nervous when graduating college because unless there is no orderly roadmap to success. No more checking boxes to register for classes and following syllabus to know that what you’re doing is going to get you exactly what you want. And that’s okay, in fact it’s as equally as exciting as it is nerve-racking. It means that another layer of possibilities has just been unfolded.

Look how Sadie is!

Look how Sadie is!

The good news, at least for the students at Open House, is that you are beginning to take control ownership of your life. By taking the time and exploring, researching, comparing and learning about what school, or maybe realizing that school is not in your plans right now,you have stepped into the driver’s seat of your destiny. That is something to be celebrated. As application season continues, remember that you are in control of your own destiny.

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