University Pressure

They say that college/university is supposed to be the best 4 years of your life.  It’s a chance to be free from home yet still taken care of by your guardians.  I think to set yourself up to make something the best 4 years of your life is setting yourself up to have fake fun for the sake of the fear of missing out.  I know that university won’t be the best 4 years of my life because I dedicate myself 2000% to my education and my future career to ensure that I will have a stable career and a certain lifestyle post-graduation.  I see the front desk people of the gym more than I see my friends.  I couldn’t tell you the last time that I explored New York, but these are all my choices.  But planning and trying to make 4 years the best 4 years of your life puts a lot of pressure on you.  You’re allowed to do what you want to do, but don’t feel forced by the social norms of college.  There isn’t a college checklist or bucket list of things or events or milestones that you must accomplish by graduation.  Dedicate yourself to you and not what you think your high school classmates expect you to post on Instagram.  Live for you and make your FIT college experience your own experience.  Write your own stories.

Ashley

Girls (and Guys) Gotta Eat!

Although there are ample places to get food around FIT, we do have dining plans for anyone who wishes to have one. In fact, for anyone living in the Coed or Nagler residence halls, a dining plan is required (because those dorms do not have kitchens).

There are different types of meal plans offered. Each one includes a certain amount of declining balance money. This can be used for items that are not “meals” like candy bars, bottled drinks, Starbucks items, etc.  Meals include an entree, drink, side salad, fruit or cookies. The different plans include varying amounts of declining balance dollars and meals per week. (ex: 14 meals a week with $110 declining balance for the semester) However, money can always be added to the declining balance if you run out. Declining balance money carries over from Fall to Spring semesters, but not when a new academic year starts.

For more information on Dining Plans click here. And for FAQs click here.

The dining hall entrance

The dining hall entrance

There are several different places you can get food on your meal plan. First is the main dining hall in the Dubinsky Center. There is a grill station (you’ve got your standard hamburger selection, quesadillas, fish fillets, etc.), sandwich station, salad and soup bar, pizza, sushi and breakfast bar.

Breakfast cereals and coffee

Breakfast cereals and coffee

The Salad Bar

The Salad Bar

The dining hall

The dining hall

The dining hall itself is pretty basic, although FITSA and Student Life do hold different activities there throughout the week. Last week there was breakfast for dinner where scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, etc. were given to students for free after 9pm. Also, a movie is screened every Wednesday night at 8 (save on those vastly over priced movie tickets and popcorn!)

FIT's Starbucks

FIT’s Starbucks

We also have a Starbucks on campus where, as I mentioned earlier, you can use your declining balance, which is nice because if you come during a break in class you don’t have to bring your wallet down, just your id.

FIT Express dining

FIT Express dining

"Grab and Go" salad and sandwich options

“Grab and Go” salad and sandwich options

There is also the “FIT Express Cafe” in the lobby of the Feldman building. You can’t have food made for you here, but there are “grab and go” options like sandwiches, salads, snacks, candy, coffee, fruit, bottled drinks, etc. I use this more than the main dining hall now because I don’t live on campus or have a dining plan, and almost all my classes are in the Feldman building. It is extremely convenient.

If you are living off campus or in Alumni or Kaufman, a dining plan is not required. There are many grocery stores and food options along Seventh and Eighth Avenues, so no need to worry. I had a dining plan for my freshman year but did not get it after that. Personally, I used the declining balance a lot, but never used up all my meals each week. It really depends on each person and their preferred diet though.

–Emily–

Notes From the 6 Train: New Moon Magic

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Tomorrow marks a new moon. For those into astrology, you know that a new moon marks the time for new energies, ideas and concepts to come into fruition. Tomorrow is also the beginning of the Chinese New Years (yay, it’s in sheep/ram, shoutout to all the Aries such as I.)

Even if you aren’t a believer in astrology, this time marks the perfect time to check the year’s progress. I know many folks made resolutions at the beginning of the year and now that we’re a month and a half, it’s a good time to take stock of what you/ haven’t and realign your goals.

Go rams!

Go rams!

So far, with my new schedule changes, I’ve realized that I have to make a few lifestyle changes to make. I must focus more from Monday-Wednesday to complete all of my work because by Thursday night (my twelve hour day) I am exhausted. And during my weekend, I don’t want to work at it.

I am also reviewing my five year plan I created. (I have a lot of older friends who do grown up things such as this, and I thought it was a good idea.) A five year plan is exactly what it sounds like, a plan or list of goals for the next five years, the sections of the plan can be divided however you like, by career, family and social goals, etc., essentially whatever you value. I also like to break my plan into separate years, six months and even three months. I then review it and color code by things I’ve accomplished, things I’m working on and things that I’m no longer interested in.

Five Year plans are great because you can keep the various drafts of them to see your progress. they can also show what was important to you and how you and your goals have evolved over time. So, what about you? Any new (or refreshing of goals) during the start of Chinese New Year or for the New Moon? If so, we want to hear about it!

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

A Day in the Life

I’m sure many of you reading this blog are students who have applied to FIT or want to apply in the future.  What I would have loved to know as a prospective student was “What is a typical day like for an FIT student?”  Hopefully this post gives you an idea.  However, please note that not all schedules are similar and I am choosing to overload myself but this course load is not required!  I am taking 21 credits, 7 classes, 2 of which are online classes, if that gives an idea.

Monday:
7:20 am: Gym
9:10 am – 12:00 pm: Portfolio Class
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Portfolio Class continued
4:00 pm: Homework, & Studying

Tuesday:
8:20 am: Gym
10:10 am – 1:00 pm: Science Class
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Blush Magazine Meeting
2:10 pm – 5:00 pm: Portfolio Class
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner Break
6:30 pm – 8:20 pm: Internship Class
8:20 pm: Homework & Studying

Wednesday:
SLEEP IN DAY!
11:10 am – 1:00 pm: Web Page Class
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch Break
2:10 pm – 4:00 pm: Professional Procedures Class
4:00 pm: Gym
6:00 pm: Online Class Coursework

Thursday:
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Internship
6:00 pm: Continue Online Class Coursework from yesterday

Friday:
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Internship
6:00 pm: Gym

Saturday:
10:00 am: Gym
12:00 pm: Online Class Coursework & Homework

Sunday:
10:00 am: Gym
1:00 pm: Photo Studio Time
6:00 pm: Homework, Edit, prep for the week

Hope this gives a general idea!

Ashley

Alert! Alert!

When living in New York, it’s important to stay informed and aware when a rare threat is upon the city. Most often, the threat involves Mother Nature herself. FIT provides a wonderful service for all students and employees called FIT Alert. This system sends out emergency messages to employees and students via emails, text messages and/or phone calls.

Such messages include alerts about extreme weather, fire or flood conditions, violence on campus or public health emergencies. Living in the digital age, we are never without our smart phones. This service allows you to stay informed about what’s happening in regards to FIT and NYC during stressful times, whenever and wherever.

Winter time in New York can be a monster! School cancellations due to weather are always texted and emailed to me, so I’m informed immediately. I also know that my parents receive texts or phone messages letting them know as well, so that your family stays in the loop!

It’s simple and easy to review your information in the alert system through MyFIT. You can specify which numbers you want the messages sent to and add more numbers if needed. Parents and spouses can’t enroll in the programs themselves, but can have their numbers added by the student.

Use this resource to keep yourself safe and informed at FIT!

xx,

Brendan

Discovering a Major: Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

by Kate Kim as told to Emily Bennett

Kate Kim

Kate Kim

I am currently in my final semester in Fabric Styling, but I got my Associate’s degree in Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

A display I designed for Sol Republic headphones

A display I designed for Sol Republic headphones

The Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design (VPED) major focuses on the visual aspects of designing displays and equipment, and the overall merchandising of a store. We also gain experience designing “pop-up shops”, which are gaining popularity in today’s market. People who choose this major generally have goals of becoming visual merchandisers, merchandise display designers, store layout designers, or window display designers. This major was the number one factor why FIT was my top choice. There is no other program like VPED in the whole country! What really drew me in was the fact that it specializes in a specific industry, yet it provides so many various opportunities career-wise. Because of the classes I took, I have experience creating visual presentations and displays for brick-and-mortar stores, pop-up shops, museums, showrooms, exhibition and event spaces as well as experience in event planning, set design, mannequin styling and even more! Right now I am interning with Michael Kors.

A Point of Purchase design encouraging voting

A Point of Purchase design to encourage voting

Mannequins I styled that were on display in the windows looking out onto Seventh Avenue

Mannequins I styled that were on display in the windows looking out onto Seventh Avenue

  I chose VPED because I was fascinated with the idea of capturing people’s attention on the street with a window display, therefore creating interest to come inside to shop. Some of the classes I really enjoyed were Display Graphics, Point-of-Purchase Display Design, Design and Rendering, Event and Promotion Design and Exhibition Design. I think the most interesting class I took was the Exhibition Design one. We had to design a pop up shop layout as well as the merchandise displays. I remember working on the 7th Avenue window with a group to create props and design a window to display merchandise. This was seen by everyone who walked by the school!

A design for the pop-up shop version of Bonobos

A design for the store Bonobos

The greatest thing I learned from attending FIT was mastering several computer graphics programs as well as familiarizing myself with the fashion and visual design industry.


Find out more about Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design here!

Note: Starting in Fall of 2015 the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design major will no longer be an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree. The College has changed it to a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The College recommends any students interested in pursuing a BFA in VPED to first complete their Associate’s Degree in Communication Design.

–Emily–

Notes From the 6 Train: How to Survive the 12 Hour School-day

So I’m kind of a pro on this topic. Because I take 6 credits every semester, and only want to come to campus (at most 3 days a week, last semester it was 2) I usually end up having one day where I’m at campus for 12 hours, from 9 am to 9 pm. This is not my preferred schedule, but the class always seem to line up like this, so let me give you a play by play on how I survive, in case you ever find yourself in a similar position. This is particularly true for commuter students who have to travel long distances to come to campus.

1. First, and most importantly, I remind myself that I only come 2 or 3 days a week.

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2. Eat to win! I pack my lunch everyday, and it especially on these longs because going on and off campus to get food can be such a hassle, plus super expensive. You will need:
– A water bottle (gotta stay hydrated)
– A full lunch (full of protein, as you will need that energy to remain focused during your classes)
– Snacks! This one is pretty self explanatory.

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3. Use whatever time you’re not in class to your advantage. You won’t be in class during the entire time. I have 3 classes that are scheduled in 3 hour time blocks, but I have still about 3 hours in between to kill. During these breaks I get work done, get a massage or acupuncture at the health clinic (this does have to be scheduled in advanced though) or even take a free fitness to waken myself up (there are free classes at the gym at FIT.) Though, with this last option I obviously I don’t do a really sweat inducing workout. I would suggest yoga.

Other things you can doing your breaks:

– Work! On campus jobs or workstudy
– Take a nap. the commuter lounge was basically made for that

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4. Handle all of your on campus errands.
– Running to financial aid/ bursar’s office
– Go to a club meeting/ events held during common hours
– Go to a tutoring center/ visit a teacher’s office hours

I know that a 12 hour day seems daunting, but when you get home after such a productive day you feel good! Luckily, my 12 hour day is Thursday, and I have no classes on Friday so I either start my weekend early and go out OR go home and enjoy the well deserved, blissful rest.

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

Transitions

If you would have asked me what I wanted to do with my life this time last year, I would have told that you I was going to be a beauty photographer shooting ad campaigns for Sephora, Urban Decay, and Chanel.  Today if you were to ask me, I would say that I want to be a photo editor on the digital aspect of a magazine (the .com/social media portion) and a group fitness instructor.  It’s amazing how much changes over a year.  While my life did not change all that much, I am different person compared to freshman year me.  I am more responsible, passionate, confident in myself as a person and an artist.  I didn’t give up on my dream, my dream just changed a little bit.  I am still in the photography realm of everything, but my outcome and how I picture my life upon graduation and 10 years plus has changed.

It is important especially in college, and a college like FIT to continue to keep an open mind and to know that it is okay to change your mind.  While it can be difficult to completely switch gears at FIT, imagine yourself out of college and try to imagine what you want to be doing regardless of your declared major.  Go after your passions and take control of what you love.  Don’t let anyone stop you.

Ashley

It’s Getting HOT in Here!

One of my new years resolutions for 2015 was to get back into the practice of Hot Yoga, or Vinyasa Yoga. My freshman year at FIT, I took a basic Yoga class for my required gym credit. I really enjoyed the practice, learning about the different poses and their sanskrit names and translations.

That first yoga class led me to learn about “Hot Yoga.” Hot Yoga is where you do a regular yoga class, however you’re doing the class in a room heated from 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit. Sounds more like torture than relaxing yoga, but trust me, it has many benefits – physically and mentally.

I started taking classes again recently at Yoga To The People, right here on 27th street! Although there are many locations around the city, I enjoy the spacious 27th street studio and it’s physically close to my life at FIT. I sweat gallons during the class, and I can definitely feel it the next day. I’m looking forward to finding my flow again and bringing it back into my routine.

I write this post to encourage us all to find something here in New York that keeps us active! Being the center of the universe, New York has many, many different options. You think of it, New York’s got it – and probably the best you can find. Take a break from your school work, get out of the work room and blow off some steam! 

In these frigid winter months, it’s hard to get yourself out of the house. But it’s worth it! Don’t want to walk too far? There are some great and unique options right down the block from FIT. You could take Yoga class at Yoga to the People, a pole dancing strength class at Body & Pole or even a Kickboxing class at iLoveKickboxing. The options in this city are endless! Try many different things. Find what you enjoy!

Stay warm & Stay active!

xx,

Brendan