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Why FIT is a Fit for You

FIT

During my junior year of high school, my parents began to encourage me to look into colleges for my desired major of advertising and marketing. By the end of my senior year, I had applied to a total of 20 colleges in which I was accepted (I clearly kept my options open.)

Although I don’t suggest applying to more than 10 schools, it exists as one of my greatest accomplishments and gave me a broad perspective of what to look for when it came to my home for the next four years. I had accepted admission into Penn State and withdrew my deposit as soon as I got my acceptance letter from FIT. I knew in my heart I would have opportunities here I wouldn’t have anywhere else.

For starters, FIT’s major and related area courses are designed to have students delve into their choice of study from the very beginning. As an AMC student, I started taking marketing classes while completing prerequisites for other courses within my first semester. This allowed me to learn about the industry much sooner than I would have if I went to another school with a different structure.

In addition to major area courses, the professors teaching students are industry professionals. The professors I have had at FIT have worked in their field for 30+ years and have many connections within the industry. Networking with professors for potential internships, jobs or event opportunities is a great way to get your foot in the door when it comes to industry experience.

One of the main reasons I chose FIT over every other school I applied to is because it is located in the heart of Manhattan. Arguably the business capital of America, Manhattan is the centerfold of opportunities to make a name for yourself. Traveling among brand headquarters every day, while representing the FIT brand, demonstrates your potential as a college go-getter looking for future job opportunities post-college.

New York City is the world’s most competitive city full of endless opportunities. FIT will prepare you for the workplace and prove to employers just how valuable you are!

Melinda

Presidential Scholars

Joining Presidential Scholars is great and everyone should apply. Being accepted is based off academics as well as community service, but you can only apply before the freshmen and junior semesters.

Being part of the Presidential Scholars, or “Pres Scholars” as it more commonly known, requires you to go to about one meeting a month on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 pm. Every Pres Scholar also has to take one honors class each semester. I have taken Mayan Art and Culture, Art and Patronage in the Italian Renaissance, Sociology, and History of New York Architecture. These classes have been by far some of the best classes I have taken at FIT. Only Presidential Scholars and students who get special permission can take honors classes, so the size of the classes are not so huge. Also, the classes are specialized and the teachers are always amazing, often the most celebrated professors in the school. Taking these classes are helpful in finishing a minor if you choose to do so. I have recently finished my Art History minor and am in the process of finishing a Fashion Studies minor.

Irene Buchman

Irene Buchman

Irene Buchman, who is in charge of the Pres Scholars, is very focused on the liberal arts. Even though SUNY requires certain liberal arts in order to graduate, Professor Buchman really stresses the importance of broadening your horizons beyond fashion and business. Every meeting has a speaker who is a specialist in their field, but is never from the fashion industry. Buchman thinks we have enough fashion in our brains already, and she is probably right.

One of our colloquia last semester

One of our colloquia last semester

Pres Scholars also get some advantages in registration. Every semester students have to register themselves for the upcoming semester by getting up at an ungodly hour and praying they get the classes they want before all the slots fill up.  However, Presidential Scholars meet with Professor Buchman about two weeks before everyone else signs up, and chooses the block they want. This almost ensures not only you get the classes you desire, but also that you do not have trouble graduating because of unfinished SUNY requirements.

Pres Scholars in Panama!

Pres Scholars in Panama!

However, the best part of being in Pres Scholars is definitely our access to Professor Buchman. She knows everyone in this school, I mean everyone. If you ever have a problem with a class, or need a recommendation or anything like that she is a great resource. There have been many times Professor Buchman has graciously helped me when I turn up to her office unannounced and worried. Friendly, intelligent and incredibly generous with her time, Professor Buchman is the rock of the Presidential Scholars.

Oh yeah, the cookies are great too.

–Emily–