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#FallGoals

Hey everyone,

With each post , the fall semester is getting closer and closer. For me this will be my last “first day” of school. I am beyond excited but I have a lot of things I would like to accomplish before my last day.

1. Get straight A’s the whole semester. I am taking 15 credits , which is a lot less than I normally do. All of my classes are online except one so I will be in school once a week.

2. Get involved. It is my last semester and the last chance ill have to go to all the great things FIT plans constantly so I want to take full advantage.

3. Get promoted or start a new job. At my current job I am trying to decide if I should take a promotion or look for a new job since I am fresh out of college. I guess we will see once it is closer to December.

4. Find my Niche. Being an ITM student I have so many different directions I could go with my career and as I finish my last few classes, I hope I will find more out about which area I want to go in.

Last but not least

Number 5. Graduate! I feel like it was just yesterday it was the summer of 2012 and I was at school for accepted students day with my day. They gave me a class of 2016 shirt and I felt like that was so far away. My life in college and out has changed so much since that moment. But FIT has molded me into a fantastic business woman and I couldn’t be more proud to say I am going to soon be an alumni.

My best advice for this semester is take it slow, enjoy being in college because before you know it, it will be your last first day too.

Xoxo

Kailee

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying

Applying to any university can be absolutely terrifying.  From the deadlines, fees, essay questions, and portfolio submissions (Art & Design only), you’ve got a whole lot on your plate!  Here are some tips that I wish someone would have told me prior to applying to FIT or any university:

  1. Your most recent work may not be your best work.
    This applies to art and design students only, but sometimes the work that you created last minute for your portfolio submission may not be the best work that you’ve ever done.  It is best to take time and start your portfolio compilation early so that you can execute your craft to your full potential.
  2. Choose a school that is best for YOU.
    While this may be self explanatory, don’t choose a school that you FEEL like you should go to based on your friends and comfort.  Choose a school that speaks to you and feels right for your career, academic, and lifestyle goals.  College is the time to find yourself and go outside of your comfort zone.  Don’t settle!
  3. Start early.
    You may have already heard this from your parents and I’m sure you don’t want to take time out of your summer to work on your applications, but the sooner you get them done, the less stressed you will be!  Set a deadline for yourself and take it day by day.
  4. Ask questions.
    If you are confused about any part of the application, get in touch with the admissions office (212-217-3760).  Everyone in the office is there to help you!  While they won’t be able to tell you what piece you should submit or if your essay sounds good, they can help you if you have any confusion about the application process or due dates.
  5. Make a checklist.
    Outside of the general application for FIT, there is a SUNY application, fees, and deadlines that you need to follow.  Write everything down and make a checklist of all of the tasks that you need to accomplish in order to ensure that everything is in on time.

Best of luck with your applications!

Ashley

Goals for the Semester

Welcome back to the Admissions Blog!  To anyone that may be coming across the site for the first time, I’m Ashley and I am a senior photography major and art history minor!  If you are an incoming student, returning student, or anyone that is interested in applying to FIT, let us know if you have any questions or any topics that you want discussed!  We are here to help!

With the new semester upon us, I always try to think about what I want to accomplish over the next 15 weeks, whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom.  Here are some of my goals for my 7th semester here at FIT:

  • Be proud of the photographic work that I create
  • Create work for myself
  • Make time to ensure that I still get to hang out with friends and take time for myself
  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Try at least 4 new restaurants
  • Volunteer at an obstacle race, marathon, etc
  • Explore a new part of the city
  • Take advantage of the 2 for $20 movie tickets sold in Student Life
  • Breathe and remind myself that any stress that I am feeling is temporary
  • Have fun!

What are some of your semester goals?  I am looking forward to blogging and updating you all about life here at FIT!

Ashley

What’s Next For a Fashion Student After FIT

Hello!

I decided to interview Mari a recent fashion design graduate. I thought her point of views were really interesting and she had some great advice that I thought could help a lot of future/current students at FIT.

  1. Why did you pick fashion design? I took classes and worked at a fashion design studio in Seattle for about 6 years. I always knew I wanted to do something artistic, and I really loved how hands on fashion design was. Which made it really easy when picking out schools.
  2. How did you pick FIT? The teacher at my studio went to FIT. When I visited different schools, the students and teachers at FIT really inspired me and strengthened my decision to pick FIT. Being that FIT was in New York was a huge bonus too.
  3. Did FIT meet your expectations? For the most part it did. In the technical aspect of making clothes, I found it challenging and my skills improved tremendously. Coming from a fine arts background, I hoped that the classes would of been more creative. But for an overall education, FIT gave me great knowledge about the industry and also great connections.
  4. What’s next for you now? I decided that costume design is something I really enjoy and want to pursue in. So now I’m looking for jobs in costume. I’m also keeping my options open, because I love activewear, so maybe something in that direction too is something I’m considering.
  5. Has FIT helped you choose this new direction? Yes, I would of never thought of costume design as an industry. FIT showed me that costume design is a possible career option. It also gave me a good base to get me there in terms of skills, connections and the ability to create a concept from start to finish.
  6. What did you think of the Art Concentration? It was a really intense program, but something I really wanted to do. There was a lot of drawing and coming up with concepts, which I feel are really important skills to have in this industry. I loved that at the end of the program, I came out with a great portfolio, that I am really proud of and feel confident showing at interviews.
  7. Do you have any advice for future/current fashion design students? Take advantage of the teachers and the advice and knowledge they have. They know what they’re talking about and have great connections in the industry. Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy the freedom to be creative. And most importantly be confident in your ideas!

If you want to check out Mari’s work maristudio.us 

Zorya

Moving: Tips and Tricks

In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan.  Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either.  I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!

  • Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
  • Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things.  I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
  • Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck.  Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received.  Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
  • Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck.  Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
  • Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists.  Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list.  Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
  • Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!

Best of luck!

Ashley