New York, New York. The infamous city at the epicenter of the fashion industry. That reason alone should convince you enough to come to school in NYC. New York is always described as a city of constant movement and fast paced energy. Everything that you do here is rapid and working towards your career. The wonderful thing sometimes is that I don’t have time to stress because I have SO much always going on. New York is always moving forward and bettering itself, and simultaneously, so are the people. New York has it all…except a conveniently located Target (Yes, I’m bitter). The opportunities pour from every corner and street sign. If you don’t take advantage of New York City, you are wasting away incredibly opportunities. Don’t wait for New York to hand you an opportunity, go out and find the opportunities for yourself. New York City is truly your oyster.
At FIT, you have many opportunities to do a credited internship through the school. Along with the internship in the field, you also are required to take an internship class simultaneously. The internship class itself only meets 6 times throughout the semester. Having already attended 3 out of the 6 classes, I figured that I would fill you in on what usually happens in an internship course:
You discuss your internship and your experiences each time you meet
You reflect on what went well in your internship and what accomplishments, big or small you achieved
Write journals reflecting on your experience and how you can improve
Submit your internship time sheets
Have a midterm evaluation by your supervisor
Discuss your company’s mission statement
Network with other students within the class to gain connections and hear about their internship experience for your future reference
Commonly realize that there are so many people in your building from FIT
The class thus far has really helped me evaluate my internship and what I can improve on as an intern. Hope this helps some of you curious about the internship process!
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.
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.
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
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.
FIT is known for having students that are go-getters. It’s not uncommon for a student to be taking 21 credits, having two jobs, and an internship (yes I described myself). So with us living in a city full of opportunities, I have a few tips and tricks of how to scout out your dream internship (I’m not an expert):
Always be on the hunt. I’m constantly looking and making a list of companies that I’d be interested in interning or working for now, next semester, or once I graduate. Curating a list makes it easier to make goals for yourself and to set yourself up to not have the question “Where do I begin?”
Follow prospect companies. Along with making a list, follow all of the companies on your list on every social media possible. This gives you an idea of the office environment and allows you to feel out if it would be a suitable place for you. They may also remember you if you are interacting on their social platforms. If you are interested in working at a magazine, look at the masthead and see who may be the key contact at the time of your internship application…and follow them all!
Go on as many interviews possible. Whether it’s an interview for a professional dog walking job or for an interview at Vogue, you are practicing and improving your internship skills. While you’re at the interview, you get a sense of the company and feel out if you are able to see yourself there, even in the future.
Ignore the name. Don’t always look at the company’s name. Sometimes working for a startup or small company is better because your learning is hands on. Bonus: if the startup becomes a massive success, you will have been a part of it!
Find a happy medium. Think about your dream job. Now that you’ve thought about it, think about the steps that you need to take to get there. What internships do you need to have to obtain the necessary skills? Who do you need to know? How will you make it possible? Ask questions and write everything done. Everything is more solidified in gel pen.
Remember those awesome people that led your orientation group when you were a new student? Those are FIT’s Student Ambassadors! Student Ambassadors lead orientation, help with residential move-in, and events throughout the year. The program is immensely rewarding and tons of fun! The program itself is the equivalent of a large, wonderful family all breaking out into song…specifically Beyonce. As a Student Ambassador you not only get FIT shirts/a jacket as your uniform (exclusive to the program), you also get paid but the experience is so rewarding, I would do be a part of the program even if it was volunteers only! Being a Student Ambassador has truly been life changing and has made my experience at FIT incredible!
If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador (current Freshman-Juniors only) for the 2015-2016 school year here is the link to the Student Ambassador page/application: http://www.fitnyc.edu/3158.asp. Applications are due Friday, February 23rd at 5pm! Hope to see you soon!
While we’ve heard enough about the winter storm that is Juno, we have yet to see many posts about the current state that we as NYC residents are feeling about this storm, and that is where I come in to help. You’re welcome.
Hearing about the predicted inches of snow
Immediately telling your roommates/friends/family
Running to the grocery store to stock up on well…snacks.
Seeing the lines and empty shelves.
Dealing with the lines and getting ALL THE SNACKS.
Constantly refreshing your email to see if class is canceled.
Sees class is canceled Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday
Finally reach home and see the storm occurring
But you have Netflix, food, and blankets soo…
Stay safe and be careful out there! Juno doesn’t stop for anyone.
The months of December and January are filled with celebrations, loved ones, yummy food, and resolutions. Sometimes the yummy food and celebrations can interfere with the resolutions so I’m here to help! Here are some ways to stay “FIT” over the long winter break:
Join a gym/attend fitness classes
Lots of gyms have special offers for college students from December-January so be sure to ask! The big tip is to start going to the gym and classes BEFORE all the celebrating begins. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself more and not necessarily feel guilty with the feast day comes.
Drink lots of water
While this is a general rule and I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, water will flush your body of toxins and any junk food that you’ve eaten over the holiday. While drinking water won’t eliminate all the junk, it’ll help.
Winter break is prime time for sleep so be sure to soak it all in. We need our beauty sleep!
Set short term goals for yourself
Setting short term goals will allow you to stay focused on what you want and stay on track.
Buy cute exercise clothes The cuter your exercise clothes are, the more motivated you will be to wear them! Treat yourself during the holiday season and shop till you drop!
Find a workout buddy!
When you have someone to motivate you throughout the fitness process, you are more likely to stick to your goals and not veer off from your path.
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