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Hiking Towards a New School Year

As summer comes to an end, and my time back in California is up – I decided to really appreciate the great outdoors by taking a nice hike not far from my house in the mountains of Southern California.

Know for it’s beautiful creek and waterfall, I hiked up the North Etiwanda Preserve located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The about an hour hike brought me closer to nature and realization beginning a new school year.

Sometimes you may feel discouraged starting a new school year, but what you do for yourself today will improve all of your tomorrows. If you want something more than anything in the world, YOU CAN do it.

As I reached the top of the mountain, where the water fall rushed down I thought about letting go of all doubts. Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once couldn’t.

I’m challenging YOU (and myself) to stop wishing and start doing! This school year I want to learn everyday and allow the space between where I am and where I want to go to motivate and not terrify me. Let’s climb to the top of the mountain… (well in New York) let’s run up the stairs to the rooftop of the skyscraper!

Can’t wait for this semester! If you are a new reader, my name is Mariano, feel free to read my short about me by clicking THIS link!

get ready, get set,


– M

Notes From the 6 Train: Back & Ready to Grow

So tomorrow is the last day of classes for me, at least for the week. Hooray! I survived the few day of classes! The first days in over a month can be a bit challenging. It’s like working out again after taking a holiday break or meeting up with an old friend, just takes some time to get readjusted.

I know that this semester will be special for me though because there are lot of new experiences opening up. I am beginning to work towards my bachelor international trade & marketing degree, which is super exciting for me. After realizing that fashion merchandising wasn’t my passion, I decided to switch majors & obtain my bachelors degree in international trade & marketing instead. Monday were my first ITM classes.

In addition, because I have a little extra space on my schedule, I am picking up an art class. (Double yay) I figure I pay the same amount of tuition whether I take 4 classes of 7, so I may as well get the most out of it.

I’m also getting more involved in several clubs I’ve been wanting to participate in and now that I’m a bit more settled, I have the ability. I am going to join the black student union, and WFIT. WFIT is 24-hour broadcast through radio and broadcasting media, that cover all fashion related events, especially those in New York City. In fact, for all those interested in being front of the camera and fashion week, WFIT are holding auditions for interviewers of famous designers at fashion week. It’s amazing the type of opportunity one can discover if they follow their passion.

My 2014 New Years intention surrounded creating & implementing. I am excited to see many of goals starting to fall in line with my intentions. I am thankful that FIT is helping me do so. I know this semester will be filled with all types of beautiful energy.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.