This past weekend I traveled with BRAG to Washington, DC. Many clubs often have end of year trips, which is great because it gives students to check out other places around the world, for a fraction of the price. If the organization makes an effort, holds fundraisers to raise money, then the school is willing to help to donate funds. Sometimes, students have to pay, but it’s only a fraction of what the entire trips cost. Of course, the club is only allowed to go it there is some educational value attached to that, like attending a conference or meeting with another chapter at a different university’s campus.
These trips promote club bonding, and people get to explore some pretty places too. We got to do all that educational stuff, but we also got the chance to explore DC and eat some great food! The club bonding is incredibly valuable, since, as I’ve mentioned before, the fashion industry is all about who you know. When you are involved in clubs at school you are beginning to create you fashion allies!
( BRAG at the Martin Luther King memorial)
Other clubs also go on yearly trips. The international trade student association usually goes to the MAGIC show in Las Vegas, but this year they are going to Miami for a different conference. The jewelry club is going to Seattle and the Black Student Alliance went to visit Atlanta this weekend.
FIT provides some many opportunities for students to explore throughout the country. This is a huge difference from my old university, and as a traveler, I am very much appreciative of the opportunities. I will continue to take advantage of all these opportunities that arise, and you should too!
FIT is known for the opportunities. Since coming here in August, I’ve had a lot of rewarding memories that I will hold with me forever. Among my many memories within a year, the one that stands out to me the most is being a part of Blush Magazine here on campus. Blush is the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT. I’ve talked about it in many of my posts for the blog, but it truly is one of my favorite things about this school. I’ve met so many amazing people and had so many opportunities with it. I’m the Senior Photo Editor for the magazine and I cannot recommend a better club to someone who is interested in fashion magazines. Coming from high school to FIT, there are many times where you wish that there was a club or organization that fits who you are in high school. When you come to FIT, there is an abundance of clubs and organizations that are suitable for every single student’s interests. Upon joining Blush, I finally felt like I was at home, which is something that every student deserves to have. What’s a rewarding moment for you that changed everything?
Orientations can be pretty boring so I don’t know if you heard this, but there are things at pretty much all colleges called “clubs”. Now wait, wait, I know it sounds a little lame BUT it really translates to “free awesome stuff”. Who doesn’t love free awesome stuff, especially poor students? Sure it takes some time out of your schedule, but it can be worth it.
For example, here in Italy, my school Lorenzo de’ Medici has clubs ranging from the physical to the intellectual. I joined an Italian cinema club, so I basically get to watch an Italian movie for free every Monday. Considering movies cost $13 minimum and it’s a Monday night so what else am I going to do, it is a pretty good deal. Even more excitingly, I joined another club called “Regions of Italy”. For this, I get three or four free restaurant lunches! The owner of the restaurant explains the specialties of a specific region of Italy and then each dish we eat. Last week, the first meeting was dedicated to Northern Italy (Lombardy, Milan, Emilia Romagna, Modena, etc.). We tried pumpkin risotto (which I got the recipe for an am TOTALLY going to try to make – more on that later), peperonata, Parmesan cheese with traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, two delicious wines (which I like to think helped me get that 98% on my first Italian quiz right after).
I’ll admit that I was hesitant to join any clubs at first, but I am so glad I just went for it. I mean I had nothing to lose and I now have delicious free lunches! Did I mention they’re free?
A few weeks ago, as I was headed into the elevator to get to my room, I saw a posting for FIT’s first ever acapella group The FIT Skyliners! As I’ve said in previous blogs, numerous times, I’ve always been a singer. From elementary school to high school I was a part of many choirs and jazz ensembles. It’s a blessing and talent that will stick with me forever, no matter where I go!
I had always wondered why FIT didn’t have an acapella group. I’d always thought an acapella group was a given for a college. FIT is full of so many creative and talented people, I found it so shocking no one had stepped forward and started an acapella group. To my surprise, last semester FIT student Krista Perhsinsky created the first ever acapella group on campus! Thank god someone did it!
When I saw the posting for auditions this semester I knew I had to go for it. It’s been about two years since I last sang in a choir, or with a group, and I can not explain how much I missed it. Going from singing everyday to not singing everyday is a very big adjustment. A choir is like a team, everyone works together, plays off eachother and produces something beautiful.
Well, I had my audition about a week ago and I found out a few days later that I made it!! I was so excited. Tonight was my first rehearsal with the group, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the sound, attitude and group of people! Its so comforting to be doing something that I am so passionate about here at FIT.
The FIT Skyliners will be making multiple appearances at events around campus this semester and for more to come. I definitely recommend attending our concerts because we’re gonna be great! And if singing is an interest of yours, please audition a semester in the future. Not only do you get to sing, but you’re making new friends and memories!
Looking back on my first semester, there were definitely good and bad moments. Some of my best moments happened with Blush Magazine; the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT. I found out about the club at the Club Fair at the beginning of the year. I signed up to be on the email list and I marked down that I’d be interested in doing the photography for the magazine. I have met some incredibly nice, creative, and amazing people within the club that are all very passionate about the same things that I am. Blush Magazine comes out with a new issue seasonally and we published our Winter 2013 issue in December. I am the Senior Photo Editor for the magazine and I couldn’t be happier. I highly recommend joining Blush Magazine and any clubs that you are interested in. It can really enrich your FIT experience and you have incredible opportunities to meet some pretty fantastic people.