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Perks of being in the Honors Program

Hello!

So a couple months ago, I decided to take the plunge and apply for the honors program here at FIT. I always had good grades, but I was really scared of applying for any extra activities at FIT, because I had already so much work on my hands with school work, that I didn’t want it to affect my grades. Once I got accepted and started talking to people in the program all these fears I made up in my head vanished. I actually found out how much more I can benefit from it!

  1. No extra work If you were like me and afraid it would take up more of your time, don’t worry! Except for homework and tests, you only have to meet once a month every Wednesday evening and go to a few events throughout the semester (which if you think about it is nothing).

2. Priority registration! Were you always able to get into the classes you wanted to? The perks of being in the honors program, is that you are never going to have to worry about classes being full, or not getting into the class you wanted.

3. Liberal art courses can be substituted with your honors courses Another reason why it’s no extra work, is because you get to substitute an honors course with one of your required Liberal Arts courses.

4. Amazing teachers According to a friend of mine who was in the honors program for two years, those were some of the best and most qualified teachers she’s ever had. The teachers really love what they teach and make the classes super interesting to follow.

5. You get a 500$ discount Every year you get a 500$ stipend, which gets deducted from your tuition bill.

6. Guaranteed housing If you are accepted you get guaranteed access housing to the FIT residence halls.

Hope this was helpful for any of you who were still considering applying for the presidential scholars program.

xoxo

Zorya

Number One Tip For All International Students

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Hey everyone! My name is Zorya, a recent new addition to the admissions blog. I’m so excited to be part of this blog and share with you my experiences and give you tips and tricks on how to survive the crazy life that is New York and FIT. Being an international student from a small village in Switzerland,New York was always such an exciting word, but at the same time terrifying. I didn’t know what to expect nor how I would adapt to this huge change in scenery. Today I can say that it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. Since being here I have become my own person, discovered things about myself I would of never have if I had stayed back home.

The number one tip I have for any international students that are planning on applying to FIT, is to dorm (at least the first year). Personally it really helped me to settle down in the city, without having to worry about paying rent, figuring out which subway to take, and walking back home late at night after class. Also it’s great because you have a roommate and making friends is much more fun when you’re meeting people that all have the same passion you have and are so close. There are a lot of rules when you dorm at FIT, but looking back now, I’m happy there was, because it really gave you this sense of security and safety, which I think is important if you are new to the city.

Let me know if you have any request of topics you would like me to cover!

xoxo

Zorya

Senior Highlight: Mariely Payano

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Mariely Payano is a graduating Fashion Business Management student that is currently interning at Adidas, and has previously interned for Rebecca Taylor and Bloomingdale’s. Coming from Brooklyn, she grew up heavily influenced by her surroundings. In the 6th grade, she became fascinated with fashion by industry maven Lauren Conrad on the hit reality show “The Hills.” Mariely was happy to know that that you could really pursue a career in fashion, and ultimately let her to FIT.

Why did you chose to come to FIT?

“I felt like the Fashion Institute of Technology has a really good sense of opportunity. If I wanted a career in fashion, I knew that this school would allow me to work in city, which I really wanted to do.  I didn’t care for a “real college experience.” I knew FIT was going to prepare me for the future.”

How did FIT prepare you?

“The school really has a lot of connections, and you need to be willing to get out there and find the right people in order to achieve. FIT gave me a better understanding of how the industry really works, and not just the glitz and glam you see in TV.”

Do you feel you are ready for the fashion industry?

“I honestly think I am. FIT has a good emphasis on the business world, excluding fashion. I feel that I can apply these skills in everyday situations in my field. You need to have a general understanding of business… FIT is fashion focused, however it’s business savvy.”

Dorming vs. Off-Campus?

“Dorming is an obvious convenience, but commuting is also cool too. It really gives you a sense of independence, annoying, but definitely manageable with good time management and scheduling!”

How was the internship process, and how are you enjoying your internship?

“When you are sending out applications during the internship process make sure to put yourself out there as much as you can. Interning at Adidas, I really enjoy the environment. I also really love shoes now (I’m usually all about heels), but it is very interesting and I’ve learned a lot!” 

Favorite year at FIT?

“I really enjoyed Freshman year, it opened a lot of opportunities and friendships that I still have throughout my whole academic career.”

How has FIT changed you?

“I feel like I am more determined now. There is a good amount of healthy competition here so I think that it motivated me to always do my best. FIT also gave me a really good sense of the industry, and an idea for the future.”

Any regrets?

“It would have not hurt to do more internships; since it gave me a sense of what I what I like and don’t like. I’m still happy with myself and the things I stayed focused on.”

After graduation?

“I’m starting to look for a fitting career. I have a really open outlook on the opportunities that may arise. I’m kinda just going with the flow with the knowledge and skills I have learned at FIT.”

Words of Advice

“Don’t rush, even though you might want to, it goes by faster than you think! Take initiative, you never know what can happen in the long run, and who is watching. Try to be as well-rounded as possible, be involved in the school. Make the best out of your time – be present.”

Curious About the Dorms?

Wondering what the dorms are actually like? Take a look at some FIT student’s room tours!

Nagler:

Alumni:

Coed:

Kaufman:

How to Apply for Housing:

Hope that answers some questions!

–Emily–

All My Other Bags are Prada…

Seeing as this is a fashion school, form always trumps function, right? Well, not really. I scoured the best dressed and hardest working FIT students to see what are the pros and cons of their most important school accessory: the backpack (or satchel, or messenger bag, or tote, or purse, or…you get the idea).

The Backpack:

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 7.23.43 PMPros:

  • fits everything
  • comfortable
  • weather proof
  • your hands are free to do things
  • never have to ask someone to hold it
  • very durable

Cons:

  • it’s hard to get things quickly (i.e. wallet, phone, id, etc.)
  • it is not very safe – outside pockets are good for easily locating small things but are vulnerable to pick pockets
  • you have to take it off in the subway
  • you tend to knock things over when turning around
  • backpacks are not always extremely stylish – more utilitarian

The Purse:

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  • can use it to separate your personal items from school items
  • not as heavy/painful
  • small – not bulky
  • there are a lot of choices for everyone’s style

Cons:

  • small – doesn’t hold everything you need
  • often have to carry extra bags
    **every person I talked to with a purse said they only were using it because they didn’t have a class earlier that day

The Carry-All

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  • can carry everything you could possibly need
  • don’t need extra bags
  • durable

Cons:

  • very utilitarian – not very stylish
  • pretty much every fashion design student uses it so it is not extremely personal
  • Gets used so much that it is hard to keep it in good shape
  • Hard to keep organized

Forget which brand of laundry detergent or what color bedding you should get. This is the important stuff to consider when packing for the new school year.

–Emily–