I wanted to showcase another student’s perspective and lifestyle at FIT. Here’s a video of my good friend Ashley Gauthier and her daily life in New York City, busy with school, internships, and just venturing the Big Apple! P.S. There’s a cameo by yours truly!
Congratulations one more time! As FIT sends out your acceptance letters / emails about housing that tell you got accepted but you’re still freaking out because you didn’t receive the actual acceptance packet yet….literally me, lol. Here’s some FAQ’s that I constantly get asked!
What are some of the things to do at FIT?
FIT is home to over 50 clubs and organizations. From W27, the campus newspaper, to Black Student Union. Our institution provides an array of activities throughout the school year. With New York City as our greater campus, there is never reason to be bored!
What is the best dorm for me?
Depending on your personal preferences, FIT offers an array of dorm types. As a freshman at FIT you’rerequired to stay in the 27th street dorms if you choose to live on campus, these include Alumni, Nagler, and Co-Ed Halls. From traditional to apartment style rooms, it really is up to you! To find out more information on the dorms, check out the Residential Life page on FIT’s website!
What is the best meal plan?
Similar to choosing your room, it really is up to your personal preferences! The FIT Cafeteria provides an array of healthy choices to satisfy your appetite! FIT does it’s best to provide for those certain dietary requirements or preferences. Choose a meal plan that you feel would best satisfy your needs!
Do you feel safe at FIT?
The Fashion Institute of Technology is one of the safest schools in the nation. Security is very tight and IDs are required to enter any campus building. The campus also obtains emergency kiosks for any time of need. An additional shuttle service to 27th Street is provided for those who reside in Kaufman Hall.
I hope these questions help make your decision or clarify any confusion. Feel free to leave more questions, I’ll be happy to answer them!
For myself and many other FIT students, the next few months are going to be a whirlwind of emotions and to-do lists. Graduation, the next milestone in life, is in May at we are all freaking out extremely excited. Like other milestones in life, graduation can bring with it a lot of stress.
Here’s some advice I think is really good for keeping me calm as we near the day of cap tossing…
Explore different career and graduate school options and to utilize campus resources preparing students for graduation and a future career. Even if you might not have realized all the resources available to you.
Assess what’s important to you – including skills, interests and values. Learn about or to research different careers so that you are making informed decisions about things that might be a good fit for those skills and interests.
Time management is crucial. Write a pre-graduation to-do list and start working on different tasks gradually, then check them off. The first step is to register for graduation (and know deadlines in general), and the next tasks all depends on your goal. Just remember to not overwhelm yourself with all these expectations at once. Think of what you want to do most and what would be best for you, not what everyone else expects.
At the same time, be realistic. Of course you need to find some way to support yourself after college, so start considering your options now and plan ahead. You might not get your dream job right away, and that’s OK!
As the end of the semester is slowly approaching, establishing your resume is becoming more and more important, well, for me at least! Always editing and revising your resume is always a great way to keep up as you grow and build experience. Here are a few tips on having a strong, professional resume.
1. Keep it Simple
Like Coco Chanel has said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Don’t get too crazy on your resume. If you want to display more of yourself, be sure to include a link to your online portfolio.
2. Be Creative
Employers are always going through countless numbers of resumes. Be sure to stand out, even the littlest ways count. Most importantly, be yourself on paper.
3. Keep it Relevant
If you’re applying for a position as a social media coordinator, they’re not going to want to hear about your 6 months working at Forever 21 at a mall in your hometown. Revise and edit to display your most relevant experiences to the positions you’re applying for.
YAI & FIT are hosting a networking event for students and young professionals in the New York area to help promote the agencies awareness as well as raising money for their incredible MAC program.
What is YAI?
YAI is a network of agencies, dedicated to providing innovative services to empower the people of the intellectual and developmental disabled (I/DD) community, that was founded in 1957. They support over 20,000 people in the I/DD community through their programs that include day services, residential support, employment training and support, as well as opportunities for recreation and socialization along with many other programs. What makes YAI different is they do not just support the people in the I/DD community they empower them; they guide them toward achieving the fullest life possibly by creating opportunities for living, loving,working and learning.
YAI’s communication department reached out to my event planning class at FIT. Together YAI and my class will be spending the next two months planning and ultimately hosting the Toast to Spring Event. This event will help raise money to cover expenses that prevent a number of participants who otherwise could not afford to attend the camp this summer. Our ultimate goal is to have a successful event that not only raises the programs awareness, but inspire a wide range of young individuals to get involved in making a positive difference.
Fundraising for MAC
Mainstreaming at Camp (MAC) is a program run by YAI in partnership with Frost Valley YMCA that offers kids and teens in the I/DD community the opportunity to go to sleep aways camp each summer. The summer camp provides valuable experiences for the kids in an inclusive and supportive environment. Each session runs for two weeks, during that time the children stay in the residential housing within the MAC village and participate in various activities within the larger Frost Valley community. These activities include hiking, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and arts and crafts; each day is ended with a nightly campfire which brings all the campers together.
More information about the event will be available as we plan! Stay tuned.