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It’s Senior Showtime!

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There is less than one month left in the school year, so it’s that time again; the time when all the graduating students work is put on display. It can catch some people off guard as the displays go up intermittently around the school, and as everyone is so focused on finishing up their own projects, but when you finally stop to look at all of them it is really inspiring. Over 800 students are represented from both the AAS and BFA programs. To see where each major will be located click here! Just another reason to come to FIT to check out the school.

The AAS Photography display in the main lobby of Feldman center

The AAS Photography display in the main lobby of the Feldman center

Most Art & Design majors have their work displayed throughout the school as well as a “senior show” where industry professionals along with friends and family can see a collection of work that was created over our time here.

The AAS Fashion Design (apparel) presentation (from when I graduated)

The AAS Fashion Design (apparel) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)

The AAS Fashion Design (illustration) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)

The AAS Fashion Design (illustration) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)

The most famous “senior show” is the bachelor’s Fashion Design show. It is attended by lots of influential industry people, as well as the designer critics who worked with all of the students. This year’s is happening this Thursday (4/30/15) and can be livestreamed! I saw the presentation of all the work in the Great Hall a few weeks ago, and couldn’t be more proud of my peers who did the AAS with me! Definitely watch the show to see the critics and people’s choice winners work the runway.

The "wall" as it's called in Fabric Styling

The “wall” as it’s called in Fabric Styling

My major (Fabric Styling) has one wall that the entire major works together to create. It’s a huge undertaking, but is a nice way to show the work of the entire group as one piece. We also have a senior show coming up (along with the Textile/Surface Design kids) where we each get a table to display our portfolios and any other work we have done. I’m hoping lots of people show up!

The Packaging Design Presentation in the lobby of the Goodman Center/Gladys Marcus Library

The Packaging Design Presentation in the lobby of the Goodman Center/Gladys Marcus Library

The Junior show for Graphic Design is on May 14, 2015 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater (5pm-9)

The Junior show for Graphic Design is on May 14, 2015 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater (5pm-9)


How to Get Away with Finals

Hi Everyone,

Today is first day of the rest of my life (post-college). What I’m trying to say is, I’M DONE WITH FINALS! I just realised this means, no more homework, no more all-nighters, no more finals EVER (well at least until I do my Masters lol). What am I going to do with my life? (uhm I can think of a million things honestly). For starters I already signed a lease (wow growing up real quick) and went on one job interview (please keep your toes crossed). Seems like im settling down, right? I shall keep you guys updated with this breaking story (haha).

In the meanwhile for those of you, who still have some finals to go or have just started the first round of finals in your FIT lifecycle I have some words of wisdom I’d like to share. This post is mostly about how FIT helped me survive this week and how I myself nailed it.

1. Need some stress relief? Go to PET Therapy! Yes, you heard right puppies that will play with you and help you forget about everything (I just love FIT). Little fluff balls pouncing around waiting for a treat greeted you at the library. It was seriously a very popular event (I mean the line was 45 mins long) but completely worth it. Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 9.36.15 PM


2. Treat yourself after completing that ridiculously long exam. What better than retail therapy, with a purpose? This year for the second time we launched the holiday pop-up shop made by VPED 3rd semester students in collaboration with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s thrift shop. Last year we raised $35K in just five days, this year we MUST break the record.




3. Just add water, literally haha. This week marks the special care package week where we students receive love from our parents and family in the form of food. The perfect survival kit in a box, for those moments when you just need to study. If you are loved you got one of those blue boxes, if you didn’t don’t fret there is always canned tuna salad in the vending machines (yeah, NO judgments allowed here).3676733c132e1f1158b4518a74dea28b


4. Holiday Lights will remind you it is ALMOST Christmas. That moment when you feel your head is about to explode, just walk out and get lost in the lights. There is something about these blue twinkly lights that promises there is light at the end of the tunnel.


5. And my personal favorite is, study hard but be real. Whatever you didn’t learn in the past 4 months will not come magically to you overnight. Do study, but don’t die in the process. Sleeping is equally as important, because if you miss the alarm because you were too tired all that studying was just time lost.

Good luck with what’s left. And remember above all, have fun:10394782_801228603267000_6866632826051398557_n

Carpe Diem,


Pet Therapy at FIT

Who let the dogs out?  FIT’s Phi Theta Kappa and the Counseling Center did!  With the stress of final exams and the year coming to a close, Phi Theta Kappa brought in dogs for students to play and pet with for what is called Pet Therapy.  The dogs were absolutely adorable and the line was completely out the door.  Phi Theta Kappa did a great job and I can’t wait to see the project grow in future years, hopefully with more dogs!

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day









Where to Celebrate Midterms

Midterm week(s) are almost over so obviously it’s been a lot of all-nighters, coffee, and stress so you deserve a little TLC.  Here are my top 5 places to treat myself after a stressful week of school:

  1. Yogurtland, Off the Wall, 16 Handles, or Red Mango….so basically frozen yogurt.  Yogurtland and Off the Wall offer discounts for FIT students.  Once this brutal winter is over, you can expect to see me there very frequently.
  2. Brooklyn Bagel.  Yeah Panera is always delicious, but you haven’t had a true bagel and cream cheese until you go to Brooklyn Bagel on 8th Ave between 24th and 25th.  The assortment is unlike any other bagel place.  Take that Panera.
  3. Auntie Anne’s.  While the street vendor pretzels are delicious, the fresh and buttery ones at Auntie Anne’s don’t even compare.  Stop by their location in Penn Station and get your hands on one.
  4. Moe’s Southwest Grill – BEST QUESADILLAS EVER.
  5. Sleep. Because it’s necessary and you deserve it!


Midterm Tips – Memorization Edition

With the dreaded middle of the semester comes midterms.  Sometimes it’s a relief because there is so much anticipation for the actual exam that it’s good once it’s over.  But with some of my midterms, I just can’t get the information engrained in my head.  So here are some tips and tricks that I use to help memorize sequences such as dates, places, and artwork…aka Art History.

  1. Write things over and over again.  Studies show that this actually works!  If you write things down more than once, you are more likely to remember them.
  2. Come up with a jingle.  I’m no singer, but this definitely helps… Berlinghieri…St.Francis…1243…Tempera.
  3. Record yourself saying what needs to be memorized and listen to it on repeat while simultaneously saying it out loud.  I am definitely going to listen to the recording as I’m about to fall asleep (creepy…? weird? Whatever works!)
  4. Have your friends quiz you!  If you are friends with someone in your class, have a study date!  You are both helping each other out and you learn the material more when you are teaching someone else!


Winter Break Adventures- #1

My winter break so far has been filled with awesome experiences! My first one was last Tuesday, I went to Atlantic City ( In New Jersey, where I live). It was my first time ever there, it was an incredible experience. My mom had a Christmas party for work, so my sister in law decided to join her, but that day in New Jersey we ended up having a snow storm, basically closing down all the roads. So we waited it out then went way later on. Driving there was such torture, I was so excited to go and just see what I’ve been missing out on all this time, and we had to drive slow because of the snow and ice, it dragged on.

Finally we got there, my eyes instantly light up it was like the first time I ever saw FIT. There was so much to look at,  my eyes were going everywhere trying to take it all in. We pulled into the parking garage at the Tropicana tore off our coats and ran inside. First we got some dinner, we ate at HOOTERS ( My first time there too), cant say it was all I expected it to be, but the night went on. Then we decided to walk around the little shops and find some dessert, we found this little Italian place with these delicious looking desserts in the case. Tara ( my sister in law) and I looked at each other and just knew what we were getting. We found a little table and sat down and began to eat, as we were eating someone dropped money on the floor. We waited about 15 minutes to see if anyone would come back to claim it, but no one did! So I ran and grabbed it, it was only six dollars but it was more then we had before.

We finished eating our desserts , and we talked about going to gamble the free money we just found. ” Sure let’s try it ” I said to Tara as we cleaned up our table. I love my sister in law for the pure fact that she is so energetic and excited about everything, you could be eating an apple and she could make it exciting. So you can imagine our walk into the casino, well we were basically running going back and forth ” Kailee which do you want to play first” ” I don’t know just pick one ” ” No ! you pick!” . Finally after gambling away the dollar on the penny machines , we went to a Wheel of fortune machine. Tara put the money in and told me to hit the button, we patiently waited to see what would happen next.

… we won a SPIN! meaning you get a chance to win money. So we pulled the lever and we won not 100,, not 200.. not 300.. but 1,200. FIRST TRY! with the money we found! so we quickly cashed out and split the money between us. We figured we didn’t want to push our luck much more, but I was hooked, so I went back to the same machine to play once more and… we won again! this time only 32 dollars but hey it was still free money! By this point we figured its time to call it quits, don’t want to push our luck to much. The whole drive home the only things we were saying ” Can you believe that!?”  ” I cant believe we just won that much money!” ” I’m not going to work tomorrow” ” I cant wait to tell everyone!” all while calling my parents, my brother, my friends, we were so excited.

My winter break started off with lots of money, it was wonderful. How did yours start off? Have you ever been to AC? If you haven’t I highly suggest it, its an awesome place to go with friends. Its approximately  2 1/2- 3 hours from FIT. It isn’t bad, and you’ll make amazing memories I promise! ( But don’t forget to invite me! haha)

Happy Holidays everyone! xoxo Kailee



Notes From the 6 Train: Getting Down With the Group

The other reality during finals is, as if there weren’t enough things to do, it’s prime time for group assignments. Or, at the very least, it’s when projects and presentations are due.  is that reality of how to work in group projects. Once, again, I’ve composed a short list of things I’ve learned. (I’m really sporadic in real life, so lists help me organize my constantly avalanching thoughts.









1. Respect other group member’s time. This is especially true for FIT since so many students commute. Some come from moderately close, like me, or from a bit further like Long Island of New Jersey, and some come from even further like Connecticut. Though there aren’t a lot of people in the last category, they do exist, and may only be taking classes one day a week, so finding a time to meet with them may be a bit of challenge. Which brings me to my next point, 

2. We have technology to help cut through distance problems, use it! Group messaging is a lifesaver. I used group messaging for all of my group projects this semester. We also used Google Docs. For my semester long project, it was a life saver! Google Docs is located in the Google Drive and is a free web based office suite. Documents, power points, folders, spreadsheets, forms and drawings, can all edited ans stored in this comprehensive suite. The best part is that multiple people can work on the documents on the same time. This is obviously a huge advantage when working in a group setting. As soon as one of my group members posted something I was able to immediately provide feedback, which is pretty convenient.

3.Volunteer to be the group leader!  It may be additional work, but there are so many benefits. Firstly, teachers always appreciate people who step up.  Being a group leader helps you to be a better group member in other situations, ( ie. job, internships, clubs,etc.). Also, when you’re the group leader and you are able to learn what does and doesn’t work in group settings, and you have to be the one to make sure it all comes together since you’re the one responsible for the group. Lastly, and what I think is most important, you you get to know what the experience is like. When you are in the role of a leader, and become comfortable in that role, it’s what you begin to strive for. When you act as a leader for so long, you may realize that it’s the only option for you, That small piece of knowledge can change your world.

4. Lastly, practice! If it’s an oral presentation take at least 30 minutes the week of the presentation to practice so everyone gets comfortable. Presenting in front of the entire class can be nerve-wrecking and being completely unprepared only heighten anxieties.

After this post, there will no more talks of finals ans tests from me. I’m over them & I’m everyone else who is/ recently finished finals is as well. So that’e enough for the test talk. This topic was jut super relevant. Now, on to other things!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: Take a Chill Pill

What I’ve learned about exceeding during final time is to not let them stress you at. It’s all a mind game. Whatever you willing give your power to, you become a slave to. And who wants to be a slave to finals? In fact, who wants to be a slave to school? Not me. Obviously, we are all come to school for a reason; to thrive and to attain the very best education possible. We all know how competitive FIT is and it would be foolish to work so hard to get accepted, and then do poorly in classes. Yes, finals are important. But they don’t make you.

What helps me do well on final projects, group presentations and projects is another (school related, this time) mantra. “Don’t base your worth on grades.” After you graduate, I promise you that no one is going to ask about your GPA. Instead,they’re going to ask about your experiences, the friends you made, and the exciting adventures you took. (I’m not sure if I’m suppose to say this, oh well.) Once I’m able to remember this, I don’t allow myself to stress about finals. I just view them as another part  of the process, and set a schedule accordingly so that I;m cramming all studying in one night. I also do many of the things I discussed in my posts a few weeks about de-stressing through free yoga and mediation classes, and other resources offered from FIT.









Final lasts a few weeks at most and stressing yourself to the point of oblivion is useless. It’s easier to take each day at a time, and remember to breathe. I know it sounds silly, but try and enjoy it. If can afford it, sleep in for one those days, that your 8 am class is canceled! And take advantage of times you can do cool group projects just sometimes, like this one where we wore  sparkle and glitter while we presented!

Most of all, remember, you are not your GPA.

As always,

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.


Surviving Finals Week 101

So alas the dreaded time of the school year has arrived…FINALS.  It can be one of the most stressful and sleepless times of the year, but it doesn’t have to be.  I’ve got my tips on how to not only survive finals week, but to conquer finals week.

  1. Ask questions!
    Ask your professors when the final is going to be, the format of the final (project, paper, exam), and if they have any recommendations on what mistakes former students commonly made.  If you show that you are interested in doing well in the class, more than likely, the professor will respond positively to your questions.
  2. Stay organized
    This is a note for the whole semester.  Everything should have a place and the place should have a place.  The more organized you are, the easier it is to crack down on studying.
  3. Prepare early on!
    I know that procrastination is the enemy, but around finals time, you’ve got to fight it.  Start studying early on so that when it comes down to the night before, you won’t be cramming, stressed out, or pulling ANY all nighters.  The earlier you start studying, the less cramming you have to do, the more confident you feel, the more sleep you get, the better grade in your hands!
  4. Sleep!
    This only happens if you follow #3.  We all need our beauty sleep.
  5. Take breaks!
    Set time goals for yourself and pencil in some much needed TLC.  Whether you are hitting the gym for an hour to burn off some steam, or if you are going to paint your nails, try and stay off social media…it’s addicting.  And if you dare touch Netflix, go for a 30 minute sitcom, not all 6 seasons of Gossip Girl.
  6. Celebrate
    You are all finished!  If it’s 1 final or all of your finals, be sure to go out with your friends Ben & Jerry and celebrate your successful finals week!  You deserve it!

Happy Finals Week!  And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Also…be sure to return your rental books! 


I Am Thankful For…

Three more days….Two more days….One more day….

Thanksgiving break is almost here!! My favorite meal of the year is only a few more sleeps away, and I can barely sleep thinking about it! This is our first technical break all semester and I’m sure I’m not the only one who couldn’t be more ready and excited. Many other colleges have some sort of Fall Break but not FIT. I’m assuming it’s because we recognize many of the Jewish holidays in September? Think about it FIT, I take the liberty of speaking for the students when I say we would definitely not be opposed to some long weekend maybe in mid-October?? Like I said, Think about it 😉

With Thanksgiving falling so late in the month this year, it’s very very close to finals week. I technically only have a week and a half left of this semester after Thanksgiving! Where the heck did time go?! I can’t begin to explain how fast this semester flew by. I feel like just yesterday I was complaining about how hot it was outside, now its below freezing and windy and can’t seem to stay warm! I’d like to think I’m not the only one when I say how stressed I’ve been this past week with finals prep. My term papers are piling up – well, not literally since I’ve only actually completed one… My final exams are looming over my head. Lately I’ve been feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish all I need to get done!

Good point. Really good point.

However, there is an extremely bright light at the end of this weeks tunnel. THANKSGIVING! Thanksgiving technically marks the beginning of my absolute favorite time of the year – Christmas! I am so looking forward to escaping the city for a few days, retreating to my childhood home in Saratoga, New York and spending Turkey Day with my wonderful family and friends. I also plan on proudly gaining about 50 pounds within that day…only kidding hehe.

I am extremely thankful to go to school so close to my home, allowing me to be with my family on Thanksgiving. I know so many students at FIT are from across the nation or even across the world and are not able to have the proper meal and spend the day with their families. If I could bring you all to my house I would – but my house is only so big!

If you’re lucky enough to be with your loved ones this Thanksgiving, I urge you to take the time to tell yourself how blessed you are and to tell your family and friends how much you love them. Despite being very stressed and busy the past few days, I’ve been reminding myself of the upcoming holiday. I know I have SO much to be thankful for, oddly enough including the stress I’ve been feeling. Because if I wasn’t here at FIT then I wouldn’t be in New York, taking these classes, completing these papers, which are making me stressed. Sounds like far fetched idea but it’s true. I am thankful for FIT final papers and all. :)

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

xx, Brendan