This last week was Passover and I was gifted with the opportunity to enjoy my first ever Passover Seder with some friends. Having surprisingly never come into contact with any Jewish families before in my life, I knew absolutely nothing about this holiday, but I can sure say I learned a lot.
Passover is a Jewish holiday which commemorates the liberation of the Jews from Egypt and lasts either seven or eight days (depending on your branch of Judaism). Passover Seder is a traditional feast lead by a Jewish text called the Haggadah which divides the night into 15 parts. These 15 sections of the meal include such things as: blessing of the food, retelling of the Exodus, the ceremonial breaking of matzah (unleavened bread), eating maror (bitter herbs), eating the main course, reciting the Hallel, and the conclusion of the meal.
Every part of the meal has symbolic importance behind it. The dipping of karpas (a variety of vegetables) in salt water represents the tears of the Jews during their slavery in Egypt. Exclusively matzah bread (unleavened bread) is allowed at a Passover Seder to honor the fact that the freed Israelites were in such a hurry to leave Egypt that they were unable to wait for bread to rise. It was amazing getting to hear the story of the freed Israelites and even hear my friend and his family sing and read Hebrew script as part of the ceremony of Passover Seder.
I am so thankful that I had the chance to experience a different culture like that for the first time, and I hope I only continue learning about other cultures. Have you ever learned something about a culture you didn’t know anything about?
Some might think that you don’t get to work outside your major while at FIT, however, they would be wrong. As a Production Management student in FIT’s business school, I will say a majority of my classes are either liberal arts or business courses, but not all. There is a mix of design classes as well. This semester, I am taking Object Oriented Database Management (fancy wording for Adobe Illustrator), and it is a welcomed break from my normal classes.
In the class, we get to create a Tech. Pack from scratch using a garment of our own. My favorite part about the project is that we are building our portfolio with necessary skills based on something that we come into contact with in our daily lives. It is nice being able to use a tool that a lot of the design students use because it gives you a glimpse at what they are doing and what their thought process is, rather than being kept in the dark about it all.
FIT gives students a mix of both sides of the fashion industry, both business and design. So weather you are in business or design, you’ll always get the big picture. I think that’s such a great part of FIT. Don’t you?
I’m coming up on graduating from FIT in a matter of a few weeks and I decided this would be a good platform to reflect on what I learned.
Say thank you to the security department. Often underappreciated, it’s important the the security department gets recognized for their hard work. Understand that there is someone inside of every single building 24/7 to ensure that the students are safe. That is no easy feat.
The best opportunities are the ones you create yourself. If you wait around for an opportunity to knock, you may succeed, but there’s something that is even more rewarding when you succeed because you made it happen for yourself.
Not all internships are created equal. It is okay if you like or dislike a certain aspect of your internship or job. Internships are about learning and experiencing different sides of the industry to see what you would ideally like to be doing once you graduate.
Make time for yourself. Outside of internships, class, homework, and working, it’s tough to actually make time for yourself but it is important to get enough sleep and enjoy your college years.
Never procrastinate laundry. One of the biggest annoyances of a college student is doing laundry in the dorms, but the longer you delay it, the more irritating it is.
Always carry cash. Whether you need an emergency cab ride home or adding money onto your laundry card, it’s crucial to have cash on you whether you think you need it or not.
Treat every class as a building block for your future job. There are many classes that I wish I listened more intently because those skills would better serve me as I enter into the workplace.
Don’t fear the unknown. These past 4 years contained a lot of mystery, new opportunities, and new challenges that I had never faced before. If I ran away from these “scary” situations, I would never grow into the adult I am today.
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Anyone who is familiar with FIT knows that sustainability and climate change are growing initiatives at the college. Now more than ever, FIT is taking a stand to educate its students, faculty and the community as a responsible act of stewardship towards our planet.
Climate change, a new initiative introduced during the Spring 2017 semester, focuses on strategies for communicating the causes and effects on the earth. In line with the college’s goals of academic and creative excellence, innovation, and empowering the student community, FIT is uniquely positioned to educate our students on this timely topic.
University of Alabama-Birmingham Professors James B. McClintock, one of the world’s foremost polar marine biologists, and Adam Vines, celebrated author and creative writing teacher, will visit FIT from Tuesday, April 18, to Thursday, April 20, 2017.
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