From June 5-8th, you can register to attend a four-day series of lectures, discussions, panels, and hands-on workshops focusing on sustainability and technology in fashion and textiles.
This program is designed for industry professionals as well as academics wishing to broaden their understanding of sustainability and how to support its integration into the industry.
Sessions have a broad-based focus on sustainability and the business of fashion from corporate, small and medium-sized enterprises, and educational viewpoints, giving participants from all areas of the fashion and textile industry an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and expand their outlook.
The end of the semester is here and with that comes beautiful weather, and sometimes a tendency to slack in the motivation department. Here are some of my tips and tricks for preparing for finals:
Study outside of your apartment. If you have a habit of studying on your couch and falling asleep, now is the time to kick that habit in the butt. Head over to the library, coffee shop, or a place best suited for zero distractions and quiet time.
Keep your phone on loud. This may sound counterproductive, however, I typically check my phone when I’m curious if I have a new notification or text message. If you keep your volume up, you’ll know when you’ve been notified, rather than constantly checking to see if someone needs to get a hold of you. If you’re studying in the library, put your phone on loud, but put headphones in.
Study with friends. If you’re in a study group, someone most likely has some insight on a topic that you aren’t 100% confident about, and vice versa. You become more knowledgeable about the topic when you have to teach it to someone else.
Plan out your schedule. Set deadlines for yourself and allow yourself to go out to dinner or plan a cafe visit so that you have something to look forward to.
Sleep. This step is often very neglected during finals weeks, but is so important that you are getting proper rest. You wouldn’t want to be under the weather the first week of summer, would you?
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?