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Plan the Perfect Semester

Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law.

If questioned twice, I will deny this post ever existed (something along the lines of identity theft). Bearing that in mind I will proceed to share my secrets with you (hahaha).

Ciao incoming students,

As you plan out your first semester (and swear you are about to die, so stressed out) there are some things that have come in handy through the years when it comes to registering and choosing classes.

  1. You will be assigned a faculty adviser according to your last name, you can and you should email this person as soon as you receive the email. Later on, you will find out that you like a certain teacher better and you can request to change :). I got snowed in during my first week, so I had to assign myself my own adviser which turned out to be wonderful, because I chose someone who fit (no pun intended, well maybe a bit) me.
  2. Search for your curriculum at the FIT website. Home –> Academics–> Undergraduate Programs–> Fashion Merchandising Management–> Curriculum. This will help you have an idea of what the next two years of your life will look like. Minimum credits for a full-time student: 12, max credits per semester: 21.Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.18.17 PM
  3. Who doesn’t like ending the semester as early as possible to enjoy Xmas back with the family or just to explore NYC better (you nodding your head, pay attention NOW, will not regret)? As much as I love FIT, I am a metal to a magnet, I can feel the stronger pull to return back home early (long distance relationship, love of my life, target acquired) so I plan things to end early December. How? Well, (refer to the top quote haha) you look up the semester calendar. Look at what day is the last day, this fall the classes to end up the latest are Friday (sometimes can be Monday) classes, which means I plan my whole semester around NOT taking Friday classes (perks: long weekends, every weekend). Semester Calendar fall 2014
  4. Log in to MyFIT before your assigned date and time and look up at courses (use class search), days, time slots, availability and professor if noted (ratemyprofessor them). Create two mock schedules by u in excel and write down the CRN (course reference number, duh right :P ), this will make registering a one minute deal. You will log in, click on student tab, under online resources click Registration, choose semester, copy paste your CRN’s and done.Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.29.54 PM
  5. Check out what your major has to offer, I know International Trade & Marketing offers advisement tracks, where they suggest what courses you should take, depending on what your dream job is. Don’t be afraid to click around the website, or Google what you want to do after graduation (I know it seems far out and away, but better not let it take you by surprise).Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.33.59 PM
  6. Make an appointment with our (well now yours too, CONGRATS) Academic Advisement Center, they are happy to meet with you in person, online, or via telephone (convenient, yes!). They want to make your “academic experience as smooth and rewarding as possible” if that is not enough for you, at their front desk there is always free candy (no questions or comments just ransack the bowl haha).

Welcome to the beginning of an amazing chapter in your life! You will not regret this decision, so many doors will be opened for you that you will look back in hindsight and laugh at yourself ever even considering other options. Below, a peek into your great future: Greatness joke

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

All work No play

Hi again everyone! So on Saturday I was asked to show more of my work now from a lot of people, mostly students. I can’t show too much because well professors don’t like that for the classes and I can’t have anyone steeling my brilliant ideas! SO every once in a while you will get a backstage pass to ” a life of an interior design student at FIT” ( That’s right I am an interior design student and I am alive haha).

hhThis first image is a quick idea I did on Revit. For those of you who don’t know what Revit is, it’s a 3D design program made by the same producers of AUTOCAD, both these programs work hand in hand. You will learn AUTOCAD your second semester and REVIT your third, so before that it’s all by hand.

 

unnamedThis is a perspective drawing, you will learn this in your second semester. perspectives are 3D drawings focusing on two or more walls. To make these drawings you will take your drafting equipment and two vanishing points…. I can’t tell you that much :) You will have to wait to take the class. P.S every teacher switches there plans, so it may look similar to things I may post on here, but trust me it’s not so nothing can be copied here and that’s the only reason I am posting it.

I hope you enjoyed your little sneak peek, now it’s time to get back to work for me!

Xoxo,

Kailee

 

First Week Back

Wow!  What a stressful week it has been here at FIT.  The first week of the semester has just concluded and my goodness am I tired.  At the beginning of the week, I was terrified.  I had no idea what to expect for my second semester.  As much as ratemyprofessor.com is useful, you never really know what the class and the professor are going to be like.  With very little sleep, I survived the first week back.  I am excited to really get back into the swing of things and get comfortable with my schedule and daily routine again.  I’ve already met some really awesome people in my classes and I’ve already learned so much.  If you are an incoming freshman to FIT or any university, just know that it is 100% normal to be nervous about starting a new semester.  It’s like starting a new school year.  It’s terrifying, but exciting, but nerve-racking.  I actually have 2 evening classes this semester, so there will definitely be a post in the future about how to stay awake for your evening classes!  All I can say is that it was an incredibly stressful week with not knowing what to expect, but we all made it through…and now sleep is much needed.

xx,
Ashley

First week fair (Part two)

There were so many great tables at the first week fair I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one post, so here is some more!

cvThe department of student life, they are always at the best things going on at FIT. This time they had a raffle going on!

k studyFIT’s study abroad program! All of the programs are listed there is you want to find out anymore information you can go to FITNYC.edu/studyabroad

tachTech Help! Having a problem with your computer? the internet? angel? Go visit them in the C building- room c307a. There hours are Mon- Friday, 8:30-10pm. You can call them also at 212.217.HELP or email them at techhelp@fitnyc.edu

syThe student association, such amazing people, vibrant and so much fun!

sustainabilty councilThe sustainability council at FIT. The eighth annual sustainable business and design conference people, planet, and prosperity: Measuring Our Impact. This will take place on April 8th from 8:30am to 5:30pm. More information will be posted at fitnyc.edu/sustainabilityconfence.

resResidential Life department, always have the best give aways at FIT events.

athFIT athletics and recreation. Keep in mind any events that you may attend at FIT you must have your FIT ID and proper attire.

fitableThe office of FITABLE- the office of disability services at FIT is available to help everyone and anyone no matter what!divJoin FIT diversity council!

There was so much to see and do at the first week fair, any events on campus that are coming up I highly suggest you take time out of your busy schedule to go! You may even bump into me!:)

Xoxo Kailee

 

Applications are Due – 1 WEEK!

It’s the final countdown!  Applications are due 1 week from today – February 1st!

If you are a little confused about the application process, go to http://fitnyc.edu/2862.asp for extensive information about the process.  While I could just copy and paste all of that information into this blogpost, I don’t think that would be anymore helpful than the link itself.

My biggest advice for post-application nervousness is knowing that whatever happens happens.  There is nothing that you can do prior to receiving your letter from FIT about their decision so now is the time to have fun and explore.  Don’t sit in your house all day, staring at your phone or your computer screen waiting for an email to come to your inbox.  It will take time.  If you do not get into FIT, know that you can always transfer and reapply for another semester if you are unhappy with your college path.  Everything happens for a reason.  Put in a lot of hard work and dedicate yourself to what you really love.  If you love what you do.  You will be happy.

xx,
Ashley

Trying to Be an Adult

There are a lot of things adults do that I still don’t do, even after three years at college. Cooking nutritious meals is definitely one of these things. I don’t know if you could tell by my last post, but I don’t exactly have the best diet. This is what my Trader Joe’s basket typically looks like for example:

To be fair this was right before the last week of school and I was trying to only get the essentials. As you can see, my diet mainly consists of chocolate, pasta, cheese and chicken (not pictured). I am very aware this is not good for me, but I don’t really know how to cook anything, or how to manage food time. Managing food time is very different than managing work time. I’m great at managing work time. Managing food time is a whole different story. For instance, how long will it take me to prepare this meal? How long can I keep food in the fridge before it goes bad? Or the freezer? Do Ireallyneed this ingredient or is it more of a “suggestion”? See? I just don’t get it.

This is more of  “do as I say, not as I do” advice. Before you leave home, have someone teach you to cook meals that are actually good for you! Your body and taste buds will thank you, and your roommates will be simultaneously jealous and in awe of you.

Then come teach me.

–Emily–

Simon Doonan: The Dream Crusher

The Fashion Institute of Technology: Where Creativity Gets Down to Business.

A little intimidating, no? FIT is intimidating. The alumni, your teachers, your future peers, the projects you will have to do will all be very intimidating. I am not trying to scare you, but I am going to lay down some hard truths. FIT is hard. It is fast-paced, extremely physically and mentally demanding, and sometimes your self confidence will be shaken. The school demands excellence and the curriculum is designed to make you realize the importance of business in the creative industries. You will soon learn that very few can be the head designer of a couture house, or the top buyer for Saks, yet we all want to be that one who will make it. Students here are incredibly driven and hungry. You will meet people here who are full time students working on two minors while simultaneously holding up a job and an unpaid internship while also working on a prestigious contest (i.e. the CFDA Scholarship or the National Student Marketing Competition). We all want that next job, to take the next step and meet the right people.

Finding time to read for pleasure is not so easy for an FIT student, but I recently forced myself to get Simon Doonan’s recent bookAsylum. (I haven’t finished it yet, but it is quite funny and I suggest reading it, especially if you want to get to know the more quirky stories about the fashion industry.) He titles one chapter “The Dream Crusher” and dedicates it to advice for students. He says that young people now are too focused on material and professional success while not honing their creative expressionism. Every kid who wants to get into the fashion business thinks that the only form of success is to open their own design house. I can attest this is true becauseI was one of those kids with stars in her eyes (and still am to an extent). When I came to FIT that was the dream. What type of fashion I was going to focus on, or who my customer was I had no idea, but I knew one day people would be buying my clothes. Then I went through two years of the design program and realized that opening one’s own design house requires incredible skill, impeccable timing,loads of money, and lots of luck. I decided I needed to broaden my education a little and switched majors to Fabric Styling (I will make a post about this in the future if you’re interested).

I’m not saying give up on your dreams, of course not! But FIT is a wake up call for a lot of students who come in with this grandiose vision of their future. BUT it is important not to let that vision become too dim. The stress and exhaustion coupled with self-doubt and sudden questioning of your life goals can lead to a block in your creativity! (I know this because it happened to me and it was one of the reasons I decided to switch out of the design program.) Doonan remarks that hopeful artists these days are lacking the “fabulosity” factor.  Everyone who wants to be noticed has to make an effort to be noticed! Whether that means being a mysterious recluse like Martin Margiela, or the fashion and diva caricature embodied by the likes of Valentino and Karl Lagerfeld, there must be a persona, or a “brand” as people like to call it now. If there is one place you can go all out becoming a personality it’s at FIT. So, welcome. Be smart and informed, but also be daring and maybe a little bit nuts. Interesting will take you far.

–Emily–

Simon Doonan

Notes From the 6 Train: Let’s Meet

I’m Ayanna, or Aya. I figure to share just a bit about myself with you guys so that we can build a relationship. Would you trust a stranger? Great, neither would I. I’m from the West End in Atlanta. I lived in a community  of Muslims and Africans and smelled of cocoa butter and incenses. Once I graduated high school i started school at Georgia Southern University.The culture there was very different. It felt like cotton and fresh air. However, I wasn’t interested in joining a frat or wearing the school colors to go to the football games, so I knew it was time to move on. Somewhere in between then I traveled to Peru, Educador & South Korea.(I actually transferred to FIT while overseas, with a 13 hour time difference. It was hard, but certainly manageable, but if you have any  questions in  regards to that or just about transferring, I’m your girl.) I’ve experienced lots of different realities and yet none of them are like New York.  Now here I am at FIT! This is  my very first semester at FIT, and it has already been amazing and I am lucky to be able to document it for all of you, and for myself. Life in the city is hectic but sitting down and writing your journey will provide good, accurate resources for when you all write your fashion memoir. Of course, the first chapter about your amazing experience in the city and at FIT.

All things Color Love & Fashion,

Aya L.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Me

Well, hello there! I am so happy you decided to stop by. Let’s start with introductions, I’ll go first – My name is Brendan Charles, I’m nineteen years old born and raised in upstate New York, Saratoga to be exact. I’m a sophomore Advertising and Marketing Communications student at the Fashion Institute of Technology and I think this major and school are the perfect “fit” for me, pun intended!

A few random facts about me incase you’re curious – I’m a Sagittarius, I love to eat french fries and guacamole (separately), I have a lifelong love and appreciation for musical theater, I’m very much obsessed with Christmas and everything that has to do with it, and I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends (awwww.)

OH, and last week I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal, and I talked her out of buying this truly heinous angora sweater. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed (whoever can name that movie gets a gold star hehe!)

Boy does it feel good to be back at FIT for my sophomore year! After a fun, relaxing summer upstate, I was itching to be back in the city. I couldn’t have asked for a better freshman year. I made amazing friends, had fantastic experiences and opportunities and began to find my place within FIT and New York City.

This year I’m living in Kaufman, FIT’s upperclassman housing located on 31st and 9th ave. What an upgrade from last year…I actually have a kitchen and bathroom of my own! Not having either last year definitely proved to me how much I took them granted. However, I do miss the convenience of living in Co-Ed, where I could leave my dorm room 2 minutes before class started and still make it on time!

To quote L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Greene Gables, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” Fall is officially upon us and I am loving every second of it. The air is fresh and crisp, Central Park turns from shades of green to a palette of oranges, yellows and reds, pumpkin flavored everything is being sold EVERYWHERE. Being a fashion student it’s something I look forward to all year – break out the sweaters, boots, jeans and scarves.

I have survived my midterms and look forward to the rest of the semester. I am so proud and honored to be one of the FIT Admissions Student Bloggers, and can’t wait to share my experiences with my readers! I hope you are all just as excited as I am!

xx, Brendan