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The Writing Studio

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If I have learned anything from my experiences working, I know that the two things that are most important for any job are good writing and speaking skills. Yet, no one is born a talented speaker or writer (I don’t know if you know this, but babies literally cannot speak or write!)

Fear not! If you feel that your skills are not up to par there is help available! The Writing Studio (located in Feldman Center Room 612) provides a collaborative process to enhance each student’s abilities and personal voice, not just edit papers. Although there are some professional tutors on staff, most of us are also students that have been carefully evaluated and selected. I say “us” because I am a tutor at the writing center!

I think the fact that it is peer tutoring is actually very helpful. We can relate to you about stress, school work, life at FIT and probably answer most of your questions about anything, not just writing. We also have insight into some of your classes, teachers and experiences here.

Brian Fallon, Director of the Writing Center

Brian Fallon, Director of the Writing Center

It is easy to make an appointment (you can also do a walk-in, but if we are booked we have to honor our scheduled appointments first). Just log in with your FIT username and password, go to the day and time you want to meet, and fill out the form that pops up. (Be sure to check everything especially the time. It automatically makes the time for 15 minutes so if you want more you will have to change the drop down box)

We help with brainstorming ideas, organizing papers, helping plan research, and even with personal writing and resumes. Often, we work with ESL (English as a Second Language) students who are not used to writing papers in English.

Some tutors also provide the option of online tutoring, which can be helpful for commuting students. If you want a little guidance but cannot make it into the writing center be sure to check out the writing guides we  provide.

Or you can come in and say hi to me! Either way, you get all this for the low, low price of…free!

–Emily–

Maybe a Minor?

Camus to Caravaggio. Da Vinci to Darwin. Aristophanes to Zappa. Know who they are? You should. Because a well-rounded knowledge base is the sign of an inquisitive mind — and a solid liberal arts education is the best way to work that muscle – FIT’s School of Liberal Arts

Despite the fact FIT is an extremely specialized arts college, everyone here still has to take math, science, English and even phys ed. Yes, every FIT graduate has to complete two gym credits. This is because FIT is a SUNY school (State University of New York) and since we receive funding from the government, we are required to follow some of their rules. At first, this may seem very annoying and you are not going to want to do it. Hey, I feel you. Did I want to take another math or science class after high school? No. Did I drag my feet everyday to those classes when I took them here? Yes, but it wasn’t that bad, I promise.

In fact, I think that the liberals we have to take make for a nice break from the never ending deluge of fashion we are under (or photography, or graphic design, or interior design…you get the picture). Sure, you may not enjoy all the liberal arts classes you take, but I bet you will really enjoy a few. Because we are required to take so many liberal arts, it actually makes it easier to complete a minor, which can really bolster your degree.minor card

You can declare a minor after completing five courses (or 15 credits) from the specified classes for the minor you choose. If you have transfer credits coming in from high school or another college, plus the class or two you are required to take in that subject here, you may already be more than halfway done!

I personally have finished an Art History minor and am one class away from finishing my Fashion Studies minor, and the classes I have taken for those have easily been my favorites. Yes, it is more hours of class, but knowledge and better understanding of the world outside your major’s industry can greatly impact the success of  your work and make you a more rounded person. If nothing else, speak to your adviser and see how many classes you would need to complete a minor, you never know, you could be only one class away!

Fashion Studies minor example

Fashion Studies minor example

FIT offers minors in English, Speak & Communication, Modern Languages & Cultures, Film, Media & the Performing Arts, Science, Math & Economics, History & History of Art, and Sociology, Psychology & International Politics. For a complete list of classes click here. There are really interesting and engaging classes so I encourage you to check them out. (side note: if you want descriptions of the classes you can copy the course number – i.e. HA 347 – and paste it into the search bar at fitnyc.edu)

–Emily–

On my Mind: One blog to another

The best way to keep up to date with what is happening back at FIT is to constantly check our college’s website. At a simple glance this page seems to always be the same but when you look closely at the column on your right, under announcements, you can see updates about our school. My top pick from this week is the new FIT blog “On My Mind” by the one and only President Joyce F. Brown. This woman, Dr. Brown is an amazing and highly educated person with incredibly interesting and useful information to share with us (obviously like me haha, so don’t ditch this blog). The topics on this trending blog range from Education, Industry to Curriculum and more. This superwoman that is present at every FIT event I have attended has been blogging since May. For those of you who want to know more in-depth about her exemplary achievements should read through the About the President section.

A few insider things I know from attending FIT for the past three and a half years is that she lives on campus, the whole top floor of alumni belongs to her and her family (they own the cutest most fashionable pup), when you get to ride on the elevator with her you don’t have to stop at any other floor (feels like royalty), and she is very avid on sustainability and making FIT the best place possible. Reading through her blog, I noticed she went ahead and wrote about one of my future topics so I’m quite sure great minds think alike; learn more about our Green Roofs.

One very exciting news I also discovered was that FIT has a new Sustainability and Ethics minor! I’m very ecstatic (and incredibly angry that its right when I’m graduating) that there is a need in our industry to rethink and open up the sustainability conversation. I invite you all to reconsider what have been the norms for the fashion industry and what they can be. This ted talks video will have you craving for change in every single aspect on the way how we do business: CSR 3.0.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

 

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

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!

    xx,
    Ashley

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Athletics

Waking up at 5 am with 21.5 credits, an internship and a job is simply impossible (at least for me). I remember when the women’s soccer club became a team and this was how early I had to get up to practice. Prioritizing being able to go through the day awake rather than playing soccer competitively left me with a void in my heart.

Here I am, a year and a half later (pounds heavier) but with only 12 credits, incredibly long weekends, no job or internship (just volunteering) and in Rome. There could have not been a better timing to go back to the sport I once loved. So say hello, to Sade’ (this is how they spelled out my name on my uniform LOL)  a current AUR She-Wolf playing Calcio Femminile. Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.20.37 PMAlthough I’m quite missing our tiger (which I was once) I’m happy to be howling before matches. Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.24.01 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.24.14 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back home at FIT, we have 14 different teams that hold try-outs at the beginning of each semester. This semester I’m trying to get in shape so when I come back I will be able to try-out for our amazing soccer team (and hopefully make it). For more info you can check out our Athletics & Recreation website, where you will find an outline and more details about Women’s & Men’s sports (yes we DO have men at FIT, despite what Cosmo says).

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Ultimate Warrior Elite Challenge Spring ’13

If you are more into individual working-out we have two gyms available to students (which are included in your tuition) with PTs helping you figure out the machines and the weights. If you are like me and need extra motivation from people around you, join some of our recreation classes (I highly recommend our signature class FIT Workout Nation-It’s not a Game!).

Work Hard, Play Hard!

Work Hard, Play Hard!

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If you are just thinking of avoiding it all-together (I have a surprise for you) your AAS degree requires students to complete 2 courses in Health, PE, and Dance (ranging from ballet, personal defense, fencing to Stress Management). So before you pout, walk away and decide to not apply to our school, I will kindly remind you that “75 minutes of brisk walking per week equates to an extra 1.8 years of life expectancy as opposed to staying sedentary.

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So, cheers to staying alive!

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

Presidential Scholars

Joining Presidential Scholars is great and everyone should apply. Being accepted is based off academics as well as community service, but you can only apply before the freshmen and junior semesters.

Being part of the Presidential Scholars, or “Pres Scholars” as it more commonly known, requires you to go to about one meeting a month on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 pm. Every Pres Scholar also has to take one honors class each semester. I have taken Mayan Art and Culture, Art and Patronage in the Italian Renaissance, Sociology, and History of New York Architecture. These classes have been by far some of the best classes I have taken at FIT. Only Presidential Scholars and students who get special permission can take honors classes, so the size of the classes are not so huge. Also, the classes are specialized and the teachers are always amazing, often the most celebrated professors in the school. Taking these classes are helpful in finishing a minor if you choose to do so. I have recently finished my Art History minor and am in the process of finishing a Fashion Studies minor.

Irene Buchman

Irene Buchman

Irene Buchman, who is in charge of the Pres Scholars, is very focused on the liberal arts. Even though SUNY requires certain liberal arts in order to graduate, Professor Buchman really stresses the importance of broadening your horizons beyond fashion and business. Every meeting has a speaker who is a specialist in their field, but is never from the fashion industry. Buchman thinks we have enough fashion in our brains already, and she is probably right.

One of our colloquia last semester

One of our colloquia last semester

Pres Scholars also get some advantages in registration. Every semester students have to register themselves for the upcoming semester by getting up at an ungodly hour and praying they get the classes they want before all the slots fill up.  However, Presidential Scholars meet with Professor Buchman about two weeks before everyone else signs up, and chooses the block they want. This almost ensures not only you get the classes you desire, but also that you do not have trouble graduating because of unfinished SUNY requirements.

Pres Scholars in Panama!

Pres Scholars in Panama!

However, the best part of being in Pres Scholars is definitely our access to Professor Buchman. She knows everyone in this school, I mean everyone. If you ever have a problem with a class, or need a recommendation or anything like that she is a great resource. There have been many times Professor Buchman has graciously helped me when I turn up to her office unannounced and worried. Friendly, intelligent and incredibly generous with her time, Professor Buchman is the rock of the Presidential Scholars.

Oh yeah, the cookies are great too.

–Emily–

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Study Abroad: La Vita è Bella

FIT offers many  diverse study abroad opportunities depending on your major and how much time you want to spend abroad. Our three main categories are FIT in Italy (we have a campus in Florence),  Summer/Winter Courses, and Semester Programs. Our school offers a synergy of incredible life experiences and education without boundaries in countries such as France, China, Australia, UK and so many more. The best part (which a lot of people like) is that our programs are not competitive which means we do not have limited spots. As long as you comply with the necessary requirements and can afford it (we do have scholarships for certain programs, hooray!)  you are off to a life-changing journey. Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 4.28.45 PM

Nowadays international experience is very valuable and considered an asset because of increasing globalization. In my field ITM, traveling and speaking a second language could be what makes you stand out from another candidate during an interview. With that in mind, I decided to study abroad for a second time but this time Rome would be my home. I’m now a student at the American University of Rome  for this Spring 2014 semester. During my time here I will try to share with you guys snippets of my experience in Italy (hoping to motivate you) and give you an honest review of this whole adventure.

I’m one week into the program and I can definitely say this has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. My apartment (yes you heard right) is located in one of the hip, historic neighborhoods Trastevere and from what I’ve heard we got the best building (I got a single my rooomroom and didn’t have to pay extra for it). I have five roommates (from different colleges such as UMD and UM) which have been incredibly nice and welcoming (for now haha). Our university is located on the crest of Rome’s highest hill (250 steps and some more, iron thighs coming up) which offers a magnificent view of the city.

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 So far, I went to the Colosseum (the first of many), had free yoga & pilates lesson, had authentic pizza & gelato, got lost, joined the She-Wolves Soccer Team, had a cheese & wine tasting, signed up to Groupon Italia and the list goes on.  Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 5.56.55 PMIn regards to my classes, I have loved them (liberal arts which I chose) and they are:

  1. A Moveable Feast: Writing about Food
  2. Comparative Politics
  3. Media, Art and Social Activism
  4. Ethics and Global Policies

This semester hopefully will allow me to grow as a human being and become much more a citizen of the world. Sometimes being away from home can make you nostalgic, but I assure you it is all part of the process. At the end of the day, everything really depends on how you look at it, sure starting over could suck, but it could also give you the freedom to become who you’ve always wanted to be.

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

French Conversation in Paris

Panamá will be the second interim class I have taken abroad. The summer after my freshman year I took the French Conversation in Paris class. Needless to say, Paris was amazing and I would return there in a heartbeat. The “class” part was really morning reviews of what we would have learned in earlier classes as well as discussions about what we did the day before and what we were going to do that day.  The class mostly consisted of trips around Paris and sometimes the outlying areas. We lived very centrally in Paris on Rue de Sèvres across from Le Bon Marché. It was amazing to go out every day and see a new part of Paris.

Obviously the first thing was bought the cheapest wine we could find and drank it on the Seine

Obviously, a class like this all depends on previous experiences with the French language, as well as your willingness to become part of a new culture. I have to say many of my classmates seemed uncomfortable with their French and would often shy away from using it out of embarrassment. If I had one piece of advice it would be to immerse yourself as much as possible! Trust me, everyone knows you are not French, but if you really try to speak the language as best you can and are polite most people will find you endearing…and then switch to English. Also, the best parts of Paris are the places most people could not find if they were only there for one week. Yes, the famous monuments are amazing and you should visit them (I mean, who wants to say they lived in Paris for three weeks and never went to the top of l’Arc de Triomphe?)  But some of the best memories I have are going to little restaurants late at night with just a few friends and trying to see if we could get the waiter to believe we were really Parisian, or making a midnight picnic on the lawn under the Eiffel Tower. This is where you will meet people who not only are friendly, but will also most likely strike up a conversation with you, and tell you about even better places to go! Being in one city for three weeks allows you to see everything that interests you. For example, a tiny museum on the outskirts of Paris was having a show on Balenciaga and Comme des Garçons that I would definitely not have been able to see on a normal tourist trip. I don’t know if I have ever been more proud of myself than after I realized I could walk the streets of Paris without a map (it was the central part of Paris, but still).

One evening my friends and I went to the famous cafe just to read and drink chocolat chaud

Study abroad programs during the summer and winter are really amazing, especially if there is anything stopping you from studying abroad for an entire semester or year. Also, the classes are much more relaxed and give you a feeling of the city that I think compares to spending a whole semester there but having more classes.

Giverny, where Monet painted the Water Lilies

Jim Morrison’s grave in Père Lachaise Cemetery

–Emily–

12 Steps to an Amazing Research Paper

(attention: these tips come from personal experience and everyone has their own way of performing best, so it’s really up to you to figure that out, but here’s a good start)

Believe it or not, you will be required to write a research paper or two while at FIT. FIT, being a SUNY school, is very concerned with the liberal arts. Unlike most art schools, in order to graduate from FIT there are MANY liberal arts requirements, including two semesters of art history, two semesters of foreign language and two semesters of GYM (I kid you not).  Let me just say now, if you still have a chance take those AP classes, they can really save you a lot of time. And as tempting as it is to let the libs fall by the wayside, I highly advise against it if you want to actually get your degree. However, most of the professors know that students here are more focused on their major classes, and rightly so, but they will require research papers and they will constitute a huge portion of your grade for the class.

 

  1. Pick a topic that is actually interesting to you

You’re going to have to read a lot of book and journal articles on your topic, so if you are actually interested in what you are researching it will not only be more enjoyable but could potentially open up new doors

2. USE THE LIBRARY

The FIT library is the bomb. It’s not as pretty as Harvard’s or Yale’s, but they have everything – it’s amazing. The library also gives you access to a LOT of databases that most people have to pay for like JSTOR, Stylesight, and the Vogue archives

3. USE THE SCANNERS

They just put in the scanners last year and they are definitely one of the best things about the school. Where once you had to pay 10 cents for a black and white copy, or 90 cents for color, now it’s totally free to scan anything and save it straight to your usb OR your gmail drive! (or email or whatever, but these two are the easiest. Also, I can’t tell you how amazing it is that our email is gmail based now)

4. Do not start the week it is due. Much of the effort comes from actually sitting down, reading and doing the research

5. Write an outline!

I love outlines because they let you get your important ideas in order so the essay will flow. Then you just have to fill the rest in with explanations and transitions, the easy stuff.

6. Give yourself a good block of time to write the paper. It always takes longer than you think it will

7. Make sure you know exactly what kind of style your professor wants (i.e. Chicago style vs. MLA). Noodletools is the greatest thing on earth

8. Find the best space to work

Personally, my desk is just another space to pile stuff, so I go for the plain white walls and consistent bright lights of our kitchen. The kitchen also has a close proximity to the food (see #10)

9. Use a thesaurus (or lets be real, thesaurus.com) wisely

I’m sorry, I had to

10. SNACKS ON SNACKS ON SNACKS
11. The right music is essential.
12. EDIT AND RE-EDIT Bonus: get someone else to read it over

 

–Emily–