This is going to be my last post until school starts again in fall. I just wanted to come here and wish you all a great summer! This summer I’m going to be traveling, which is super exciting. I’m going to backpack all over Norway, a country I always wanted to visit. I’m going to document and take a lot of pictures of my trip, so I’ll make sure that in my next post I’ll talk about my experience backpacking in Norway and include some pictures! Let me know in the comments below if any of you are planning on traveling this summer and where, I’d love to hear.
I decided to interview Mari a recent fashion design graduate. I thought her point of views were really interesting and she had some great advice that I thought could help a lot of future/current students at FIT.
Why did you pick fashion design? I took classes and worked at a fashion design studio in Seattle for about 6 years. I always knew I wanted to do something artistic, and I really loved how hands on fashion design was. Which made it really easy when picking out schools.
How did you pick FIT? The teacher at my studio went to FIT. When I visited different schools, the students and teachers at FIT really inspired me and strengthened my decision to pick FIT. Being that FIT was in New York was a huge bonus too.
Did FIT meet your expectations? For the most part it did. In the technical aspect of making clothes, I found it challenging and my skills improved tremendously. Coming from a fine arts background, I hoped that the classes would of been more creative. But for an overall education, FIT gave me great knowledge about the industry and also great connections.
What’s next for you now? I decided that costume design is something I really enjoy and want to pursue in. So now I’m looking for jobs in costume. I’m also keeping my options open, because I love activewear, so maybe something in that direction too is something I’m considering.
Has FIT helped you choose this new direction? Yes, I would of never thought of costume design as an industry. FIT showed me that costume design is a possible career option. It also gave me a good base to get me there in terms of skills, connections and the ability to create a concept from start to finish.
What did you think of the Art Concentration? It was a really intense program, but something I really wanted to do. There was a lot of drawing and coming up with concepts, which I feel are really important skills to have in this industry. I loved that at the end of the program, I came out with a great portfolio, that I am really proud of and feel confident showing at interviews.
Do you have any advice for future/current fashion design students? Take advantage of the teachers and the advice and knowledge they have. They know what they’re talking about and have great connections in the industry. Don’t take yourself too seriously, enjoy the freedom to be creative. And most importantly be confident in your ideas!
If you want to check out Mari’s work maristudio.us
In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan. Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either. I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!
Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things. I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck. Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received. Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck. Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists. Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list. Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!
Now that the semester is officially over, most students have moved out of the dorms, gone home for the summer, or got an apartment in the city to take on some city dreams for the summer! For me, I’m leaving Manhattan. I currently have an apartment In Manhattan but with my lease being up, I decided to look elsewhere. Manhattan is an incredible and beautiful place. With great accessibility to school and everything at my fingertips, you’re probably wondering why I’d leave. Not only is it less expensive to live outside of Manhattan, I’m able to live two separate lives; social and school/work. When I come into the city, I’m often overwhelmed by the tourists, constant whirlwind, and pressure. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things as well, but being constantly surrounded by it from the moment you walk out of your door, when do you get the chance to clear your head? I will miss the accessibility and convenience of living in the city, but I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life where I can finally feel like an adult. This is a big step and a big move for me as I enter my senior year. I don’t know what the future holds and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, but these are the times in your life where you find yourself, become truly independent, and start anew!
Summer is quickly approaching us, with finals and projects winding down, we are all excited for something. This summer I will be switching from being an intern to a full time position! As to most that doesn’t sound exciting but I truly love my job and its a great opportunity for me. I will also be doing a lot of traveling. I have a cruise in august for a late birthday present, Canada in July, Philly June 7th for my birthday and as nerdy as this sounds a Tom petty concert, as well as Boston and a few other short weekend trips for weddings. THEN, Next semester I graduate! and I will be back at school two days a week. I am beyond excited that I am finally finishing , and happy that you all got to live through it with me. College is a great time for finding yourself, your career, and sometimes not sometimes its just a great time. But whatever it may be for you I couldn’t be more grateful to say I have been a student and a voice at FIT.