I just want to start by saying that you should all take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, because you never know what else might come from it. Although sometimes it might not seem as glamours as you’ve imagined, you never know what you might gain from it. Being at FIT you are exposed to and offered so many great opportunities to take part in and be involved in events you’ve dreamed about attending.
I’m mentioning this, because on Sunday and Monday I had the amazing opportunity to work at the Met Gala, a job I got through FIT. I got to work with the event planner to set up the event and have a sneak peak before anyone else at what the Met Gala was going to look like inside. Although it wasn’t easy work, being able to work in the same room where Anna Wintour was, made it easier:P That being said, I thought I was going to do my job and then be sent home, but then the event planners offered me another job to work at the Cipriani where Condé Nast was having an event. And from that I got offered to be part of another event this weekend, which I was a little hesitant about accepting at first, because of finals coming up. But then I remembered that it’s a once in a life time opportunity and who knows what might come from it. A lot of people told me that I shouldn’t say yes to everything, but to be honest, us as students aren’t in a position yet to start being picky about what we want and don’t want to do. We have to have as much experience as we can, good and bad. Because that’s how we grow and learn from them.
From one job I got through FIT, two others came from it and who knows maybe more. That’s why I really recommend you be involved and open to jobs and any opportunities FIT offers you, because FIT have some great connections and who knows what else might come from some not so glamorous jobs. You never know what kind of surprises life has in store for you!
So for me it’s getting down to the nitty gritty, I graduate in one more semester! It’s so exciting but there are something’s I wish I knew before I started.
#1. When I started FIT I was an Interior Design Student, I loved it, it was everything I could have imaged for my real job. But the truth is I got my first actual job in the field and realized it wasn’t for me. So I switched majors, to ITM or international trade and marketing. I currently have my first job in marketing and its awesome, but nothing like what I expected (what a surprise). So life lesson number one, you major isn’t your career!
#2. Being a full time student is hard enough without thinking about working. But regardless if it’s full time or part time experience is always great. The more experience you get throughout college, the more opportunities and networks you will have for after college. This is one way you will know what they say about college students isn’t true, you will find a job!
#3. Lastly take Professor Landman’s English class! It helped prepare my resume so much. I have a lot of experience and am great at different things but I didn’t know how to put it all on paper. This class taught me so many things that I will use in the work place.
Regardless of where you are in life things might not always turn out how you planned and that’s okay. This was something I had a hard time adjusting to in the beginning. But work hard, it pays off and if you’re at FIT we both know you’re a hard talented worker already!
Almost every semester now I have taken a summer class, although they have only been online they really instilled a good work ethic in me. My personal advice is if you can take summer classes’ online do it, best decision I made. If you want to travel and work you have more flexibility to do so. This summer session I am taking two classes, one online and one at the college. So here are a few things I do to prepare myself:
Get an agenda, keep everything super organized.
Get to know your professor, summer classes go quickly and are a full class packed into a few weeks, so you never know when you will need help.
Only take 1-2 classes per summer session, it is a lot to take in.
Check when your class starts, usually it’s only a short period of time after your semester ends.
Register to classes early, summer gets full quickly.
Don’t wait till the last minute.
Don’t try to write your papers or assignments at the beach, bringing your laptop or wok isn’t always the smartest idea.
Take a bunch of classes at different colleges to try and get the most of your summer classes, trust me stick to one to two.
Don’t wait till your semester ends to register, most people do this in case they fail they have a backup but always register as soon as you are allowed.
Do you have any tips for summer classes? Do you prefer online or in class? Let me know!
With 30 majors here at FIT and thousands of students, it can be very easy to get comfortable with your crowd within your major. If you are in a smaller major like Toy Design or Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing, you are most likely spending endless hours in class with the same exact people. It is important to step outside of your major and not only meet people within the school, but also take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate. FIT is truly seamless (no pun intended). If you are a designer, you can collaborate with a photography major to have your pieces photographed…most likely FOR FREE. If you are a photography major, you can reach out and have clothes, jewelry, and product to photograph….FOR FREE! It’s a win-win situation all around! Photographers should be collaborating with graphic designers who should be collaborating with AMC majors. Every student can create a professional quality final product or project outside of the assignments that they are given by the professors. Once we all graduate, there may be creative restrictions, a lack of budget, or a team premade for the company that you work for. As a student, now is the time to take advantage of the resources that you have at your fingertips!
I just wanted to come here and let you guys know that currently all graduating AAS fashion design students are having an exhibition of their semester work inspired by “Fire & Ice”. I went there yesterday to see my roommates work and was blown away by some of the things I saw. I definitely recommend you checking it out if you have a few minutes to spare. I find it so interesting to see what students come up with and how they bring it to life.
The exhibition is open from April 27 to May 1, 2016 from 9 am-9 pm. It’s located in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.
Let me know in the comments below if you went and what you thought of it!