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Camping or Glamping?

Hey Everyone,

So as we only have a little less then two weeks left to enjoy our summer. I took one of my last trips before its time to buckle down.


About 10 of me and my friends went camping down the Delaware water gap. If you haven’t been I highly suggest it. We took canoes about 8 miles down the water gap and found a spot to camp out for the night. The water was as clear as can be. ( For me that’s a big deal , because I will not go in water that I cant see, Haha).


First thing I would suggest though if you go in the summer.. wear sunscreen. I made the mistake of not doing so and I got burnt to a crisp. Second thing bring something that you can sketch with or paint with. The natural beauty on this trip was breath taking and I wanted to capture every aspect anyway I could.

Sun RiseThis was what I woke up to, I think I sat on a log just staring at this until the sun fully immersed itself into the sky. It was breath taking, you never know what you can discover in your own backyard. So before the summer ends , get out, explore!

What have you done this summer? Any Fun plans before it ends?



Getting Ready for FIT


Congratulations! The anxious waiting period of college acceptance is finally over, as you are getting ready to embark on a new chapter of your life as an FIT student. The high school to college transition may be daunting, but as long as you are prepared, you are GOLDEN. Although everyone’s experience departing to college may be different, here are some solid tips to ease your transition:

  1. College Prep 101 with Mom: As they always say, “mother knows best” and it couldn’t be truer! Mothers always have your best interest at heart and think of all the things that don’t always cross your mind, like taking your vitamins or buying a safe for your personal belongings (my mother’s idea.) Have a brainstorming session with your mother about what to pack, what to accomplish before sending you off and any mini-lessons on cleaning or laundry that might come in handy. She knows more than you think.
  2. Adulting: Time to set yourself up for success. Some major appointments to make the summer before school include setting up a bank account, doctor appointments (annual physical with vaccinations, dentist, eye-doctor etc.,) and obtaining an official state ID (If you don’t have your driver’s license.) Although these things are not the most fulfilling, part of being an adult is taking care of yourself.
  3. Dorming: Don’t wait until the last minute to pick up everything you need for your freshman dorm! Start checking off materials on your list one by one throughout your summer until you come to move in during August. That way, you will be planning ahead to alleviate stressful situations. My favorite spots are Home Goods, Marshalls/T.J. Maxx, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Christmas Tree Shops (If you are within the tri-state area.)

Good luck!

Melinda Batista

What’s Next For International Students


This is for all the international students, who are freaking out, because they don’t know what to do next! When I first got accepted to FIT, it was such a stressful process, because since I was an international student it meant I had so many extra steps to take into consideration. It made me so nervous. I was so scared of misunderstanding something, that I would call the school 3 times a day (I had a lovely phone bill at the end of the month). Here are a few helpful steps to make it easier for you, when you have to go through that process:

  1. Pay your tuition deposit You want to make sure you secure your spot!
  2. Start your visa application Once you got accepted you will have to fill out the ISFS (International Student Financial Statement) and send it to the school. They will then send you a confirmation with your I-20, which will then allow you to apply for an F-1 visa at the US consulate in your country.
  3. Get all the vaccines required That was a really long and tough process, because they wouldn’t accept my translation of the vaccines, they needed my doctor to translate everything in english and then sign it (he didn’t speak english).
  4. Book your flight ticket Once my visa was accepted, I bought my flight ticket straight away. It’s cheaper to buy your plan ticket earlier, so I didn’t waist a second, since I knew I was going to that school.
  5. Decide where to live Do you want to have your own apartment or dorm? I would dorm, if it’s your very first time in New York. It helps you settle down with less stress and you have time to get used to the city. If you are considering dorming don’t wait to apply, because the spots get taken really quickly.




Hey Everyone,

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.

How will you be spending your summer?



Life Hack: College student Edition

Hey guys,

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.

Chalkboard Graduation Cap

#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!