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Saying Goodbye

SUMMER BREAK IS HERE! I am officially back in California, ready to enjoy the heat on my skin and sand in between my toes. Saying goodbye to school: long hours of studying, stressful assignments, and tedious projects; wasn’t so bad to do. However, saying goodbye to New York City, the heart of the Fashion Institute of Technology was excruciating. Going to school in New York City has made me a stronger person, but most importantly brought me to a realization of my past, present, and future.

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This is a view from my dorm room window, one the best views, 17H1… infant optometrists say that when we are born our vision lacks detail and light. Coming to New York City this view with the spots of light was what I saw – I was an infant in a grown-up world dreaming endlessly without plan, and afraid to take action.

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Then there is light… we can see through the darkness, however it still remains. There were times in school, were I thought I wasn’t good enough to keep up with my dreams, but I began to fight (not literally) for what I knew I was destined for, an education in the best city in the world. No one can take your dreams away from you but yourself.

FullSizeRender (2)We come to a point were we have full vision. Darkness, light, and color. We can get through the rough times because we know what come after the storm. Living in New York City taught me that as an adult, yeah, their are going to be occasions when you question WHY ME!? , but you need to be able to get up and realize that you can do anything you set yourself to.

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As I say goodbye to that beautiful view, I know that whatever I see in the future I can find color and light in. As I say goodbye for the summer, I would like to thank all of you for reading the blog! This year has been so amazing, and I know it only will get more exciting from here.

Have an amazing break everyone!

xxxo — Mariano

Enjoy Your Summer!

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Hey everyone!

I just wanted to take the time to say how much I love sharing my life with you all, and most importantly, my journey at FIT. This will be my last post until I return in August. My plans for the summer will include a family vacation to Ocean City, Maryland and brainstorming ideas for a blog of my own! Remember to make the most out of your summer and to have fun! Make memories you can bring back with you to the FIT campus. We all cant wait to hear.

Any summer plans or future blog topics to cover before school starts leave in the comments down below!

Melinda

Getting Ready for FIT

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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 a Fashion Student After FIT

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 

Zorya

Top 5 Brunch Places in the City

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Hope all your finals went well, and that you’re starting to enjoy this lovely weather! I know I am… During the last week I’ve been to more brunch places, than my entire semester combined. Basically my graduation celebration lasted all week! Here is a little recap of my all time favorite brunch places here in New York.

Penelope Such a cute place. If you do go there you have to order their Nutella French Toast, it’s amazing! We went there on Saturday, and there was a little wait, but what was great is that they text you to let you know when your table is ready. So you can wander around without having to worry about your table being taken.

The Butcher’s Daughter If you love taking pictures of your food, this is the place to go. Not only is the presentation beautiful, but the food taste so good. Everything on their menu is vegetarian (which I’m not always a fan of), but boy are those dishes flavorful. They also have great smoothies and shakes.

Two Hands If you’re looking for the best Acai bowl, definitely check this place out. It’s delicious! The place has a very Aussie vibe to it and the staff is super friendly. I love their smoothies, they are very filling, but really worth it.

Jack’s Wife Freda Be prepared to wait in line. This place tends to get pretty crowed, especially for brunch. But it’s so worth it at the end. There food is delicious, I love their grapefruit yogurt, it’s so good (every time I go there I get it).

Bus Stop Cafe This place isn’t that far from school and it’s adorable. It’s not that busy and the location feels very neighborhoody, which I really like. There isn’t one thing in specific to get, everything on the menu is pretty basic brunch food. Definitely go there on a nice day so you can sit outside.

What are your favorite brunch places here in the city?

xoxo

Zorya