Tag Archives: NYC

Getting Ready for FIT

stk130592rke-83e5dfac

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

Hello!

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

DSC_6409Hello!

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

For the Foodies

Hello!

I hope all your finals went well, and that you are having a great start to the holidays! Yesterday was my last final, which means that today I am celebrating with my friends and treating myself to a good meal. While walking back home a few weeks ago after an evening class, I walked passed this outdoor food market called Mad. Sq. Eats and it really caught my eye, because it was dark outside, but the market was illuminated by lightbulbs hanging from the roofs. It was really beautiful and made me want to go there and see it for myself. The ambiance was really pleasant, everyone was enjoying good food with friends and it felt very welcoming. It’s not big but there is a good amount of food options. I would suggest going there in the evening, because it makes it just that little more special and fun.

Mad. Sq. Eats is in Worth Square (5th Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets). The market is open till May 27th from 11:00am – 9:00pm.

Bon Appétit!

xoxo

Zorya

Minors at FIT

shutterstock_13153906_crop380w

Declaring a minor is one of those concepts where most people probably think to themselves, “What’s the point?” I encourage everyone to find a minor that enhances your major because you will get SO much out of it! The School of Liberal Arts offers FIT students the opportunity to take a minor in areas of two forms: traditional subject-based minors and interdisciplinary minors. With minors ranging from language to fashion studies, there are so many opportunities to enhance your academic career at FIT.

To declare a minor, visit the Academic Advisement Center in room C402 to create the best plan of action. To complete a minor, you must take 5 courses that add up to 15 course credits; this can be completed as an undergraduate continuing into your bachelors as well. Upon successful completion of the selected course credits with a 2.0 or higher GPA, your minor will be recorded on your transcript. Transfer students can also transfer up to six 6 credits for any academic minor.

I am graduating with a minor in Communication Studies and will be double-minoring in Economics in the fall. I chose Communication Studies because it coincided, and even overlapped, with the classes I had to take for my associates in Advertising and Marketing Communications. I also chose this minor because it aims to help students realize how communication constructs the social world in which they live and connects them to it. Communication is a tool to build, maintain, and navigate relationships with individuals in the work place and everyday life. Similarly, I chose to double-minor in Economics because I will be learning about the international economics of the beauty industry in my Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing bachelor program. This minor enables students to acquire a useful understanding of economic concepts and analyzes and improves students’ analytical skills – in addition to their commitment to a challenging academic program.

By declaring a minor, you are making yourself more marketable with a fresh wealth of knowledge. Visit this link to view the list of minors offered at FIT.

If you have any questions about minoring at FIT, leave me a comment down below!

Melinda