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Adult Stuff 101

Every semester at FIT, I continue to fall in love with my major. Its so exciting and validating when you’re sitting in a class, absorbing the information, engaged in what the professor has to say – and finding yourself actually enjoying all of it.

I have had some great classes throughout my time at FIT. Some favorites include Journalism, Publicity Workshop, Advertising Copywriting, and Video Studio Production.

A favorite this semester is Corporate Communications. Corporate Communications aims to develop the skills necessary to create communications that successfully influence an organization’s internal and external publics. As students, we learn to identify emerging business trends, interpret annual reports and related business documents, and convey business news in a clear, concise style through a variety of business communication and public relations tools.

I find this class very valuable because I’m learning about terms and processes I’ve heard adults talking about for years but never understood myself. We learn about 401k’s, the stock market, how to invest in stocks, why to invest in stocks and many more useful items that will benefit me as I make my way into the workplace.

Our term project, which we work and develop upon throughout the semester, involves choosing a public company in an industry we’re interested track a trend within that industry. We study the background of the company, how the industry trend effects the industry as a whole and then how it effects the company alone. The company I’m studying this semester is Netflix! Not only do I use its on the regular, but I find the internet TV industry to be compelling and ever growing!

What classes are you interested in at FIT? Are any of you thinking of studying Advertising and Marketing Communications? Do you have any questions regarding the major? Let me know!

 

xx,

Brendan

Homecoming: GIRL CODE @ FIT

This past Monday kicked off the beginning of FIT’s Homecoming Legacy Week, which runs from October 27-November 2! Homecoming is a collegiate tradition that unites alumni, faculty, and current students to celebrate they’re institution.

FIT has a jam-packed week full of super fun events, interesting panel discussions and even shopping on campus! Click here to read more about Homecoming/Legacy Week!

On Monday night, the FIT Student Association hosted it’s first ever comedy show! I am a big fan of live comedy so, I was excited to learn that FITSA is bringing in more events such as this.

IMG_4110The comedy show was called “Laugh FIT with Girl Code,” and it was featuring (you guessed it) comedians from the MTV Show  “Girl Code.” It featured Alice Wetterlund, Andrew Schulz and Carly Aquilino!

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Alice Wetterlund

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Andrew Schulz

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Carly Aquilino

The show was HILARIOUS!! If the roaring laughs from the crowd didn’t prove it enough! It was so cool to see the Haft Auditorium filled with laughing students. After midterms, we could all use a good night of laughs! I think the FIT Student Association hit the nail on the head with bringing some comedians from “Girl Code” to campus. Seeing as more than half of the student population is female – many speak girl code. I’m close to fluent in speaking girl code myself 😉

At the beginning of every semester, if you look at your tuition bill, there is a fee of $65 dollars that goes to Student Activities. Events such as the comedy show are perfect examples of where this money is actually going. FITSA is constantly coming up with new ideas, performers and events to come to our school. I have hope that they may be planning some really cool events/performers in the next year! We will have to wait and see! :)

If you’re on campus, be sure to involve yourself in the rest of the weeks fun activities!

PS – Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!!!

xx,

Brendan

Community at FIT

I learned something very disturbing today. This morning I went to the Bryant Park holiday shops just browsing for Christmas presents, and I stopped in a booth that was selling jewelry and scarves made by women in Ethiopia (This has nothing to do with the story, but this company’s mission is to create sustainable business for African women which is pretty awesome so you should check it out). The girl running it was super nice, so we started talking and realized that we were both fashion design students, but she completed her degree at another fashion school. We were comparing our experiences and I mentioned that I thought it is funny when people would ask if the fashion design students would really destroy each others work, and steal things from one another because that is so ridiculous to me. Suddenly, the girl cut in saying those things actually did happen at her school! I couldn’t believe it. She told me stories of a girl’s project getting paint thrown on it the day before it was due, people being rude to one another and just being generally mean.  I am not writing this to discredit other fashion programs, just to say that this is not how it works at FIT. I was in the fashion design program for two years and I never experienced anything like that. Of course, some teachers can be intimidating and harsh because they really expect the best from you, and don’t expect strangers to walk down the halls smiling and high-fiving each other. The fashion design curriculum is stressful and tiring, but I’ve never been afraid for my work. It is common to ask a stranger in the workroom to look after your stuff so you can grab dinner when you’re working on a project. Of course you want to be careful with your personal items no matter where you are, but I have never been scared someone would try to ruin a project I put countless hours of work into. In fact, I have had people return things to me after accidentally leaving them after class. FIT is not a scary place and people are not vindictive or horrible to each other here so don’t worry!

–Emily–