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As a freshman…

As a freshman there were a few things I wish someone had told me or that I remembered to do. Everyone has different experiences and we can’t compare one to another but my tips might help you  not make the mistakes I did, and as we all know knowledge is a form of growth.

untitled#1. Don’t forget to call your parents! No matter if you’re a commuter student or a student who will be dorming, don’t forget to check in. Your parents are going to worry A LOT, so it helps to give them a call or face time with them to make them still feel needed. Plus, if you stay on their good side they might be a tad bit more willing to help you out with financial matters. “MOM, I need new shoes mine broke, or MOM, I don’t have money for food this week!”

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#2. Dont get into a relationship right away. This can work for some people, but often it doesn’t. the same goes for the typical highschool relationship, give yourself time to meet new people. You see this hot guy in class and he might seem like he’s the perfect one… until you get to know him and he has no idea what the word intelligence means. Also if you settle down right away you might miss out on a lot of opportunities because your to wrapped up in your new love life. College is about meeting new people and finding out who you are as a person, not about finding the love of your life.

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#3. Sign up for everything. In the question sessions we had over the past couple weekends this question came up a lot. ” What should I sign up for my first week or the first year?”. The answer to that is what don’t you want to sign up for? You want to make new friends and find people who are interested in the same things that you are. Plus it keeps you busy so you don’t gain that freshman 15 everyone’s worried about.

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#4. This isn’t Highschool anymore. Since you don’t have parents at your side anymore, there is no one to tell you to get your work done or to study for your tests. At FIT your life revolves around time management. Everything that is assigned can be done in that time period as long as you work on it when you are supposed to. Friends are important to make but school work always comes first. The last thing you want is to fail out of school or fail one of your classes. STAY FOCUSED.

Freshman year is a huge adjustment period but I made it through and so did millions of other people, you will be fine!

Xoxo

Kailee

 

Question Time

Hi guys! Durning junior day I got a lot of great feed back from everyone! One of the major questions that applies to all majors is what kind of supplies will you need, when will you get theses lists, how much will it cost? ect. For Art and Design major the answer is, it’s most likely going to be costly at first especially if you don’t have any supplies for your major, if you have some things it wont be too bad.

For Interior Design I did need a lot because I started from scratch. For my graduation present my sister-in-law and brother bought me as much as they could. I received a drafting table, a t-square, drafting pencils, scales, erasers, templates, a box to put it all in, and so much more. Some important things that I can say will always come in handy is a drafting board (two if you’re a commuter student), a T-square( one wood, one metal), Drafting supplies (such as pencils, sharpeners, erasers, ect).

Another question was MAC or PC , personally I would suggest getting a PC with a great graphics card, a lot of memory and also invest in an external hardrive along with a few USBs. MAC is great but FIT teaches you everything on PC so if your willing to teach yourself programs like CAD and REVIT on MAC be my guest, but your going to have more trouble then the other people in your class.

DO NOT buy books new! For your liberal arts courses I would suggest renting them or getting them as E books. For your main interior design classes I would suggest buying them used or the more major ones new. The books for your interior design courses will be used throughout all your years in this program, so it is a good investment.

Keep in mind these helpful hints are for interior design students so what I mentioned about PC and MAC may not apply to you!

Xoxo,

Kailee

Are You There Housing Gods? It’s Me, Emily.

I’d like to say that the stress that comes from trying to figure out housing goes away after freshmen year, alas I cannot. Finding a place to live is always complicated, especially in New York City. Basically you have three options:

1. Live at Home

If you, like many FIT students, live in the tri-state area, it is probably possible for you to commute to school everyday using the Metro North, LIRR or Subway. The biggest pro of this is free housing (assuming your parents are not going to charge you rent). That is huge when considering the high price of rent in the city, and dorming isn’t exactly cheap. However, living at home has its downsides. First of all, most people want to feel like they are getting away and starting their own life at college. Living at home doesn’t really create this type of fulfillment and may detract from learning to live on your own, i.e. cooking for yourself, cleaning up after yourself, doing laundry, etc. Also, commuting is extremely tiring. I interned and did one class over the winterim session one year and I would get home around 7 or 8 pm and just crash. Sometimes I wouldn’t even eat dinner I was so tired. The commute doesn’t even have to be that long, just the stress, and dealing with other stressed travelers, can really take it out of you. Finding time for a social life is demanding as well. You can’t just walk down the hall, or decide to meet down the block if you are living an hour away. In terms of stuff, FIT offers lockers to rent for $10. These are reserved for commuter students, although they go quickly, so get one asap. To be honest, I’ve never had a locker so I cannot say whether or not they are big enough for all the stuff every major has. Trust me, everyone has so much stuff at FIT.

2. Finding an Apartment

I’m going to be honest, I have never looked for an apartment before, but I’m terrified of it. I am hoping to start looking when I get home from Italy, and it all is very overwhelming. Apartments in New York are small, expensive and hard to come by. I wish I could give advice on this subject, but instead I’ll just have to ask for some! As soon as I start the process I will definitely let you know what I find. *Gulp*

3. Dorming

This is where I have my expertise. I have dormed for three years at FIT (except for here in Italy) and there are definitely pros and cons. There are four different dorms. Alumni, CoEd and Nagler are reserved (for the most part) for freshmen. Kaufman, the biggest, is mostly upper classmen. Generally the biggest pro of living in the dorms is how close it is to the school. It takes about three minutes from bedroom to classroom at any of the 27th Street (freshmen) dorms and about ten minutes from Kaufman. All the dorms also have laundry machines in the building, which is a rarity in NYC, and Kaufman has a (small) gym. Each building has a workroom which can be convenient for finding a space to work on projects without going into a room at the school. Alumni and Kaufman both have kitchens in the room, and therefore do not require meal plans. The biggest complaint for all dorms is overnight visitation. There are many steps for requesting an overnight guest and most students are fed up with it by the end of the first semester. The dorms are also very strict about alcohol as FIT is a dry campus, even if you are 21. Many students prefer Kaufman because it has newer facilities and is slightly more spacious (or at least seems that way because of the extremely high ceilings). Dorming is pretty much a toss up for pros and cons, but as a senior I am definitely hoping to move out on my own. Fingers crossed, I can find a place.

For any more specific information on the dorms I can answer any of your questions in the comments!

–Emily–

Fashion Advice from the Famous

As one of the world’s foremost fashion philosopher-sociologist-historian-genius, I thought I’d breakdown some of the most famous slices of wisdom from the leaders of the fashion world. (Ed note: I haven’t heard back from the board of directors of fashion geniuses of the world about my self-proclaimed title, but I’m sure they’re fine with it).

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

— Coco Chanel

Now I’m not one to restrict anyone’s accessory affinity, I myself have been collecting rings from my travels and my fingers have filled up very quickly. However, I think of this more as look at yourself before you leave and remove anything that could interfere with your activities for the day. The fashion industry is all about getting work done and getting it done quickly. Personally, I have given up on bracelets (especially bangles) because all you hear all day is loud clacking as they bang against your desk when you type. Extremely infuriating. If the hat won’t stay on your head when it’s windy – ditch it. Basically, don’t wear anything that is going to require more time to deal with than it takes to put it on in the morning.

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

—Kate Moss

Completely untrue. Have you never been to Shake Shack? Or eaten a burrito before? I mean hello, CHOCOLATE. End of story.

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

—Edith Head

I mean we are in the business of fashion people, this shouldn’t really be much of a shocker. It is important in any aspect of life to convince people you are whatever they need. As much as we try not to judge a book solely by it’s cover, that cover is the first message, and sometimes the only message, seen. Don’t waste an opportunity, be convincing.

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.”

—Bill Cunningham

Let’s face it, fashion is a luxury. All that is necessary is something to keep you warm when it snows and protect you from the sun when it’s hot. Anything you want for the sake of having it is a luxury. It has been said that Vogue magazine is meant to create aspirational dreams, not be a catalog for the everyday woman, and that is what fashion is – an aspirational, dream-like distraction. Fashion is supposed to be fun because it’s fun to pick what you wear and how people will see you today! Did people wearing the Mao suit look like they were having fun? Embrace the frivolity of fashion.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”

—Lauren Hutton

Fashion designers do not determine style, they influence it. Style can only be created by the individual, that is what makes it so exciting to see someone with truly great style. If one designer determined style all you would have to do is dress head to toe in that label, but you don’t see anyone on the best dressed lists wearing head to toe Michael Kors or even Saint Laurent. Not to get to in depth with the trickle-up vs. trickle-down theories, but it is obvious in our current fashion climate that designers are taking much of their inspiration from the streets and the boundaries of who is who is influencing whom are blurred. Fashion trends fade, but style is eternal, right Yves?

“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”

—Diana Vreeland

With all the stuff available in fashion now, it is easy for clothing to start looking homogenous. Staying relevant in fashion is all about being new and different (even though we all know fashion runs on an ever quickening pendulum of trends that is catching up to us). I love people who can dress totally kooky and be completely confident. They make my life more interesting just by existing. Vreeland captured this spirit perfectly in her famed “Why Don’t You” column for Harper’s Bazaar. The worst thing you could be in fashion is boring.

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(and lastly, my personal favorite:)

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

—Harry Winston

–Emily–

Where to Celebrate Midterms

Midterm week(s) are almost over so obviously it’s been a lot of all-nighters, coffee, and stress so you deserve a little TLC.  Here are my top 5 places to treat myself after a stressful week of school:

  1. Yogurtland, Off the Wall, 16 Handles, or Red Mango….so basically frozen yogurt.  Yogurtland and Off the Wall offer discounts for FIT students.  Once this brutal winter is over, you can expect to see me there very frequently.
  2. Brooklyn Bagel.  Yeah Panera is always delicious, but you haven’t had a true bagel and cream cheese until you go to Brooklyn Bagel on 8th Ave between 24th and 25th.  The assortment is unlike any other bagel place.  Take that Panera.
  3. Auntie Anne’s.  While the street vendor pretzels are delicious, the fresh and buttery ones at Auntie Anne’s don’t even compare.  Stop by their location in Penn Station and get your hands on one.
  4. Moe’s Southwest Grill – BEST QUESADILLAS EVER.
  5. Sleep. Because it’s necessary and you deserve it!

xx,
Ashley

Beautiful Travels

Hey everyone so my project that I am currently working on is a group project. We have to design a floor for an art magazine in a building, so I have been doing a little research about different museums . It’s amazing to see how they are designed architecturally, graphically,ect. But some of the pictures are just to beautiful not to show everyone. These are definitely places I would like to visit and maybe once you see them you will too. 4f78b6614b81ac387108e29008013f67This first one is  called the “Underwater Museum”  in Cancun, Mexico. More than 400 life-sized sculptures are made from neutral clay in order to promote the growth of coral reef and marine life. You actually swim through it, As soon as I saw this I texted my best friend and said “UM CAN WE GO?!” So guess where I am going this summer…Cancun here I come!

7aab9ae8e40ef86869183c42dae4169e This is called the “Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum” and it is  in Seattle. There are thousands of beautiful glass flowers all over the place. As I kept looking through the pictures I found one of it glowing at night, it was simply the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. My brother is going to Seattle to visit our cousin in July, I might just have to tag along now ( THANKS GABE in advance if you are reading this ).

45435bb024c55f8678b1b2167d977cb4This is in the London transport museum, the architectural details are just beyond beautiful. Imagine if New York subways, bus stations, and train stations had beautiful work like this? I know I would never want to leave, instead of the fast pace walk I do now.

Theres hundreds more that I found but I only chose my top three to show you. If you want to see more I found a lot on this website: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-most-beautiful-buildings

Let me know what you think, any suggestions where else I should vacation?

Xoxo

Kailee

To go or not to go: That is the question.

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So, letters have been sent out and you have either been accepted to FIT or not.

If you haven’t, I know it is extremely disappointing, but it is not the end of the world. Of course, it would be nice to have gotten in the first time, but I have many friends who have gone to a liberal arts school or community college for the first one or two years and then transferred to FIT. In fact, it is a great way to finish your liberal arts requirements so that when you do get to FIT you have more time for your major and minor classes, or to work or do an internship. Just be sure to check which liberal arts are required by FIT here. If there is one thing I have learned from meeting working people, it is that life will take you on a journey of many twists and turns, and that you will most likely end up doing something you never thought of on your way to your goal. I know it’s hard, but try to look for the silver lining and make this an unexpected, yet opportune moment to grow.

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Campus Outdoors

For those of you who did get that acceptance letter, congratulations! Now comes the herculean task of deciding whether or not to actually attend FIT. If this was the only school you applied to or got accepted to, the choice is a little easier. However, the majority of applicants have received acceptance letters to multiple schools. Here comes the fun / devastating part: making a decision. I personally love the pro/con list. It is a great way to visually map out what will give you the most benefits while also helping sort out your priorities. For example, will the fact that FIT does not have a fraternity/sorority culture make you feel like you are missing out on the college experience you want? Does going to football games on Saturday mornings take precedence over going to Central Park? It is important to be honest with yourself during this time as well. If you know you do not prosper under stress, it might be more prudent to attend a more rural school with a more slowly paced curriculum. There’s no shame in choosing a school that will help you gain more from your experience despite having a less recognizable name.information

One of the best ways to determine if the school is right for you is to attend accepted students days. (FIT’s admitted student days are April 5th and 6th this year.) Yes, you can read a lot about every school and it’s facilities on its website, but there is nothing that can make you feel the true personality of the school and its student body like actually being there. Here is an example:

My Mom made me apply to Syracuse University because she thought I should look at a school that was more of a traditional university rather than just the art schools I was applying to, even though I really didn’t think it was worth it. A few months later, acceptance letters arrived and as luck would have it I was accepted into FIT and Syracuse (plus a few others, but who’s counting amirite?) So began the long car rides and extensive tours, and I was begrudgingly dragged all five hours up to Syracuse despite my persistent decelerations of disinterest because, let’s face it, the school with the best program is FIT so I would obviously be going there. Well guess what? I got on campus and I flipping loved it! The wide open quads, the buildings that look like Harry Potter castles, the downtown arts warehouse, the quaint surrounding town. It was everything I had been told college would be like. And that’s where life got complicated.

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I mean it's not really a fair comparison, sigh.

I mean it’s not really a fair comparison, sigh.

Obviously I chose FIT, otherwise you would not be reading this right now, but it was a hard and arduous decision. Mainly, it came down to price, location and curriculum. FIT had Syracuse beat on all of those, but I knew that by giving up Syracuse, I was giving up my chance at that “traditional college experience”. Now, as a rising senior, I do not regret my choice at all as I do not think that experience could out weigh the ones I have had here (and I have managed to visit my best friend at Penn State for many a football game and frat party, so no loss there), but I did realize the importance of experiencing the campus in person at least for a day in the decision making process. An open mind and self awareness are key for making the right decision.

Plus like I said before, your life will take you through many unexpected detours, so if you do end up deciding that the choice you made was not the best, you can always transfer!

–Emily–

Seeing vs. experiencing

If you read an interview with any photographer almost all will say that the biggest difference between shooting film versus digital is the immediate editing. Digital cameras let you take infinite number of pictures while film rolls have less than 50 exposures each. Many photographers say that this has changed the psychology of taking pictures because with film each shot had to be “worth” it and would therefore require more thought, while digital allows you to snap away to your heart’s content and just delete later on the computer (or more likely hoard all of them in a folder on your desktop never to be looked at again).

I’ve noticed this applies to how we experience life as well. We constantly want to prove we have done something, even if it is just to ourselves, and constantly being able to take pictures makes it so easy. But is it too easy? As someone who has been lucky enough to travel as much as I have, I have definitely realized the strongest memories that survive are not ones seen in photographs, but rather the ones where I was just hanging out and experiencing the moment fully.

I’m not saying “don’t take pictures”, obviously you want to have something to look at to remind you of amazing things you have done, I just think it is important to put your camera or iPhone or whatever away and just sit and be. Don’t let an amazing experience slip by because you were too busy seeing it through a screen.

–Emily–

All work No play

Hi again everyone! So on Saturday I was asked to show more of my work now from a lot of people, mostly students. I can’t show too much because well professors don’t like that for the classes and I can’t have anyone steeling my brilliant ideas! SO every once in a while you will get a backstage pass to ” a life of an interior design student at FIT” ( That’s right I am an interior design student and I am alive haha).

hhThis first image is a quick idea I did on Revit. For those of you who don’t know what Revit is, it’s a 3D design program made by the same producers of AUTOCAD, both these programs work hand in hand. You will learn AUTOCAD your second semester and REVIT your third, so before that it’s all by hand.

 

unnamedThis is a perspective drawing, you will learn this in your second semester. perspectives are 3D drawings focusing on two or more walls. To make these drawings you will take your drafting equipment and two vanishing points…. I can’t tell you that much :) You will have to wait to take the class. P.S every teacher switches there plans, so it may look similar to things I may post on here, but trust me it’s not so nothing can be copied here and that’s the only reason I am posting it.

I hope you enjoyed your little sneak peek, now it’s time to get back to work for me!

Xoxo,

Kailee

 

Junior Day 2014- March 30th

Well hey everyone! This past weekend I was given the pleasure of meeting some of you, it was Junior day. Junior Day is for perspective students of FIT, of ALL majors. They will take you on tours, you will be able to meet with the dean and the president of the school, and you can meet some of the bloggers (exciting right? A REAL LIVE PERSON). I had the pleasure of presenting my portfolio to perspective art and design students along with our other blogger Ashley. Both of us being from two very different majors was definitely fun to see. Ashley is a photography major while I am an interior designer.

When they asked me if they could use my portfolio pieces from when I first entered school I said “UMMM do you have to?!” , because my work has improved so much just from the past two years. Looking back at that work it looked horrible to me and I would prefer that no one saw it again. But everyone insisted I showed it. After the presentation I was lucky enough to meet a few perspective interior design students, it reminded me of how I felt exactly two years ago. Nervous, anxious, and in complete aw of the big city. It’s crazy how your feelings and mindset change so quickly. New York to me now is still exciting, just not as big as I originally thought it was and interior design still has me in aww I’m just not as nervous.

During this session I offered a few students some direction and guidance from me, and I actually had one text me pictures for her portfolio, and I’m more than happy to help. Who better to help you then the person actually in the program right? Trust me in coming students I was just as nervous too, and I turned out great.

One question that really stood out to me was from a father with his daughter and he asked “How does commuting affect your social life?” and I replied ” I have 3 jobs, time for friends, homework and my boyfriend so not much”. Yes commuting does affect your life greatly but if you love what you do that time you put in doesn’t matter much now does it? I love every single one of my jobs I wouldn’t trade them for the world, so no matter how tired I am I am always happy to go, school is the same way. You have to be willing to sacrifice things sometimes to get what and where you want to be.

unnamedThis was the room we presented in, I had to post a picture of it. ( My love for commercial furniture is just too much).

unnamedThat’s my mom back in the corner, it was her FIRST time to NYC and FIT ever, crazy right? So what better time then when her daughters talking (haha).

 

If any of you have more questions feel free to ask me, or come to the next Junior Day on March 30th, I will be speaking again from 11-1:00pm in the Dubinksy Building 8th floor. I hope to see you all soon, I really do love seeing perspective FIT students!

Xoxo

Kailee

bgThat was driving to NYC for this wonderful event last saturday!