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NJ → NY: New York Transplant Tips & Tricks

George Washington Bridge


Hi everyone!

My name is Melinda and I am one of the newest additions to the Admissions Blog! I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful platform to share my experiences as an FIT student with you all.

As the title suggests, I am a New York transplant. What does this mean? I was born and raised outside of the metro area and found my way into the Big Apple. I grew up in Central New Jersey and moved to New York City to study Advertising and Marketing Communications, which is part of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at FIT. For starters, the transition from high school to college is not an easy one. Although the city is not foreign to me, since my parents are native New Yorkers, I learned very quickly that the transition from suburbia to an urban setting also requires getting used to. Here are my top 3 tips and tricks to ease your transition to New York City:

1. Learn Mass Transit: When I moved to Chelsea, I had a fear of the subway because I didn’t know how to use it; as a result, I walked EVERYWHERE. Although navigating on foot is doable, it is not the most efficient. Take advantage of the off-campus tours during New Student Orientation, like group trips to Times Square, Soho and the Brooklyn Bridge, to feel-out what it is like to travel like a New Yorker. Also, download transit apps like Moovit for subway/train/bus directions or utilize the MTA website for additional schedules and services. (The 1 is the 7th avenue local train, which you will use frequently!)

2. Plan and Prioritize: Making a personal schedule for classes, appointments, events etc. and to-do lists for homework assignments each week will save you stress and time wasted. Purchasing a planner prior to classes will also prevent procrastination and force you to stay organized (especially if it’s super cute!) My suggestion is to complete classwork the day of or day after class to check-off assignments from your list that are fresh in your head.

3. Get Involved: You are not alone; every new student at FIT is in the same boat. Meeting new people, adjusting to classes and balancing a social life with an academic life is heavy on everyone’s plate. Here are some options to further immerse yourself in the FIT community:

  • Clubs: There are 50+ clubs on campus that cater to student’s majors and personal interests. Plan to attend the club fair that will take place a couple of weeks into school. This is an easy way to meet new people with shared interests. You can even create your own club too!
  •  Publications: WFIT (TV Broadcast/Radio), W27 (Newspaper) and Blush Magazine (Beauty and Fashion Magazine) all offer an insightful platform to share your voice with the FIT community regarding topics related to FIT, social issues, lifestyle etc.
  •  The Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS): This service, which is offered through the Department of Student Life, provides students with volunteer opportunities at Fashion Week, community events, etc. This is ideal to gain industry experience and to make a difference in your community.
  •  Leadership: Build leadership skills at Leadership Weekend or attend the Leadership Workshop Series to learn how to effectively communicate as a leader. Also, participate in Impact Day by giving back to local organizations in NYC. This is a great way to represent FIT and to learn and grow as a leader on campus.

Learning how to use mass transit, prioritizing and getting involved on campus has made my experience at FIT an amazing one. I hope these tips help as you transition into New York City.

Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are, as well as what you would like me to write about for my next post!



Adopt Don’t Shop!

This past weekend I took a quick trip to Southern Connecticut to visit my older brother, Sean, and his girlfriend, Tammy! It’s always great seeing and spending time with my brother, and its super easy to get to Connecticut from NYC. The weather was picture perfect – a fresh, crisp fall day. I was too excited to be wearing a sweater 😉

Tammy, is a regular volunteer with an organization called Pet Rescue. I was always envious of the puppies and kittens she was able to spend time with, so I told her I would love to come be a part of one of the organizations event’s! Luckily, Pet Rescue was having a fundraiser that weekend!

Pet-Rescue-logoPet Rescue is an animal shelter who’s main mission is to aid homeless, abandoned and neglected cats and dogs, to nurture them in the foster care of volunteers, to provide veterinary care and socialization, and to place them in permanent loving and responsible homes.

All while my brother has been with Tammy, I’ve known her to have little special friends who are staying with her, whether it be a kitten with multiple sclerosis or a pit bull puppy looking for a home. Pet Rescue is not a formal shelter in this sense. It has a group of very loving volunteers who foster the animals for a time being until a home can be found for them. I so respect Tammy, and the other volunteers for fostering, because they provide a wonderful life for these pets and may have to give them up once a permanent home is found for them! It would be so hard for me to have to say goodbye, however, knowing they go to a new home is wonderful.

The fundraising event was so much fun! It was all outside, with live music, arts, crafts, food and drink! Multiple shelters had brought dogs of all breeds and ages that were looking for new homes. Many dogs found new homes that day, which is the major goal, and made me and many others very happy!

I kept calling it doggy heaven (for me) because I was surrounded by so many pups! I loved it 🙂 Here are a few pics of some of the dogs I met. Not the best quality because they were just as excited as I was, and wouldn’t stop moving haha IMG_8257 IMG_8269 IMG_8253 IMG_8252 IMG_8262








I cannot wait to have my own dog someday, and I’ve always wanted to rescue. But volunteering at this event made me realize even more how important it is to “ADOPT DON’T SHOP”, when looking for a new furry friend. There are so many abandoned dogs and cats across the US that need a home and are perfectly cute, loving, smart and healthy. It also sparked the need for me to volunteer for something I’m passionate about…and I think this may be it!

If you or anyone you know is looking to adopt, definitely look into Pet Rescue! Or if you’d like more information on volunteering! Follow their Instagram for new pets looking for homes.

Where do you volunteer? How does it make you feel? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Have a great week! – Brendan 🙂


Life in the Concrete Jungle: An Introduction

I know what you’re thinking… it’s New York City – I’ll never make it, I’ll go broke, I’m one in a million who have the same dream of being successful in the fashion industry… These thoughts running rapidly in your mind are holding you back… But let me tell you this –


The Empire State Building

To the prospective students across the world… if FIT is your dream school, go for it. Getting an education in the BEST city in the world is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else.


The Freedom Tower

My name is Mariano, I am an 18-year-old Puerto Rican boy, from a lower-middle class family in California; studying Advertising and Marketing Communications. FIT was just a dream to me and now it is a reality. Never underestimate yourself and the opportunities in front of you. If you are thinking about starting a new chapter of your life in New York City at FIT, find out more information on the application process here.

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

In the last month, I’ve learned and experienced so much that I will never forget. Hopefully, you will soon! Please reply with any questions about the application process, I don’t bite!

Until next time… xoxo – M

Notes From the 6 Train: Fitting in at Fashion Week

One of the most coveted volunteer weeks opportunities is rapidly approaching… Fashion week of course! As FIT students, we are lucky because our school has so many amazing connections that we have one of the most comprehensive volunteer programs related to fashion week. Even though this is true, there are still a few tips to increase the chances of being able to volunteer since there are a limited number of positions.

– About a week or two before fashion week, start monitoring you email/ school announcements so you know exactly when sign ups are.

– GET THERE EARLY! I know this goes without saying, but some people are there literally hours before sign ups even start & still aren’t able to find positions.

– Be proactive, start researching companies early & reach out. There are plenty of websites that post fashion opportunities. Stepping out on your may is always good because volunteering opportunities through FIT is not guaranteed.

– Don’t be upset if you don’t get chosen to help a famous designer, there is still plenty to learn from an up & coming designer. Since there aren’t so many people clamping to work with them, you may have a chance to connect with the whole team a little. Use it as your chance to shine! And who knows, you may get a job or internship offer as a result!

– If you have worked/ volunteered at fashion week in the past and enjoyed the experience, it’s imperative to keep those connections. Maintaining relationships is one of the most important skills to be successful in any job, especially in fashion, and super especially, especially during fashion week.

– Lastly, don’t feel obligated to participate in fashion week. If you’re not really interested – it is an opportunity you may want to experience, but not everyone is into high fashion and couture- that’s okay too. Always listen to your truth. Happy fashion week hunting!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

FIT Blood Drive

Once or twice a year FIT hosts a blood drive in the Great Hall. I’ll be honest – I should volunteer more.  I mean, we’re pretty privileged to not only go to college, but to pursue the arts, but with 21 credits, an internship, extracurricular activities and the million other things the average FIT student does it can be hard to make the time. I love the FIT blood drive because it is so easy there is no excuse not to donate.

I had never donated blood before and my first time was a little nerve-wracking because I didn’t know what to expect, but everyone is very nice and they all explain everything they are going to do. So you’re reluctant, I get it. The medical history form is daunting, needles are scary and you don’t want to faint. Well, let me reassure you, the form is very long, but the questions are going to be mostly no’s for most people, and all the questions are explained on a separate informational sheet they give you. Your information is kept private and all discussions about your medical history are done discreetly behind screens. Even if you have to say yes to some questions it doesn’t mean you are ineligible to donate. For example, one question asks if you have been outside the United States in the past five years. I have and they just asked me where and when to make sure it wasn’t a country that you could have been exposed to a disease. Then they prick your finger just like your regular doctor does, check your temperature and blood pressure. The first time I tried to give blood my iron levels were too low, so now I always eat a hamburger for lunch or dinner before I go and it actually works!

A lot of people don’t donate blood because they are afraid of needles. If you are really terrified of needles there won’t be much I can say to change your mind. However, I will say that donating blood is easiest way to help someone who is really in need. You will literally save someone’s life and it doesn’t take anything away from you – your body will keep making blood to replace what you gave so it’s win-win! You could always try doing what I’ve done since I was a kid: just look the other way, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth and think the pinching feeling is just the doctor squeezing your skin. And fainting is a common occurrence, so there’s no reason to be worried or embarrassed about it. At least one person has had to ask them to stop drawing blood every time I have given blood. It’s really not so scary though because you just tell your attendant and they will stop taking blood, lean your chair back and maybe put your legs up to get the blood flowing back to your head. I’ve fainted before (not while giving blood just in life) and the only dangerous part about it is hitting your head on something on the way down, but here you’re already sitting/lying down so that won’t happen! The reason most people faint while giving blood is because they haven’t had anything to eat or drink in a while before they came in (just another fantastic reason to eat a hamburger!)

You should give blood because you get free cookies and juice, and leave with a super cool colorful armband as well as the knowledge you saved a life.