The Office of Alumni and Faculty Relations is excited to start working with Brian Williams, a first-year FMM student, who was recently elected as Vice President for Alumni Affairs on the FIT Student Association (FITSA)! We caught up with Brian and asked him about his studies, the importance of alumni role models in students’ lives, and his upcoming plans for strengthening the connection between alumni and students.
First of all, welcome to FIT and congratulations on becoming the new FITSA VP of Alumni Affairs! How does it feel to be a student at FIT and a student body leader?
Thank you! It is an honor to be a student at FIT. I am very excited to be on Student Association, and cannot wait to start working with the alumni and putting on some exciting programs.
Tell us about your decision to transfer from SUNY New Paltz to FIT.
I went to New Paltz for a year to get some of my General Education requirements out of the way. At first, I was planning on staying at New Paltz, and was going to major in Psychology. But after taking a variety of classes and also connecting with different people in the industry, it helped me realize that FIT was the right choice for me.
Was there a particular person or experience that served as a catalyst for choosing FIT?
I won a scholarship at the end of my senior year of high school from an organization called Live Out Loud. Many of the supporters of the organization are in fashion related industries. After being connected with some of these individuals, I became extremely interested in being in the fashion industry as a career.
What’s your major and expected grad year?
I am a Fashion Merchandising Management major. I will finish my Associates at the end of this year.
Do you plan on continuing onto a Bachelors degree?
I do. I am not sure what I want to specialize in, or if I want to move onto another program.
What are some of your favorite courses and professors so far?
I really love Intro to the Fashion Industry and Fashion Business Practices. All my professors are great!
What made you want to take on the role of FITSA VP of Alumni Affairs?
At New Paltz, I was very involved on campus, so when transferring to FIT I expected nothing less of myself than to get involved. During Welcome Week, there was a booth for the Student Association, so I walked up and asked if there were any open positions. One that caught my attention was the VP of Alumni Affairs. It sounded like a great opportunity and an interesting position.
What are some programs you plan on organizing to involve alumni at FIT?
I want to organize panel discussions with alumni, as well as a few other networking opportunities, such as shadowing opportunities for students.
From a student’s perspective, how important is the role of alumni in students’ success?
I think alumni are some of the most important assets to a student’s success. The alumni know what it is like to go to FIT, and have a lot of valuable knowledge to share. Many students do not know what they want to do when they graduate, and alumni can act as a role model for these students.
Are there any alumni in particular that you have met or know of who inspire you?
I haven’t met that many alumni, but I cannot wait to meet as many as possible! I think all the alumni are very inspiring. After being here for a while, I see how intense the programs are. Everyone works so hard, and knowing that others before me have completed the program inspires me.
What do you plan to do after graduating?
After graduation, I will hopefully get the opportunity to start my career. I’m not sure what I want to work in exactly, but that will develop over time. I like to go with the flow and see where life takes me!
What message would you like to extend to the FIT Alumni community on behalf of FIT’s student body?
Thank you for paving the way for us, and for being such an inspiration!
To get involved with FIT, alumni can sign up here!