How to Manage School and FIT Work

Long time no talk! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve had some trouble with being sick and my old, no longer functioning laptop (you will be missed).   

But I am back, better than ever and ready to blog! The first few months of school have been pretty crazy for me. However, I’ve learned how to effectively balance school/FIT work, college applications and even have time for a social life. The key to time management is setting specific times to do things. Here are some tips that have really helped me stay on task with all of my work:

• Homework: Do all of your homework right when you get home from school. I know I used to want to relax and think about anything but school work but you will seriously love yourself for getting it out of the way. A really helpful tip I use is to set a time to finish all of your work by.  i.e: Make it a goal to finish all of your work before dinner. And if you meet your goal, treat yourself to something yummy like ice cream for dessert!

• FIT work: Finishing your homework earlier not only gives you the freedom to do whatever you want at night, but also some extra time to work on FIT class work. If you fall behind in class, the work can sometimes pile up. However, if you take a half an hour, each day of the week, you will definitely finish all of the work by your Saturday and/or Sunday class. Sometimes, if I am extremely busy in school, I will save my work for the train ride into the city. I guess living 2 and a half hours outside of New York City isn’t such a bad thing after all!

These tips might seem pretty obvious, but they definitely have helped me become more organized with my work! In class, we’ve just began to work on our boutique layouts in a software called SketchUp. Here is a preview of what my Bridal Boutique is going to look like:

It doesn’t look like much as of right now, but I promise I will keep you updated!

I’m so glad to be blogging again and I can’t wait to go back to FIT to continue to work on my store! Have a great Thanksgiving and I’ll talk to you all again very soon!

 

Lilli

My Favorite Places to Grab a Quick Bite to Eat

If I’m not in an FIT classroom working on an assignment, you can probably find me at one of these great eateries:

  • Pret A Manger- 7th Ave and W 29th St
  • Gigi Cafe- 7th Ave between 27th and 28th St
  • Fresh & Co- 7th Ave and W 30th St
  • Argo Tea- 7th ave and 26th St
  • Starbucks- 7th Ave between 28th and 27th or 7th Ave and W 31st St
  • Whole Foods- 7th Ave and W 25th St

All of these to-go style restaurants are all conveniently located right on 7th Ave! Next time you’re on a class/lunch break, definitely try out one of these places if you haven’t already and let me know if you do!

Fashionably,

Lilli

 

The Beginning of the End

“So… you’re not going to come out with us tonight because you have to wake up at 5 am tomorrow? That sucks!” I heard that no less than 10 times Friday night at my school’s football game. What my friends didn’t know, was that I have been waiting for this Saturday for the past two months and it was finally here! This semester, I am taking HDE 094: Boutique and Interactive Store Design.

My day began very early (4:50 am to be exact), but I didn’t care; I was anxious and excited for potentially my last, first day of Precollege classes! My 6:05 train slowly approached Penn Station at about 8:45, leaving just enough time for a quick Starbucks run. I’ve become a regular at the ‘bucks’ right outside Penn; they even know my name!

While waiting for my drink, I checked my schedule and realized that classes started at 9:15, instead of 9:30 which I was used to. So I quickly grabbed my drink and ran over to FIT. As soon as I saw the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (the used-to-be-called- “D building”), I felt right at home!

I walked into D-425, a room I have become very familiar with, and was instantly greeted by none other then Professor Glenn Sokoli; his ear to ear smile can instantly brighten anyone’s day. I also met my 6 other classmates. We instantly all connected with our interest in the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design department! I’m not used to having such a small class, but I am very excited to have a better opportunity to work one on one with Professor Sokoli!

We began class by reviewing the FIT guidelines, something we were all very familiar with.  Professor Sokoli then handed out the course syllabus and we discussed what we would be working on for the next 12 classes. I am so happy to have switched into this class; I know it will surpass all my expectations!

My classmates and I were having so much fun talking with the Professor, we didn’t even realize it was time to go! After class, I ran over to Pret A Manger, my FAVORITE to-go sandwich shop, to grab a quick bite to eat before my 1:15 train back to ‘Smallbany’ (Albany).

Are you taking any classes this semester at FIT? If so, what are you taking? I am beyond excited to come back next Saturday and will talk to you then!

Fashionably,

Lilli

Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Lilli

Being a 17 year old with a (slightly unhealthy) passion for fashion, can be quite a challenge when you have lived your entire life in Upstate New York. The small suburb of Loudonville, which consists of popped collars, Vineyard Vines everything and juicy gossip, is what I call home. A $50 Amtrak ticket can buy me a two and a half hour, one-way escape to one of the greatest fashion capitals of the world, New York City. Fashion is my form of self-expression. Clothing can define who you are, where you’re going and what you’re doing. You can learn someone’s story by just looking at how they styled themselves. When I am in New York City, I feel as though I can express my personal style without being judged!

In the past two years, I have been fortunate enough to take 4 Precollege courses at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Two summers ago, I took two classes in the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design department. In HDE 114 Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry, we learned the necessary planning and skills to set up a professional photo shoot using different props such as shoes, mannequins, and dinning ware. HDE 115 In-Store Marketing and Retail Event Planning made me aware of the effectiveness of a store’s layout and how to create a product to draw the consumers attention.

After just one week of classes, I realized my true love for styling. In the spring of 2012, I took HSX 121: Passion for Fashion Styling to better my knowledge of specifically, fashion styling. This past summer, I took HDE 114 Styling of Fashion, Food and Home Products for the Visual Industry with Professor Glenn Sokoli again. His outgoing personality really makes lectures and everyday class work so enjoyable! When I am at FIT, I really feel like I am learning skills that will help me find my place in the fashion industry.

I recently just began my senior year of high school. I have yet to accept the fact that I will be a COLLEGE freshman in less than one short year. I feel as though it was only yesterday when I was in the seventh grade and told myself I would do whatever possible to attend FIT in the fall of 2013. Waking up to catch a 6 am train in order to make it to the city for a 9:30 Precollege course might seem crazy to some people. But for me, it is an opportunity to better my chances of being a part of The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Class of 2017! My passion for fashion has slowly taken over every aspect of my life and I couldn’t be happier.

Fashionably,

Lilli