Embrace Your Inner Photographer (1st Week of Classes)

Oh my gosh, one week of FIT classes has gone by, can you believe it? I know I can’t, it seems to be flying by! I knew I was coming into the first day not in the best of ways due to jetlag, but I came with all my energy and most fashionable clothing to give a good impression. While painting has been relaxing, I can’t hide the fact that I’m really enjoying photography.

I’m finally getting the opportunity to use a professional camera, learning the basics, and shooting in the streets of NYC.

Here are some of my favorite shots taken throughout the week. I hope everyone enjoyed their first week of classes as much as I did, and I can’t wait for the next week.LeavesTaxiBikesSpeed

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P.S. If any of you have general questions about college and the application process, don’t be afraid to ask me; I will try my best to help and answer your questions! ^_^

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Chloe

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Taking courses:
HPH 159  Digital Camera Use and Photography for the Beginner

HFA 141 Cityscapes

I am scared. Despite the brave face I’ve put on, I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous in my life. Change is good and well needed, but keeping up with all the endings and new beginnings going on at the moment is crazy.

Hello everyone, my name is Chloe Tso, and I am a 17 years old girl from Long Island, NY. I’m sorry the intro is very serious, but you should know a lot is in store for me within the next few months. High school has just ended, all my friends are going off on their own paths, and I am going to be a freshman at Binghamton University this September. As you can imagine, a range of emotions and thoughts are racing through my mind. The scheduled life I’ve followed for five years is no more, and the typical “see you next year” doesn’t work anymore. This transitional period of my life is daunting, yet exciting for me.

While I am excited to start the summer program at FIT, to add on to new beginnings, these are the first art classes I’ll be taking since 7th grade. Shocking, I know! For anyone taking the Cityscape and Beginner Photography class, I’m excited to meet you. When I entered high school, I made the difficult decision to put art behind music. Now that I’ve become a decent cello player, I thought it was time to explore my art skills and improve them. I hope to transform the doodles in my notebook and the photos from my Instagram into something more.

The pressures from the start of college will plague my mind, but I’ve decided to enter this program as I will enter college: with an open mind. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know what I want to major in, but I’ve learned to accept and embrace it. The purpose of classes is to experience them firsthand and expose myself to the various fields. I could go off to become a famous photographer, or maybe I’ll decide to go into engineering, but every experience contributes to my future and knowledge. While there is much uncertainty surrounding my future, I know one thing for sure: I am excited for the summer and the FIT program!

 Chloe

FIT Myths vs. Realities

For the most of us, we’ve done our fair amount of research on FIT before we finally arrived at the classes. I know I definitely did mine, especially going a bit past the official FIT site and information and onto testimonies from current students, alumni, and the like. However, after being in the school for almost a week, I’ve found that not all the preconceptions always match up to the truth. So, I’ve debunked some FIT myths just for you. My myth busting didn’t involve many explosions or potentially deadly experiments, so I do encourage you to try this at home (or campus, technically)!

Myth: Everyone dresses like they’re about to walk a runway, everyday.

Reality: It’s true: FIT students do bring it. But that doesn’t mean everyone is dressed and ready to be in the latest issue of Vogue. Plenty of people just like to dress comfortably (after all, some of us have to wake up pretty early to commute to those AM classes), and even those who dress to impress daily take a day off now and then. Plus, the wonderful thing about being in a school such as this is that individuality is admired, especially in the way you dress. Everyone always wants to see something new, so don’t be afraid to wear what you want to wear.

Myth: The fashion girls are super catty.

Reality: This is a common stereotype, but luckily for everyone it is not one that proves true. My magazine design class is filled with people who are also taking fashion courses during the PM sessions and I’ve also gotten the pleasure to get to know. They are some of the most interesting, kind, and thoughtful people I’ve ever met! Don’t let stereotypes get in the way to what could potentially be a lasting friendship.

Myth: I’m interested in art, but not really into fashion. I guess FIT really isn’t the school for me.

Reality: The FIT precollege program offers far more than just fashion classes! Whether you’re into photography, graphic design, drawing, even computer animation, FIT probably has a class that suits your needs. If this thought is what kept you for signing up for this summer, definitely look into the Saturday/Sunday Live (or workshop) classes in the fall or spring. Precollege really is a great place to learn more about your passion, and meet people with similar interests and goals.

Myth: I’m going to have to work really hard at FIT.

Reality: Actually, no, this isn’t a myth. You will definitely have to work hard, and push your limits. If you want to go to a class where you can sit around and not do much, you’ve come to the wrong place. No matter what class you take, you will have to fine tune your skills, get in the zone, and work like never before. However, if you’re taking a class doing the thing you love, then it will never be a chore.

The expectations of anything will never always meet the realities, so don’t rely on them. Instead, keep an open mind and don’t let other people’s thoughts and opinions cloud your own. Do you have your own FIT preconception that turned out to be nothing but a myth? Leave it in the comments below!

Talk to you soon,

Izzy

Changing for the Better

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Hey Mod Mavens,

My mom has been calling me nonstop since I arrived in New York City on Thursday, and every time she does it is to remind me of something or to warn me about a potential danger, and each time she does I remind her, “I am much more responsible when you are not here.” Of course she thinks I am just saying it to reduce the number of grays on her head, but it is true.

Being on my own has really made me rise to the occasion of growing up and facing reality. There weren’t many opportunities to do things for myself back in my small hometown in Florida, so NYC has given me the opportunity to experience all that The Sunshine State cannot.

Today was the first day of classes. I am usually quite introverted, but I quickly realized that would not fly if I stood any chance of not being alone during the lunch hour; I met so many interesting students and got a peek into their perspective of fashion, although at first it was intimidating to have to strike up a conversation on my own.

The classes were fascinating and got me super pumped for the next three weeks. Change is inevitable after all of the knowledge I am going to absorb. My day started with “Develop an Eye for Styling,” which basically affirmed my love for the career path I am hoping to pursue as a fashion stylist. After lunch (which I took at Pita Grill right across FIT – highly recommend), I ventured into “Fashion Forecasting.” The class began with a trip to visit a staff member of the FIT Museum who presented us with clothing from 1900-1990; my kind of history lesson! Being surrounded by fashion educators and lovers is a literal dream come true, and I know I will be learning from the students as much as the professors.

I think I can tell Mom that I will be alright here! What changes do you feel you’re going to go through…or have they already started?

Xoxo, Chari

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Sabrina

SabrinaGiacomaggioTaking courses:
HDE 112 Graphic Design for Parties, Events, and Fashion
HDE 118  Create and Build in 3D: Model Making for Portfolios

I’m Sabrina Giacomaggio, I’m 17 years young but growing up in New York has made me wise. I currently live on Long Island, a completely different world than Manhattan. Every opportunity I get I find myself escaping to the big city to find the hidden treasures this place has to offer. With a cup of coffee in my hand, and my headphones on my head, I begin my summer days on the LIRR to the most inspirational place I’ve seen yet, FIT.

FIT has been a motivation, inspiration and a thought of all things hope since as long as I would remember. At a young age I found myself gallivanting about fashion and the big school on 7th ave. With doubt of the practicality of the fashion and art world from many straight edged teachers and adults, I find myself with every opportunity moving in the right direction toward my dreams. As fall approaches, senior year comes closer and closer with the thoughts of applications and portfolios bashing into one and other through my head, causing a constant reminder of what’s next. My Precollege Classes this semester will be helping me, and inspiring me as I work on my final portfolio for the fall. With every bit of spare time, a lot caffeine, I’ll type my life away serving, all you readers.

FIT Precollege Programs are one of the most influential and life stirring decisions I’ve decided to partake in yet, as my last summer here, I plan to make it my best. I hope you all find the reins on your life and let this amazing place stir you in the right direction. Every opportunity is what you make it.

Until next time,

-Sabrina Giacomaggio