Hangouts and Whereabouts

My Train to FIT

My Train to FIT

Saturday, what a great day, it just so happens to be my favorite day. My day to myself, and my day to do what I want, when I want; everything else can wait until Sunday.  On Saturday mornings I start my best day off right. There’s no waking up on the wrong side of the bed on Saturdays when my alarm clock goes off at 7:24! Getting up so early in order to arrive FIT in time and also have the time to grab a coffee with my friend that travels with me by 9:15 isn’t always easy, but so worth it. Coming from Queens, I get dropped off at a small train station by my house; sometimes this is where I grab my first cup of coffee. As an avid coffee drinker, there is no such thing as too much coffee.

As soon as my train pulls into Penn Station, I go into mad dash mode; got to get that coffee. The hustle down to my favorite spot around FIT is one of excitement.  If you’re looking for the best cup of coffee on all of 7th avenue, head to Gregory’s Coffee. Better than Starbucks (which is also en route to FIT), Gregory’s sells all different types of coffee, from Macchiato to café Americano.  My personal favorites from Gregory’s are the caramel macchiatos, and their to die for chocolate chip cookies.

Gregory's Caramel Macchiato

Gregory’s Caramel Macchiato

On my first day of class at FIT, having an art supply store (Barnes and Nobles) on campus came in handy. A great tip that may come in handy before your first class at FIT would be to check your student FIT account to make sure that any and all supplies required for the class are in your possession, beforehand. Something as simple as having all the supplies you need as soon as you need them is so rewarding and beneficial because you could focus on your artwork, without the hassle of have to pick up the supplies late. My Professor was very understanding and did not require me to visit Barnes and Nobles but, if you can while at FIT, make use of the on campus supplies.

Breaks at FIT are about 15 minutes long, just enough time to make it across 7th avenue to buy more coffee (usually  where I end up going), or to buy a snack. Usually during breaks, my friends Sofia and Rachel and I make our way down to Dunkin Donuts on the other side of the street.

A restaurant that is worth trying near FIT is called Brgr. A healthy alternative to junk food, with the same great taste; Brgr only serves grass-fed meat. Known for not just their grass-fed cow jokes hanging across the walls, Brgr serves the best shakes around FIT. If you are a student taking two classes at FIT and you are wondering where to try for a great lunch, visit Brgr.

These are my favorite chill out spots this spring at FIT. I hope these come in handy; whether you’re in the mood for a burger or just some early morning coffee.

Thank you for reading this week!

Yours Truly,

09Kathleen

How To Make Friends At FIT

Hello readers! Happy Thanksgiving! As this holiday comes closer and closer, I am thinking about everything I’m thankful for. One of the things I am most thankful for are my friendships. My friends are so important to me and they inspire me so much! In the past weeks at FIT, I’ve bonded with my classmates over having to lay low on Friday nights so we can wake up early on Saturdays, our love for New York, and our passion for the fashion industry. I now consider my classmates as my friends because of this. When I started at FIT, making friends was what I was most nervous for, but it was actually very easy! Here are some of my tips for making friends at FIT (and in other situations too):

Complement Outfits

  • If you like what someone is wearing, tell them! We’re all fashion students here so we all dress pretty nicely and from my experience, most people are willing to share where they shop or how they style their outfits. Complements in general often spark conservation which could lead to a friendship.

Exchange Social Media Accounts and/or Phone Numbers

  • Follow your classmates on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or whatever social media site you use! This helps you connect with them during the week and is also helpful if you have a question about an assignment. Exchanging phone numbers is good too because you can keep in touch with your classmates even after the semester is over.

Hang Out During Break

  • At some point during class each week, we have a break that lasts about 20 minutes. During that time, my classmates and I walk down to the cafeteria, have a snack, and talk about anything and everything. Throughout these short conversations, we’ve gotten to know each other well. Without hanging out during our break, we wouldn’t know each other that well at all.

Be Open To Everyone

  • Don’t judge a book by its cover- meaning don’t judge someone by their outfit! It doesn’t matter what someone is wearing, it matters who they really are. Even though someone’s outfit may not be your style, they might be one of the best people you’ll meet at FIT. My classmates all have individual styles, but we all get along great. Being different from your friends is often what makes a friendship.

I wish I would’ve known all of these tips before starting FIT, it would’ve been a lot less intimidating. All the people I’ve encountered have something in common with me: we love fashion! This main common interest makes it easier than you would think to make friends.

Have a great week and a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thanks for reading,
Kenzie Davis

A few things FIT has taught me

NYCnewcropped“Never give up on what you want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts”- Albert Einstein.

Throughout the year and a half that I have been taking Precollege classes at FIT, I have learned many things, not only about fashion and putting together a great outfit, but also about life and myself. The first lesson I learned is that traffic lights and signs are more of a vague suggestion. Drivers will go where they feel like going, when they feel like going, and will not stop for you no matter how cute your outfit may be.

The second lesson I learned from my FIT Precollege experience is real responsibility. This class made me become far more prepared than I could have ever dreamed!! It has made me take on the responsibility of waking up early, getting to my locations on time, and having all the materials I need with me on hand. It has really helped me to grow up in the sense that in the big city you need to be your own best friend and rely on yourself to be organized and have everything you need taken care of ahead of time.

Overall, and I think most importantly, the biggest lesson I have learned is that a bottle of water in New York City costs two dollars, not four. And if anyone tries to sell it to you for four, you should swiftly walk away. Just kidding–although this is true.  The biggest and most important lesson I have learned from this experience is courage. I live in a small town that is quiet for the most part, and the idea of going to the city every weekend was the most exciting and most terrifying thing I could ever think of doing. So I did it. And from pushing myself I have learned that I am a lot stronger than I thought and can handle a lot more than I believed I could. At the end of my first semester class I was riding the train home with my FIT certificate in my hand and I will not ever forget the real sense of accomplishment I felt holding it. It wasn’t just a piece of paper, or even an award for completing that class; it was a symbol that I had grown as a person and pushed myself beyond any boundaries I ever thought I could push past.  I had overcome my fears, walked into the big city alone, and come out of the experience with new friends, skills and many life lessons.

These are just a few of the things that FIT and New York have taught me, and will teach anyone else who lets them!   I am thankful for this experience, and wish Happy Thanksgiving to all.

-Emily

The Perks of Fast Fashion

First off, what is fast fashion? Fast fashion is easily accessible, fairly priced clothing with a high end look that maintains a casual feeling. In today’s fashion world some people look down on fast fashion however I believe it is one of the most useful categories in fashion for these reasons:

  • Appreciated diversity – Fast fashion is a good way to get a wide selection of looks withoutfast fashion2 going too far out there. While people may look at you and like the originality in your outfit they also may appreciate a modest look as well. Sometimes when you watch runway shows for designer brands you see models take the runway in ridiculous, glamorous outfits, and while it may be enjoyable to watch that’s all those clothes will be, an enjoyable show that belongs on the runway.

 

  • Reasonable prices – Mostly everyone in the fashion industry wants to look nice; it’s a fact of the industry.  It’s more than just looking nice though, it’s looking nice with different styles and clothes. However filling that wardrobe can cost a lot of money especially to achieve that high class look.  Fast fashion is great for filling space for your here and there casual outfits to your everyday wear. Not only can you achieve a similar look but you can do it for a much cheaper price.

 

  • Convenience- As fashion evolves so do the collections and how they are released. Very fast fashion3limited quantities are become a more common thing in collection releases and sadly most people don’t have the proper connections to guarantee themselves a garment. Fast fashion is the complete opposite of this, it’s always in stock and always nearby. If you see a piece you like you won’t have to make a million calls or wait outside a store forever just for a single garment, all you have to do is walk in to your nearest H&M, Urban outfitters etc. buy it and call it a day.

-Walter

Getting Down to Business: Preparing Your Portfolio

Hi readers!

This week I would like to get down to a more serious topic, preparing your college portfolio. I’ll be honest with you, it’s a difficult task to compile your work. As you try to put together your best pieces, it’s hard to not think about what other students are putting in theirs as well.

For the most part, the pieces you include revolve around the specific minor/major you’re applying for. By looking on FIT’s or any other college’s website, you’ll find specific descriptions of any projects and portfolio requirements that the school would like from you.

My sketchbook

SKETCH!! Any and all courses more likely than not will want to see your sketching ability. Don’t be frightened! Unless you’re applying to a fine arts program your sketches do not have to be as realistic as a professionals. Portfolio reviewers like to see how your eye captures an element and transfers it to paper. The ability to sketch also shows your level of patience which is very important in any creative industry.

Another key to sketching is to work on larger pieces of paper, filling up a given space shows your ability to draw with more than just your finger tips. Noting that you use your wrist, hands, and arms to draw an image is very important.

It’s good to keep a sketchbook on hand to practice wherever you may be! Practicing will make you better at sketching as well as help you gain patience to execute bigger projects in the future.

SOME FINAL TIPS 

  • Try to fill the whole page instead of just a small section

Trust me I know, I love to draw things on a smaller scale and make them more detailed, though it’s more beneficial to you if you practice drawing on a larger scale. By doing this you train your hand and mind to remain in a detailed mindset, plus it’ll look good in your portfolio.

  • Draw from life

Portfolio observers like to see how you interpret objects from life to paper. While showing your creative side with different drawings from your mind, be sure to include drawings of the basics like flowers or buildings.

A page from my sketchbook When it comes time for you to go through this process, take your time and do things to your best capability. Breathe and do your thing. I can assure you everyone is nervous when submitting works of their own, it’s good to be confident but it’s 100% okay to be nervous. Even though the process is a stressful one, continue using your strengths to enhance your pieces in your own personal way and see what happens from there.

If you have the opportunity, reach out to your art teachers for assistance and if you’re lucky enough even a professor. They’re there to help YOU! Asking won’t ever hurt and who knows, hopefully it’ll make you feel better along the way!

Thank you for reading and good luck on pursuing any passions you may have! We all take many different paths in life so stick to what you love and you’ll make it one way or another.

-Emily Kelly