Being in my Element

I just finished writing a personal narrative for my English class, in “regular” high school, by the way. We were given pretty general directions which enabled us to choose basically anything we wanted to write about. I chose to write about finding my passion, which is essentially when I am in my element. The term “being in your element” stems from a book I was required to read titled The Element by Ken Robinson. It wasn’t the most exciting book, but it presented a good topic. Being in your element is defined as “the place where passion and skill meet”. In other words, it’s something you not only enjoy, but excel at as well. In my essay, I discussed trying to “find myself” earlier in life.  I discussed the trials of exploring different activities, such as joining sports teams, and not feeling as if those we the best suited for me.

Can you guess what I included in half of my essay? FIT and fashion, of course!

Here’s a little part of my essay:

At the end of the day, I realize that these classes are way more than just a learning experience for me; they have changed me in so many different ways. When I step on to FIT’s campus, I’m filled with independence.  I have an attitude that anything is possible because I am in my element. The fact that I am surrounded by what I love and people who love the same thing as me for an entire day stimulates me to exude confidence and happiness, unintentionally. I also acquire a sense of  feeling carefree, which stems from the comfort and liberalness that I pick up. Additionally, because I am in my element, I am inspired to reach out and aim for any opportunity I can receive. This mix of confidence and inspiration has led me to complete five FIT classes in addition to my high school studies, become a blogger for FIT, start my own blog six months ago and serve on Nordstrom’s fashion board.  These opportunities would never have been accomplished if it weren’t for me finding my element.  Finally, I feel as if FIT and its classes provide an escape for me.  When I’m there, I am able to leave everything behind and focus on the one thing that lifts my mood, despite the situation.

 

I suggest everyone discover The Element and get a feel for what the author portrays as “the element”.   I think it could benefit each and everyone of us. FIT is such a career-focused school.  If you come here, you should know what you want to study here because there’s no “deciding” time once your in. Therefore, reading The Element will help drive your dedication to whatever your passion is.

Today my fabric styling class went to MOOD and M&J Trimming. Both places were great, I can’t wait to go back!  I have to say though, my favorite part of my experience was seeing “Swatch”, the owner’s dog at MOOD. I’ve seen him before on Project Runway, but when I saw him in real life, I thought I saw a celebrity!  That’s how excited I got.

Swatch!!!

Fabrics galore!

By the way, can you believe there’s only three more classes left! That’s crazy! When I was looking at my calendar, I was expecting five or six more!

Fashionably Yours,

Michaela

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

Daily Routine in NYC

Though the FIT Precollege Program classes are almost over, I still want to tell you guys about where I go on my free time. Who knows, maybe you’ll want to do these things even after the classes are over!

My train pulls in to Penn Station around 12:30, leaving me about an hour to do whatever I want until my class starts. Usually I make my own lunch, but recently I discovered this cute sandwich shop, Pret A Manager, located on 29th and Seventh. Here you can find all kinds of sandwiches, salads, and baguettes that are all freshly made and placed on a buffet-type shelf. You can choose anything you want because they’re all pre-made that morning and continually throughout the day! I highly recommend trying the Chicken and Mozzarella baguette…absolutely delicious! The prices are fair and vary from about $2.00-$10.00 for the pre-made foods.

Anyway, after I grab my lunch, I try to find an open seat in the cafeteria at FIT to quickly eat…no time to waste! Once I finish, I usually go to Starbucks and grab a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino…my fav! If I feel like taking a trip, or if I even have money, I will go check out the latest fashions in Buffalo Exchange. This store never fails to amaze me with the low prices and outrageous clothing! Yesterday, I picked up the cutest floral blouse with a peplum style shape for only $20! Definiely recommend checking that out as well!

During my breaks, my friends and I usually gather at the end of the hallway and chat about random things…just to pass the time. If it’s before 3:00, some girls go to Starbucks to grab a drink before it closes, but most girls grab a snack from the nearest vending machine. I don’t like to go far from the classroom because I wouldn’t want to be late returning to class!

This class has brought me so many friends from all over the world. We have all planned to meet up after class on the last day and spend the night together in the city…maybe go shopping and have a nice dinner in Times Square.

Yes, I am sad that the classes are almost over, but I am happy to say that I’ve had a wonderful experience here and made wonderful friends!

Fino alla volta prossima!

Gabriela

Chance or Choice?

This post is dedicated to all of the students going into senior year.

Is our fate determined by chance or choice? 

Personally, I believe it’s determined by choice. The choices I make each and every day contribute to the outcome of my future. But, without the chances I take in life, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Do you believe our fate is determined by chance or choice?

The effort that we all put into our work here, at FIT, is preparing us for our future. The hours that we dedicate to creating our artwork is our choice. These classes that we are taking are preparing us for our future. That’s why we must soak up all of the knowledge we are learning! Seniors, we have to apply the knowledge we have learned to our portfolio. We have to make sure we include some of our best work. What are you thinking of including? How have you been preparing for your portfolio?

I have mixed feelings for week three. It’s my last week here at FIT. What if I never come back? FIT is my dream. It provides everything that I need to be successful later in life. I am so nervous about applying to college in general. Will they like my creations? Am I up to par? What makes me stand out from the rest?

I am channeling all of these feelings into my artwork and creations. I am so determined to make my portfolio the very best it could be. I have hope. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will?

We must all be sponges this week. Soak up all the information you can. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your professor. I’ve grown a tremendous amount these past two weeks. I have learned to render some very important fabrics, which is necessary for my portfolio. I have now mastered the industrial sewing machine. I have even learned to use the over lock machine.. It’s my new best friend!!

There will also be a slideshow in the Cafeteria on Monday, July 23rd. It will show all the different majors for FIT and will give tips and information on applying to FIT. Seniors, definitely attend! An Admissions Representative will be there to hand out information and answer your questions!

Good luck to all seniors on applying to colleges!

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door” -Coco Chanel

Your Care Tag,

Bella

Au Revoir!

The sad day has arrived, the last day of Spring 2012 Precollege class, of course there’s plenty of other semesters but it is always sad leaving a class on the last day. Overall, my class has been wonderful, a lot of work but it is rewarding at the end. I have learned so many things about the fashion world from my amazing professor, she is extremely down to earth and really taught us as if we were on the college level. I also met some really nice girls, this class was definitely more friendly then my previous precollege class, everybody got along really well! Of course my plan for the future is to attend FIT, but that’s years away (for me at least) so for now my future going to continue to be Precollege classes, which I love!

This summer I am taking Fashion Art for Fashion Designers, and possibly a second one (hopefully!). I chose this class because I really want to experiment with the design part of the industry, I feel like maybe I would enjoy it.

My class!

As promised here are my theme boards, I pretended to be the fashion director of Aritzia and I had to predict upcoming trends for Spring 2013, my four trends are: 50′s Rock and Remix, Urban Sport, Doll-like Delight, and The Bare Minimum.

 

My advice for you guys considering to take a Precollege class is: Go for it! You can’t go wrong, even if you only take one class it can benefit you in multiple ways. You familiarize yourself with FIT’s campus, NYC in general, meet amazing professors and new friends, all while learning about the thing you love.

It has been great to have been to able share my thoughts and weekly experiences with you guys, it has been such an amazing opportunity! I truly hope you’ve taken as much out of my posts as possible…

So long, Michaela