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

So, this is goodbye…

This semester at FIT was definitely my most unforgettable. I’ve been accepted into the college, found my roommate, started an internship, and even got a new one for the Summer. Although there were many, many long train rides and a ton of work between my extra classes and school, I had an amazing experience yet again. I’ve made a lot of friends between the two classes I took, and I’m going to miss them.

My presentation boards have made drastic improvement, and in Fashion Techniques we’ve completed the basic bodice, cowl neck, dirndl, flare and pencil skirts. Now, it’s time to make them all for myself. :)

Over the Summer I’ll be interning for Perry Ellis International, where the head designer was very impressed with the classes I’ve taken at FIT. I’ll also be working, to save up so I don’t have to live as a poor college kid. I also can’t wait to start dorm shopping; I’m very excited for college. However, I have a lot to prepare for and I want to take this Summer to make sure I’m completely ready for college. I just had a wonderful prom on World Yacht, circling the New York City skyline all lit up at night. Now, I’m looking forward to graduation.

Even though I’m headed there for school, I’m going to miss Precollege classes. There are so many that I didn’t get the chance to take. My only advice to those who haven’t taken them yet, start right away!

Karlie