How FIT changes me…

It’s not intentional, I don’t walk on to campus and think “okay, I’m going to become a different person.” It’s completely natural.

When I step foot onto FIT’s campus I completely change on the inside with no intentions. I mean, how could I not? Honestly, Manhattan in and of itself changes me, so attending classes about the one thing I love, IN Manhattan, just tops it all off. The adrenaline I get just off walking to class is exhilarating, I instantly feel 10x more independent and I get this feeling where any opportunity can come about any minute. When I’m at FIT I feel I can put everything else aside and focus on the thing I love to do: fashion. Here I feel like nothing else matters and I have the to freedom to just absorb everything around me, whether it be in class or inspiration on the streets.

FIT has also changed me in terms of knowledge with the fashion industry (obviously!). After taking classes I feel so much more educated with fashion-related topics, my favorite part of this is that I can apply my knowledge to everyday experiences, such as when I go shopping. For example, when I see a store’s window or how the mannequins are dressed I now think about how much thought went into each window and the key things that a person had to keep in mind while styling the mannequin or decorating the window.

Now, some things about this weeks class: This week we just briefly went over the fashion cycle and things of that nature. Then, we took a trip to the FIT Library for an overview of how to use the databases and some forecasting services. I am so thrilled to be able to have access to these amazing tools (that I can literally spend all day on). Not only will these tools benefit me for my curiosity and interest but they will also help me immensely with the three projects I will have to do (which I promise I’ll share). Ahh, the perks of being a Precollege student! :)

Fashionably truly,


Changing Into a Different Person on Saturday Mornings

When I get on that train to go to class at FIT each Saturday morning, it’s almost as if I change into a different person. Not in a weird or negative way of course.

At home I am Mary Peleti…

  • the daughter
  • the sister
  • the friend
  • the straight-A student
  • the girl who has a unique sense of style

At FIT I am Mary Peleti… future fashion stylist.

It’s easier to focus on my goals in that change of environment where no one really knows anything about me, other than that.  Additionally, I feel that FIT Precollege changes me in the sense that I get to experience independence in a way that I wouldn’t at such a young age if I didn’t do this program.  This may sound silly, but I feel like I get to be an adult on Saturday mornings.  There is something just so liberating about walking down 7th avenue after class, with the option to go anywhere that I desire in the amazing city that is New York.


Expectations and What I’ve Learned So Far

My expectations for Fashion Design Techniques are to learn how to drape and to learn how to place the muslin correctly on the dress form. I have noticed that the class is getting harder. I thought everything was easy until we went to put the muslin on the dress form…Let’s just say things didn’t go so smoothly. It’s really hard to get everything lined up and if it’s not then everything will be wrong after that. My self expectations are to get accepted into FIT and to get all As and Bs – this can be a challenge because I’m in 2 AP classes and I’m not doing to well in physics (Science is always my worst subject; I can’t wait to NOT have to take it senior year.) I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well, but it’s a comfort that your portfolio matters a lot too.

I haven’t really had to change anything about myself coming to FIT. I like how everyone has such different styles but you can all talk about fashion. I love how on the 1st day of class you can scope out everyone’s individual style and see if they have a similar style to you. FIT changed me in the way that I became more open to other’s opinions and styles. FIT made me become a better drawer for sure. I couldn’t even draw before I took Fashion Art for Fashion Designers. If I do say so myself, I’m a good artist now. I can draw the croquis. FIT is so different from my school because everyone dresses kind of outrageously, where at my school the atmosphere is definitely more normal. I like expressing myself at FIT.

I was surprised that I learned to draw really fast and even more surprised that I’m doing very well in draping so far. I could actually help other people when I’m usually the one that needs to be helped. The atmosphere at FIT is friendly, although of course there are those that are not very friendly and don’t have a nice attitude to put it nicely. But that’s ok. I don’t really put attention to those people because I’m here to have fun and learn about the different aspects of the industry. FIT is my favorite part of the week; I get to go to my dream college, shop, learn, and explore the city.

See You Next Week,