Been There, Done That – An Interview With Precollege Alum Lilly Truscott

Lilly Truscott

This week, Precollege Programs had the opportunity to speak with FIT undergraduate student and Precollege alumni, Lilly Truscott. Lilly was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, but moved to Nashville, TN during high school. She is currently in her first semester at FIT, working towards her AAS in Advertising and Marketing Communications. After gaining her Associates Degree, Lilly plans to graduate with her BS in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.

Lilly currently works in the Precollege office through FIT’s Work-Study program, where she is able to share her experiences as a Precollege student with current students and parents.

Courses Taken in Precollege Programs:

HAD 146 Typography for Graphic Design
HFM 064 Business of Fashion

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How FIT Has Made Me a Better Student & Person

Before coming to FIT, I really had no idea that there was so many different things one could do in the fashion industry. I didn’t realize that there were so many different classes and majors that the college offered. FIT Precollege classes have taught me so much these past two semesters. Over this past weekend, after class, there was an information session about  the application process and applying to FIT. This informational meeting itself gave me so much motivation to do as well as I can and to make everything possible into getting into FIT.

Over the last two semesters, FIT has made me a better student and person. I have a lot more confidence now. Also, FIT has made me a better student in high school. I have a lot of motivation to do better with my school work and try to get as good of grades as I can. One thing I think I should work on for the rest of the semester is – trying to put a little more craftsmanship into my work. My ideas are all there and I can deliver them, but I want to try to improve my drawing skills.

The Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing class is honestly such an amazing course if you love cosmetics! I had no idea there were so many jobs in the field! The class gives you tons of information from beauty products to classifying the smell and under notes of a fragrance. So far in the semester, I have made body wash, lipstick, shampoo, and display/mood boards. My professor, Virginia Bonofiglio, is a great professor who will really teach you a lot about the major. In the last few weeks of the semester, my class will be taking a field trip to explore the retail part of the business! Stay tuned for pictures all about my trip!

Until next time,

Xoxox Tori

The Three Best Friends That Anyone Could Have

FIT is one of the best ways to meet new people! Especially ones that are just as obsessed with fashion as you! FIT is an amazing place because people aren’t as judgemental. I say this because FIT is full of diverse people that do they’re own thing! I love being able to try to wear something out there or do my makeup a little more bold for class without having the feeling of being judged. Overall,FIT  its a comfortable safe environment.

I first started attending FIT with one of my best friends from school, Jenn! We both took the Fabric Styling class! I loved being able to take the train and having someone there with me to get around the city with! If I had signed up to do it alone I’m sure I would have been fine but having a friend with you makes it a thousand times greater!

This semester I was able to convince my other best friend Amanda to take the Fragrance and Cosmetics class with me! The two of us are obsessed with make up to the point where we have mini makeup stores at home! Its amazing to be able to share the opportunity of FIT Precollege Programs with two of my closest friends! Do you go to class with friends from school?

xoxox Tori


My First Day!

It was the first time in a very long time, and I mean months, that I was actually excited to wake up early on a Saturday morning. To be able to catch my 7:05 train into Penn Station, I need to wake up at 5:45 am. Now I know some of you are thinking that is way to early and almost a torture, but to be able to come to FIT is all worth it. The commute for me is not bad at all because fortunately I am able to attend Precollege Programs with my two best friends, one of which who is also a blogger! Her name is Jennifer so make sure you check out her blog posts!

Walking into the Fragrance lab was a little bit intimidating at first. There are bottles of fragrance and high tech equipment scattered throughout the room. My professor was full of information and made difficult material easy to comprehend. During the class we learned how to use the scales, and began to add a chocolate fragrance to a body wash. Also, towards the end of class, we smelt different fragrances and classified different adjectives for each one. Overall, I found the class to be very interesting.

Going forward, the projects I will be doing this semester are things I could never imagine you could make. In the later weeks, the class will be creating a shampoo, lip gloss, and various bath products. As well as the products the class is required to make a Beauty timeline and a Fragrance inspiration board. I am ecstatic to see how the class plays out within the next couple of weeks. What do you think? Does this sound like a class you would be interested in?

xoxo Tori