Well another great semester at FIT has come to an end and I feel like just yesterday I was sitting down writing my first blog post. It’s crazy to think I’ve completed my second Precollege class. I really enjoyed the class I took this summer. I feel like I got an inside look at what the beauty industry is really all about. All 3 of my professors were so knowledgeable and taught me so many great things.
As the summer begins coming to a close there are definitely both feelings of excitement and nerves about entering into my senior year of high school. This is the year I will begin applying to colleges and FIT is definitely at the top of my list.
The cosmetics and fragrance Precollege course really reminded me how much I love the beauty industry. From making products to learning about marketing I loved every minute of it and I hope to pursue a career in this field in the future.
My friends Marissa, Olivia and I!
I’m glad that I was able to have an opportunity to attend classes at FIT before applying. Taking these courses really showed me that having a career in the fashion industry is definitely something I want to do. Its been so much fun blogging this semester. I hope everyone enjoyed their classes and has an amazing summer.
Best of luck to everyone!
Last Wednesday, my Precollege class took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Despite the fact that the subways were the equivalent of a sauna, I had an amazing time.
Finished Inspiration Board
My favorite design by Charles James
The purpose of our field trip was to get inspired by the designer Charles James by looking at some of his work. After looking at many of his beautiful designs we were to design an inspiration board that would help a perfumer to decipher what type of smell we would want our perfume to have. Walking into the costume exhibit to look at some of Charles James’ designs was a little overwhelming. He had so many beautiful and elegant designs I was in love.
After leaving the museum my partner and I decided that since Charles James designed many dark and sophisticated gowns our perfume should have an “elegant nighttime” feel to it. In the end we decided we would have to incorporate amber, lavender and a floral smell to make the perfume have that perfect elegant, girly feel to it.
When we were at the museum I took pictures of my favorite dresses to share with you all and I will also add in a picture of our finished inspiration board.
“In fashion even what seems most fragile must be built on cement” ~ Charles James
Until next time,
My finished bottle of perfume :)
I have begun another exciting adventure at FIT. Monday was the first day of my Cosmetics and Fragrance class and let me just say I am already in love! The way this class is being run is that each week we get a new professor for three weeks. The first week my Professor has a degree in working with fragrances, the second week my professor has a degree in the marketing and management aspect of the beauty industry and the last week my professor has a degree in cosmetic design. I am really excited to get an inside look at what really goes on in the beauty industry.
Walking into this class I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but on our first day we were able to make a perfume! It was so cool! We got to pick the scent and color we wanted it to be so my partner and I decided we wanted a fruity smelling pink perfume. We mixed together specific amounts of the scent, color, distilled water, perfume oils and alcohol. Personally I think our perfume came out great.
I think one of the great things about this class is that it is really hands on rather than having a class that is only a lecture for three hours. I really enjoy learning how to make products and how each product was developed. If you are into the beauty industry I would recommend you take this class if you have the opportunity it was only my first day and I am already having so much fun!
Until next time,
Hi everyone! For those of you who don’t know me from last semester my name is Nicole. Last semester I took the Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising class and this semester I will be taking the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management class. I am so excited to start a new and exciting adventure at FIT. What I wanted to do with my first blog post of the summer semester is to kind of give some words of advice to people who may be taking a Precollege class for the first time. Here are some of my Do’s and Dont’s for taking a Precollege course at FIT:
- Try to find people in your class who may travel from the same place you do. It’s always fun to have a travel buddy!
- Come prepared and on time. You want to make a good impression!
- Try and make new friends. Although you may be one of the shy kids in your school think of this is a clean slate and let the other people in your class see the real you!
- Try and learn as much as you can. If you really want to have a career in the Fashion Industry try to learn as much as you can so you can have some knowledge to take with you in years to come!
- Grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks before class. Ok, this is of course optional but there is a Starbucks right across from FIT and if you are feeling extra tired one morning BAM Starbucks is there.
- Have fun. Even though you are at FIT to take a class have fun with it and enjoy yourself.
- Be nervous. Most likely everyone is going to be nervous its something new and very different but don’t worry everyone is super nice.
- Be afraid to speak up. The professors love when students are able to bring something new to a discussion in class so don’t be afraid to share your knowledge!
- Turn in assignments late. Turning in assignments late is a major don’t. Your professor is expecting you to be able to do assignments and hand them in a timely fashion so stay on top of things!
- Be afraid to be yourself. This is your time to show your true colors. Being in an environment where everyone shares a common interest is amazing. You will meet so many people and make so many new friends.
I guess what I am trying to say is relax, don’t be nervous and be yourself. I remember my first day of class during the spring semester. I was so ridiculously nervous and now looking back on it I realized I shouldn’t be because it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
I wish everyone the best of luck this semester!
Until next time,
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