First Days and #Blessed

A wise philosopher once remarked, “first is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest/treasure chest.” Not only is this spotty logic (first is definitively the best, what are they even talking about?), but it’s not always true, because I had a great first day at FIT! I managed to dodge the morning LIRR ride thanks to the fact that my friend takes a course a few blocks away and was not down with lugging her architectural model through Penn (which I respect). After only minimal confusion, I was able to ride the escalator five flights up to my class. I take HSX 133 Fashion Journalism, and our instructor, Christina Burgoyne, is a senior editor at InStyle Magazine. It’s so cool to learn from someone working in the field, with a job similar to one you hope to one day have. Our class discussed the different types of articles you can find in any fashion magazine- service, news, and profile- along with beginning to plan the ones that we’ll write ourselves. My group chose to write our articles about the late (but really freakin’ great) Prince, and I’m so excited to work on it next week. Besides that, we discussed who our favorite people to follow are (in a non-stalker way) and why we choose to. In the age of social networking, in a sea of food pictures and #blessed, it still becomes evident who has the best personality- and these are the people who become the most successful. It explains why Man Repeller is so popular- every media outlet will tell the same fashion story, but I want to hear how Man Repeller will tell it, because I know it will be amazing. I had time to ponder this all on my train ride home, as I listened to Florence and the Machine and half-heartedly flicked through my copy of Les Misérables on the train (it was a long day and it’s 1300 pages of words to take in, don’t judge me). I can’t say this was an exciting read, but thanks for taking time to gaze at it anyways!

Hannah Zwick

a rare shot of flowers in NYC trees and not in Coachella hair!

A rare shot of flowers in NYC trees and not in Coachella hair

There’s a first time for everything, right?

Hi all,
A few days ago, we lost one of the most incredible musicians ever alive (in my opinion). His name was Prince Rogers Nelson, and he was my idol in so many ways. I’d like to dedicate this blog post to him. Rest in peace “Prince of all music”- and may you be in heaven where the rain is purple.

Anyway, on a happier note, I recently had my first FIT class!!! My class is located in the Pomerantz building.


Here’s what was on the supply list to bring for my first day of the “Life Drawing for Middle School” class:

  • Newsprint or Sketching pad
  • Pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B)
  • Charcoal (vine or compressed)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Regular eraser (vinyl or pink)
  • Pencil Sharpener


So, there I was, outside of FIT and nervous as heck. My advice to new FIT Precollege students who are as anxious as I was is, DON’T BE!! My worried state soon started to dissolve as I met all of the compassionate people who were there to help me succeed. My instructor, Demetrio Belenky, was always making sure we were all okay, and soon I didn’t even understand why I was worried in the first place!

After I’d met my teacher, we all made our way to our room, where I was met with a very pleasant surprise. I’m telling you, that was probably the BEST art classroom I’ve ever been in. Paint was all over the place, I think I even saw some on the ceiling! I felt right at home there.


Demetrio made us sign a bunch of contracts – and here I was thinking that signing things was only for adults! Then class began and we had to draw picture after picture of a model; in total I drew 16 sketches in one day… We focused on 2-5 minute quick sketches of a model. Below are some pictures of my work:        sketches

Below is one that didn’t turn out so well. (The legs are too thick and aren’t shaped correctly.) I think it’s very important to learn from your mistakes, that’s why I’ve included it for you to see.         oops-legs

When I left for the day, I was so ecstatic that I was finally getting some great instruction. Stay tuned for more as I tackle my homework next…


Introducing Precollege Blogger: Emily

emily salamon headshot
Precollege is Prefabulous!

As my mother crossed the Verrazano Bridge after missing our train from New Jersey to Penn Station where I would attend my first Precollege class last spring, I started to wonder if this was all a mistake. I had many of the same thoughts that we all have. Will people like me? Will my teacher like my work? Will I complete something I can be proud of?

And most importantly, were these two-inch heeled boots the wrong choice for today…?

Fortunately, as I walked into my class, the first of many, all of my questions were answered. I was home. From this first class in Fashion Forecasting, taught by the funny, fashionable and fabulous Prof. Gary Wolf, I not only learned the skill of predicting every fashion trend imaginable, but I also learned a few skills on life and being confident in my skin (and two-inch heels.). Taking this class allowed me to move outside my comfort zone and into the concrete jungle where I met friends who I can honestly say I will keep for a lifetime, and learned skills I will carry with me everywhere I go.

This fall I am enrolled in, “HAR 016: Creating The Fashion Figure” class, which will help me to improve my sketches and enhance my portfolio. My goal is to apply to FIT in 2017 to the Fashion Design program, and learn all the skills the school has to offer. I am thrilled to be back in a Precollege class with students who appreciate my creative side and personal style. There are so few people in my suburban high school who share my interests, so coming to Precollege truly feels like coming home. It is a place where people share the same passion for fashion and respect for style, but most importantly it has allowed me to step far outside my comfort zone. As Elle Woods once said, “You must always have faith in people, but most importantly you must always have faith in yourself.”

Who am I? Well I am still trying to figure that out. But most days I am a girl who models her look after classic yet simple pieces such as the leather jacket, as well as trending street style. I love to sing and will continue to stand in long lines to try out for The Voice (word to the wise, wear a coat in Chicago); love New York City and the buzz and hum of it; and spend most of my time with a great group of real friends (Squad!) I feel most like myself in the city and at FIT, where I can invent myself or wear something outrageous and everyone says, “Go girl!” instead of my high school where the principal sees my outfit and says “Go home, girl!” I love being with people who understand my creative side and appreciate my style, and I appreciate theirs. I love that I have the chance to blog for Precollege and report on the exciting things that are going on every day in FIT class rooms, and maybe even bring new outlooks and aspects to the already wonderful blog!

Precollege students: welcome to your new home away from home!

-Emily Salamon

Starting off the Summer

Summer in New York City is never very much fun. The hot July sun beats down on the buildings, which in turn absorb the heat and effectively turns the city into an oven. FIT, located in midtown, is in the epicenter of this oven. Midtown is never a very pleasant place to be, with all the people and garbage and just general disparity, but during the summer it becomes something much more sinister. It becomes an unbearable wasteland of tourists and homeless people who are all baking in the oppressive heat. Thankfully, FIT is on a side street and has managed to cull together enough shade to create a nice sitting area for faculty or students or just passers-by. This July has been a little more bearable than the last, I find that I can enjoy myself more when the temperatures stay below 95 degrees.

This summer I am taking advanced sewing and advanced sketching. These classes entail sewing a denim jacket and a t-shirt and rendering many more fabrics and creating my own mini collection, respectively. And although I’m not really one for conversation I do enjoy listening to the people around me and I have found that many of my classmates have come from outside the city. Most from Long Island or New Jersey, but some traveling from as far away as Los Angeles or Paris. I found this to be true last year as well and it surprised me, the amount of people willing to travel thousands of miles just to take a summer class in a pre-college program. Not that FIT isn’t a great school, and not that there aren’t countless reasons to come, but I’m sure that there are local fashion or art schools in some of these areas. FIT has a certain pull for a lot of people. Maybe it’s the sirens of the city calling their names but for a lot of these kids they feel that FIT is the place for them, and are willing to go to great lengths to be in presence of this school. It is a great compliment to the atmosphere and the curriculum and the faculty.

I myself enjoy very much what I am learning and I enjoy being around my professors. I enjoy being in an atmosphere that promotes this kind of artistry. Even though I get a lot of that at school I like being around people who like all the same things as I do. It’s nice to really fit in somewhere.



The Beginning of the End

“So… you’re not going to come out with us tonight because you have to wake up at 5 am tomorrow? That sucks!” I heard that no less than 10 times Friday night at my school’s football game. What my friends didn’t know, was that I have been waiting for this Saturday for the past two months and it was finally here! This semester, I am taking HDE 094: Boutique and Interactive Store Design.

My day began very early (4:50 am to be exact), but I didn’t care; I was anxious and excited for potentially my last, first day of Precollege classes! My 6:05 train slowly approached Penn Station at about 8:45, leaving just enough time for a quick Starbucks run. I’ve become a regular at the ‘bucks’ right outside Penn; they even know my name!

While waiting for my drink, I checked my schedule and realized that classes started at 9:15, instead of 9:30 which I was used to. So I quickly grabbed my drink and ran over to FIT. As soon as I saw the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center (the used-to-be-called- “D building”), I felt right at home!

I walked into D-425, a room I have become very familiar with, and was instantly greeted by none other then Professor Glenn Sokoli; his ear to ear smile can instantly brighten anyone’s day. I also met my 6 other classmates. We instantly all connected with our interest in the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design department! I’m not used to having such a small class, but I am very excited to have a better opportunity to work one on one with Professor Sokoli!

We began class by reviewing the FIT guidelines, something we were all very familiar with.  Professor Sokoli then handed out the course syllabus and we discussed what we would be working on for the next 12 classes. I am so happy to have switched into this class; I know it will surpass all my expectations!

My classmates and I were having so much fun talking with the Professor, we didn’t even realize it was time to go! After class, I ran over to Pret A Manger, my FAVORITE to-go sandwich shop, to grab a quick bite to eat before my 1:15 train back to ‘Smallbany’ (Albany).

Are you taking any classes this semester at FIT? If so, what are you taking? I am beyond excited to come back next Saturday and will talk to you then!