The Planet of Perfect Friendships

Imagine yourself on a planet where everyone on this planet speaks the same strange language as you and enjoys the same activities as you-overwhelming-maybe, but perfect seems like a better word.  I used to imagine a place like this, until I started attending FIT Precollege classes, then I stopped imaging it and started living it.  From 32nd street to 23rd is my playground, where I meet new friends, eat at new places, and explore Chelsea.  Running around with friends both from class and from random meet and greets in the elevator, we take full advantage of the opportunities New York presents us with.

This Saturday, a friend of mine I met prior to attending class, and another friend which we both met separately yet both fell completely in love with, are going to attend the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the MET.  After putting off seeing it for weeks now, I finally found a few fashion obsessed friends who would love nothing more than to be surrounded by beautiful works of art, made by an absolute genius.  After this trip I’m sure others are in the works, maybe a shopping trip to Soho or my first visit to the MoMa.  My friendships are not confined to the small Chelsea area.

New friends are always great to make first great memories with.  Just today I had my first Jamba Juice experience with a few girls from my class during are slightly extended break.  We had time to speed walk a few blocks, and treat our taste buds to a smoothie that may have changed my life, and if that’s not dramatic enough-I plan on indulging my taste buds once again with another strawberry smoothie.  Though Jamaba Juice is not my only obsession, Starbucks and the tons of health food places around campus don’t always cut it.  Picking up a burrito from Chipotle before class to split with a friends as we dine in the shade outside of the C building, always does the trick as we speak our foreign fashion related language, and embrace the city in the summer.

Amira

Friendships and Food

Throughout my three courses that I have taken at FIT I have learned what a great place it is to meet friends. This is because of the common interest all of the students have in the school, and fashion and art in general. So far during Summer Live I have met many different people. I am usually very shy before I get to know someone well, but I find at FIT I am able to open up more because I am really able to connect with my classmates. Our common interest of fashion is always a conversation starter, our favorite designers, stores, and other fashion related ideas are often discussed.

Usually during breaks, I stay in the classroom as do many other students and continue working. Sometimes I bring a snack from home to eat during the break, or go to Green Tomato across the street. I only attend a morning class, so for lunch I usually go to Pret (29th & 7th) or I go to Hale and Hearty (29th & 7th) where I also usually get frozen yogurt to cool down on hot days!

In my class there are many great people who are very talented. Many of them come from different places all over the United States, I am very fortunate that I live a short trip away in New Jersey. I haven’t got to spend time outside of class with any of my friends yet, but I hope to sometime soon! I’m also planning on seeing the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the MET sometime next week, I’ve heard that it is really amazing!

I’m off to work on my design journal!!

Until next time!

Justine

Me and my friend shopping over the weekend at Zara

 

Precollege Courses: It’s Best to Sign Up With a Friend

I hope everyone had a fantastic break despite the sporadic and not so great weather. I know mine was pretty productive! I ended up going with the pastel blue hair (I’ll post pictures later) and got some great patches for my jean jacket! Although break was fun- I can’t wait to get back to my class at FIT. Especially because throughout the semester, I have made a lot of great friends from class that are really fun to spend time with. I’m also very good friends with Ruby, another fellow blogger. We aways meet up during our break to go to Starbucks (where many of other kids from my class hang out) and grab a green tea latte- they are the best! Afterwards we always meet up to grab lunch since the class ends at 12:30. Two blocks away there is the very good fresh food chain – Pret a Manger – where we can grab a quick bite to eat.

I feel that when signing up for an FIT Precollege courses it is best to sign up with a friend who is also interested in taking a class. Even though kids in the class are great and interested in the same things as you, it can sometimes be kind of daunting! Having a friend to take class with is always much more comforting (if the combination of you two is distracting- than you should hold off. You are there to learn about art, not there to be constantly talking to your friend!).

That’s all for now- Talk to you soon! xoxo,

Martina

I’ll leave you with a bit of inspiration from one of my favorite models:

Jessica Stam

Let the Good Times Roll: Making New Friends is What’s So Special About This Program

Put 13 aspiring fashionistas in one classroom and the result is an incredible atmosphere of laughter and trend talk. Surprisingly, the catty behaviors that usually surface in a room with most teenage girls doesn’t rear its ugly head of turmoil and misfortune in my class.  In a class where everyone knows each others name…well almost, I can see stronger friendship bonds forming every week.  Even the girls who were friends prior to the class have come out of there shells and have begun to include the class in their inside jokes and random moments of laughter.  I have added many of the girls in my class on some of the most addicting social networking sites out there-Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr-and hope to keep in touch with them after the class ends.

Break time!  The class almost sprints out the door, most of us too busy rushing to class to have had a decent meal.  With Starbucks, Chipotle, and a million different pizza places just around the corner, our class fills the small establishments in a somewhat moderate flock.  Personally, I’m a Chipotle kind of girl, and maybe Starbucks on a cold or rainy day.  My friend who I met in class, even though we lived in the same small 2 square miles of a town, don’t exclude others because we have our home town friends and school in common.  Making new friends from different environments and backgrounds is what’s so special about this program, and we all make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity. Though I haven’t gotten a chance to hang out with any of my newly made friends outside of class, I’m sure I will soon, whether now, or maybe in a couple years when me and one of my fellow classmates attend FIT.

Amira

Meeting Fellow Fashion Lovers & Food

Time flies so quickly! Spring break is almost over, and with only a weekend left to go, I have a lot of work to finish for my class project. I wonder how my fellow classmates are progressing on theirs, but all I know is that the due date is inching up closer to me every day!

In my class, I sit next to Karlie, who also blogs for Precollege Programs, and I’ve gotten to know her better over three hours each class. I’ve never met a person like her before, but I can relate to her easily because of our similar interests in fashion and designing. Our goal in class is different: She wants to become a fashion designer; I simply have a desire to learn about the construction of clothes. Still, this difference does not create a gap between us and I appreciate the rare opportunity to spend time with people with similar interests in fashion. I may value this experience more than others, say those who live in the city, because fashion is not an emphasized subject where I’m from, but everyone who comes to FIT genuinely has a passion for fashion.

When my professor is teaching, I never do anything other than pay attention so that I can absorb the information, especially the fine nuances involved in drawing any piece of clothing. I watch her hand movements, the way she finishes a certain line- everything and anything! Halfway between class, I go out with Karlie to hand in the attendance sheet, and then we sometimes walk to the Starbucks across the street for a quick purchase of a marble pound cake or a bagel. The fifteen minutes given to us passes by in no time, so it’s important that we return in time for class. At 12:30, class is over. For people who have another class, they eat lunch and have their usual place to stay. My daily routine is simple: I walk over to Pret A Manger for a chicken mozzarella baguette sandwich, then I hop into the car or take the train. My schedule has prevented me from taking the train so far, so I better get started on that!

As much as I’d like to meet with class friends outside of FIT to work together on our projects, we come from different places around the city, so a get-together is unrealistic for me. There is Facebook, however, which connects me to my friends at least through the computer.

If you’re coming to FIT next semester, make sure you check out the eateries around campus! You gotta know where your food is.

 

Jenn