Capturing moments

I cannot believe that I already have to say goodbye to everyone! Writing for this blog came with sooo many benefits; it made me a better writer, it gave me a chance to inform other people about the AMAZING class I took at FIT, and I got a chance to show people all my accomplishments during this class. I am so happy that I signed up for this class. My friend asked me to do it with her and I wasn’t so sure about it at first because I did not think that I would be good enough, and I didn’t think I would measure up to all the other students because I thought they would be so much better than me. But when I got there I realized that we were all at the same point and someone is always going to better than you but that shouldn’ stop you because if you work hard enough you can be just as good!

By taking this class, I realized that classes aren’t always boring, especially if it is a class involving something that you love to do. I kept wanting to go back everyday, even if it was the whole summer I definitely would go. My summer was, overall, pretty fun with going to the beach and hanging out with friends. However, I can honestly say that FIT was my favorite part of the summer. I cannot tell you how many people I have told about this experience. When I go back to school and the teachers ask us how our summers were, the first thing I will talk about will be my experience at FIT. It was unforgettable.

As I mentioned in my last post, I realized that FIT is definitely a school that I want to go to. But in order to achieve that, I have to work really hard in school and continue with my photography. My goal after college is to open my own studio or be an event photographer. I know that is a big dream but if I really love it I think I can get there ! I am definitely going to do this class next year and maybe even take a class in the fall! It was so difficult leaving FIT but I know that taking that class will benefit me so much especially with my portfolio for college and I will be back next year so I am not that sad thinking about it!

Overall, I hope that you all enjoyed reading my blog posts and seeing all my photographs and work during the three weeks I went to class. Writing was such a cool experience and I am so happy that I got the opportunity to blog for FIT. I thank everyone for making this such a success and I hope my blog inspired everyone in some way.

Hopefully I will see some of you in the future as a student at FIT. Fingers crossed! But for now I have to goodbye :( Thank you again!



My First Day

It felt great to back in Chelsea soaking up inspiration from the masses of stylish teens hanging around FIT on the first day of class. I came in a little early to meet up with my friend Nicole, who I met last summer in the HAR 091: Anatomy of Fashion class. While grabbing some pasta and veggies at one of our favorite local lunch spots, the Green Tomato, Nicole and I caught up and talked about how excited we were to meet our new professors and start learning.

After chatting and enjoying the gorgeous weather, I headed up to my HAD 150: Magazine Design class, where several rows of Mac desktops equipped with every design program imaginable awaited. Professor Lerner handed out the course syllabus, which outlines the magazine project I’ll be working on through out the next three weeks. She then described the different types of publications we could create, such as consumer magazines, trade papers, and educational journals. Next, she had the class sketch out ideas for a magazine cover, and then we brought our concepts to life by playing around with typography in Adobe Illustrator. As I glanced around the room, I noticed that many students, myself included, already had a clear vision for their magazine. With guidance from Professor Lerner and high tech tools at our fingertips, I know our ideas will develop into beautiful, professional-looking magazines.

During the class break  I met Sophia, and after I dorked out about how cute her outfit was, we ran over to starbucks for a quick sip before returning to class. Then Professor Lerner checked in with each student to make sure we were getting the hang of Illustrator. It seemed that everyone was having fun experimenting with the different fonts, colors, and arrangements. Before I knew it, class was over, and it was time to head home and recharge for all that that awaits on day two of Summer Live 2012. On the train I unwound from the exciting day with some music and—what else—a magazine.

Until Next Time,


“Fainting on the first day is common.”

Those very comforting words, spoken by head of Precollege Programs, Michele Nagel, lingered in my head throughout my whole morning … I was so full with butterflies in my stomach that I couldn’t even eat one thing for breakfast. That is until I remembered that Michele Nagel said the two main reasons for fainting was 1. not eating breakfast and 2. nerves. “The kid who fainted on the first day” wasn’t exactly the image I was going for at FIT this summer… So I tried to keep as calm as possible, and luckily I had this very friendly lady (sarcasm) to accompany me during my commute:

Anyway, once I got to FIT I felt so overcome with many different kinds of emotions. I was excited, nervous, anxious, hopeful, happy, sleep-deprived, but most of all I felt belonging. This is where I’m supposed to be, I thought. I’ve been calling Long Island home, when it was really just a 40 minute train ride from Manhassett to Penn Station. At the start, I felt as if I was being eaten alive by the city, with the towering skyscrapers and intimidating business people doing their “hustle and bustle” New York City stuff. I mean, I’m from New York, but I never felt like a New Yorker until then. No parents/guardians. No maps. No Siri directing me to the Great Hall. I was finding my way on my own, and never before did I feel so independent. I love that feeling.

I don’t know how to ride a bike, so I’m not sure if I’m in the position to say this, but it felt like that cliché “the first time you learned how to ride a bike.” You know, when your dad slowly let’s go of your shoulders, and you quickly adapt to the peddling, doing anything in your will to not fall and scrape your knee. That was how I felt. I was learning how to ride New York City for the first time in the 16 years that I’ve lived here.

My first few steps onto the campus was so much to handle. There are no other words to describe it other than a sea of individuality. Girl with purple hair to the right, guy in fishnets to the left, everyone was so unique. I looked at it as everyone wearing their personalities. People channeled themselves through their apparel, hair dye and body modifications, and I genuinely respect that.

I will admit that the start of my classes were a little awkward. Introductions are never a comfortable conversation. You could hear faint “I’m from’s” and “My name is” all around the classroom. However, some people signed up for FIT together, so with them you could hear gossip about their friends from towns you have no idea of. “Stacy did what!?” and “I can’t believe Matt would say that!” Then there were those who shared mutual friends with their “OMG I know someone who goes to the same school! Wait, do you know (insert name here).” I did end up meeting some people with mutual friends, some without, but all in all I’m just glad I met people. Sitting alone at Panera Bread isn’t really my thing.

So I guess you can say my first day was a success! I didn’t end up fainting, which is a major plus! Nor was I late, which is a very rare occurrence. Anyhow, I should probably describe my courses a little. So my morning class, HFA 143: Architectural Rendering is more of the creativity side of architecture than the intellectual side. We start taking trips Wednesday where we’ll be sketching buildings and different architectural spots. In the afternoons I have HAC 063: Careers in Advertising and Marketing Communications, which managed to captivate me within the first 30 minutes. We talked about branding, and different kinds of demographics, or target consumers that big companies look for. After a long three hours, we were let out and I walked two blocks down to my parents’ office, where I’d wait for them to finish up whatever work they had until we finally went home.

Well, that was my first day at FIT in a very big nutshell. Thanks for taking the time to read! And please, feel free to comment with questions or even comments on how your day went!




P.S. I think I’m going to post my outfit choices for every day that I make a post. So this is what I went with for today:


Top: Blue/Grey Linen shirt from H&M
Bottoms: White and Blue pinstripe shorts from Abercrombie & Fitch
Shoes: Sebago colorblock boat shoes from Bloomingdales


  • Vintage brown leather belt
  • Vintage brown/black leather messenger with a gifted Prada key chain
  • Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses
  • A sketch book from Blick Art Supplies that I plan on taking with me every where.

I am super excited for the next three weeks…

My first day at FIT was much more than I imagined! I experienced a whole new lifestyle than what I’m used to, and I loved it! The people, the sights, the energy, the vibes, everything I experienced was so astonishing that I boarded the train home with a smile on my face knowing that I had a great day.

I woke up Monday morning to a phone call from my mom informing me that the LIRR was shut down due to signaling issues between Penn Station and Jamaica…GREAT! Just what I need on the first day of FIT…I thought I had enough stress already! There was nothing I could do but wait and hope that the LIRR would get back to running ASAP! An hour passed and by the time I had to leave, the trains were back on schedule! I felt relieved and glad that I wouldn’t be the first “late girl” to class. My train was scheduled to transfer, and when I boarded the new train I was in shock by what I saw…the OLD version of the LIRR! There was wooden paneling and colored seats; I felt like I was in the 70’s!

Upon arriving at Penn Station, I met up with 2 of my friends that took morning classes and grabbed a bite to eat before my class. I was informed to arrive 30 minutes early, and I wound up being the first one there. I used that time to chat with my professor and get to know what these 3 weeks are going to be about. My professor, Margaret Bishop, is the most friendly and personable woman ever! She shared with the class about how she loves to travel and has lived in about 50 countries and together visited over 100! Also, while earning her masters degree, FIT asked HER to teach in their International Trade and Marketing department! How awesome is that!

Anyway, the class in general is going to be super exciting. There are girls from Paraguay, Lebanon, Abu Dhabi, China, Barcelona, and all over the US! Hearing all the different accents and languages in one room really enhanced my dream to travel. All of the girls in the class share the same passion for fashion as I do, and everyone took part during our first discussion…it could’ve went on for hours! My professor introduced International Fashion Marketing to us and described the projects we will be doing and field trips we will be taking. One of our projects includes creating a big display board full of cutout pictures from fashion magazines. Each group was assigned one of the following styles: men’s fashion/denim, retro, swimwear, or prints. My group was given retro. I think that style is the most fun to play around with and my group will definitely do a good job of presenting it to the class.

All in all, I am super excited for the next three weeks. Besides the fact that I’ve never been outside of the United States, I want to travel even more now because I’m surrounded by so many different cultures! My family constantly tells me how beautiful it is to travel the world, and I hope that someday I will be able to agree with them!

Until next time,


Introducing New Precollege Blogger: Brooke Ann

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it”
-Ansel Adams

Hi everyone! My name is Brooke Ann and I am from a small town called Glen Rock, New Jersey in Bergen County and I am 16 years old. I currently attend an all girls private school near me called the Academy of the Holy Angels and I am going into my junior year. I have two older sisters that both are graduated from college. My oldest sister graduated from FIT in 2011 and I would love to follow in her footsteps.

For most of my life I have been doing gymnastics. I started doing gymnastics when I was 8 years old and I fell in love with it, I was soon moved up to the competitive team and I have been doing gymnastics ever since. I also enjoy dancing and cheerleading. I am a cheerleader for football and basketball. Although I love all those sports, my biggest passion in life is photography. Since the first day I picked up a camera I knew that photography is what I wanted to pursue in my life. Even if I had a disposable camera in my hand, I would always be taking pictures. On every vacation my family and I have been on, my family has always relied on me to take the pictures because I would take pictures of everything, even the simplest things because sometimes the simplest things are also the most beautiful and photography helps to portray that.  I believe that photography is more than just taking a picture; every picture has a meaning to it. My room is full of pictures I have taken and my other biggest passion is blogging. I have a tumblr that I update everyday and it helps people to get to know me, and to see everything I value in life.

I am taking the class “HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop.” This is the first year I am taking a course at FIT. This class caught my attention because even though I’ve taken photography classes at school, I wanted more of a college experience. I also wanted to take this class because after my sister graduated from FIT I realized what a great school it was and I wanted to experience it myself.

Words cannot describe how excited I am to be part of this class and I cannot wait to learn how to be a better photographer and to improve my skills. Photography is my passion and going four days a week for three weeks is very exciting for me. I also cannot wait to meet new people from all over; it is going to be interesting to meet other people that want to pursue the same dream as me.

My main goal at FIT when I take these summer courses is to begin to believe that my dream of becoming a professional photographer is getting closer each day.

I love photography because one photograph is worth many words, and each photograph has so much meaning to it. Cameras freeze a moment in your life and without cameras we would not know half the things we do about our past. Taking pictures and putting them on a blog, or somewhere where people can see your work, is a way of expressing yourself; people can get to know you just by looking at your own personal blog.

My main goal for the future is to become a professional photographer with the help of FIT. If I get accepted into FIT, I want to major in photography and I want to minor in Italian. I want to minor in Italian because my whole family is from Italy and I am learning how to speak the language already in school and from day 1 I fell in love with the language of Italian. When my sister went to FIT she studied abroad in Italy and became fluent and I would love to do the same. I want to major in Photography because I’ve always known I would want to make a career out of photography since the day I bought my first camera. I want to capture moments that have a meaning to someone, taking pictures also helps me learn a great deal about everything in the world today; without photography this world would be lost.

I hope you got the chance to learn a lot about me and I hope you enjoy my posts!

Thanks everyone!

Brooke Ann