Category Archives: Campus Life

College Application Tips

Hey everyone,

As it comes time to finish up college applications (good luck seniors and transfers!) I thought I would give a few tips for the college search process. These don’t just apply to FIT – use them anywhere!.

Email Address

When you fill out info cards for schools, or admissions applications, I would encourage you to use a professional email. Make one that is your first and last name, and if it is taken try and find a way to adapt it. Not only will having an email that is your name be good for college applications now, but in the future when applying to jobs it will come in handy. If your name is typical, you might need to get creative with periods and underscores but I think having a good email is so important. Even if you have one with your high school, consider using a generic hosting service. You won’t always be a student at that school, and this is a great way to start branding yourself!

Check Your Email Often

To go along with the above point, check your email frequently! You never know what important emails might be sent your way, whether from admissions or asking for additional information. A daily glance should be plenty, but don’t ignore it in case something important is sent your way.

Neat Handwriting

This may sound silly but if there is any part of your application that is hand written, or if you fill out a card at a fair, use your best penmanship! If admissions counselors and those that work in the office cannot read what you wrote, it might hold up the process of getting you in the system or be misread. If you’re at a college fair, I have seen some students come with “business cards” with information about them, or even stickers to put on info cards. Get creative!

Talk to Current Students

If you can, see if you can meet current students at the schools you’re interested in. Ask them about stuff like the campus, food, student experience, things you won’t learn about on the website or a tour. Another thing I love to point students to is YouTube. FIT students especially love to vlog and show their lives and dorms. It’s a great way to see what student life actually looks like on a day to day basis, the struggles and the fun stuff.

Visit During the Semester, on a Class Day

If at all possible, visit a school when class is in session. FIT is a very different place Tuesday at 1pm and Sunday at 10am. While visiting during summer or winter break may be the only time you can come, I would really recommend trying to be here when the majority of the student body is here to see what the student body and campus culture is really like. When the weather is nice, loads of people hang out in the breezeway and we have fairs and flea markets.

Writing Your Admissions Essay

Make sure to really read the prompt. FIT has a specific question they want you to answer. Your admissions chances will greatly improve with quality essays instead of quantity. Take the time for every school you apply for to tailor your response to their prompt and their mission as a school.

Good luck in your applications process! Take a deep breathe and trust the process.

Sam

Sustainability Awareness Week – Patagonia Worn Wear

FIT’s Sustainability Awareness Week Quick Summary

Here at FIT we dedicate a week every semester to the sustainability of our industry with the sustainability council and club leading the way for events and panel discussions.

I stopped by the Patagonia Worn Wear pop-up to learn a little more about what they do and their journey. Their FIT setup consisted of three sewing machines (one industrial brother machine and two home machines), sewers tools, and a big box of trims and notions. The repair technicians mended several different types of damages such as broken zippers and buttons, busted seams, and patching holes. Patagonia owns the largest repair facility in the US located in Reno, Nevada, which is even more astounding when you realize that they only repair Patagonia products.

Patagonia’s Worn Wear wagon

The Worn Wear team even consisted of an FIT alumn, a TDM (Textiles Development and Marketing) graduate, who is with the materials innovation team at Patagonia. She spoke with me about the Patagonia branch “Tin Shed” which is a corporate venture capitalist fund they use to invest in environmentally and socially responsible start-up companies which they use to further their corporate mission!

What aspects of sustainability are you interested in?

Commuting Tips

Hi everyone!

As a commuter student for the past 3 years, I’ve found ways to make the trip as efficient as possible! While I do miss walking across the street to class (FIT’s freshman dorms are as close as you can get), having my own place has been great. Here are some tips for making the best of your commute.

Rent a locker

Especially when you have loads of supplies for pattern making classes or whatever else you might need, having a locker is really great. Bring a padlock to your department’s secretary and fill out the form, $10 for one semester and $20 for both! I loved having a locker sophomore year, when I had loads of supplies I didn’t want to take back and forth or forget.

Podcasts and Audio Books

I’ve always been a big fan of podcasts, and they are a great way to entertain yourself on a long train ride. Find ones on topics you’re covering in class, or use them to stay up to date on the news and world events before class. Similarly, you can get audiobook versions of most books out today. While you might not be able to listen to your textbooks, readings for your liberal arts classes might be available.

Write essays on your phone

My number 1 tip – typing up work on your phone. Sounds silly, but sometimes for short answer questions on Blackboard or similar short form writing answers it is an easy way to use that time spent on the subway or train. I usually email myself any prompts I need to write, and reply to the email on my phone with my answer. Sometimes I’ll write essays at the laundromat this way. After finishing the rough draft on my phone, I email it to myself to proof read and post on my computer.

Check the night train schedules

FIT offers night classes, some which end at 9:20 or as late as 10:20pm. The MTA sometimes does night work, which means your train access might be limited! Days I have night classes I try to do a quick scan to see if my train might be out of service when I get out of class, or when the last train will depart. This way I can figure out how I’m getting home!

Commuting hasn’t always been fun (especially after a long day) but the benefits for me have outweighed the time spent on the train.

What do you do during your commute? Leave comment below!
Sam

Reducing Your Waste

Hi everyone,

Inspired by the recent climate marches around the world? Here are some ways you can start to make a change! Little acts add up.

Buffalo Exchange on 26th between 7th and 6th & Crossroads.

Going to fashion school, your tastes might change a bit faster than you would expect! Instead of shopping brand new (and paying up) try selling your clothes at places like Buffalo Exchange or Crossroads. They have an option to get store credit in exchange for your items, so you can pick out new pieces while recycling your old ones into a more circular system.

Grocery bags

Plastic or paper, the best is reusable! I swear by my reusable shopping bags, mostly because I like being able to carry them on my shoulder. However if I do end up needing paper or plastic, I try to make sure they get a second life – paper bags make great receptacles for your recycling, and plastic bags make great mini trash bags.

Bring your Tupperware to restaurants

Sounds like overkill but you can help reduce food waste and carry out cartons. Part of being a college student is pinching your pennies, and tonight’s leftovers can be tomorrows lunch! Brining your own containers can come in handy.

Mend it!

Clothes ripped? Bored of your plain tees? You’re in the right place! So many FIT students are talented at sewing and DIYs- see if a friend who can sew will help fix (in exchange for a help with something they need, or pay them in food!). Learning to mend your own stuff is easier than ever with YouTube as well. Learn a new skill and save a garment from the waste stream.

Bring your coffee from home

Starbucks is great every once and a while but the waste does add up – both environmentally and monetarily. Try making coffee at home- I love cold brew and find making it at home tastes just as good as bought. I have cut out spending on take out coffee, and that’s a lot of plastic gone with that transition! You can also bring a reusable cup at most coffee shops.

Don’t beat yourself up

While making an effort to be more green is fantastic, there is always pressure to do everything perfect. Even small choices like taking the subway instead of Uber helps. The important thing is to do what you can with what you have. Reuse what you can, reduce what you can, but enjoy life without the guilt of being perfectly eco!

Sustainability and Ethics Minor

Want to learn even more about protecting the plant? Consider working towards a minor in it at FIT. I took “Psychology for Sustainability” and thought it was a great way to learn more about the mindset behind making conscious choices. Other interesting classes are natural dyeing and sustainable packaging design.  Learn more by clicking here.

What are your favorite eco-friendly swaps? Let me know!
Sam

“What do you want to do after school?”

After sitting through my first week of classes this year, the professors always seem to ask us “what do you want to do after school?” While this question also exists outside of the classroom, I think it’s especially important in school. Trying to decide what to do with your career and life can be incredibly challenging – and chances are you won’t figure it out for a long time. I know I change my mind all the time. But I think one of the best things you can do for yourself – and for your professors – is to have an answer for when they ask you what you want to do.

FIT professors are really passionate about helping you find your place in the industry, and part of that is them knowing what you’re interested in. They might have connections and know of internships that could give you insight into what you’re wanting to learn more about. When you answer this question, you aren’t signing a contract – you’re free to change your mind. The important thing is to stay curious and stay working towards a goal, even if that goal shifts.

I have been in class with essentially the same people for 3 years straight. And nearly every semester, they have to answer the question “what do you want to do after FIT?” I cannot think of a single student who has kept the same answer since freshman year. I know my answer has changed. College is a chance to learn about your strengths and weaknesses, about the industry you want to work in, about the work you might have to do. There’s nothing special about being stagnant in your aspirations – adapting and changing is part of growth!

So have an answer for the question – even if you’re unsure it’s really what you want to do. You can change your mind at any time.

What do you want to do after FIT? Leave a comment below!
Sam