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Thinking About the End of Study Abroad

Hi Everyone!

my FIT friends and I in Hong Kong!

Something I have been thinking about a lot recently is the end of my study abroad experience.  While I still have a month and a half to go, I’m starting to feel the reality of the fact I will have to leave the places I’ve grown accustom to and the people I’ve gotten close to.  It is incredibly difficult to end any good experience, but all good things must come to a close.

I feel like I am finally understanding the classes and the people I take them with, and have made a few class friends.  It’s hard because it takes a long time to truly feel comfortable somewhere, and I am sad that right around the time I feel secure is right around when I need to think of leaving.  It’s the same when you work an internship and finally understand the office culture right before the end.

I have lots to look forwards to this summer, including plans with friends and a great internship.  I’m glad I can get excited for these things, even though I feel nostalgic for the time here already. While keeping in touch is something I have always struggled with, I think this experience will force me to do it because I do not want to lose touch with the people I have met here.

Overall, it will be time to go soon and I will get to see my family and home friends and I cannot wait.  But it will be really hard to say goodbye to the people, places and memories made here.



Intern Series: Being the Best Intern Ever

Hi everyone!

Being a student at FIT has enabled me to work a variety of internships, which has truly enriched my understanding of the topics we cover in our classes. While internship are billed as a way for you to learn, they do not teach you in the conventional sense. The things you will learn might be more about how to function in an office, not so much about what you might learn in school.
Today I thought I would share my top tips for making a good impression during your time at a company!

Listen Carefully
When given a project, make sure to listen carefully and takes notes if you think you need to. Sometimes someone will come over with one simple project and then think of a third, so no matter how simple a task is it always helps to write everything down. Also, if later on they have a revision or a question about what they assigned, you’ll have a written record.

Be Neat and Respectful
As an intern, you are a temporary part of a company. Keep a tidy desk (as best you can- sometimes things really pile up!) and be polite. If your supervisor is busy, or seems focused on a project, try emailing them instead of interrupting to ask questions or to let them know you finished a project. It might seem strange to email someone you are sitting next to, but ultimately when you leave the company, you want to be remembered for your contributions and not your detractors. Also, when it is your last day, clean out your desk! Do not leave anything for them to clean up after you. I’ve seen other interns depart without completely finishing projects and cleaning up, and it does not leave a good impression on their supervisors.

All Projects are Important
No matter how small or large a project is, give it the same attention. Scanning samples might seem completely irrelevant, but sometimes it is a test to see how well you can complete a task. No company will onboard you and immediately give you massive projects without first seeing how you handle the small tasks. Do everything as if it is important, and bigger responsibilities will follow.

At the core of being a good intern is having an attitude of service. If you notice your boss always staples her documents and highlights the date, do this for her if she asks you to print something! Simple favors like this show you are paying attention to what they are doing, and are often met with increased mentorship and attention

Leave on Good Terms
No matter what your internship is like, you are likely to see the people you work with again. Keep any negative opinions you may have to yourself, and maintain a professional attitude in the office. Even the best of internships will have moments that will make you want to vent, but leave it until after you leave for the day.

Those are a few ways I like to optimize my time as an intern. Keep an open mind at an internship and pay attention, and you’ll do great!


Upcoming AAS Final Exhibition in Florence, Italy


In the upcoming months I will be graduating from the Fashion Design Associates program of FIT! Now, for me, it will be a little different from most students graduating back in NYC. From illustration projects, to garments, to final portfolios, each detail is different from NYC’s program.

Over the next posts I will be sharing some of the different projects, critiques, and general idea of how classes run here in FIT in Florence.

For our AAS Final Exhibition we were given the challenge of gathering our inspiration from the Stibbert Museum in Florence. The museum was created by Frederick Stibbert, originally his home, he collected great amounts of treasures from all over the world. His passion for arms and armour show through the different collections. On display you can observe European, Islamic and Japanese armory as well as his other interests for things such as costumes, instruments, paintings, sculptures, etc.

Stibbert Museum

Stibbert Museum

This semester we based our projects on the Stibbert museum. From two illustration projects, to two garments, to research in different classes about the history of the museum and general world events at the time. All for the understanding of what our concepts should represent.

Inside Stibbert Museum

Inside Stibbert Museum

It has been a challenge trying to juggle all this and other classes, but, slowly, my classmates and I have found great ways to navigate through the semester!

In the next post, I will go into detail in explaining different parts of projects and how they all come together for the final exhibition.


Ciao, Maria




Things I Miss from NYC

Now that I am halfway through my time in Hong Kong, I’ve definitely noticed some things I miss! While there is so much to do and see here, nothing will ever replace NYC. Besides the obvious- NYC is my home- here are the small things I have missed the most.

Proximity to Family
This is a big one- NYC is only a 3hr bus ride away from my home town. Hong Kong on the other hand is a 20 hour flight! I miss spending a weekend home with family whenever I need some support.

Trader Joe’s
Silly, but I miss the prepared foods and how easy it is to grocery shop there- here I grab this and that from several places and hope it’ll do! Cheese is really expensive here, and I miss TJ’s great selection.

Mexican Food
I make a lot of tacos, burrito bowls and quesadillas back home and enjoy how easy it is- however the ingredients for that here are heard to come by. I look forwards to eating chipotle when I get back too!

24/7 MTA
The train system here, the MTR, runs up until 12am. Not ideal if you are out a bit late, and have to find an alternative way of getting home!

Being in EST Time Zone
So many things are based around EST, including communication with my family and friends! I watched the Super Bowl at 7am on a Monday morning, and have to calculate the time difference whenever I have job interviews or want to call home. Being 12 hours ahead of everyone is fun in concept but pretty inconvenient.

Cooking in My Own Kitchen
There are shared kitchens on every dorm floor, but nothing beats having all your pots and pans with no random messes! Cooking is possible here but I miss the convenience and ease of my own kitchen.

There are a lot of things I will miss from Hong Kong when I leave, but being reunited with family and friends and the other NYC conveniences will be pretty sweet.

What do you think you would miss most if you studied abroad?

Til next week,

Production Management Semester 3 Review

By semester 3, you are officially in your second year at FIT and in the last half of the AAS program. How wild is that!

MG 114 – Principles of Product Construction

Before coming to FIT, I had made several garments and was somewhat familiar with the concepts of construction. This is a concern for a lot of prospective students – are they expected to have certain skill and know certain things before coming to FIT? The answer is no. The fact that I was familiar with pattern-making only made the class easier, but the professors teach classes from the ground up, covering all the basics. This class teaches students how to make a pattern for a bodice and a skirt from scratch. It is a tough project, but is incredibly rewarding when you finally get the measurements and fabric to work and lay on the mannequin just right. Pattern-making and draping are very complex aspects of design and is very important to be accurate with, and I am so grateful that we took a class to cover this topic. You don’t go as in depth as other students would such as fashion design majors, but the point is to build an understanding of what is put into constructing a garment, and that you learn for sure.

My muslin patterns laid flat

My muslin patterns pinned onto the mannequin

MG 234 – Supply Chain Management

The supply chain is a very complex, interlinked, ever-changing environment. There are many aspects and teams that come into play, all while also monitoring outside factors. Logistics is a huge discussion topic in this class, along with effects of natural environmental influences. Government regulation is also discussed as the supply chain in our industry is unquestionably an international one.

CG 212 – Introduction to 3D Computer Modeling

This class was an introduction to something completely new for me. I had never seen software related to 3D modeling or really thought much about creating 3D projects before. The world of 3D modeling is huge, and I mean HUGE. As a production student, you only learn the foundational concepts and techniques in order to create models, because if you were to learn in depth, it would take several years to even become a semi-pro. That said, you can make some incredible projects in this class. We learned how to create and edit shapes in various ways, along with how to make videos. The final projects for the class was the highlight because students were allowed to make anything they wanted with the skills they’d learned. I made a video of a sailboat sailing through a lake in the mountains, and some of my friends made some really impressive shops and product ads.

Hyunah Park’s 3D final project. @hyunah_world_ (instagram)

Samantha Burgin’s 3D final project @samanthaaburgin (instagram)