Category Archives: First Week

“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

Dorm Essentials

Welcome FIT newcomers! Wether it’s your first year of school, or you’re transferring in, we’re happy you’re here! Hopefully you’re feeling more settled in, but if not here are some of my favorite dorm essentials you might not have thought of that helped make my first year at FIT so much better.

Reusable grocery bag

My personal favorite- the $1 Trader Joe’s plastic reusable bag- is incredibly versatile! Use it for laundry, use it for groceries, use it to carry plants, use it for moving. What’s nice about it is that it’s big enough to fit quite a bit, and easy to carry over your shoulder. There are many options other than the TJs one- but I like that it’s easy to wipe down in the sink. Even if a tote bag is organic cotton, the amount of water used to make it negates a lot of the benefits. Also, for messy tasks like taking home plants from the market, canvas totes have a tendency to stain. That’s why I’m a big fan of using and reusing a sturdy plastic tote shopping bag!

A personal light

When it comes to dorming it’s likely you’ll have a roommate or two – and everyone has different schedules. Having a small personal light can help for when your roomie needs some rest but you need to see. I personally suggest every night turning off the overheard lights before bed and you and your roommate having a non-intrusive personal light to read or do homework by. That way when one wants to call it a night, they can flip off their light without inconveniencing the other.

A fan for white noise

It depends on your roommates preference, but if they don’t mind a bit of white noise a fan can really help at night. Dorm rooms are small and every little noise can bother each other. Fans help drown out the little things that might inhibit sleep, and the airflow is always a good thing!

Simple cleaning supplies

Yes, it can be hard to keep things clean – but I have found that having cleaning supplies I like makes the job tolerable. I love the way my all-purpose cleaner smells, and it makes cleaning a lot more relaxing. Giving your space a quick wipe down every week keeps any mess from becoming a Mess. By using products you like and find fun it doesn’t feel like as much of a chore.

Bedding from home

This might not be possible – say if you have a queen at home your sheets won’t fit a twin xl – but bringing your pillow from home and your personal sheets or comforter does help ease the transition to a new space. While it’s tempting to buy a whole new room set in the back to school frenzy, that little bit of home can be pretty comforting.

 

Those are my top essentials – have any others?  Let me know in the comments!

Sam

 

Welcome 1st Year Students!

Hi everyone!

Welcome back – or if it’s your first year at FIT, welcome!  I know it is a big transition going from high school to college, so I have a few (FIT specific) tips!

 

Make friends in your major

Of course don’t limit yourself to your major, but having a few people whom you can talk to about classes, homework and major related things has been probably the most important thing I’ve done. Especially in small majors (my program, Production Management, has 50 student a year roughly) knowing the people you’ll be spending the next 2 to 4 years with helps! It’s also a key part of networking. These classmates are your peers now, and also after you graduate- you might be working with them some day. Even just knowing peoples names and being friendly can help you and them out a lot.

 

Take a walk

You’re in NYC! If you didn’t grow up here, and even if you did, there is so much to see and do! Check out Hudson Yards, check out the floral district, check out Madison Square Park. Walk the Highline, stroll Chelsea Piers. There’s so much to see in a 15 block radius.

 

Poke around campus

It took me way too long to find the student lounge at school- I wish I had walked around the halls more and seen what areas for students there are. Sometimes it’s hard to know what happens in buildings where your classes aren’t. There is even a bridge between the library and the main classrooms on campus. Don’t be like me and find all the good spots your last year! Enjoy them all 4.

 

Looking forward

Think you might want to be an RA? Now is a great time to start the process! Talk to your RA and find out what steps you’d need to take – there are some long lead time requirements so it is important to understand them if you think this is something you’d want to do. The process starts earlier than you’d think, so start exploring the option now if you’re interested!

 

Enjoy your first year at FIT, and don’t be afraid to invest in yourself.  Make time to study, make friends at your pace, and enjoy what the city has to offer.  There is no “right” way to be an FIT student – we’re all unconventional students following our uncommon goals!

See you around campus,

Sam

Packing For College

Hello Tigers!

It is August 1st, just three weeks until school starts and many of you are coming from different parts of the world. It becomes very hard to pack all of what you need in just two 50 lbs. luggage. So, how can you move to the city you’ve dreamed of without having to overpay for baggage on a plane?

Two years ago, I was in the same situation as you are now. Moving from Miami to NYC was not too easy, I did not know what exactly was important to bring along with me. So, along with a few college checklists and advises from friends in college, I started packing my bags.

I packed light on clothes, down to the basics, some of my most favorite looks, some winter coats, and great walking sneakers among other shoes. Now, why should you pack light on clothes? Well, you are going to NYC, a city big on shopping, a city also big on gems, so you never know in which corner you are going to find your new favorite garment!

I did not even focus so much on toiletries, unless it was that one curly hair cream I adore. Apart from this, I knew I could find almost everything that I had back home in New York. So, pack those unique products you absolutely cannot live without.

In my case, I had to make some room for all the fashion design supplies. Although you can find them in NYC, I had most of them at home already, so I packed them too. This included at least 5 rulers, and countless markers, colored pencils and microns. I really don’t know how I managed to squeeze all of that into my bags.

My last tip is that it is better that you start packing with time. Making sure that you have all your essentials, and, buying any that you might be missing back in your hometown might save you a couple of bucks.

To all of you,

Welcome to New York!

Maria

 

Production Management Semester 1 Review

The Production Management major is a complex multifaceted program that can branch off and lead to many different job types in the industry. This can make it hard to understand what your time here at FIT could look like, so I’m going to start going over the courses in the major semester by semester and review and elaborate on them.

 

Semester 1 – Very rudimentary and foundational to your general understanding of basic fashion industry structure and procedures.

MG 108 – Apparel and Home Textile Products Manufacturing

This was my first ever class at FIT. I came into this school not knowing anything about businesses or how they are structured, or how the fashion industry even operates. This class taught me about all the different processes involved in the making of products and who is responsible for them. We also talked about one of the most important pieces of information in the production industry, a tech. pack, which is a detailing of what the product is made of and how to make it.

TS 115/TS 015 – Textiles for Production Management

Again, I didn’t know anything about apparel coming into FIT. This class gave me the foundational understanding of the different types of fabrics and how they are all made. We learned about the difference between woven and knit fabrics, the different types of each category, and we even got to see the machinery used to make these fabrics in person in the textile labs. We also learned about all the different types of fibers and materials that make up the fabric and the qualities of them. One of the coolest parts about this class was when we tested different fabrics in our textile lab to see if they would meet industry standards. FIT has a fully equipped textile testing lab with machinery that tests things from the strength, to the color fastness, and even the flammability of the fabric.

MG 153 – Excel for Business

This class helps students build one of the most commonly used skills in the production industry, Microsoft Excel. I use Excel every day at work to analyze and identify key information for our team, and this class helped me feel comfortable in taking responsibilities like this on. Professors use textbook and online material for students to reference in their homework and projects to help build relevant and comprehensive practice. You’ll learn how to format files, discover all sorts of formulas, and even learn about Pivot Tables. Excel has since become one of my favorite programs for organizing pretty much any type of information. It isn’t just for numbers, though it excels in that field. (I’m sorry I just had to). 

Which class would you be most excited for in your first semester at FIT?