That’s a wrap! The semester has come to a close and the holidays are just around the corner. Soon, we will be ringing in the new year! While everyone should take this time over break to unwind and well… take a break, it is never a bad idea to be productive either.
The first thing on my list during the break (and after the holiday madness) is to work on personal projects. During the semester, a lot of my time working and creating is spent on in class assignments or portfolio building. The break allows for the perfect time to experiment with different personal projects. This winter break, I plan to spend time painting some scenes from my study abroad trip to Florence from last summer! School projects are a great opportunity for portfolio pieces and growing as an artist. However, it is certainly important to experiment with your own interests and style.
Break is also great for practice; as they say, practice makes perfect! I always like to take the extra time I have to work in a new sketch book. One of my professors always said that you should do a drawing a day in order to improve and grow as an artist. That concept has always stuck by me. I try to draw from life when I can because, not only is it therapeutic, but I can better my skill set!
Last, and certainly not least, I use break to relax! A strong work ethic is so important, but so is giving yourself some time to rest! How do you like to spend your freetime/breaks? Until next time, enjoy the holidays!
Hello all! It has unfortunately been SO long (5 months, but who’s counting?) since I have blogged. I apologize for the lack of updates, it was one heck of a summer dealing with a family death that had me leave New York City before finals last semester, on top trying to get prepared for this year…my Senior year. Literally feels like yesterday I was writing my first blog and getting accustomed to new surroundings, classes, and activities. Over the last 5 months, I’ve felt and experienced a lot of different emotions. As everything is changing all around me again, as I move onto the next chapter of my professional life, things can get tough, and sometimes it’s okay to breakdown, the most important thing is – getting back up.
Mental health is just as important as psychical health. According to the APA, “anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent).” No one should cope with anxiety and/or depression alone. Trained and licensed mental health professionals can provide support in helping you to find relief from your symptoms, also right here at The Fashion Institute of Technology.
FIT’s Counseling Center is free to all full-time, registered, degree-seeking students and are private and confidential. Faculty, staff, parents and student groups are also invited to use the Counseling Center’s consultation services and educational resources. The Counseling Center staff are licensed social workers, psychologists, and consulting psychiatrists that provide short-term counseling and professional referrals for students. All clinicians have advanced degrees, training and experience, and participate in ongoing professional development and clinical supervision. To find out more information, or see some questions answered, check out the Counseling Center’s “what to expect” here. It’s great that all students here have the powerful resource of the Counseling Center. Working on improving your mental health is very important, even if you think you’re doing fine.
On another note, I look forward to sharing all of the great experiences to come this year! I will be posting every Friday, so be sure to peep in at the blog as some really great events and even application season for prospective student approaches! Thank you all for reading, and always feel free to comment any suggestions, questions, or just opinions!
I am so excited to say I have officially finished my freshman year at F.I.T! This year has been a roller coaster of excitement, happiness, and a little bit of stress. I have definitely learned and enjoyed a lot of things during this year and I wanted to share some with you.
3 Things I learned:
- Give yourself enough time to take the train just incase there is a delay.
- Make friends to do homework/study with. (I know this may be seem insignificant, but my friend Tiyahna and I helped each other out a lot. When it came to making study sheets and finishing difficult homework we always worked together)
- Make good connections with your professors, this always helps when needing extra time for an assignment.
3 Things I enjoyed:
- The Annual Drag Pageant was such a fun event, and I got to meet my favorite drag queen Alyssa Edwards.
- Working in the admissions office. I remember just last year I was calling the admissions office as a prospective students, and now a year later i’m answering those same questions I had but as a student/employee.
- Seeing other students work. It constantly surprises me everyday when I see new students work on display, because i’m so thrilled to be going to a school with such talented people.
I have really enjoyed my first year and can’t wait to come back for the fall semester. I hope you enjoy your summer and get to experience new things but until next time… Jacob, signing off!
Staying cool in NYC can be easier than you think, with the weather heating up, here are some ways to stay cool in the coming heat!
1. Get Wet
Use this muggy weather as an excuse to act like a kid again and go in some sprinklers! The city offers ALOT of them (chances are pretty good that at least one of your local parks has one), but there are some really spectacular water features that you might want to travel a little further to get to. The Ancient Playground at Central Park is a top pick for its Egypt-inspired design. Rumor is that the Brangelina bunch likes to horse around at the Catbird Playground, a water feature located at the Cark Shurz Park. for those of you lower downtown who want a view to splash around to, the Teardrop Park at Battery Park City is about as close to a real beach you can get without visiting Coney Island.
2. Too Warm? Bookworm!
On top of the phenomenal FIT Gladys Marcus Library, those lions outside of the New York Public Library might be burning up, but inside it’s nice and cool. Stay out of the scorching sun and get your read on at the same time by visiting your local library.
3. Museums, Museums, Museums!
Beat the heat and catch up on your culture by visiting a great summer exhibit at one of NYC’s world-renowned museums. Being a student can get in you free to most around the city, so don’t fret about those prices!