Some might think that you don’t get to work outside your major while at FIT, however, they would be wrong. As a Production Management student in FIT’s business school, I will say a majority of my classes are either liberal arts or business courses, but not all. There is a mix of design classes as well. This semester, I am taking Object Oriented Database Management (fancy wording for Adobe Illustrator), and it is a welcomed break from my normal classes.
In the class, we get to create a Tech. Pack from scratch using a garment of our own. My favorite part about the project is that we are building our portfolio with necessary skills based on something that we come into contact with in our daily lives. It is nice being able to use a tool that a lot of the design students use because it gives you a glimpse at what they are doing and what their thought process is, rather than being kept in the dark about it all.
FIT gives students a mix of both sides of the fashion industry, both business and design. So weather you are in business or design, you’ll always get the big picture. I think that’s such a great part of FIT. Don’t you?
While spring being around the corner is a great incentive to change your life around, sometimes you need to get your motivation from external sources. My favorite way to get motivated is to watch documentaries about those that inspire me, listen to motivational music, or read a book that will make me think and drive me to do better. The FIT library is filled with books, not just pertaining to fashion and the related majors here, but also motivational books. Here are some of my favorite books that can be found in the FIT library:
Grit: The Power of Passion and Purpose by Angela Duckworth
Synopsis: Why do some people succeed and others fail?
Own Your Future by Paul B. Brown
Synopsis: How to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy
No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith
Synopsis: Finding your passion, creating your career plan, confronting your fears and excuses
Smarter, Better, Faster by Charles Duhigg
Synopsis: The secrets of productivity in life and business
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Synopsis: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion
I thought I would write a short post on our many clubs here at FIT, because if some are you are/were like me you might be afraid to join or don’t even know how to join. Since I’ve started FIT I’ve always wanted to be part of a club and join, but I was always scared it would interfere with my schedule and I thought I had to be accepted before I even attend the meetings. This is all completely false! I finally decided this semester to join a club and I really regret not doing it before. If like me you think it’s going to interfere with studies or school, it doesn’t. Most clubs meet during common hour (which are Tuesday from 1-2pm) and are open to anyone who has an interest in the club. Not only are they a great way to meet people with same interests, but are great to add on your resume. And you also get offered many opportunities through the clubs, that you wouldn’t elsewhere. There is such a wide range of clubs, you are 100% going to find something for you.
Click here to see all the different clubs FIT has to offer.
If you are applying to FIT in the Art & Design school and your application requires a portfolio, I HIGHLY recommend attending a National Portfolio Day. For those who may not be familiar, National Portfolio Day (NPD) is a day in which you have the opportunity to meet with representatives/admissions counselors from the schools you wish to apply/attend (FIT, of course!) and review and discuss your portfolio, talk about the program and university, and also answer any questions that you may have!
It is a golden opportunity to go straight to the source to receive advice and put your worries to rest. The great thing about NPD is that representatives are traveling to different cities and states, so you don’t have to make the trip out to New York City if you aren’t local! The NPD season has just begun, so you’re likely to still make it to a NPD near you! For a full list of the 2016-2017 schedule and the participating schools, you can click here. To anyone that cannot attend a NPD, do not stress, as attending a NPD is not required, however it is very helpful! When I attended NPD in 2012, it was very productive and useful to hear what the representatives had to say about my work.
Just a quick reminder that Open House is coming up soon. It’s happening next week from the 10/08-10/09/16. If you’re planning on coming, I would suggest you start writing down questions you have and want answered. Open House is a great way to interact and talk to current students and ask them about their experiences at FIT, and if they have any tips for new students. It’s also great, because you get to meet future students and start creating new friendships.
If you’re unable to make it, feel free to ask me any questions you have about FIT down in the comments below!