My Last Class!

The final class of my Spring 2012 semester was a bittersweet ending. It was sad knowing I was going to be leaving my professor and all of the fun things my class had done and made. Throughout the semester, my class created many things. Some things include body wash, lotion, bath salts, lipstick, shampoo, and much more! My class also attended a field trip to the “Big B’s” (Bendel’s, Barney’s, & Bergdorf’s) to show us how stores market their products. I learned many things about the beauty industry and how it really goes hand in hand with the fashion industry.

Though it’s sad that the Spring semester is over, we are one step closer to Summer! This Summer I will be taking the week long workshop HSX 131 Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in ActionI am very excited to see what the class has to offer and teach me!

My plans for the future are pretty set. This fall, I plan to apply to a few colleges, FIT is my first choice. Along with FIT, I plan to apply to Montclair State University, LIM, Philadelphia University, and the University of Rhode Island. I plan to major in Fashion Merchandising and hopefully someday become a buyer! What are everyone else’s plans? Anyone know any other great colleges for Fashion? Comment  below!

xoxo Tori

My current college/portfolio situation.

I am only a freshman in high school, so I have about one more year until I have to take the whole “college/portfolio” thing seriously. However, I am trying to prepare myself now. Luckily, all of the projects I do in my classes at FIT now can contribute somehow to my portfolio when I apply to college. To be honest, I don’t know much about what goes into a portfolio, but I do know that the Fashion Design major differs immensely from say, Fashion Merchandising. I also know that a lot of hard work and effort goes into a superb portfolio, requiring a lot of time and consideration. I know that when the time comes, for me to start mine, I will be stressing out for weeks.

My goals for my future are kind of all over the place because, like I’ve said before, I’m not completely sure what I want to do in fashion yet. I just know the fashion industry is the right place for me. Ultimately, my dream job would have to be the creative director of a big fashion house (not sure which one yet). Quite frankly, without Precollege classes I’d be lost when the time comes when I have to choose my major.  My current “high school plans” as of now, are just to take more classes here! I definitely want to take the “HAR 016: Fashion Art for Fashion Designers” class.  The other class I am planning to take is “HFA 180: Fabric Styling for Fashion.” I am extremely interested in becoming a stylist also!

As of now, FIT is the only college I’m thinking about. There are a few other colleges I might consider but none of them can compare to FIT. All in all, FIT is my dream college from the variety of majors to the amazing location!

So, how are colleges treating you guys? How was it like getting your portfolios done?


My College Goals

Being a Junior in high school has probably been the hardest thing I’ve had to do.  I’ve been working really hard on managing my school work, SAT prep classes, driving lessons, and FIT.  I push myself a lot and work as hard as I can to make myself a better student and FIT has only made me want to work harder.  I know what it takes to get into FIT and I know it isn’t easy, but it is my dream to go to a fashion school. I plan to apply to FIT and other schools as well.  LIM visited my high school and I found their program to be very interesting.  I will also be applying to Montclair State University; I think they have a good fashion program and the campus is only 40 minutes away from my house.

I’m truly excited for what the future holds and I feel that taking Precollege programs at FIT has given me a lot of courage to go college in New York City.  It also made me more responsible and I feel prepared to take on anything!

Thanks for reading, see you guys next week!



Looking Ahead: My college goals.

How cool would it be to be able to look into the future? To know what you’ll do, how it would happen, and maybe be determined to change destiny? It could be for the better or for the worse, but for the most part- nobody can really do that (unless you’re some sort of psychic, then lucky you)!

Throughout my life, my goals for the future have changed. Not dramatically, but, it has changed. When I was younger, I always wanted to be an actress or singer and a big-time artist at the same time. Hey, I was young, no harm in dreaming big! But since now I’m much older, I’ve become more realistic with my goals and back-up plans.

Since I’m a freshman in high school, everyone keeps on telling me that I have all the time in the universe to decide what to do for college. But to be honest, I really don’t think so! I want to know what I want to do now so I know how to prepare for it.

Where I see myself in the following years:

  • 5: In 5 years I see myself as a Freshman in FIT, Majoring in Communication Design. Possibly dorming, or maybe even living in The City! Oh, how wonderful that’d be!
  • 10: In 10 years I see myself living out, Having a AAS degree in Communication Design and a BS degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications.
  • 20: In 20 years I see myself successful, having a family and loving what I do!

To achieve this- I want to get as much knowledge in art and that is why I’m taking a course in the precollege program! To advance my skill so once I apply to FIT, I’ll be at my best at what I do.

I’m hoping I’m heading in the right track. I wonder what else my future holds. But we’ll just wait and see!


Getting down to business

Preparing a portfolio should never be easy. If its easy, you’re not putting in your best work. The hardest part is that most schools offer fine arts classes, and other colleges want Fine Arts portfolios with a range of different requirements. I was making a portfolio for a FIT, which included garments and figures, another school that wanted Fine Arts, and my AP Art class, which is a 3D portfolio. Thankfully, FIT tells you exactly what they want you to submit for your major.

I also took Fashion Portfolio with Professor Giardina. The best part of the class is that it outlines what you need for your fashion portfolio in a simplified way. It also teaches you a lot of things that go into making a portfolio look professional, such as mounting your swatches and how to back them.

However, I’m finally done with college portfolios! My deposit for FIT is in and my roommate and I have secured our Coed Small Suite!  We met Saturday after class and got some Panera.

I also went to accepted students day, which was really exciting because I got a tour of the dorms, which I had never seen before, and met other people who are in my major face-to-face. We also had the chance to talk to fashion design majors currently attending FIT, in all different semesters.

My Fabric Styling class is teaching me alot about how to make presentation boards immaculate. We’re learning so much about how to properly mount everything from fabric swatches to magazine cutouts. In Fabric Techniques we’ve already draped a pencil skirt, a flared skirt, and we’re finishing up our first bodice. Overall, in just three weeks I’ve gotten really far and I’m excited to keep up this pace.