Collecting items is a common but enjoyable hobby that many people take part in, whether it’s hats, pez dispensers, beanie babies or even something as simple as cards. Today, I’m here to talk a little and to ask a little about collecting. If I had to pinpoint a moment in time, my whole interest in fashion started back in my freshman year of high school. I didn’t know how to dress but I knew that I loved sneakers and I loved collecting them. For the most part, I collected Air Jordans but eventually my horizon expanded. I started off with one pair and through selling various shoes I built up my collection. Currently my sneaker collection is at 107 pairs (and counting!). While I have slowed down a lot in recent times my love for sneakers has not diminished. It has, however, snowballed into my love of clothes. Honestly that is probably the reason my sneaker collection has slowed down, most of my funds have slowly transferred from sneakers to clothing. While it’s good to have your wardrobe in balance I think my shoe collection will always dominate my closet and shelves.
I am curious to see what our readers collect and what their collections may look like. Drop a few comments below about your hobbies and collections for me and our readers to check out!
Sometimes I think part of the reason I got into photography is I not only to look back on memories but I like looking back and seeing them at their best. I can never fully pinpoint why I got into it but one thing that sticks out in particular was from one of my first shoots. I was in my backyard with my friend Allie and I took a picture of her at random and when I uploaded it I had a moment of realization. The shot wasn’t anything special but it looked nice and that’s when I realized using this camera to make my surroundings look nice from a new eye was so much more exhilarating than I imagined. From there it was constantly evolving. I started taking my shoots out to new places and utilized them to meet new people. My camera went from a little metal box that I had no idea how to use to a social/art utility. To this day my love for photography is growing and I am always open to new styles, I would love to keep up with my all my readers work. If you ever want to see my work ( I most definitely want to see yours) just reach out to me on Instagram at @walter_sincox and we could talk more personally.
It’s the holiday season and happiness and joy are in the air however this year, the high school class of 2016 is embracing a new feeling this winter. It’s the time of year when many colleges start to get back to us with the news of our possible acceptance, mailboxes have slowly become a warzone of letters from schools and holiday greeting cards and at times it can feel overwhelming. Waiting for that top school to get back to you can be nerve racking but fear not for life will go on. While this time of year may be stressful and I can certainly feel it taking its toll on me I remind myself and all of you readers in the class of 2016 to keep your chin up. It’s the holiday season and that means family is around and festivities are taking place, and while these little paper slips come through one by one to let you know your possible future you have a million other things to take your attention. Since this is possibly your (and my) last full holiday season at home take time to enjoy it fully, worrying about something that is already set in stone will get you nowhere. Take time to decorate your whole house with dazzling lights or even take up a winter sport for the first time. If winter activities aren’t your thing just kick back and relax and ease yourself with your usual activities. Lately I have been swimming a lot and re watching Doctor Who to distract myself and I have to say it has eased my soul a bit. Class of 2016, we made it this far so don’t overthink and always be happy.
First off, what is fast fashion? Fast fashion is easily accessible, fairly priced clothing with a high end look that maintains a casual feeling. In today’s fashion world some people look down on fast fashion however I believe it is one of the most useful categories in fashion for these reasons:
- Appreciated diversity – Fast fashion is a good way to get a wide selection of looks without going too far out there. While people may look at you and like the originality in your outfit they also may appreciate a modest look as well. Sometimes when you watch runway shows for designer brands you see models take the runway in ridiculous, glamorous outfits, and while it may be enjoyable to watch that’s all those clothes will be, an enjoyable show that belongs on the runway.
- Reasonable prices – Mostly everyone in the fashion industry wants to look nice; it’s a fact of the industry. It’s more than just looking nice though, it’s looking nice with different styles and clothes. However filling that wardrobe can cost a lot of money especially to achieve that high class look. Fast fashion is great for filling space for your here and there casual outfits to your everyday wear. Not only can you achieve a similar look but you can do it for a much cheaper price.
- Convenience- As fashion evolves so do the collections and how they are released. Very limited quantities are become a more common thing in collection releases and sadly most people don’t have the proper connections to guarantee themselves a garment. Fast fashion is the complete opposite of this, it’s always in stock and always nearby. If you see a piece you like you won’t have to make a million calls or wait outside a store forever just for a single garment, all you have to do is walk in to your nearest H&M, Urban outfitters etc. buy it and call it a day.
We’re growing up; some of us may not like it because we don’t know what to expect. For those of us thinking about college, reaching those teen years brings the question, “How am I going to handle college?” Don’t just panic about the common app, try to prepare for the future with a hands-on approach. A little over a year ago I wondered how I would manage in college; I’d probably forget to eat if it weren’t for my parents. Discovering FIT’s Precollege Program saved my sanity. It provided exposure to my fields of interest and insight to the college experience.
My first big step was getting to FIT. I live in Jersey so I had to commute every Saturday. This was a new responsibility to tackle, one that bettered me in the end. Commuting and navigating NYC was daunting but minor compared to another college fear, the social aspect; worrying that it’s not possible to make a meaningful friend group, again! Thankfully, Precollege showed me otherwise. I took my first course over a year ago and three kids in my photography class are still my good friends. Yes, college is a new environment but it’s new to a whole group of people; people just as nervous with the same hopes and fears. The Precollege Program extended my understanding of the college culture. I realized I’d no longer make friends in a town of random people with random interests. College is not limited to associations based on where you live. Choosing a college provides the freedom of being with students, from around the country, with shared passions and understanding for each other.
Another pressing question is “what is the workload like in college?” Stories range from struggling just to get C’s to a 4 year party with a degree at the end. A valuable lesson learned from my Precollege courses is whatever the workload, it’s worth it because you’re doing what you love. Some assignments are very demanding, but I realize I’m being graded on my passions so nothing will stop me.
The college experience is much more than new responsibilities, making new friends or tackling workloads. It’s about discovering who you are; through this the rest will happen. FIT’s precollege experience is certainly making this transition a lot easier.