As I approach the final stretch of my Sophomore year at FIT, or rather, The Fashion Institute of Technology (if you want to be technical and fancy), I've been reflecting back on my first days as an incoming freshman. If I had a mentor who prepared me for the little nooks tricks and tips to navigate my way through fashion school, I think I would have an easier time adjusting. Even now as I'm finishing up my associates degree with a major in Fashion Merchandising Management and transitioning into my Bachelor's this coming fall, I wish I had an older student or alumni telling me which classes to pick and how to arrange my schedule. With that being said, here are truths no one prepared me for as a freshman.
1: Myth: "You go to FIT. So like, your like a typical SY girl."
When people look at FIT in that light I feel like I have to prove myself by saying, "I actually want to do something when I graduate and find a real job. I'm smart, really!!!" I was the girl graduating Flatbush with the 92 GPA and there I was applying to FIT. I wanted to go to FIT since I was in the 7th grade, it was my dream school and top choice. People are under the widely believed fallacy that FIT is a fashion school and therefore is not challenging. At FIT we are required to take statistics, micro and macro economics, algebra, etc in addition to our fashion-oriented classes. Those fashion-oriented classes are Retail math or Excel for fashion. There is no class on "How to be Coco Chanel." But wouldn't that be neat?
2: Myth: "When are you going to make me a dress?" "So you design clothing."
Not everyone who goes to FIT is a fashion design student. Out of the 17 majors at FIT only 3 are fashion related. There's interior design, advertising, Textile development, product development etc. There are even minors. To see a full listing, click here.
So no, to answer your question you probably will never get a Designs by Bonnie dress.
3: SAT's: You are NOT required to take the SAT for enrollment at FIT as your college guidance counselor told you. BUT, what they didn't tell you is the following: I sent in my SAT score to FIT which was a huge mistake. I must've done poorly on the grammar section of my SAT, (ironic right? Here I am writing a bog), and they made me take a survival grammar course that was a pass and fail grade. However, if I didn't send in my SAT scores I could've taken an exam the first day at FIT and if I passed I wouldn't have had to take the survival grammar course. I survived it though so it's okay. But still, Ugh.
4: Scheduling classes: Take online classes!!! Because you can. Arranging a schedule is very difficult because they don't give you a schedule block (for an FMM major that is). By now I've got the hang of it but Freshman year I was very lost. Schedule an appt. with an academic advisor before your school schedule date and the end of August rolls in. Or call me!
5: Student Body: If you're looking to find your naseeb at FIT, do look further. Like maybe at Baruch or NYU or somewhere else in the tri-state area.. FIT's student body is 70% female. The 20% male population are mostly gay as the stereotype goes.
6: AP credits: FIT doesn't take yerushalmi credits. They take AP Psych and AP history from what I know personally. Check in with FIT about AP credits before you waste your high school career trying to one up the next person with your AP's.
7: Internships: The most complicated process. Took me two years to understand the system and I never even did an internship through school yet! Okay ready? Since internships are considered illegal if you don't receive credit for it through school, (big companies abide by this rule and low key names don't because who wouldn't want free slave labor help??), you must do the internship through school. Which means you need to go to a meeting the semester before you want to do your internship. At that meeting they will walk you through the process. BUT, you can only do an internship through school in your 3rd or 4th semester (2nd year) of your associate's degree and your 3rd or 4th semester (last year) of your bachelor's. This upcoming semester I had a great opportunity to intern for a great company and I can't because i'll be in my 4th semester and the company won't let me intern because FIT won't give me credit. Which sucks, ya feel? So I suggest you go on sites like fashioninternships.com or internships.com in the semesters you can't intern.
8: Teachers: When you apply for classes it doesn't say who your teacher is going to be for the most part which cuts out the Rate my Professor savior. Personally, I never cared who my teacher is because it's so difficult just to make a schedule that fits that it's not necessary to be picky. I can honestly say I love all my teachers. The only ones I have trouble with are the ones with the accents but if you're taking a math class, all their last names are either Chan or Lee so it makes no difference, ya know? You get what you get and you don't get upset.
9: Learning: I am learning a **** load about the fashion industry. Someone once told me I don't need to go to business school because, "look at all our fathers or grandfathers who didn't go to college and run a business or fashion retail store". Personally, If I didn't go to college though i'd know nothing about business except through experience and I certainly wouldn't know much about the fashion industry.
Anwyays, i'm no FIT guru but give me a call if you have any questions.