5 Things You Need to Know About FIT Students

There are many cliches and stereotypes that go along with going to one of the top fashion schools in the country, and as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), I feel obligated to clear some things up. So here we go:

1. – We’re not ALL studying fashion

From Toy Design, Graphic Design and Interior Design to Entrepreneurship and Advertising & Marketing Communications, many of the majors offered at FIT have NOTHING to do with fashion. Sure, some of us may want to end up in the fashion industry and/or care about our appearances, but that’s certainly not all that FIT has to offer, so get it straight.

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During freshman orientation I thought I was missing out on something because everyone was already in their cliques in the cafeteria. It felt like a scene from Mean Girls (ok, maybe not that harsh), but it wasn’t long before I realized everyone in those cliques went to the same high school together on Long Island. Ahhh, so the puzzle pieces finally fit. Don’t get me wrong, most of my best friends here at FIT live on Long Island, but it may just take a while until your cool enough to join the crew.

P.S. – As a side note, if you’re one of those people that think Westchester is “Upstate” you’re living in a bubble and need to get your sh*t together. New York is freaking HUGE and NYC is a very tiny tiny section of the bigger picture that is New York State. Oh, and not everything above the city is farm country, ok? Moving on…

3. We’re not all models

I feel like if you go to FIT, it’s a requirement to either be a signed model, a famous blogger, straight up killin’ the Instagram game with your fabulousness, or doing all three at once. Again, this is not the case, or maybe I’m just not as legit as I thought I was and should’ve chose a different career path.

4. We’re not all fashion design students

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone home for breaks and ran into people from high school and they’re like, “Girl, can you sew me a dress?” or “What types of clothes do you design?” Listen people, FIT is divided into two schools: 1) Business & Technology and 2) Art & Design. It’s a very simple concept. I can’t draw anything more impressive than a stick figure, let alone sew a button on straight so stop with your assumptions. However, I do have so much respect for the fashion design students out there, ya’ll are amazingly talented. Keep doing the damn thang.

5. We’re way more creative than the look of our school

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Unfortunately, the look of our school is an embarrassment and I won’t even get into the fact that the Fashion Institute of “Technology” is guaranteed to be the least technologically advanced college in the country. Sorry FIT, I still love you though (kind of). But in all honesty, with the herds of innovative and creative people that walk these halls every day, it’s a damn shame that the talent of its students is in no way reflected on the architecture or maintenance of this campus.

Just speaking the truth ya’ll! Of course, this post is the reflection of one innocent FIT student and her surroundings, so I would love to hear your thoughts as well. Thanks for reading (and sharing)!

Xo, Broke & Bothered

5 Types of Subway Riders We All Love to Hate

If you work, go to school or just straight up live in NYC, the subway isn’t just your typical transportation system, it’s a way of life.

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The MTA and I have a sort of love-hate relationship. We need one another, but I can certainly do without its obnoxious and inconsiderate riders. Yeah it’s cheap (depending on how many times a day you take the damn thing), but I could certainly do without the horrible, rat-infested deathtrap of homeless feces and trash that lingers below the busy streets.

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Once you step foot into the city’s underworld only one thing is certain; nothing will prepare you for some of the ratchet people you will come into contact with on your innocent ride home from work. Examples are as follows…ENJOY.

  1. The Pole Hoggers

Butt1Feels nice and relaxing to lean on that pole and have it all to yourself, eh? Well, just as you shouldn’t take up more than one seat on a crowded subway, you shouldn’t take up more than one hand placement on a subway pole. Isn’t this common sense?! Well, if I learned anything throughout my 20-something years in existence, it’s that common sense IS NOT very common. Share the effing pole people!

2. The Last Minute Squeezers

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There’s honestly nothing worse then waiting at the train station for an extra 5 minutes because people keep piling in when the doors are closing on them. Better yet, it’s your 9am commute, AKA Worst Time of Your Life, and when you think you couldn’t be more on top of the person next to you, surprise surprise, the last minute squeezers hold the doors open enough to push there way through, leaving you to lean on other people to balance yourself cause lord knows you won’t ever reach a pole.

3. The Backpacker

campingI can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the subway and some prick has a backpack full of god knows what that sticks out a good 3 feet behind them and they’ll unknowingly swing it around and hit people with it. I always wondered where I got random bruises from…put that sh*t on the floor will you?! And no, don’t put it in the seat next to you. K thanks.

4. The One That Won’t Move to the Middle of the Train

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If you walk into a subway car with 10 or so people waiting behind you and you stand by the door instead of moving towards the middle of the car, YOU are the bane of my existence.

How to not suck: unless you are the last person to get onto the train at that stop, move to the middle of the train so people don’t need to maneuver around your dumb a$$.

5. The Impatient A-holes

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These creatures are beyond the worst. Something that seems so obvious goes right over all of these peoples heads. When a train pulls up to the station, LET PEOPLE EXIT BEFORE YOU START ENTERING THE SUBWAY. Is it that difficult? Holy hell.

And my final thoughts on this topic:

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Read this to see what your subway style says about you.

And if you’re feeling frisky, join Improv Everywhere for the No Pants Subway Ride 2016 this January 10th in NYC…#holler

Xo, Broke & Bothered

9 No Money November Struggles Only Told Through GIFs

Unfortunately, No Money November is drawing to a close, but not to worry because Still in Debt December is right on the horizon. Just in time for the most joyous, money sucking holiday of them all.

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If you’re reading this blog because your hoping for a cure to the broke bitch breakdown you’re currently having because NYC is so goddamn expensive, this probably isn’t the outlet for you. However, until we’re making it rain with hundreds, we have every right to vent our frustration. I figured the only way I could capture the real struggle of being broke in your twenties during the brink of the holidays is through GIFs, as it’s a lot more entertaining and a tad less depressing of a reality check. Let’s give it a try…

1. This is how you feel when the only reason you’re excited for Thanksgiving is because it’s probably the first real meal you’ll be consuming since the last time you visited home. Whoops.

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2. When you realize all of the people you have to buy Christmas presents for this year…

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3. When you start receiving cards and gifts from friends and family in the mail and a piece of you to dies inside because you know you’ll have to send them something in return to be polite.

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4. When you hate people but need to save money so you make the trip out to the mall on Black Friday A.K.A. the day from hell, hoping to save money on gifts for your 15 cousins, 10 friends from school, 5 friends from home, uncles, aunts, mom, dad, brother, sister…are you ready to hurl just yet?

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5. When you accidentally re-gift to the original gifter…(a silent exit is probably the most acceptable action at that point)

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6. When your friends want to go out to dinner before the holiday break but you’re still reluctant to treat yourself…

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7. When it feels like the ATM is mocking you.

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8. When you see the prices on the Starbucks holiday drink menu and you’re thinking for that price the sh*t better be sprinkled with 24-carat gold sprinkles

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9. And when you’re low key stressing because you realize your halfway through the year, graduating soon, still making minimum wage, student loan bills are going to start rolling in and you have no effing clue what you want to do with your life.

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Many say that money doesn’t buy happiness, and I don’t know about you, but if I had more money I’d be a hell of a lot happier! But hey, as I always say, this too shall pass and one can only hope that as our age increases, so does the size of our wallets.

Until next time…

Xo, Broke & Bothered.