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| Consider this: Every school is what you make of it. You, as a student, upholds the responsibility to make everything happen, to make everything work for you, and to make everything of use to further direct into achieving your goals and aspirations. Now, every college student perceives college life in different ways. Some consider it a chance to exemplify, adjust and improve their talents to their fullest potential. Others consider college as a way to kick back, relax and hang out and go to parties. You know what, that's them...don't worry about them, worry about you and what you can do to develop your career. |
Seeing as how I'm being asked to shed my review, here's the pros and cons about FIT after being here for at least a semester and a half...it may subject to change in the long run, but this is how I feel about the school...
What's good about the school are the opportunities for success. They are available, you just have to take advantage of them at all costs. Don't let them slip past you because chances like these doesn't come by so often. If by any chance you're admitted as an EOP student, it's like you have your own command center right there to fully direct you into succession because they will help you no matter what as long as you maintain your responsibilities, meaning attending mandatory meetings, helping around the office, etc. Now, I'm a Fine Arts major at FIT...it's not very competitive, but it's challenging to say the least, however, there are professors fully available for you for assistance so you won't get lost in the shuffle. So far, financial aid, bursar and registrar have been very helpful to me so no problems there whatsoever...FIT is very cheap, so tuition isn't a problem seeing as how it's SUNY...especially if you have financial aid and scholarships because you WILL GET CASH BACK.
What's bad about the school...first off, the scheduling...it can be very abysmal at times, especially fixing up the right schedule so you can add liberals into it. And since I'm in Fine Arts, schedules are chosen in blocks so it's impossible to switch from class to class. Talking about 8am classes, 6:30-9:20pm classes, one class split into 2-3 days a week, the whole nine. Speaking of liberals, they are MANDATORY towards graduation. There's so much liberals to take in order to get an AAS or a BFA...unless you're in the Presidential Scholars Program where an honors class can substantiate over 2 required classes which cuts down courseloads. Other than that, plan your liberals carefully or you will be super stressed. The workload can be very, VERY tiring...pulling out all-nighters, losing sleep and coming in to open lab to finish work runs rampant so you must have heart to finish your work. Don't think about grades, even though they're on a curve, think about your work.The students in particular, so far they've been very friendly along the way. I'm very shy and I hardly communicate, but if you're very extroverted, try to communicate with others, there is so much diversity within the Fine Arts / Illustration floor. As I've said, FIT is all about what you can make of it. Don't like it, don't come. Interested? Come here. If you're confident enough to rely on your work instead of socializing, it can be a positively good experience. We've had a student who graduated from FIT Fine Arts now getting her MFA at Yale University, so possibilities are endless. It's all about accentuating the positives, putting aside the negatives, obtaining confidence and experience as well as developing your career can portray a fair experience. It's all about what you make of it.
|Feb 24 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| School is awesome. But it's not a typical college. At firsT I was a bit dissapointed because I wanted that whole college experience, walking through a parking lot, meeting someone in the dorms-- doesn't happen. Think of this as a rEALLY cool highschool where you'll know everyone in your major and even ones lower/higher than you. And sure everyone on your floor, maybe for the first 2 years but when you move over to 31st Dorms, everyone is pretty much closedminded, keep to themselves/their rooms. People are approachable as long as you have a friendly output and aren't shy or less confident then they. I was a guy that went there soo.. most of the girls i've seen are all alike, or if not, i never bothered to take advantage as work was important.And i got hit on a lot so i hope that says something. Fine ARTS Loads of fun. You just play with paint, and every teacher is different and they really- down to their bone, do care as long as you care about what you do. Most people here aren't good, and they take this for granted. You can work the system if you are a girl, but depends because i know some girls that didn't get by and did the same things that the other girls that did. you have to love art, otherwise don't waste your time because you're not gonna get a JOB after this. You're not, unless you wanna work in a boring gallery (tho they have fun events) or u want to move on with teaching or art history teaching (as you auto-matically acquire a minor in art history though this major) Uhh, any other advice.. hmm..Cheap school, not expensive. NYC IS amazing, this is the reason why im so glad i didnt go to a campus, i dont think i could have handled it. So ya, there are bars u can get into under 21, there are millions upon millions of places to meet people, starbucks, ice skating rink, central park, union sq, a RANdom ass store, on the street, -- my adive, just me FRIENDLY, seriously, if you see a good crowd just act like nothing hits you, your amazed at the world, you're interesting and interested in them and things will be golden. Best of luck. (you won't need it) - (Oh and dont complain about utlities, like paint and stuff, get over it, you're gonna have to pay a lot out of ur pocket for materials) |
|Dec 03 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| I thought I did my research before attending FIT. I made a career change and left a stable job to attend FIT and pursue a degree in Fashion Merchandising Management. It was my understanding that the resources I would find at this school would help me get into a stable career in the business side of the fashion industry. |
I have been extremely disappointed with the outcome of the decision to come to FIT. I would say generally the faculty and staff at FIT do not support the students. The Residential Life department is very rude. I was assigned housing less than two weeks before moving from another state. I was assigned a suite and my meal plan was taken away and the money for my meal plan was applied to the suite. I am happy to have a larger room but feel that it was unfair to lead me to believe my money would be applied to a meal plan and then it was applied to my room instead. I was informed that the school is over their head in a financial situation with their 31st street dorm mortgage. I assume that they assigned me a suite last minute so that the additional 2K would go towards their housing costs instead of a meal plan. The maintenance of the buildings is very bad. In my first two weeks the maintenance men had to attend to three different issues. The IT department is friendly, however you are constantly running into IT issues. Passwords are often invalid and the entire internet system goes down several times a month. I have a wireless connection in my room that goes out several times a day. I have a teacher who barely speaks plain English. He is very difficult to understand. When I approached him for assistance on a term paper I was even more confused... and realized that he cannot communicate his thoughts into English to explain to the students in ENGLISH what he wants them to do in a 15 page paper. I have a teacher who teaches Introduction to the Fashion Industry. She apparently sold Couture...30 years ago.
I do have two teachers that are very good. I find the merchandising math very helpful. I enjoy my advertising class as well. So out of 6 classes here at FIT, I am getting an education out of 3 of them.
Overall, carefully weigh your decision to come here. I understand that the design part of the curriculum here is probably better than the business side. The school is in financial difficulty right now with budget cuts. Coming here made me see that sometimes it is better to live in reality than to chase a dream. I am fortunate that I had the experience to try to make a dream come true to work in the fashion industry. You need to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your experience here.
|Mar 11 2010|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2005 |