Transitioning to my first year at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Hi loves,

When I first thought about starting a blog, I knew I wanted to share my experience and give advice about where I go to college, the Fashion Institute of Technology. If I never went to FIT, I probably never would have started this blog in the first place.

Being from Long Island, FIT was always a possibility because it is a State University of New York (SUNY) and I would get relatively cheap in-state tuition. I was never one of those girls who dreamed of going to FIT since they were 5. In fact, I didn’t seriously consider FIT until my junior year of high school when my friend, Andrew, told me about it and said I should take a pre-college class at FIT to figure out if I definitely wanted to go into Advertising and Marketing.

So the summer going into my senior year of high school, I took his advice and convinced my parents to let me take the train into the city 4 days a week, for 3 weeks, to take a class just for high school students like me. I was so terrified the first day because it was my first time being with other students, that I hadn’t gone to school with everyday since kindergarten. It was quite a culture shock and reality check for me because it clicked that in just one short year, I would be in college and that scared me. I took comfort in the fact that I loved FIT after 3 short weeks and I imagined myself going to college there.

Living in a relatively small town, my high school had only 800 students with my graduating class being 216. We were prepped, as young kids, that getting into college was the end goal and that put a lot of pressure on everyone. I had what I thought to be a good GPA in high school, I played in the band all throughout my school years and I was in National Honor Society during my senior year.

But boy, I was not expecting the college application process to be that difficult. Until around the end of my senior year, I had never been so unsure of myself in my life! I didn’t know where the next year would take me and I was petrified of failing. The months following the day I got my acceptance to FIT, which was on March 30th, my life was pure bliss. I was graduating high school with some of my best friends in the entire world, I got accepted into my dream school, and most of all, I felt like my life was finally on track, unbeknownst to me, that my entire life would change come August.

After the best summer of my life, I started packing for my new life at FIT. I was so incredibly grateful that for my first semester, my roommate was one of my best friends from high school, Vanessa. I was so happy I had someone I could relate to and have by my side. It became known to us, very quickly, that it would be very hard to make friends. It was a very difficult time because although my high school prepped you for getting INTO college, they never talked about what life was like once you were there. No one told me that the adjustment from a small, sheltered town to the big city would be so difficult and that I wouldn’t start getting into the swing of things until well after the start of second semester.

During my first year at FIT, I found myself changing who I was in order to hang out with certain people, who in reality, were people I had no desire to be friends with and I forced myself to do things I had no desire to do. I was in a new city and could be anyone I wanted to be but I eventually realized I just needed to be ME. It took me almost the full year of transitioning to this new part of my life that I realized I had to be myself and everything else would follow. If I kept changing my personality, beliefs and interests, I wouldn’t find the true friends I desperately wanted. Currently in my 3rd semester, I am so much happier because I stuck with who I am and try to never let a new situation change me.

The most important thing I want you guys to take from this is that you should NEVER change yourself in order to fit in. As long as you’re happy with who you are, everything else in life will fall into place.

I’m excited to write more about FIT and I hope you guys are too!

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

-Nicole

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