I’m Back!

From 14 floors up, I hear honking and the sounds of vehicles navigating the streets, as I lay falling asleep at night. While walking the sidewalks, racing from here to there, peering in some of the coolest storefront windows, I find myself constantly playing a game of people dodging. I love living in a city where you truly feel you are in the center of the world, listening to all different accents and languages, wondering if that girl is European, or if that man is from South America, or if that cute guy is an international student at one of many colleges here in the city. You may have guessed by now, but I am living loud in New York City! As I mentioned in my first blog post, I am attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, studying fashion merchandising management. These past two months have been unreal. They way surpassed my expectations!!

My days have been full since mid-August, after a week of college orientation, which was really helpful in learning my way around Manhattan and our neighborhood of Chelsea, meeting friends and learning about F.I.T. My college classes mostly revolve around the fashion industry and the business of fashion, and I have the privilege of studying in parks around the city like Madison Square Park. Or I can study and go get away from the chaos of the city, by studying in our very quiet, resourceful library, right next door to my dorm. Speaking of parks, they are everywhere. Almost out my back door is the High Line – beauty on top of an old railroad track, peering into the backside of apartment buildings, providing canvases for murals by talented artists, and views looking down on the designer shops of the meatpacking district. A short subway ride away is Central Park, where entertainment is year around. I have to mention Bryant Park too, for those who watch Project Runway!

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Central Park with the roomies!

The opportunities I have experienced over just the past two months have been amazing! One of the most incredible was getting to volunteer during New York Fashion Week. Yes, THE Fashion Week. Designers from all over the world come to introduce their newest fashion collections for the upcoming seasons. Speaking of newest, I was fortunate enough to get to volunteer at Serena William’s first fashion show! To add to her many successes, she had just played in, and won, the U.S. Open tennis tournament just days before. Can you imagine that pressure – trying to win one of the most competitive sports competitions, while making decisions about your first ever fashion show for your own clothing line! It was chaotic and exciting to watch the fast pace and high adrenaline that goes on behind the scenes of a runway show, followed by the calm and beautiful way the models walk out on the runway modeling some of the most fantastic pieces. I would not have had this opportunity without being a student at F.I.T.

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Outside of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center!

Let me quickly tell you about some other fun experiences I have had. My friends and I waited in line for over an hour to drink free coffee from the temporary replica of Central Perk, the coffee shop so familiar in many scenes of the sitcom, “Friends” (yes, the one starring Jennifer Aniston!). It was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the show. I was lucky enough to sit in the audience watching live filming of “America’s Got Talent” starring Heidi Klum, Howard Stern, Mel B, and Howie Mandel. It was so interesting witnessing behind the scenes looks at make-up touch ups, off camera discussions between the judges, and participating in directions given to the audience from the producer. Thanks to my roommate’s Mom for this so cool opportunity! There is a cultural event going on most weekends, in all parts of the city (or “the island” as it is commonly called by the locals). My friends and I took advantage of the fantastic food and music offered at the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy last month. Speaking of food and music, both are offered everywhere in this city, and some of the best I’ve eaten and heard. Hey, shout out to Austin, Texas!! You and New York City are tied as the musical and food capitals of the world.

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 A little selfie never hurts in front of Central Perk with some new friends!

Woops, I am here for college, so let me get back to F.I.T. It gets visits from staff from some of the most sought after clothing lines in the country like Michael Kors and Tory Burch. I try to never miss one of these visits! My teachers are required to have worked at least ten years in the specific industry that they teach. So yes, we have some of the best to learn from! There is a museum on the first floor of my college, opened to the public, which has ever changing, really cool displays from famous designers or from our very own talented students. Whenever you are in New York, definitely drop by to see the exhibits there. Also, I am excited to have recently gotten a position as the Treasurer with a new club being started at F.I.T. The club is called FIT Models and Stylists Association and I plan to write more about it in future blog posts.

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My spectacular view!!

Oh my gosh, speaking of blog posts! I have to apologize for my absence the last couple of months, but now you know why! I will be talking to you from “Sophia’s Corner” more frequently, now that I have adjusted to life in “the city”. I will be sharing dorm room tips from my room, which BTW has an awesome city view, which includes the Empire State Building! How awesome is that?! I can’t wait to compare the preppy, traditional styles of my hometown in Virginia, with the crazy, anything goes styles of Manhattan and living amongst college students who absolutely crave everything and anything fashion. Life here is crazy, fun, interesting, stimulating, educational and non-stop! I can’t wait to share more with you!

More coming from my corner soon…leaving you with love,

 Sophia

 
“Every year the women of New York leave the past behind and look forward to the future…this is known as fashion week. – Carrie Bradshaw Sex in the City
 

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