2015 — A Year for Change

To the FIT student community,

Happy spring semester,

After an historic blizzard it doesn’t seem like “spring”; but, if going to school in New York has taught us anything it is perseverance. Soon FIT’s urban campus will blossom under spring showers, and the harsh New York winter will be a thing of the past.

For me, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the events of the past, to identify accomplishments, analyze failures, but overall, to rest, regroup and look to the future.

I’m proud of our accomplishments this past semester. The Student Association started off with the goal of branding and publicizing our beloved FIT more aggressively. It comes as little surprise that at a school like FIT, smack in the center of one of greatest city’s in the world, students are less involved in campus activities and campus life. After five semesters, I’ve realized that we are not your run-of-the-mill student body. We juggle classes, internships, jobs, and dare I say, a social life. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that the Student Association exists. It simply means we have to be more hands on in our approach to getting students engaged.

The Student Association is at the nucleus of campus involvement; we oversee over 70 student organization, and we serve at the front line as the voice of the student community. After receiving feedback about having live performances on campus, we successfully executed our first major comedy show, which featured the cast of MTV’s Girl Code.

We also celebrated the growing population of international students through events and social gatherings that we hope will strengthen our diverse community. Through our partnership with FIT’s administration, we will yet again send a student to Clinton Global Initiative University to exhibit their potentially world-changing idea. Additionally, we opened a forum for students to constructively voice their opinion to President Brown and the members of her cabinet at our November Town Hall.

In all honesty, the Student Association has never been more focused and active. We have embraced the legacy of our predecessors while continuing to blaze our own trail. This past semester we analyzed the way in which we worked, and how it impacts the student community. We quickly realized that we have operated on a dated governmental structure. In response to these findings, we rewrote our constitution. Our end goal was to incorporate new ideas that would bring success in growth, participation and student advocacy. The new constitution will be presented to the Student Council this spring for approval, this will go into effect during the 2015-2016 term. We encourage all students to attend our Student Council meeting, the next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 3rd, from 1-2pm in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater.

The power of the Student Association is in the hands of those who come to FIT to receive an eduction. We stay dedicated to ensuring that every student’s time at FIT is optimal. That said, we look forward to this semester with much enthusiasm.

Christopher T. Wallace