To The FIT Student Body:
My name is Natalie Ho and I am your FIT Student Government Association President, the first female SGA President in 5 years. As your student government president, I’d like to join everyone else in welcoming you to the FIT Community. Three years ago, if you had told me that I would be here today in front of you as your SGA president I would have never believed you. I never would have thought that I would be where I am now.
But before I get into all of the reasons why I love FIT, I think it’s important that you know a little about me, after all, all of us are now forever linked by this shared experience. I know I’ll never forget today and I hope you won’t either. Now like many of you, FIT was my top choice and I spent years leading up to my orientation dreaming of what it would be like to grow and learn on 27th and 7th. I was born and raised in Brooklyn and still commute to and from campus almost every day. But unlike all of you, this is my last year at FIT and in May I will be finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications after previously graduating with an Associates in Fashion Business Management. At FIT, graduation feels so nice, most of us do it twice!
For so many reasons I call FIT my home away from home. To me FIT isn’t just “fashion”. To me, FIT is a place that is ever changing and evolving because we, the student body is ever changing and evolving. Without us students – FIT wouldn’t be FIT. We, the students make FIT what it is.
We the students body, need to understand the power in our voices. You may think it’s not much but together, we can accomplish anything.
The FIT Student Government Association cannot function without you all. You cannot be the voice of 10,000 students without students. Every change you’ll seen on campus will be for students by students. As a student government, we make it our priority to empower and serve the student body and by being your President, I will ensure that the SGA is giving 100% to make sure you have a UNbelievable college experience but we cannot read your mind. We will however be ready to hear your voice.
So use your voice. Use your voice to let us know your needs. your goals, your dreams, your passions and your drive. Use your voice to connect with your student government, FIT faculty, staff and administration but most importantly use your voice to connect with your peers.
Take a risk, do something you never thought you’d do. Talk to someone you never thought you’d talk to. Be part of something bigger than yourself, join a club, create a club, maybe join the FIT Student Government Association, Whatever it is you decide to do, make sure you do something. As much as FIT is your home and community, so is New York City, New York State. This is an election year, register to vote, when we hold SGA elections in the spring, make sure you vote. Make sure your voices are heard both on and off campus.
With that being said, let me share with you the vision the FIT Student Government Association and myself for the following semester: we aim to build a greater sense of community, diversity, and inclusion. We want to create an environment where students can help each other prosper and succeed. When one of us succeeds, all of us succeeds. The person next to you is not your competition, they are your inspiration. Let’s start celebrating each other, pushing each other, being a champion for each other, challenging each other. The FITSGA and me as your president, want to foster the environment to make that happen. I hope over the course of this year to get a chance to meet as many of you as possible. Let’s start today. If you see me on campus later today, tomorrow or even a few weeks from now, come say hi.
FIT, let’s make things happen this year.
All The Best,
FIT Student Government Association