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Ada Lin

I have earned an AAS degree in Fashion Design and I'm currently working on a BA in Fashion Design. I tutor students in first-, second-, and third-semester draping; patternmaking; and fashion art. I am also interested in poetry, religion, music, and painting. I plan to work as a fashion designer once I graduate.

My advice to students is to think about what you will remember most about your academic experience ten years from now. It won't be about what grade you got in a class, but what you learned in that class that is helping you in your career. So don't focus on what grade you are going to get, but on what you can get out of that class. Have fun with what you're learning and let it positively contribute to your professional career.

Akino Sakaoka

I have a BFA in Interior Design from FIT, an MS in Construction Management from New York University, a Baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL from Columbia University, and I completed the Japanese Teacher Training Program at the Japan Society.

I currently tutor students in AutoCAD, perspective drawing, drafting, rendering, architectural working drawings, and other interior design courses. I also tutor all levels of Japanese. I would like to teach at FIT some time in the future. I am always seeking out talented interior design students to work with me on freelance projects. I chose my profession in interior design because I like to express my creativity in 3D and to invent my own design styles.

My advice for current and future students is to study hard, manage your time, complete assignments on time, and think like a professional.

Artem Silantyev

I am currently a Computer Animation and Interactive Media major at FIT with a background in Fine Arts. I currently tutor students in Flash; website design; computer animation and post-production; and special effects. After graduation, I hope to be a game programmer, computer animator, or interactive content producer.

My advice to students, especially those taking CG classes, is to take full advantage of everything you can get to learn the content of the courses. Sit next to people you can talk to so that you can share information and learn more quickly. If you get stuck and don't know how to specific result, Google it!

Some of the websites I find useful are:

  • W3Schools - This site is useful for website design classes and it also has a section for PHP and JavaScript codes.

  • CreativeCOW - This site has tutorials for flash animation, Photoshop, and pretty much anything else related to creating your own video content. 

  • JavaScript Lint - This website is used to help check JavaScript code to make sure there are no errors.

  • - Trust me, one of the most useful websites I rely on.

Christine Yeh

I received a BFA in computer animation from FIT in 2010. I currently tutor FIT students in computer graphics courses, 3D computer programs, and Mandarin Chinese.

I was a graphic designer for 10 years. In 2008, I quit my job and came to FIT to study computer animation. I am working towards getting into the media industry.

My advice to FIT students is to aim high and be patient.

David Neiditch

I have an MS in Chemical Engineering. My last job was with Johnson and Johnson, where I worked for 19 years. The last 14 years at J&J I was the Chief Process Engineer for Splenda, the world's best-selling non-nutritive sweetener. I received the Johnson Medal, J&J's highest award for innovation, for the work I did on the Splenda project.

I am now retired and besides tutoring math and science at FIT, I do metal sculpture and enjoy reading postmodern fiction.

My advice to students is to take full advantage of all the help available at FIT outside of the classroom.

Denise deGoumois

In my first life, I worked my way through the University of Wisconsin and the University of Connecticut with a manual typewriter to earn a BS degree specializing in journalism, advertising, and home economics. I continued my education at the Art Students League, CUNY Hunter College, and Baruch College; I now study at FIT.

I was initially a print-oriented writer, editor, graphic artist, and production coordinator. With the advent of computerized programs, I re-invented myself by majoring in typography/layout and digital graphics software. I created my first website circa 2000 and explored timeline animation shifting my focus to online technology. I am now exploring fluid, responsive web site creation that is mobile-device adaptive.

I love learning and sharing accumulated and man-made trivia from copy editing to power-user shortcut keys. I am fluid in and qualified to tutor: Flash/Action Script, AfterEffects, Corel Painter, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and cutting-edge website development using HTML, CSS3, JavaScript, and Dreamweaver.

Johnny Ng

I was born in Brooklyn. I have a background in 2D animation and cartooning and I graduated from FIT with an AAS in Communication Design and a Bachelor's in Computer Animation and Interactive Media. I'm currently working on a master's degree in computer art at the School of Visual Arts. My goal is to become a motion graphic artist using my style in cartooning.

The chairman at SVA said to every student in my major: work hard, be creative, and have fun. I believe every student should follow this advice because it will encourage you to study what you really enjoy doing on a daily basis. I also think you should not be afraid to try what you enjoy doing and should realize that you can always get help from professors, fellow students, tutors, and of course, family and friends.

Jonathan Mindell

I received a BA in English and Journalism and a minor in Art History from Syracuse University, took graduate classes in personality development at NYU in the MSW program, and received a Certificate in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia.  I worked as the Creative Director, SVP, N.W. at Ayer and D'Arcy Advertising and an editor for the Associated Press.  I am a member of the Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA unions, and the author of two off-off Broadway plays.  I was a creative consultant for the film documentary, Lion of Judah, Los Angeles Film Festival, 2012.

I currently tutor students at FIT in advertising and marketing courses, social sciences, art history, philosophy, and others. I have also been a tutor and assistant teacher for the Educational Opportunity Program and an accommodative aide for the FIT-ABLE program. I am a volunteer reader and Pencil Pal in NYC Public Schools.  A favorite website is

My advice for FIT students is to work with a friend, counselor, or tutor to figure out how you learn best.

Michael Brenner

I received an AAS in Communication Design and am currently in my Junior year of the BFA program in Advertising Design at FIT. I received a BS in Psychology from Binghamton University in 2006 and hold a J.D. from New York Law School, class of 2009. 

I currently tutor FIT students in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects.  My After Effects animation work was part of the "Big Data Show" exhibition at the FIT Museum in January, 2014.

I enjoy working with various media including oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, stained glass, fused glass and photography.  In 2004, through an independent study, I completed a stained glass window which is on permanent display at the Chabad House of Binghamton Synogogue.  Since 2010, I have shown at numerous Brooklyn painting and drawing exhibitions with the "Brooklyn Streetcar Artists Group"  and have exhibited with the Brooklyn Waterfront Coalition in Redhook, Brooklyn as well as the summer " Crestfest" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In the future, I would like a career in Art Direction/Design or to work as a Creative Technologist. 

My advice to FIT students is to do what you enjoy the most and to know that the more you practice your craft, the better you will be.  Smetimes it also helps to take periodic but controlled breaks to reflect on your work.

Morgan Cole

I have an AAS in Fashion Design from FIT. I am specializing in knitwear and will graduate with my BA in May 2014.  Sewing and knitting are my two favorite hobbeis, so I decided to make a career out of them. In the future, I hope to design sweaters in the contemporary or designer market and eventually start my own brand.

My advice is to be organized--time management is key. Be timely and efficient with your projects. Homework and school should take priority, but don't forget to save some time for yourself to relax. Also, be confident in your work, don't be afraid to think outside the box, and don't hesitate to ask questions or get extra help if something is difficult to understand. But most of all, get involved in the school, explore the city, and enjoy yourself!

Robert Roth

In 1987 I helped start a magazine called And Then which is still in existence. In 2007, my book Health Proxy was published. Currently I am working on a number of different projects, including acting in a movie called "The Education of Thomas Jefferson." Over the years, I have been involved in various movements for social change. I have had very deep and rich friendships. I very much enjoy my contact with students and have learned a lot from working with them.

My advice to students is to hang in there. Take a deep breath. Don't be afraid to ask any questions.

Russell Jenkins

I received a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. I am currently awaiting state certification for a vocational school where applicants can receive job training in project management. While waiting for my certification, I am tutoring FIT students in economics, statistics, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and mathematics.

My advice for students is to allow yourself to think of your course work (especially those classes which are required but not directly related to your major) as the "broader tapestry/medium" of which you have to work in. As a person coming from a non-fashion background, I am surprised by the creative way some fashion students approach the use of traditionally non-fashion type tools and subjects in pursuit of their projects and/or designs.

Samantha Tal

I have a BS in Applied Economics and Management and hope to attend graduate school in the future. I chose to study economics because it provides a different perspective from which to think about everyday concepts. I currently tutor FIT students in math, economics, and accounting courses. Aside from tutoring, my interests include engaging in nature-oriented activities.

My advice to FIT students is to always take some time out of your day to do something you enjoy.

Yaxiong (Tommy) Huang

My name is Yaxiong (Tommy) Huang. I have a BS in Mathematics and Economics from the College of Staten Island. I also have an MA in Statistics and Applied Math from Hunter College. I tutor math courses at FIT.

My interests involve using math, statistics, and algorithms to solve IT/business problems. I plan to be an actuary analyst or data analyst in the near future. I chose my majors because they can be applied to business/science fields and used to solve real world problems. Those majors have trained me to acquire analytical and problem solving skills.

I am currently working as a researcher at an IT company. I mainly do research in catastrophic modelings (earthquake, hurricane, etc.) and develop risk management software for insurance companies. My work is the combination of math/statistics, insurance, information technology, and science.

I also participate in an actuary exam program. I passed Exam P (probability) and I am currently studying for Exam FM (financial mathematics)

My advice to FIT students is to follow the proper method of study for each subject and to have a passion for studying in their majors. Remember, persistent effort can help you overcome any difficulty.

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