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Abhi Gupta

I am an FIT alum; back and excited to work with students again. I received my AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management and BS/MS from Cornell University. I tutor FMM subjects, some economics, some math and love interacting with FIT students. I grew up in different parts of India, then lived in England for a bit before moving to NY for school. One of my all time favorite quote is "Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game". I think that students at FIT have wonderful resources available and they should utilize them to get the most out of their experience here.


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; pattern-making; 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.

Ariana ManzoLillo

I earned my AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management and I am currently working on a BS in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing with a background in Chemistry. I tutor students in Chemistry of the Everyday World, Basic Chemistry for Cosmetics and Fragrances, Forensics of Fiber Analysis and Physical Science. My goal is to work in a laboratory as a scent and cosmetics creator and evaluator.

My advice for FIT students is to keep an open mind and take any opportunity that arises. Learn to be organized, especially with your time and schedule, and don't forget to have fun.

Artem Silantyev

My current job title is, Lead Unity Developer, for a company called Simple Machine (www.SimpleMachine.co).

 I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology's Computer Animation and Interactive Media major back in 2013.

As of writing this I have been a tutor for a little over two years. During that time, I have tutored almost every class which starts with "CG".

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.

Google.com - 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.

Daria Mossounova

I am passionate about the arts. I have a BA from McGill University in Montreal in Art History. I particularly like 18th-century French and British painting. I also like to dance (even though I don't dance anymore). I used to be part of a semi-professional dance group for 7 years! I like ballet and flamenco style. Then, I moved on to Photography, which I am studying at FIT. I enjoy taking pictures of people and... of course, dancers!

David Kim
I am currently a senior in my seventh semester as a Fashion Design major with a concentration in sportswear.

I was born in NYC but was raised in Detroit, Michigan and started to get interested in fashion during my junior year of high school. I am not from a fashionable family because my parents don't know how to dress and are not very creative. Well I think my mom is... She cooks well and always had people over because they were hungry. 

 Anyway, my family owned a dry cleaning business where my dad ironed clothes and mixed chemicals, and my mother was a tailor. She taught me the basics of sewing.  Additionally, I have an older sister who is a hairstylist for Aveda. I became interested in fashion at the age of 16 because of my parents dry cleaning business and my sister's fashion sense.

I moved out of my parent’s house at the age of 18 to Lansing, Michigan where I attended Lansing Community College where I only took art courses and got lucky that they had a fashion design program.

Long story short, I had some amazing professors at Lansing who used to be the creative directors for Simply Vera, Kohl’s, a pattern- maker for John Galliano, and more.

The professors entered me in the Detroit Fashion Week student show, and I got to show my first collection at the age of 19. I used photos from the show along with my artwork to apply to FIT.

I enjoy working with other creative individuals who have the drive to learn pattern-making, draping, computer flats and specs, and illustration.

"You have to love fashion, because fashion doesn't love you first"

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.

Gia Gao
Hello! I am currently in my 3rd year at FIT studying Advertising Design. For the past 2 years, I was in the Communication Design in the 2-year program, so I have learned a lot about the Adobe Programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and now After Effects, which are all the programs that I tutor at the Academic Skills Center. Also, because I was born in China, I am fluent in Chinese, so if anyone needs a Chinese tutor, I will be more than happy to help. I am the treasurer of the Asian Student Network Club at FIT, and on weekdays, I work at the International Programs Office as a graphic designer and clerical assistant. Outside of school, I am a member of a dance team in Flushing.

My advice to everyone is to worry about the "now", because once this moment has passed, you don't get a do-over. So really, just do it, do the things 20 year olds are supposed to be doing, because you only get to be 20 once.


Holly Schnaudigel

I am a 22 year old Pin Up/Boudoir/ Film Noir style portraiture photographer from Westchester, NY. I am organized and prompt and I promise I can make the most dull study guide fabulous and thrilling!

(Well maybe not thrilling, but I can explain what's on it!)

Bachelors Program level photo student at FIT with the super hero capabilities of aiding you in fighting off your dodge and burn, studio lighting, equivalent exposure anxieties!

The Super Nanny of the photo department. Nothing is Impossible with a to do list!



Jaehoon Lee

Hi. I am Jaehoon Lee. I graduated from FIT as a Fashion Design major,  art specialization. I've been working in the industry for many years. Now I am working as a graphic designer, and a fashion illustrator in NYC and a fashion drawing tutor at FIT. Please check my web site at www.jaehoon-lee.com

Jayong Shin

I ‘m a designer whose whole life keeps in people’s minds like a treasure because of my creations.

When I was a kid, my nick name was a Crow, because I collected every shiny material and kept them in my bed. When I looked into my mother's jewelry box, the metal pieces I saw looked like pieces not created by mere humans. So I was attracted by Jewelry which continually catches my eye.

I believe that my jewelry pieces are symbols to show love and friendship, and can be used to mark the most important moments of people’s lives.  Also it can represent their memories and beliefs.

Jewelry is courage and conviction which can keep delivering and giving love in the hearts of the people who wear it with the announcement that tells the most important moment in the light.

I am drawn toward challenge and to experiment with innovative people who want to create jewelry that others enjoy. I hope that my jewelry will help to make people keep their special memory and faith so they can hold on to their dream when they look at the pieces I've created.

I am from South Korea and currently live in  New York and love jewelry with meaning.  I majored in Visual Design and Convergence Design at Yonsei University in South Korea, and am currently pursuing a BA degree in Jewelry Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.


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 BritishMuseum.org.

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

Lisbeth Jimenez

I am a passionate Interior Design student. I am currently a sixth semester student and have been tutoring for two years at FIT. I tutor students in a wide range of Interior Design related courses including AutoCAD and Revit. I enjoy composing music and dancing during my free time. My goals are to be successful and to make a difference in the world.

 My advice to students is: “Never become victims. You only become what you want to become, so work hard for what you want.”

Martha kelley

I graduated from FIT in 2012 with a BFA in Fashion Design: Knitwear specialization and minors in Italian and Art History. I studied abroad for a year in Milan as a junior. Since graduation, I have been working full-time for J. Crew as a technical designer of cut-and-sew knits. I work with fashion designers, production managers and merchandisers on a daily basis and tutor at FIT in the evenings.

I tutor in all pattern making, draping, machine knitting and fashion art courses. I also tutor in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign courses as well as History of Art and Italian.

My advice to students is to think beyond the project and do more than what is asked of you. Impress your professors because most of them have connections in the industry so they can help you find a job.

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" http://www.bsagarts.org  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.  Sometimes it also helps to take periodic but controlled breaks to reflect on your work.

Mildor Chevalier

Hello. I am a Haitian Fine Artist and Illustrator. In 1999, I went on to study painting and drawing at the Grotte des Arts Plastiques School in Port-au-Prince Haiti. One year later I moved to the Dominican Republic where I lived for ten years. There, I studied Communications at the Escuela Superior de Locución in 2006 and received an AAS in Fine Arts at the Escuela de Diseño Altos de Chavón (Affiliated with Parsons the New School for Design) in 2010. I was awarded a scholarship to continue my studies at Parsons, where I received a BFA in Illustration and am currently doing my MFA in Illustration at FIT.

My works have been exhibited in different countries and cities around the world: Santo-Domingo-RD, Miami FL, New York City, Nimes, Chatou, Paris, France, Madrid, Spain, Montreal Canada, and in Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian y Guangzhou China.



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 hobbies, 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!

Nicole Rojas

I have an AAS in Fashion Design and Technology from Westchester Community College and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Design at FIT. I am also working towards getting a certificate in Pattern-making.

After I graduate, I hope to work for a contemporary design company. I currently tutor FIT students in Computerized Pattern-making, and some math and science courses.

My advice to students is to try and develop a time-management system that works for them. Also, it is important to take time to practice what you have learned—be it a function in a computer program, a sewing technique or a formula to a math problem.

Ricky NG

I received a Bachelor in Business Administration degree (BBA) from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Finance degree from the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, SJTU. I am a CFA Level III candidate, and have also completed the Series 7 and 63 license exams. My work experience is comprised of banking, financial consulting, and tech start-ups. I am currently tutoring students in math, statistics, economics, and Excel.

In my free time, I enjoy reading and managing a portfolio of stocks. I also try to stay involved and contribute to charitable organizations.

My advice to students is to find where their interests and talents are and just focus on that. In addition, asking questions is a great way to learn more about a topic.


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.

Sade Fernandez Fuentes

I am a 23-year-old international student from the beautiful Dominican Republic studying International Trade and Marketing at FIT. I have lived in Santo Domingo, Belgium, New York, and Rome and am fluent in English (obviously), Spanish (claro que si), French (mais oui), and Italian (un po’). I am a student tour guide at FIT, and I love to travel, read, and play soccer. My favorite place is the beach, my favorite color is orange, and my favorite food is Sushi. I enjoy doing all sorts of free things around New York City and enjoy every event at FIT.

 I believe the power to change lies in the individual, and one person can inspire a whole movement and change the world.

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.

Susan Soriano

My name is Susan Soriano, and I have been a tutor at FIT since February 2014. I tutor Spanish, Italian, Draping, and Pattern Making for 1st and 2nd semester students. I graduated from FIT in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design with a specialization in Women’s Wear. I received my degree after finishing the International Program in Florence, Italy and have been working in the fashion industry since I graduated from FIT. Recently, I began working  in an Accessories Design Company.

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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