East Islip High School senior Qian Zheng will attend Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology this fall, beginning her career journey. She plans to major in fashion merchandising management.
Founded in 1944, this State University of New York (SUNY) college, generally known as FIT, remains one of the five top fashion schools in the world and is famous for its urban campus and close connections to the fashion industry.
“I chose FIT because it’s one of the top art and fashion schools in the nation,” said Zheng. “FIT is the perfect place for me to express my love of art.”
Like so many of her fellow members of East Islip’s International Business Globalization Career Academy, where she served as Mobile Revolution’s vice president of administration and purchasing, Zheng credits that program with much of her success as a senior. “My last year at East Islip has been one of the best of my high school education because of the Career Academy,” she said. “I learned a lot by being VP and came across many different types of people with their own opinions. Sometimes it was hard, but I learned to manage and to become an entrepreneur, which is not as easy as everyone thinks. Meeting important people such as the CEO of Rockefeller Group Technology Services helped me become more open-minded.” The social cohesion of the Career Academy also had an effect on her. “It was an experience I will never forget, especially the friends I’ve made throughout this year,” Zheng added. “Being together for almost every period, it made us all closer.”