Travel Tips for the Big Move in the Big Apple

Coming from California, the move from a suburban world to an electric metropolis was already overwhelming enough! If you are awaiting an admissions decision and a worried about moving your closet from your home to FIT, DON’T BE SCARED! It is possible!  Here are a couple of travel tips that helped me while traveling across the country and back to FIT.

  1. First of all, make sure to pack wisely! – if you are a heavy packer (like myself) clothes may not be your friend when overweight luggage give you unwanted fees! Most airlines have a limit of 50 lbs. per checked bag, and don’t worry; FIT has an excellent mail room that will receive anything you left from home!
  2. Is it too late now to say… GOODBYE? – make sure you are at the airport/train station/bus terminal early and prepared to board! Major airports can have lines that take up to an hour to go through, so don’t miss your flight by arriving 2 hours before your departure!
  3. Be street smart – if you are new to New York City, be sure to keep an eye on your belongings. Purses, luggage, wallets – anything can be stolen, at any time! Although FIT is one of the safest colleges in America, New York City can be sketchy at times!
  4. Find the best deals for you! – As we all know, traveling can be expensive. By researching thousands of websites out there that are touting the lowest rates around you will be able to arrive to N-Y-C with MON-EY in your pocket!
  5. Get familiar with the MTA! – Once you are in NYC, learning the subway system might be one of your top priorities. There are plenty of apps you can download which give you live subway times and the best ways to get to your destination!

Love & Art,

Mariano

Admissions Decisions

If you just recently submitted your application for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are most likely squirming in anticipation in your hometowns right about now.  Let me rewind to 3 years ago in 2013 when I was in the exact same position that you are.  As seniors in high school, we are all terrified and excited about getting into our dream schools, leaving the comfort of our homes, and venturing out into the college world.  We all know that if we don’t get into our dream schools, such as FIT, we will most likely be devastated, feel as though it’s the end of the world, our careers, and our success.  However, looking back on my time here at FIT, you can make your college experience as successful or unsuccessful as you want it to be.  You can CREATE opportunities for yourself anywhere that you go, instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.

Regardless of what school you end up getting accepted into and/or attending, college is all about what you make of it.  If you aren’t happy with the school that you are attending, you can always transfer, you can always switch your major, you can always make FIT a part of your life in some way.  Some of the most successful students are transfers that get their liberals out of the way, some of the most successful students are international students, and some of the most successful students have never taken a class related to their major in their life.  Success can be measured in so many different ways, so until you hear back on April 1st, take this time to remind yourself that you will be okay, you will succeed, and you will end up at a school that is right for you!

Ashley

NYC: The City of Opportunities

First of all, I hope everyone had a lovely Holiday season and break! Although I am missing the California weather, I am so excited to be back in school and in the city! I apologize for my absence blogging since I have been overwhelmed with SO many awesome things that have happened to me over the last few weeks, and now I’m back here to share!

As many of you are waiting for an admissions decision from FIT, I want you to know that no matter what happens, to never give up on yourself and your dreams. As some may know, I am a huge fan of Lady Gaga – she needs no introduction. This year, being in New York City I was able to meet her a couple of times, along with other great singers, actors, and designers.

Now, here is a picture of my Goddess herself looking beautiful….

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Lady Gaga wearing Scott Studenberg and John Targon of BAJA EAST.

How is this relevant? You may ask. Well…

Last week I was blessed to be able to attend a private screening of first episode of the third season of The Fashion Fund at the Morgan Library & Museum. The fashionable night entailed one of the best nights of my life. As I enter the tall glass doors of the venue, my heart began to pound as Anna Wintour, Diane von Fürstenberg and many other high profile names in the fashion industry are feet away from me mingling and taking pictures for the press. The screening ended with Q&A monitored by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School.

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Oh wait… Did I forget to mention that Scott Studenberg and John Targon of BAJA EAST are CFDA finalist and are on season 3 of the show? BAJA EAST… as on the label of clothing that Gaga adores? As the Q&A sessions comes to an end (with the designers looking for interns), everyone headed upstairs for fancy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Tempted to approach Scott & John, my friend breaks the ice as we both express are interested in interning for the trailblazing brand. As I get their email to send my information my body is shocked with excitement.

To get to the point… I am beyond thrilled to be volunteering at the BAJA EAST fashion show this Saturday. This is an opportunity of a lifetime that can lead to a possible internship to build my knowledge in the fashion industry. Anything can happen in New York City, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Never give up, and most importantly…

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

SLAY!

Single New York Valentines day!

Chocolate_0Valentine’s day is approaching us, for some of us its a dreaded day, others its the one chance to find there love or to express there love to someone.  So I have a couple suggestions that I came across for singles this year in NYC, because I know how hard it can be to find the best thing to do in such a big city!

  1. Katch Astoria was voted one of the “Best singles spots” in queens. They are hosting a “Nuts and bolts” Valentine’s Day singles party for those trying to meet someone. Everyone will receive half of two-piece nuts and bolts set upon entry and will be challenged to find its match to win a special prize!
  2. For those of you who are trying to just forget completely that Valentine’s Day exists, which I know there are a lot of you because my friends are most of them. However, there is a sweet celebration all month at the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival. 3W 18th st, Flatiron
  3. Another way to meet someone is going to the Valentine’s Day salsa Class at Alvin Ailey Dance in Midtown where couples will be encouraged to rotate and try new partners!
  4. Lastly, for those who are just not about Valentine’s Day at all because we all have that one person that made us not like it anymore… There is the “Rejection Show: Valentine’s Day Heart break Haven”. Which is a comedy show at 8pm on the 14th at 14th 622 Degraw st in Gowanus.

Enjoy your day! Id love to hear what you plan on doing!

Xoxo

Kailee

New York City Gyms

For all the fitness lovers out there and want something beyond what the FIT gym provides (it’s a great gym..do not get me wrong), I’m here to help!  There are plenty of gyms in the Chelsea area, but not all gyms are created equal!  From equipment, classes, shower facilities, and of course…price, there are a lot of things to take into consideration!

  • Blink Fitness: With two locations conveniently located near FIT, it’s a big win-win.  They have all of your standard cardio and weight machines as well as showers.  There aren’t any classes, so this is a great place for someone who can work out independently.
    • Cost: $25 per month
  • 24 Hour Fitness:  The prime FIT location located at 26th St and 5th Ave, you’ll have a short walk from FIT to this beautiful gym.  Top of the line equipment, facilities, sauna, and locker rooms…and of course open 24 hours!
    • Cost: $80-85 per month
  • Equinox: The creme de la creme of fitness.  From yoga classes, apparel, spa services, and boxing, they’ve got it all at their location in the Flatiron district!
    • Cost: $210 per month
  • Crunch Gym: Nearly all the same amenities as Equinox, just with a little less elegance.  You’ve got a full service locker room, classes, a spin room, yoga classes, and Bliss products, the short walk from 23rd and 8th is a beautiful thing.
    • Cost: $96 per month
  • Planet Fitness: Dangerously located next to the infamous dollar slice on 27th and 7th, Planet Fitness is the least expensive gym in the city.  It’s a judgment free zone, which is perfect if you’re intimidated by hitting the gym for the first time in a while!
    • Cost: $10-20 per month
  • New York Sports Club: Located at 23rd and 8th Ave, it’s a short walk to fitness paradise.  With overnight lockers, towel services, and a sauna, it sounds like a great place to get out all of your finals week stress!
    • Cost: $40-70 per month

Happy exercising!

Ashley