FIT to the VMA’s

Living in New York City comes with spontaneous adventures and the unexpected. This past weekend, I would have never thought I would be attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Coming from a small city in California, attending an event known as the epitome of pop culture and music satisfied my inner city boy mentality.

It all started when I landed the tickets at the MTV VMA pop-up shop in SoHo where a well known YouTuber posted the address and asked his fans to meet him there for a special surprise. My instincts told me they were going to be VMA tickets…. and wa-la!

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Behold the beauty of real tickets to a unreal event with a performance list like this:

Pre-show
Alessia Cara
Troye Sivan
Wild Things
Wild
Scars to Your Beautiful
Jidenna “Little Bit More”
Lukas Graham Mama Said
Main show
Rihanna
(Part 1)
Don’t Stop the Music
Only Girl (In the World)
We Found Love
Where Have You Been
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
Side to Side
Future Fuck Up Some Commas
Rihanna
(Part 2)
Rude Boy
What’s My Name?
Work
Nick Jonas
Ty Dolla $ign
Bacon
(performed in Tick Tock Diner)
Beyoncé Pray You Catch Me
Hold Up
Sorry
Don’t Hurt Yourself
Formation
Britney Spears
G-Eazy
Make Me…
Me, Myself & I
Rihanna
(Part 3)
Needed Me
Pour It Up
Bitch Better Have My Money
The Chainsmokers
Halsey
Closer
Rihanna
(Part 4)
Stay
Diamonds
Love on the Brain

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Singing and dancing along with some of my favorite artists was an amazing experience to share with some close friends! Living in New York City can be intense, but it is the moments like this that make you appreciate the spontaneity of this city.

…and yes, BEYONCE WAS AMAZING!

 

Settling In: Kaufman Hall

Leaving 27th Street hasn’t been that bad, “Kaufman Hall is located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, an area of Manhattan which is currently undergoing some significant construction that will result in a vibrant and exciting new community of shops, restaurants, and a large central landscaped plaza open to the public in the coming years.

Kaufman Hall is a 320,000 square foot, 15-story building, offers one-, two-, three-, and four-bed loft-style suites. FIT’s 27th Street campus is just a short walk away.

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Kaufman Hall is home to returning residents. The new air conditioned hall which opened in 2006 houses approximately 1100 students. All of the apartments have private bathrooms and kitchens. Kaufman Hall also has a workroom and computer lab with high-speed internet connection and a fitness center.” – FIT Residential Life

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The building is fully equipped with it’s own basement with a computer lab workroom and laundry room. The walk is a nice refresher as you are on the way to start the day! Living in Kaufman gives you a greater sense of independence. The tall ceilings give an apartment living feel, with good views if you are as lucky as I was!

 

Fall Goals: What I Wish to Accomplish

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It’s that time of year again! The fall season is fast-approaching and I couldn’t be more excited for some change. Aside from the crisp weather, layered fashion and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, I am looking forward to setting high standards for myself and attainable goals this fall season. What better time to better yourself then the beginning of the school year?

  1. Consistent Planning + Organization: Anyone who knows me is certain that I would absolutely lose my mind without my planner! I cannot function without writing a personal agenda, making lists, etc. Although I take the necessary steps to stay organized and on task with my responsibilities, I think I could improve with a daily re-cap at the end of the day to make sure I don’t fall short when it comes to school, work, events, etc.
  2. Meal Prep: As a junior without a meal plan and living in FIT’s upperclassman dorm, Kaufman Hall, cooking is a constant struggle — especially when you are a full-time student with classes until 9:00 pm. Cooking on the weekends and arranging a meal prep routine will allow me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time hitting the books and getting homework done efficiently.
  3. Morning Workouts: With classes day-in and day-out throughout the week, it can be sometimes difficult to find time for myself and my physical health. By starting the day as the sun comes up and getting a good night’s sleep the night before, I will be able to fit time into my busy schedule to exercise and get my body and mind right. Cardio is therapy!

There is never a bad time to make a change and set goals for yourself. I encourage every single one of you to set 3 major goals to accomplish this fall! I’d love to hear all of them in the comments below.

Melinda Batista

A Message to the Stressed

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Yes, the first week can be very overwhelming. Between keeping up with first-week tasks and assignments, buying textbooks and finishing up homework, it is easy to find yourself in a stressful situation. On the other hand, this adjustment period is only temporary until you get into the swing of things. It important to remember that all of your hard work will pay off in the end, and most importantly, why you’re here.

You are officially attending one of the top 10 fashion schools globally! That is a huge accomplishment in itself. Whether you are business or design, you are going to learn a wealth of information in two semesters that you will carry with you forever. This is the turning point of your education. You are finally going to school for what you want to make a career out of and that is an amazing thing. There are rough patches along the way, but pretty soon the things you are struggling with will come naturally to you.

Always remember to keep your head up through stressful situations and that hard work truly pays off. Never give up and show them who is boss!

Melinda

 

Best Way to Get Your Textbooks

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Hello!

Every semester it’s the same struggle, when having to buy your textbooks… You end up with questions like where do I buy my books? Why are they so expensive? Do I really need them? In this post I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks I’ve accumulated throughout my 4 semesters here at FIT. It’s something I would get really frustrated with, because I had to buy all my textbooks from my own pocket (like a lot of students here at FIT), and I would end up spending hundreds of $ on textbooks I would barely use!

My number one tip, before buying any textbooks is to wait after your first week (because you rarely use it the first day of class) of school to get them, because it happens so many times that the teachers don’t like the books and won’t use them during the semester or they will hand you out their handouts, with the most important information.

If after the first week the teachers insist for the textbook then get them and you are someone like me who needs to have a physical copy of a book in order to learn and highlight, here are some alternatives to buying or renting them at Barnes & Nobles:

  • Join the FIT class of 2018 facebook group, students are always selling their old books on there at great prices (because usually we want to get rid of them).
  • RENT or buy them on Amazon. I usually try to rent them if I can, because they are so much cheaper and then I’m not stuck with a book at the end of the semester.

If you are someone who doesn’t need a physical copy of a book and really don’t have any money to spend on textbooks, and reading them online or reading scans isn’t an issue for you then you can go to the school library and they have all the textbooks there. You can take pictures of the chapters and pages with your phone, or scan them, or you can read them at the library and take notes.

I really hope this post was helpful for you and if you have any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

xoxo

-Z