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FIT Food Staples

Compared to any university in NYC, FIT has one of the best locations, centrally located in Manhattan, steps from Penn Station and Port Authority, and a quick walk to the Hudson River.  Thankfully, with our amazing location, there is always somewhere to eat!  Here are some of the resources and restaurants available to you, all within a 3 block radius!

  1. The Dining Hall
    The Dining Hall located in the Dubinsky Student Center has great options from salads and sushi, to pizza, omelettes, fruit, and sandwiches.
  2. Starbucks
    Also located in the Dubinsky Student Center is our very own Starbucks.  This Starbucks accepts FIT declining balance, cash, and credit cards so you’ll always be prepared to get your morning fix of caffeine! 
  3. FIT Express
    FIT Express is located in the Marvin Feldman Center lobby and is your quick stop to picking up some fruit, a light snack, or a space to eat before your next class.
  4. Brooklyn Bagel
    Something that I ALWAYS tell anyone that is visiting or coming to NYC for the first time is that they have to go to Brooklyn Bagel located on 8th Ave & 25th St.  With an array of cream cheese spreads and hand rolled bagels, I can promise you that you’ll be back for more!
  5. Chipotle
    Yes, I know, we are in New York City, and it seems absurd for me to recommend Chipotle, but honestly, it’s incredibly conveniently located (7th Ave & 26th St), quick, and satisfying.  What more could you ask for?
  6. Fresh & Co
    Located right across the street from FIT on 7th Ave, Fresh & Co offers create your own salad and pasta, or choose from several soup and sandwich options.
  7. Whole Foods
    Located at 7th Ave and 25th St, Whole Foods is a great resource for lunch!  They have incredible options from their hot bar, sushi section, or create your own salad.  Special bonus is that you can always get some light grocery shopping done while you’re there.  (Be mindful of the prices of groceries.  Trader Joe’s/Fairway is a more affordable option)

Ashley

First Week at FIT

Looking back on my first week at FIT, I can remember how absolutely terrified I was.  I was in a new city, it was my first time at a university, I knew very few people, and I was already homesick.  The first week can be daunting and it is the easiest and the hardest to go through.  If you are a brand new student, your first week may be the hardest on you mentally, only because you may be anxious, stressed, and nervous about your classes, but rest assured, your first week will be one of the smoothest weeks of your semester!  Your professors will most likely go over the syllabus, what textbooks you need to purchase, potentially a little bit of material and then release you for the day.

Your first week gives you the opportunity to go explore!  I highly recommend going with your roommates or friends that you made at orientation/classes and going to a new restaurant, a movie night, or hunting down the best donuts in NYC!  Try to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and go celebrate a new chapter in your life!  Remember how hard you’ve worked to get to where you are and that the best is yet to come!

Ashley

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying

Applying to any university can be absolutely terrifying.  From the deadlines, fees, essay questions, and portfolio submissions (Art & Design only), you’ve got a whole lot on your plate!  Here are some tips that I wish someone would have told me prior to applying to FIT or any university:

  1. Your most recent work may not be your best work.
    This applies to art and design students only, but sometimes the work that you created last minute for your portfolio submission may not be the best work that you’ve ever done.  It is best to take time and start your portfolio compilation early so that you can execute your craft to your full potential.
  2. Choose a school that is best for YOU.
    While this may be self explanatory, don’t choose a school that you FEEL like you should go to based on your friends and comfort.  Choose a school that speaks to you and feels right for your career, academic, and lifestyle goals.  College is the time to find yourself and go outside of your comfort zone.  Don’t settle!
  3. Start early.
    You may have already heard this from your parents and I’m sure you don’t want to take time out of your summer to work on your applications, but the sooner you get them done, the less stressed you will be!  Set a deadline for yourself and take it day by day.
  4. Ask questions.
    If you are confused about any part of the application, get in touch with the admissions office (212-217-3760).  Everyone in the office is there to help you!  While they won’t be able to tell you what piece you should submit or if your essay sounds good, they can help you if you have any confusion about the application process or due dates.
  5. Make a checklist.
    Outside of the general application for FIT, there is a SUNY application, fees, and deadlines that you need to follow.  Write everything down and make a checklist of all of the tasks that you need to accomplish in order to ensure that everything is in on time.

Best of luck with your applications!

Ashley

Goals for the Semester

Welcome back to the Admissions Blog!  To anyone that may be coming across the site for the first time, I’m Ashley and I am a senior photography major and art history minor!  If you are an incoming student, returning student, or anyone that is interested in applying to FIT, let us know if you have any questions or any topics that you want discussed!  We are here to help!

With the new semester upon us, I always try to think about what I want to accomplish over the next 15 weeks, whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom.  Here are some of my goals for my 7th semester here at FIT:

  • Be proud of the photographic work that I create
  • Create work for myself
  • Make time to ensure that I still get to hang out with friends and take time for myself
  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Try at least 4 new restaurants
  • Volunteer at an obstacle race, marathon, etc
  • Explore a new part of the city
  • Take advantage of the 2 for $20 movie tickets sold in Student Life
  • Breathe and remind myself that any stress that I am feeling is temporary
  • Have fun!

What are some of your semester goals?  I am looking forward to blogging and updating you all about life here at FIT!

Ashley

Moving: Tips and Tricks

In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan.  Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either.  I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!

  • Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
  • Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things.  I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
  • Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck.  Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received.  Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
  • Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck.  Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
  • Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists.  Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list.  Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
  • Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!

Best of luck!

Ashley