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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

New Semester Butterflies

The new semester can be TERRIFYING!  Regardless of what year or semester you are in, the start of something new is absolutely daunting.  As a junior entering my 5th semester this Monday, I am filled with anxiety.  The idea of starting over again with new professors, new coursework, and higher expectations isn’t something that I easily cope with.  The anticipation is the scariest part, I’ve come to realize.  Even though I’ve had this realization, the same way of nervousness hits me 2 times a year.  You may be wondering, “Why is she telling us this?”  I’m telling you to prove to you that you are not alone.  At 20 years old, an upperclassman, a commuter student, a junior, and a BFA student, I still get scared.  If you are a new student, perspective student, or transfer student, please know that you’re not the only one!

I find comfort in talking to others about what I’m going through.  Whether it’s calling my mom 10000 times a day or texting my friends to see how they’re doing, surrounding yourself with loved ones, even if it is over the phone, can help you find peace.  If you need to speak to someone professionally, the FIT Counseling Center is a great resource as well.   Discover your happy place, whether it is going to the gym, going out to eat, or watching Netflix on the couch.  Find a positive task that blocks the noise and nerves for the first few weeks of the semester.  Just remember that everyone is typically feeling what you are feeling.  You are never alone at FIT!

Ashley

Online Class Advice

If you are a typical FIT student, you probably have a million different things going on at once.  Between internships, jobs, commuting, family, friends, and enjoying your college years, FIT students have a lot on their plate!  With your crazy schedule, online classes may be perfect for you!  From my personal experiences, online classes provided me with the flexibility to “attend” class and get my coursework done on my own time.  Having that flexibility allowed me to work on the assignments in chunks, and not all at once in a single sitting.  However, with online classes, they can often be twice as hard and twice the amount of work, since you are teaching yourself in coursework you’d otherwise learn in class in addition to the homework that is assigned.  Here are my tips for surviving online classes:

  • If you can fit the “in person” class into your schedule…do it.  Online classes are often a last resort for when you need 2-3 days a week to work or intern.  If the in-person class meets during a time that fits into your schedule, opt for that form of learning instead!
  • Don’t look at the module’s coursework a day before it’s due.  This may seem self-explanatory, but you absolutely cannot leave your online coursework for the very last minute.  Often modules are set up 2 weeks at a time.  While that may seem easy and breezy, there’s a reason why you are given 2 weeks to do the work!
  • Go to the library.  At the library, you not only have the textbook resources, but you also have the additional computer resources.  I loved being able to work off of two screens while working.  I could use one computer for research and the other to access my coursework.
  • Communicate with your professor frequently.  Since you will never actually meet your professor, it is important that you voice any concerns that you have about the class, missing links and articles, and where you stand with your grades.
  • Stay organized.  While you should stay organized regardless of the method of teaching, staying organized with online classes is especially important.  Classes are often taught in chronological order, so if your binder is a mess, taking the midterm may be a mess as well!

Ashley

New Semester Checklist

Coming back from a VERY long winter break can be daunting.  Your mind isn’t necessarily in the same place that it once was at the end of last semester, so it’s easy to forget the school essentials.  I’m here to help you remember what you need to get together before January 25th comes around:

  • Textbooks: If your professor has already specified the exact textbooks that you’ll need and the level of use for them, then go ahead and RENT them from chegg.com or the FIT bookstore.  If you don’t know yet, don’t make any purchases!
  • FIT ID: If you are a returning student, be sure to give yourself enough time on the first day to get yourself a brand new sticker for the semester.  Nothing is worse than running late on the first day!  If you are a new student, you’ll get your fancy student ID and sticker at orientation!
  • Agenda/Planner: I could not live without my planner.  It is truly my guide for everything that I do.  If you have never used one, I highly recommend it!  It can help aide you in staying organized and on top of your life, both in and out of school.
  • USB/Backup:  These two go hand and hand, but if you have not backed up your USB from last semester, do it now!  If your USB is full from last semester, clear some documents off, or get a new one, but be sure to write your name and phone number on it in case it gets lost!
  • Supplies: This may be self explanatory, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget a notebook and a pen on the first day.  Unless you know how the class is going to run, be sure to take notes on what type of supplies you’ll need during the first week.

Best of luck!

Ashley

New Semester, New Opportunities

With the start of the new year, everyone is pushing the idea of resolutions and making overall change in your life.  Thankfully for you as a student, you have 2 ways that you can start over.  It is a brand new year and a brand new semester.  If this previous semester was not your greatest, evaluate what you could have done differently.  From there, write down goals that you have for yourself and think about the steps that you need to take to get yourself there.

We can get so caught up in the city and continuously moving and pushing ourselves and not realizing where the time went.  When we stop to evaluate how we ar physically and emotionally and make changes to improve ourselves, that is when we see results.  If you surrounded yourself with negative people and energy this past semester, focus on yourself and your success and break away from anyone that is holding you back.  If you are interested in an internship or job that may be “out of your league,” apply for it anyways.  You never know where and when opportunities reveal themselves, but take advantage of your time here in New York.  Make this semester the semester that you hoped it would be, whether it’s your first semester, or your last.  Best of luck!

Ashley