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Tips for Finals

The end of the semester is here and with that comes beautiful weather, and sometimes a tendency to slack in the motivation department.  Here are some of my tips and tricks for preparing for finals:

  • Study outside of your apartment.  If you have a habit of studying on your couch and falling asleep, now is the time to kick that habit in the butt.  Head over to the library, coffee shop, or a place best suited for zero distractions and quiet time.
  • Keep your phone on loud.  This may sound counterproductive, however, I typically check my phone when I’m curious if I have a new notification or text message.  If you keep your volume up, you’ll know when you’ve been notified, rather than constantly checking to see if someone needs to get a hold of you.  If you’re studying in the library, put your phone on loud, but put headphones in.
  • Study with friends.  If you’re in a study group, someone most likely has some insight on a topic that you aren’t 100% confident about, and vice versa.  You become more knowledgeable about the topic when you have to teach it to someone else.
  • Plan out your schedule.  Set deadlines for yourself and allow yourself to go out to dinner or plan a cafe visit so that you have something to look forward to.
  • Sleep.  This step is often very neglected during finals weeks, but is so important that you are getting proper rest.  You wouldn’t want to be under the weather the first week of summer, would you?

Best of luck!

Ashley

What FIT Taught Me

I’m coming up on graduating from FIT in a matter of a few weeks and I decided this would be a good platform to reflect on what I learned.

  • Say thank you to the security department.  Often underappreciated, it’s important the the security department gets recognized for their hard work.  Understand that there is someone inside of every single building 24/7 to ensure that the students are safe.  That is no easy feat.
  • The best opportunities are the ones you create yourself.  If you wait around for an opportunity to knock, you may succeed, but there’s something that is even more rewarding when you succeed because you made it happen for yourself.
  • Not all internships are created equal.  It is okay if you like or dislike a certain aspect of your internship or job.  Internships are about learning and experiencing different sides of the industry to see what you would ideally like to be doing once you graduate.
  • Make time for yourself.  Outside of internships, class, homework, and working, it’s tough to actually make time for yourself but it is important to get enough sleep and enjoy your college years.
  • Never procrastinate laundry.  One of the biggest annoyances of a college student is doing laundry in the dorms, but the longer you delay it, the more irritating it is.
  • Always carry cash.  Whether you need an emergency cab ride home or adding money onto your laundry card, it’s crucial to have cash on you whether you think you need it or not.
  • Treat every class as a building block for your future job.  There are many classes that I wish I listened more intently because those skills would better serve me as I enter into the workplace.
  • Don’t fear the unknown.  These past 4 years contained a lot of mystery, new opportunities, and new challenges that I had never faced before.  If I ran away from these “scary” situations, I would never grow into the adult I am today.

Ashley

Restaurant Spotlight: Roti

Being constantly on the go, it is nice to find new fast casual restaurants that are in the area!  I came across Roti Modern Mediterranean, or Roti for short, on Instagram and I knew that I had to go and give them a try!  With 2 locations located in Manhattan, 100 Maiden Lane and 142 E 43rd, and locations throughout the east coast and Chicago, Roti is quickly growing, with new stores likely to open nationwide.

Similarly to Chipotle, you can customize your meal from your base of rice, salad, or pita (bonus: they have gluten free pita), then choosing your protein from falafel to chicken kabobs to salmon, there are options for everyone.  Then comes the fun part of picking all of your toppings and sauces.  A mediterranean restaurant isn’t complete without hummus and Roti has you covered there!  For people who are very mindful about what they are eating, they have a nutrition calculator online so you can plan out or see what you’re fueling your body with!  I opted for the salad with chicken kabob, fresh vegetables, and red S’hug sauce.  After one visit, I am hooked and I am looking forward to returning!  For more info, visit http://roti.com/

Happy eating!

Ashley

Spring Break in NYC

If you happen to be staying in NYC over spring break, you’re not alone!  Sometimes it’s nice to have a week with no plans or a week that you can use to work extra hours, relax, and go explore the city.  Here are some activities that you can do if you’re going to be staying in the city:

Brooklyn Folk Festival
What: A celebration of folk music!
When: April 8th – 10th
Where: St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn, 157 Montague Street
Cost: $35-85

Macy’s Flower Show
What: Floral arrangements on display within Macy’s, dedicated to spring and carnival!
When: March 26th – April 9th
Where: Macy’s Herald Square
Cost: FREE!

Smorgasburg
What: Food and flea market in Brooklyn.  Perfect for groups, foodies, and those looking for a beautiful Manhattan view!
When: Weekends
Where: Saturday in Williamsburg, Sunday in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free to enter, varies depending on vendor

Easter Parade & Bonnet Festival
What: Elaborate hats and costumes showcased in a festive parade down 5th Ave!
When: April 16th
Where: 5th Ave from 49th to 57th St
Cost: FREE!

Mystery Room in Midtown
What: Escape the room with friends as you try to solve a complex puzzle within an hour!
Where: 365 7th Ave
Cost: $28 per person

Happy Spring Break!

Ashley

Weekend Travel to Boston

You’d be surprised how many places you can travel to on a budget and without a car.  A few weeks ago, I was able to visit Boston and I did not have a big budget going into the trip.  Here are some of my quick tips if you want to make a trip up to the historic city.

  • Take a Megabus from NYC.  I was able to take a $30 round trip megabus that drops you off near the financial district in Boston, located near metro stops, buses, and an easy location to take an uber to and from.
  • Set your budget beforehand.  If you know how much you can spend, stay within that limit.  Look up restaurants and attractions that you want to see and approximately how much those events will cost and factor all of that into your budget.
  • Pack snacks and entertainment.  It can’t be a long bus ride, especially with the not-so-great wifi available on the Megabus.  Download a movie beforehand, bring a book, and above all, bring snacks for the trip there and back to avoid paying absurd prices at the bus station.
  • Visit Quincy Market.  Located near the water, the indoor/outdoor market filled with shops, boutiques, LOTS of clam chowder and ice cream.  You’ll be sure to find something for everybody!
  • Give yourself extra time.   The streets in Boston are some of the most confusing roads to drive on.  Like New York, there’s almost always traffic, except this time, there’s no helpful grid.  Factor in at least an additional 15 minutes and if you’re driving, make sure you have enough gas in the tank!

Ashley