Author Archives: 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

Why I’m Moving

Now that the semester is officially over, most students have moved out of the dorms, gone home for the summer, or got an apartment in the city to take on some city dreams for the summer!  For me, I’m leaving Manhattan.  I currently have an apartment In Manhattan but with my lease being up, I decided to look elsewhere.  Manhattan is an incredible and beautiful place.  With great accessibility to school and everything at my fingertips, you’re probably wondering why I’d leave.  Not only is it less expensive to live outside of Manhattan, I’m able to live two separate lives; social and school/work.  When I come into the city, I’m often overwhelmed by the tourists, constant whirlwind, and pressure.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things as well, but being constantly surrounded by it from the moment you walk out of your door, when do you get the chance to clear your head?  I will miss the accessibility and convenience of living in the city, but I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life where I can finally feel like an adult.  This is a big step and a big move for me as I enter my senior year.  I don’t know what the future holds and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, but these are the times in your life where you find yourself, become truly independent, and start anew!

Ashley

Summer Goals

Summer break is finally here!  Unfortunately, the blog will not be active until the fall semester starts back up again, so I wanted to fill you in until we return this August!  This summer I’m looking forward to working, planning for my fall internship, and trying to explore New York as much as humanly possible.  I say this every single year, but this summer, I’m actually going to follow through with it!  I’m excited to enjoy my new apartment and explore my new neighborhood and all the yummy food!  I am hoping that I’ll be able to go back and visit family before next semester as well!  This is my last summer prior to graduation so I’m looking to enjoy myself but also stay focused on my end goals post graduation.  By the end of the summer, I will be ready to conquer SENIOR YEAR!  I hope that everyone has a lovely summer and enjoys the warm weather!  See you in August!

Ashley

Step Outside Your Major

With 30 majors here at FIT and thousands of students, it can be very easy to get comfortable with your crowd within your major.  If you are in a smaller major like Toy Design or Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing, you are most likely spending endless hours in class with the same exact people.  It is important to step outside of your major and not only meet people within the school, but also take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate.  FIT is truly seamless (no pun intended).  If you are a designer, you can collaborate with a photography major to have your pieces photographed…most likely FOR FREE.  If you are a photography major, you can reach out and have clothes, jewelry, and product to photograph….FOR FREE!  It’s a win-win situation all around!  Photographers should be collaborating with graphic designers who should be collaborating with AMC majors.  Every student can create a professional quality final product or project outside of the assignments that they are given by the professors.  Once we all graduate, there may be creative restrictions, a lack of budget, or a team premade for the company that you work for.  As a student, now is the time to take advantage of the resources that you have at your fingertips!

Ashley

Tackling Finals

Looking back on this semester, it truly flew by, but now the time is finally here…FINALS WEEK!  While some people absolutely dread it, I kind of enjoy it, but only because I plan ahead (and find joy in planning ahead).  As an art and design major, a lot of our finals are final projects, which means the earlier you get your final project done, the sooner you can check that class off your to-do list!  Isn’t that a beautiful thing?  Here are my top strategies to getting ahead on your final projects and papers:

  • Write out a list of all the remaining assignments and projects that you have left for each of your classes
  • Take that list and set dates that you would like each assignment to be completed by
  • Make a schedule of when you’re going to work on each assignment
  • Put your phone on the other side of the room, but with the volume on.  If someone needs to reach you, you’ll know…otherwise you’ll be too tempted to check it every 5 minutes.
  • Be in touch with your professor to confirm that the guidelines for the assignments haven’t changed.  There’s nothing worse than completing an assignment and putting in your all, only to have the professor change the guidelines completely.
  • Plan incentives/rewards for yourself once you finish each project.  Whether it’s a snack or a nap (my two choices), it helps to motivate you.
  • Rejoice in the fact that you have finished a semester!

Best of luck!

Ashley