Author Archives: Ashley

A Hike Away

This past weekend, my friend invited me to join her and her friends to hike up Bear Mountain, a state park near Rockland County along the Hudson River.  Until this past weekend, I had yet to leave the city this summer and now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.  The hike alone was one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever been on, but the view at the top was incredible.  It was so nice to get away from the craziness of the city and be back in genuine fresh air.  A lot of the time I find myself so wrapped up in what I’m doing with school and my future career to the point where I don’t take time to take a breath.  I highly recommend to somehow get away from your current environment when things get too crazy, as difficult as that is.  With Bear Mountain only being an hour away from the city, take the drive if you have access to a car.  (3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Woodbury, Parking $8 per car)

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park View

Bear Mountain State Park View

Ashley

We All Scream for Ice Cream

With this crazy summer heat and the non air conditioned subway cars, sometimes all we need to cool down is some delicious ice cream.  There are two places here in New York that have a special place in my heart.

Chloe’s Fruit: (E 17th St between 5th and Broadway) Being health conscious but also ALWAYS craving ice cream, Chloe’s truly saves the day for me.  Their soft serve is gluten, dairy, and fat free and absolutely delicious.  The dark chocolate and banana flavors are my favorite and there’s no way possible that you can leave there without getting peanut butter drizzle on top.  I can’t wait to try their newly added breakfast items!

Chloe's Fruit Soft Serve

Chloe’s Fruit Soft Serve

Big Gay Ice Cream: (West Village – Grove St and 7th Ave, East Village – E 7th and Avenue A) What started as an ice cream truck has turned into a character of NYC.  I’ve only been once but the next time I’m feeling a cheat meal, I’ll definitely go there.  I got the Rocky Roadhouse when I went for the first time and I’m very thankful that they have GLUTEN FREE CONES!  I highly recommend that you look at the menu online in advanced because it can get busy on a hot summer day.

Big Gay Ice Cream Rocky Roadhouse

Big Gay Ice Cream Rocky Roadhouse

Ashley

Restaurant Review – Hu Kitchen

New York is known for its great food.  You could spend your entire life going from place to place trying out every food that New York has to offer.  Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have a ton of food sensitivities, my food exploration adventure gets cut a little short.  Thankfully, more restaurants offer gluten free options and you will often come across places like Hu Kitchen (78 5th Ave (14th and 5th).  Hu Kitchen’s menu is entirely gluten free and the ingredients are truly fresh and you can taste it.  The atmosphere of the place alone is incredible (see photo below).  It is very inviting with some of the nicest people working there.  I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you try any of their chocolate bars or their almond banana smoothie.  The next time you have a lunch break, be sure to stop by and give it a try.  You can thank me later.

Hu Kitchen interior

Hu Benny breakfast

Hu Benny at Hu Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley

Ode to New York

Being from the midwest, New York has changed me for the better.  Before coming to FIT or New York City, I would have never taken risks or stepped outside of my comfort zone.  I would have never been able to walk into an interview or even get offered said position.  I’m not afraid to speak my mind or stand up for what I believe in.  I have gained confidence above all.  New York can make you grow up really quickly.  Not grow up in a way that you’re looking at retirement plans, but growing up in a way where you figure yourself out.  You start to know what you want and what you don’t.  You now have that sense of freedom and independence.  People may say that you gain those things just by going to college, but New York is a different ball game.  Prepare yourself to begin an entirely new book in your life.  New York is the place where you become the person that you are meant to be.

“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” — Dylan Thomas

Very literally…welcome to New York.  It’s been waiting for you.

Ashley

How to Handle Being Sick

While being sick on its own isn’t fun at all, add on school, work, and internships AND being away from home, and it can seem like a hopeless recipe for disaster.  I for one, hate missing class or a day of work or an internship and even worse, I hate letting my boss or professor down.  Sometimes you just get really really sick because you are human and you have to take a day to get better and not get everyone around you sick.  I have some tips for when you have to make the dreaded call about missing an important days’ work.

  1. Let your professor or boss know as early as possible.  While you may only wake up 10 minutes before class starts, let your professor know immediately.  If you tell someone in your class to tell your professor, that can come off as irresponsible.  The professor may not check their email until later but it’s important to be as professional as possible.
  2. Find out what you missed if you’re missing class.  If it is a class where you MUST ask the professor what you missed, then so be it, but most of the time it’s much easier and less of an annoyance for your professor if you ask a responsible friend.
  3. Just because you missed class, that doesn’t mean that you have an excuse to not have something done on time.  If you missed more than one day of class, then you have an actual excuse, but if you missed one day because you were feeling under the weather, you still have six more days to get your work accomplished before next week’s class.
  4. Don’t miss exam days unless you’re incredibly ill or if it’s an emergency.  Sometimes the professor may not let you make up an exam or they may give you a harder exam (doesn’t always make sense).  If you have a cold and a headache and feel crummy, it’s best to get the exam over with and crawl back into bed.  With this being said, isolate yourself from other people to prevent others from getting sick.  While it is slightly selfish to go anywhere while being sick, it will cause greater stress for your professor and yourself if you have to take an exam at a later date or not at all.
  5. Thank your professor or boss for being understanding.  Most of the time, your boss or professor will understand your circumstances and be accommodating if missing class is unlike your behavior.  If you go out of your way to thank them, they will appreciate it even more, especially since you were just bedridden for a couple days.  A little kindness goes a long way.

    Ashley