Hi everyone and welcome back to a brand new school year at FIT! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog since day 1, welcome back! If you are just joining us, welcome to the family! Some of you may know that last year I was in Nagler Hall on 27th St. This year, as a sophomore I chose to go to Kaufman Hall over getting an apartment. You truly cannot compare Nagler to Kaufman because they are worlds away from one another but Nagler made me truly appreciate what Kaufman has to offer.
Besides Kaufman being only a few blocks away, the view regardless of what floor or side you face is really nice, especially with the light coming through the windows in the morning (Ideal photographic lighting). The dorms in Kaufman are HUGE and I mean HUGE. Not just NYC huge, actually real life, middle of no where huge. Each dorm room varies in square footage so freshmen, be sure to ask someone who lives in the dorms for a tour before you pick which floor/room you want.
The dorms are air conditioned, they are safe, there are tons of washers and dryers, AND THERE’S A KITCHEN IN EACH ROOM (Alumni and Nagler people rejoice). The list goes on and on. Let me know if you have any questions about Kaufman in the comments below!
Who let the dogs out? FIT’s Phi Theta Kappa and the Counseling Center did! With the stress of final exams and the year coming to a close, Phi Theta Kappa brought in dogs for students to play and pet with for what is called Pet Therapy. The dogs were absolutely adorable and the line was completely out the door. Phi Theta Kappa did a great job and I can’t wait to see the project grow in future years, hopefully with more dogs!
Obviously New York City has a lot of perks. The industry, the city, the people, the center of all things relevant and happening are here. With that, you’ll never miss a concert tour stop, a famous restaurant, or in this case, a meetup with your favorite YouTubers. Today, I had the luxury of meeting Meghan Rosette and Lauren Elizabeth from YouTube. Both girls have a huge follower base and they are in NYC for business. Last minute (yesterday), they decided to have a meetup in Times Square in front of the Forever 21 for all of their subscribers that could make it. I thankfully don’t have classes on Monday, so when I found out that I COULD MEET THEM, I screamed, danced around my dorm room, and deliberately picked out an outfit that would be picture worthy. Both girls were so incredibly nice and hilarious. I gave them both Psst…Hey You… cards (http://blog.fitnyc.edu/admissions/2014/04/18/psst-hey-you-read-this/) and got to take pictures and hang out with the rest of the subscribers that showed up. I met some other subscribers that go to FIT and various schools throughout New York. It was incredible to meet them and it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t go to school in New York City. What a day. What a small world.
Did that get your attention? I sure hope so! Upon moving to NYC for college, I started a project called “Psst…Hey You…”. I give out cards (see picture below) to people that I find beautiful inside or out or someone who needs a pick me up. From there, the person instagrams a picture of the card of where they received it in the background and they upload it onto Instagram with the hashtags #PsstHeyYou and #YouLookBeautifulToday. On the backside, the recipient writes when and where they received it and then they pass it on to someone that they find beautiful. I then repost the Instagrammed picture on the Psst…Hey You… instagram @PsstHeyYou and the Psst…Hey You… blog.
This project has been really near and ear to my heart. The cards have been floating around FIT so please be sure to instagram and tweet and pass them on if you received one. First stop…FIT…next stop The Ellen Show? Maybe someday! Be sure to follow Psst…Hey You… on instagram and twitter! http://instagram.com/PsstHeyYou & https://twitter.com/PsstHeyYouCards
FIT is known for the opportunities. Since coming here in August, I’ve had a lot of rewarding memories that I will hold with me forever. Among my many memories within a year, the one that stands out to me the most is being a part of Blush Magazine here on campus. Blush is the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT. I’ve talked about it in many of my posts for the blog, but it truly is one of my favorite things about this school. I’ve met so many amazing people and had so many opportunities with it. I’m the Senior Photo Editor for the magazine and I cannot recommend a better club to someone who is interested in fashion magazines. Coming from high school to FIT, there are many times where you wish that there was a club or organization that fits who you are in high school. When you come to FIT, there is an abundance of clubs and organizations that are suitable for every single student’s interests. Upon joining Blush, I finally felt like I was at home, which is something that every student deserves to have. What’s a rewarding moment for you that changed everything?
There’s nothing that I love more than helping other people and being a part of a close knit group of people, so with recently being accepted as a FIT Student Ambassador, I could not be happier. FIT Student Ambassadors provide role models for students as we help out with move-in, all of orientation, and various events throughout the school year. To any recently accepted students that are currently reading this, be sure to say hi in the fall at orientation! There are so many amazing opportunities at FIT whether it’s in a club, organization, or internship, which makes me so incredibly excited and proud to be a new member of the FIT Student Ambassador Family.
I had my SA training this past week and I felt so welcomed and loved the second I walked into the room. I highly recommend applying next year no matter what year you are. It is great to be involved in something where you can make a positive impact on others. Get excited for orientation!!
Midterm week(s) are almost over so obviously it’s been a lot of all-nighters, coffee, and stress so you deserve a little TLC. Here are my top 5 places to treat myself after a stressful week of school:
Yogurtland, Off the Wall, 16 Handles, or Red Mango….so basically frozen yogurt. Yogurtland and Off the Wall offer discounts for FIT students. Once this brutal winter is over, you can expect to see me there very frequently.
Brooklyn Bagel. Yeah Panera is always delicious, but you haven’t had a true bagel and cream cheese until you go to Brooklyn Bagel on 8th Ave between 24th and 25th. The assortment is unlike any other bagel place. Take that Panera.
Auntie Anne’s. While the street vendor pretzels are delicious, the fresh and buttery ones at Auntie Anne’s don’t even compare. Stop by their location in Penn Station and get your hands on one.
With the dreaded middle of the semester comes midterms. Sometimes it’s a relief because there is so much anticipation for the actual exam that it’s good once it’s over. But with some of my midterms, I just can’t get the information engrained in my head. So here are some tips and tricks that I use to help memorize sequences such as dates, places, and artwork…aka Art History.
Write things over and over again. Studies show that this actually works! If you write things down more than once, you are more likely to remember them.
Come up with a jingle. I’m no singer, but this definitely helps… Berlinghieri…St.Francis…1243…Tempera.
Record yourself saying what needs to be memorized and listen to it on repeat while simultaneously saying it out loud. I am definitely going to listen to the recording as I’m about to fall asleep (creepy…? weird? Whatever works!)
Have your friends quiz you! If you are friends with someone in your class, have a study date! You are both helping each other out and you learn the material more when you are teaching someone else!
As you may know, one of my favorite parts about FIT is being involved in clubs and activities on campus. Blush Magazine is a fashion and beauty magazine on campus completely created by students, from the articles, to the layout, to the photography. Yesterday evening, the magazine hosted their launch party along with the release of the second issue, the spring 2014 issue. I highly recommend joining Blush to anyone interested in the fashion magazine side of things. It looks great on a resume and you meet some of the greatest people at FIT in Blush. We meet on Tuesdays in B736 during common hour: 1-2pm. Here are some pictures from the launch party! Hope to see you all soon at an upcoming meeting!
FIT students holding up the spring 2014 issue of Blush Magazine at the Launch Party
With FIT’s population being 84% female, the dating pool is not that large. Thankfully, FIT’s PRSSA (Public Relations Society of America) put on their 5th annual speed dating event: A Match Made on 7th. At this event PRSSA brings in 50 guys from other NYC schools to speed date with 50 FIT girls. Each pairing has 90 seconds to get to know each other before moving on to the next person. Being one of the first to buy my ticket, I was really excited to meet all of these people. I did not expect to find my prince charming, and unfortunately, I did not, but the event was a true success! Several attendees really hit it off with other guys and planned to go on dates or go out afterwards. I met some fantastic people there that I plan on keeping in touch with, but just as friends. I highly recommend that everyone attend this event next year because you never know who you are going to meet. As Loretta Young once said, “Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.”