Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited! As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT! Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.
It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation. I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family. I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.
After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St. I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation. The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all. After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.
If you have been living under a rock, then you wouldn’t know about the beauty that is Smorgasburg. Based out of Brooklyn with locations now in Queens, South Street Seaport and more, food and flea vendors flock here as does the entire population each and every weekend. I went for the very first time this past weekend and I enjoyed the delicious Alchemy Creamery and Home Frites. Both gluten free options and by far the most INCREDIBLE ice cream and fries I’ve EVER had in my life. I’m not being dramatic here…I just want you to go and try both of these places out ASAP. You will not regret trekking out to Brooklyn for these yummy treats. I may or may not attend every weekend until it closes. Check out http://www.smorgasburg.com/ for more information on locations and vendors!
For those who may be new to the blog, I’m a huge workout fanatic. I’m constantly looking for new classes and new workouts…especially if they are free! I’m happy to inform you that Nike offers classes in New York that are completely free! There are many different types of classes such as running training with their Nike Running Club and agility and speed based training with their Nike Training Club. The locations of the classes vary for each class but each are unique and offer some incredible views such as Pier 40, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Niketown’s rooftop (yes they have a roof).
I attended the evening GridIron – Fit class and it was an amazing way to end my day. I highly recommend all of the classes because they are a fun way to challenge yourself. You have to make sure that you are online right at 3:00 pm on Sunday’s when the schedule for the week comes out. The classes fill up fast so you have to be on top of your game…seriously. Hope to see some of you there!
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)
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
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.