Author Archives: Ashley

Classes I’m Loving – Year 1

With finally getting into the swing of things this semester, there are definitely certain classes and professors that I have been enjoying and learning a lot thus far.  While all of my classes have been great, there have definitely been standouts among my 2 semesters.  I figured that I would share with all the readers and prospective students, photography majors and other majors alike, so that when it comes down to registration, you get the awesome profs!

  1. Photoshop 1 for Photographers – Professor Allison Wermager
    I am only a few weeks in on this class but I have definitely enjoyed it.  Professor Wermager is incredibly helpful and supportive of your work and progress in the class.  She is always willing to help which is really a beautiful thing.
  2. The Art & Practice of Self Defense – Officer Daniel Modell
    I’ve already learned so much in this class.  It is incredibly fascinating to learn about how we can protect ourselves with our own strength.  It is comforting to know that if I am ever in any dangerous situations (hopefully never) that I can protect myself.
  3. Advertising Photography Medium Format – Professor Didier Dorot
    While this class is a dreadful 6 hours long, I have learned SO much!  Professor Dorot has a lot of incredible insight and advice on the industry and what it is like to be on a professional set and how to deal with clients.
  4. English Composition – Professor Jeff Brewer
    I have never learned so much in a single class.  Professor Brewer has many life experiences and incorporates them into the curriculum and has us channel our own experiences into our writing.  Professor Brewer is hands down the funniest professor at FIT.
  5. Introductory Sociology – Professor Victor Corona
    What an incredible class.  Not only is Professor Corona writing a book on Warhol, Club Kids, and Lady Gaga (SO COOL) the curriculum is interesting to all FIT students.

xx,
Ashley

Dorm Essentials – Nagler

The beautiful thing about being a first year student is that you get to live right across the street from all of the buildings.  Doesn’t sound that appealing?  If you live on 27th street, you get to wake up 10 minutes before class and you have all of the FIT resources within walking distance (Which seems like a very long distance right now because it’s freezing outside…).  If you plan on living in Nagler Hall on 27th St, the following are the much needed supplies to conquer the dorm life:

  1. Community Bathrooms = Towel/Robe to walk back to your room
  2. A fan!  Unfortunately you cannot have a window fan, but I highly, highly recommend getting a fan to conquer the fluctuating temperature in your dorm room.  My fan is currently on full blast and it’s 32 degrees outside.  If you have the side by the window, prepare for hot and cold…i.e. the window chill and the heater.
  3. Microwavable food for those days where you aren’t feeling the dining hall or a midnight dinner.  You can’t have a microwave, fridge, toaster, or hot plate in your dorm, but you have access to a microwave in the first floor lounge and a fridge in your floors laundry room.
  4. A big laundry bag.  This applies to all dorms, but there are going to be some weeks where you just don’t want to do your laundry and it piles up quickly.  In order to keep your room free of clothes all over the floor and easy accessibility when taking your laundry from your room to the laundry room…get a laundry bag.
  5. Various types of shoes.  You need your shower shoes, your “I’m going to go down to the lounge” shoes, the “I’m going to go get frozen yogurt from Yogurtland and I’m wearing pajamas and I hope I don’t see anyone that I know” shoes.  In some cases, the shoes can be interchangeable but it’s better to be safe than sorry.  :)

xx,
Ashley

Creative Dining Hall Ideas – Roommate Edition

Greetings to all! My name is Rachel and I am truly honored to be a guest writer on this fabulous blog that my roommate, Ashley, has so wonderfully put together.

So.  Let’s be honest.  The FIT dining hall is not the best – 5 star rating place to fill your stomachs, quench your thirst, grab some grub . . . whatever you wanna call it. So today, I wanna share some personal tips and tricks I have come up with while perusing the multiple stationed room for the past few months while on the meal plan to spark more of an interest to the cafeteria.

  1.  The Deli Delight (Hold the Deli)
    Do you ever go to the sandwich station and think, “This is pointless for me.  I don’t like more than HALF the things they put on a sub!” False.  Who ever said being simple is a bad thing? Here’s what I say. Ask for some pita, or whatever kind of bread you prefer, and ask them to toast it. While it’s getting to a perfect s’more golden brown, you get packets of peanut butter and a tasting cup (tasting cups by the ketchup from The Grill station) full of jelly, and BOOM. You got yourself a beautiful gourmet PB&J sandwich. Or, if you’re not about the PB&J life or maybe you’re just feelin’ a bit of a Middle Eastern flare on that day, ask for a side of hummus.  You can never go wrong with some pita and hummus.
  2.  Deli with your Own Twist
    Keeping with the same station, we don’t always see what we would prefer to be on our sandwich. So, here’s what you do. Go to the salad bar and pick out what you would actually like to have on your sandwich (in my case, mushrooms) and just ask to have the toppings put on the bread.  It’s as simple as that! Be creative while mixing and matching the stations!
  3. Sushi (Hold pretty much everything)
    Okay.  This one is might be a bit tricky to pull off.  If you like plain seaweed for a snack, like I do, kindly walk over to the sushi station and politely ask for just some seaweed.  Sometimes, they are generous and will get you some and sometimes, you just asked on a bad day. Definitely try it! Could be worth it.
  4. Yogurt Parfait
    This breakfast station is one of my personal favorites! This is a suggestion for those of you who can’t eat granola, don’t like it, etc . . . Go about your yogurt parfait like usual and if you still want that nice crunch to your yogurt, just substitute cereal in for granola! Rice chex is highly recommended.  ;)
  5. H20 To Go
    This trick is just a reminder and not all of it goes along with your meal plan.  If you are stuck in a kitchenless dorm room and cannot boil water, no problem! Take a cup of hot water (from the coffee and tea station) and use it for your own, previously bought oatmeal, ramen, whatever you need to make that requires hot water… and remember! Water is FREE. Yep, that means you don’t even need to swipe your cards and use up a meal, folks.

Good luck & good eats!
Rachel

 

First Week Back

Wow!  What a stressful week it has been here at FIT.  The first week of the semester has just concluded and my goodness am I tired.  At the beginning of the week, I was terrified.  I had no idea what to expect for my second semester.  As much as ratemyprofessor.com is useful, you never really know what the class and the professor are going to be like.  With very little sleep, I survived the first week back.  I am excited to really get back into the swing of things and get comfortable with my schedule and daily routine again.  I’ve already met some really awesome people in my classes and I’ve already learned so much.  If you are an incoming freshman to FIT or any university, just know that it is 100% normal to be nervous about starting a new semester.  It’s like starting a new school year.  It’s terrifying, but exciting, but nerve-racking.  I actually have 2 evening classes this semester, so there will definitely be a post in the future about how to stay awake for your evening classes!  All I can say is that it was an incredibly stressful week with not knowing what to expect, but we all made it through…and now sleep is much needed.

xx,
Ashley

Applications are Due – 1 WEEK!

It’s the final countdown!  Applications are due 1 week from today – February 1st!

If you are a little confused about the application process, go to http://fitnyc.edu/2862.asp for extensive information about the process.  While I could just copy and paste all of that information into this blogpost, I don’t think that would be anymore helpful than the link itself.

My biggest advice for post-application nervousness is knowing that whatever happens happens.  There is nothing that you can do prior to receiving your letter from FIT about their decision so now is the time to have fun and explore.  Don’t sit in your house all day, staring at your phone or your computer screen waiting for an email to come to your inbox.  It will take time.  If you do not get into FIT, know that you can always transfer and reapply for another semester if you are unhappy with your college path.  Everything happens for a reason.  Put in a lot of hard work and dedicate yourself to what you really love.  If you love what you do.  You will be happy.

xx,
Ashley

Blush Magazine

Looking back on my first semester, there were definitely good and bad moments.  Some of my best moments happened with Blush Magazine; the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT.  I found out about the club at the Club Fair at the beginning of the year.  I signed up to be on the email list and I marked down that I’d be interested in doing the photography for the magazine.  I have met some incredibly nice, creative, and amazing people within the club that are all very passionate about the same things that I am.  Blush Magazine comes out with a new issue seasonally and we published our Winter 2013 issue in December.  I am the Senior Photo Editor for the magazine and I couldn’t be happier.  I highly recommend joining Blush Magazine and any clubs that you are interested in.  It can really enrich your FIT experience and you have incredible opportunities to meet some pretty fantastic people.

Winter Issue of Blush Magazine

Winter Issue of Blush Magazine

xx,
Ashley

Future Schedule

With second semester upon us all, and winter break coming to a close, I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into my schoolwork.  I feel like I can better manage my time and schedule now after going through a semester here at FIT.  I’m looking forward to all of my classes, but there are some that I can’t wait to start.  I’m really looking forward to having Speech Dynamics in Group Communication which studies techniques of effective communication in the group process. I’m also looking forward to the Art & Practice of Self Defense. Yes, at FIT you do have to take a gym class, and if you are a photo major, you have to take two gym classes, but they can be tons of fun and a great stress reliever.  Notice how I discussed two liberal arts courses and not just photography major courses.  At FIT, there are very interesting and stimulating courses offered in liberal arts. They really break up the day and the week well and you get to have a break from the stresses of your major classes.  So liberal arts are in fact “good” for you, despite what you might hear.  What classes are you looking forward to taking in the future? Let me know down in the comments!

xx,
Ashley

FIT Says… Part 1

Before coming to FIT, I of course had a lot of questions that could not be answered on FIT’s website such as how I get from class to class, how does the cafeteria work, can I put my stuff somewhere when I exercise, etc., but thankfully I’m here to help!

My biggest concern leading up to classes was how I was going to get from class to class, or building to building.  You may not know this, but all of the classroom buildings connect to one another.  But it’s not as simple as it seems…of course they don’t all connect on the same floor along 27th street.  As far as the names of the buildings go, the map below is the best model to your FIT travel success.  The following is a guide to get to class as speedy as possible…also to stay warm in the winter months.
To go from the A (Building) – B (Building); 3rd floor, 6th floor
To go from the A – C; 6th Floor
To go from A – D; 6th Floor
To go from A – E; 6th Floor
To go from B – C; Main floor, 6th Floor
To go from B – D; Main floor, 6th Floor
To go from B – E; 6th floor
To go from C – D; 4th floor, 6th floor
To go from C – E; 6th floor
To go from D – E; 5th floor, 6th floor

FIT Campus Map

FIT Campus Map

Safe Class Travels!
xx,
Ashley

 

Winter in New York

“It was winter in New York as the snow began to fall…” -Ragtime (Pardon my inner theatre geek)

Winter in New York City is just as incredible as everyone says it is.  While yes, it is absolutely freezing, it is incredibly beautiful.  There are certain things that you have to do whether or not you believe in being a “tourist” in the city.
Here are my top 6 essentials/todo list in the city to survive the winter:

  1. Wear good boots!  You don’t want your feet to be cold or wet from the slush and snow on the streets.  Don’t leave the dorms or your apartment thinking “Oh, I’ll be fine” because you will be miserable within the first 10 minutes.
  2. Get a warm coat.  Just like #1, you need to stay warm.  I highly recommend a coat that goes past your waist to keep more of your body warm.
  3. Accessories are a requirement.  Break out all your beanies, gloves, scarves, and fuzzy socks because the time is now.  Comfy and cute is a fashion statement, people!
  4. Go see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!  It really is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Anyone who follows you on Instagram will immediately envy the legendary and beautiful tree that is right before your eyes.
  5. Go ice skating!  Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center have fantastic rinks.  The holidays and wintertime will really hit you when you’re on the ice and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
  6. Central Park in the wintertime.  Do I need to say more?

Stay warm!
xx,
Ashley

How to Stay Busy: Winter Break Edition

With the beautiful 5 week break that FIT gives us, it may be difficult to not get bored.  While you could sleep your entire break away, there are some very productive, yet fun and relaxing things to do no matter where you live.  Here are some activities that are on my person winter break to do list that you can give a try as well:

  • Spend time with family and friends.  I haven’t been home for 4.5 months so seeing my loved ones is absolutely necessary.
  • Read.  There are so many good books that I have yet to read due to not having enough time.  Well, no there’s no excuse to not pick up a good read from the library.
  • Cook & Bake.  I’m so incredibly excited to cook and bake day in and day out.  My family and friends are about to be very happy with all the food I’m going to be cooking.  I plan on making double batches to donate to local places such as police officers, firefighters, and snow plowman.  They don’t get as much love as they should.  Check out Pinterest for food inspiration! (Careful, it’s addicting)
  • Photo shoots!  Even though I’m on break, there is no such thing as a break for a photography major.  I am super excited to be shooting again with all my friends and in a familiar atmosphere.
  • Sleeping.  While I did say not to sleep the entire winter break away, it is called break for a reason.
  • Random Acts of Kindness.  Get a few of your friends together and go around your town doing random acts of kindness such as paying for someone’s parking meter, lunch, or even leaving quarters attached to the vending machine.  You’ll make someone’s day and you’ll feel really great about yourself.  Give it a try!  You won’t regret it.

Happy Holidays!
xx,
Ashley