One of the great things about FIT is its location! Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard. While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea. Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!
From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene. If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more! Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday. It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.
If you are applying to FIT in the Art & Design school and your application requires a portfolio, I HIGHLY recommend attending a National Portfolio Day. For those who may not be familiar, National Portfolio Day (NPD) is a day in which you have the opportunity to meet with representatives/admissions counselors from the schools you wish to apply/attend (FIT, of course!) and review and discuss your portfolio, talk about the program and university, and also answer any questions that you may have!
It is a golden opportunity to go straight to the source to receive advice and put your worries to rest. The great thing about NPD is that representatives are traveling to different cities and states, so you don’t have to make the trip out to New York City if you aren’t local! The NPD season has just begun, so you’re likely to still make it to a NPD near you! For a full list of the 2016-2017 schedule and the participating schools, you can click here. To anyone that cannot attend a NPD, do not stress, as attending a NPD is not required, however it is very helpful! When I attended NPD in 2012, it was very productive and useful to hear what the representatives had to say about my work.
As I get further into the semester, I begin to find that I have less and less down time. So when I do get time alone finally I tend not to enjoy it as much as when I am with others. It’s not an ideal reaction but it is truly a normal one.
One thing that has really helped me ease into alone time has been hobbies, the less time I spent with all my friends and whoever else the more hobbies I discovered I had. Use the silence to read, paint, knit, draw, whatever interests you. Recently I learned how to cook by just getting some random recipes’ online. Next, while you are doing these things do not check your phone. Checking it defeats the purpose of alone time overall. Everyone tends to get FOMO aka, Fear of missing out.
Also spending time alone doesn’t mean you need to spend time locked in your room or apartment, go for a walk, treat yourself to coffee, or go shopping alone. This still counts as alone time even if you aren’t really alone. I find that my taste in things tends to change with the people I am with so if I am alone I find more things that I love that maybe I wouldn’t think of before.
Lastly, enjoy the ultimate relaxation, when you’re not running around or doing things for others its quite relaxing. My favorite moments are once a week when I climb into a bubble bath with a book and some candles. So my suggestion is cancel your plans, put down the social media and texts and just hang out with yourself.
Going to a school in New York City, you’ll find that a majority of students commute to school every single day. Between subway and bus delays, general traffic, and the dreaded rain on too narrow of a sidewalk, commuting can often be unpredictable. While I may not have a long commute, I have a few tips and tricks to help your day go by a little smoother.
Show up early. While it’s easier said than done, try your best to take the earlier train, even if it is 10 minutes, just to ensure that you make it to class on time. While this may be difficult for students commuting from Long Island, if you are within the city, this is definitely a helpful tip! Nothing is worse than the conductor saying “We are being held momentarily. Thank you for your patience.”
Bring your own food. Commuting can be EXPENSIVE. The unlimited monthly metrocards and passes aren’t cheap, so there’s no reason why you should have to spend $15 on a salad. If you bring your own food, it will save you time, energy, and money.
Get a locker. Talk to your department head to see if your major offers lockers for commuters. For Art and Design students, you especially want to consider this because you typically have a lot of supplies. It will also be a huge lifesaver in the winter when you don’t want to carry around your big puffy coat.
Bring a phone charger. This is most likely a staple in anyone’s daily life, but if you have a long commute, your battery may already be at a low percentage by the time you get to school. I highly recommend having a portable charger as well just in case there isn’t an accessible outlet.
Carry the essentials. From gum to chapstick and band-aids, to hand sanitizer and deodorant, you’ll never know when you’ll need your emergency stash, especially once you get off the train.
Wear comfortable shoes…or bring a spare. Depending on your commute and where you get let off, you may still have to walk a ways to get to campus. Wearing uncomfortable shoes may result in serious blisters upon arrival (another reason to always have bandaids).
This is just a friendly reminder that you are not alone! As semester classes begin to get more challenging, it doesn’t mean you have to struggle. One of great things about FIT is that they offer an Academic Skills Tutoring Center, located in the Dubinsky building, room A608B. The Tutoring Center is a free service for all full-time and part-time students enrolled in credit bearing and remedial courses for the current semester, offering a variety of tutoring options in a wide range of disciplines. This service provides all FIT students who are registered in credit and remedial courses with the tools they may need in order to be successful in their classes.
Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 7:45 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 6:45 pm
Friday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 4:45 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2:45 pm (Saturday hours begin the fourth week of the semester)