The months of December and January are filled with celebrations, loved ones, yummy food, and resolutions. Sometimes the yummy food and celebrations can interfere with the resolutions so I’m here to help! Here are some ways to stay “FIT” over the long winter break:
Join a gym/attend fitness classes
Lots of gyms have special offers for college students from December-January so be sure to ask! The big tip is to start going to the gym and classes BEFORE all the celebrating begins. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself more and not necessarily feel guilty with the feast day comes.
Drink lots of water
While this is a general rule and I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, water will flush your body of toxins and any junk food that you’ve eaten over the holiday. While drinking water won’t eliminate all the junk, it’ll help.
Winter break is prime time for sleep so be sure to soak it all in. We need our beauty sleep!
Set short term goals for yourself
Setting short term goals will allow you to stay focused on what you want and stay on track.
Buy cute exercise clothes The cuter your exercise clothes are, the more motivated you will be to wear them! Treat yourself during the holiday season and shop till you drop!
Find a workout buddy!
When you have someone to motivate you throughout the fitness process, you are more likely to stick to your goals and not veer off from your path.
Thanksgiving is one of the most emotional holidays in my opinion. By emotional, I mean there is a total range of emotions that fluctuate before, during, and after Thanksgiving. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Keep reading/watching as I take you through the endless hysteria happiness that is Thanksgiving.
Sitting in class the week of Thanksgiving:
Packing your bags to go home:
Getting on the bus/plane/train/car:
Seeing your family/pets for the first time in ____ weeks/months
At FIT, students are constantly updating, tweeting, instagramming, and blogging to build their social media presence. Among the hundreds of social media sites, Instagram appears to reign as one of the best. Even the departments at FIT have their own instagram accounts to keep everyone updated on events, what’s happening in the offices, and to ensure that you don’t have any FOMO (Fear of Missing out). If you want to stay in the loop here are the top instagrams to follow here at FIT:
Fashion Institute of Technology: @fitnyc
This is an obvious one. They instagram everything from events to contests, and my favorite, the throwback pictures of the students and campus from the 80’s.
Student Life: @studentlife_fit If you don’t want FOMO, this is the instagram to follow. Paired with the weekly “This Week at FIT” emails, you won’t be out of the loop with fun events happening every week.
Res Life: @fitreslife This one is great to follow if you are in the dorms. There are always events and contests going on in the residential halls, that you don’t want to miss.
PRSSA at FIT: @FIT_PRSSA FIT PRSSA is the Public Relations Student Society of America at FIT. Their motto is “Everything you do and say is public relations.” Follow their instagram for info and events on how to best market yourself. They are one of the wonderful clubs here at FIT! If you want to join, email them at PRSSA_club@fitnyc.edu for more info.
Style Shop at FIT: @The_StyleShop The Style Shop is the student-run boutique in the lobby of the Dubinsky Student Center. I truly believe it is one of the best assets of FIT. Whether it be the student/faculty made apparel and jewelry to the quaint shop and decorations, The Style Shop is FIT’s gem.
One of the many beauties of New York City is that there are so many talk shows filmed here. From Live with Kelly and Michael to Wendy Williams to Late Night with Seth Meyers, the list goes on and on. For some shows, the tickets are easy to come by, but other shows depend on the exact second you are online trying to book. So I’ve done my research and here are the ways to come by several major talk show tickets:
LIVE with Kelly and Michael – tickets for the week are released about 2 weeks prior so check back Saturdays and Sundays if you want to book in advanced. What I have noticed is that usually 1-3 days before a show, there are tickets available because people cancel their tickets or whatever the case may be so KEEP CHECKING!! You can look up tickets here: http://1iota.com/Show/326/LIVE-with-Kelly-and-Michael
The View - tickets are available right now and are pretty easy to come by! If constant interrupting and yelling is your kind of talk show…then here’s your link: http://1iota.com/Show/385/The-View
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon – now these tickets are ALL ABOUT TIMING. If you want tickets, follow @FallonTonight on twitter immediately. They release all the information and when the ticket sales online are taking place. The tickets for the month are released the month prior so tickets for December just were released. I highly recommend turning on mobile notifications for @FallonTonight within the last week or two of the month to find out when they are happening. Once you find out, sit on your computer and hit refresh at the exact time they become available. Have the day in mind that you want to go but be flexible and quick. Tickets for December sold out in 10 minutes!! Here is the link: http://www.showclix.com/event/thetonightshowstarringjimmyfallon
Late Night with Seth Meyers – these tickets are slightly easier to come by than Jimmy Fallon but you still have to be on top of your game. Follow @LateNightSeth on twitter to get all the updates. They announce in the same way that Fallon does because they are both NBC network shows. Turn on the mobile notifications and may the odds be ever in your favor. http://www.showclix.com/event/latenightseth
With all of these shows and any talk show, they overbook each show so get there early and don’t forget an ID!
While many dread the planning and prep and stress of registration, I LOVE IT. I love being able to schedule my life and know how my following semester is going to look. I thrive on planning and organizing so registration is my Christmas. While I have made a post on registration every time it rolls around, there are important points to reinforce and introduce (and who wants to dig through thousands of posts):
Talk to your academic advisor
Make an appointment with your academic advisor even if you know what classes you have to take. It is comforting to have your schedule and courses solidified by those who know best. Also, for those who don’t know, not all courses are available to all majors – including liberal arts. Therefore, it is best to make an appointment before you register! Here is the link to make an appointment: http://www.fitnyc.edu/13575.asp
Plan Ahead Once you have the classes that you are planning on taking, make up your schedule. Map out a tentative schedule and plan out your biggest/most important/longest classes first and revolve your classes around that.
Write down the CRN codes The CRN codes are the first things that you can type in to register for all your classes. If you have all the CRN codes for your classes, you type them in when it’s your registration time, hit submit and you’re all set.
Be flexible This one isn’t the easiest, especially for me. Sometimes you won’t get the classes you want so you have to be prepared to move your schedule around.
Don’t stress Registration is exciting because that means you are one semester closer to graduating. Keep your chin up and know that winter break is soon!
For most of you, midterms are done this week or next week and that is the exact reason why you deserve to celebrate. There is no better way to celebrate than with some shopping (We are FIT after all). The following is a pretty accurate narrative of the struggle and anxious-excitement that are midterms GOSSIP GIRL EDITION:
When your professor tells you that your midterm is next week
The night before the exam
Right before the exam is passed out
When you receive the exam it’s either:
When you’ve finished the exam
When your professor keeps you after you take your midterm exam
Being a student aide in the Student Life offices has really opened my eyes to all the events that are constantly taking place on campus. The Student Life offices are located on the 7th floor of the Dubinsky Student Center. Here are some perks of visiting the Student Life offices:
Movie tickets are sold 2 for $16 to any AMC movie theatre
Broadway show tickets are sold every couple of weeks. Be sure to check those weekly emails!
There is a Breast Cancer walk this Sunday! Here is the link if you want to sign up: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=38287345&fr_id=62564&pg=personal
We are distributing tickets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 to when Girl Code (YES the MTV show) comes and does a show here at FIT!
We can provide contact information if you want to join a club!
There is almost always an event happening in The Center and it usually involves free food.
We have a massive game room that is basically any kid at heart’s dream world.
Going from Nagler Hall to Kaufman, I was clueless as to where to grocery shop, where the cheapest food was, the healthiest food, the closest location, etc etc. I was so used to my meal plan and occasionally going to Fairway for a few snacks and breakfast bars. Now that I’m a full fledged dorm with a kitchen and without a meal plan, I quickly learned the dynamic and food demographics of each of the lovely grocery stores around the area.
Trader Joes – my personal favorite. Your one stop shop for all things healthy, organic, and reasonably priced. They have a phenomenal produce section. While they don’t have the name brand snacks and goodies but they have their private label brand that is just as good if not better. A slight hike from Kaufman but a nice stroll from 27th located at 675 Avenue of the Americas between 22nd and 21st. MUST TRY: Way More Chocolate Chips Cookies
Whole Foods – aka Whole Paycheck. If you want the healthy, high end, organic food, make your way over to Whole Foods on 250 7th Ave between 24th and 25th. MUST TRY: Whole Foods Peanut Butter
Fairway – the holy grail of amazing prices and your one stop shop for name brand with a side of healthy. Stray away from their produce however (speaking from personal experience). Their organic section is phenomenal and if you are a lover of protein and nutrition bars, Fairway is the place for you. Located at 766 Avenue of the Americas between 26th and 25th. MUST TRY: Anything Annie’s Organic
Gristedes – all the food, all the brands! You can find all your typical, savory indulgences at Gristedes. The prices are a little steep so head to Fairway before you head to Gristedes. It is the most convenient out of all the other shops on the list located at 307 W 26th and 8th ave. IMPORTANT: THEY HAVE PILLSBURY HOLIDAY SUGAR COOKIES IN STOCK.
Ideal Market – convenient for the Kaufman folks, but the selection isn’t all that great. If you are in desperate need of eggs or craving some cookies and don’t want to trek out to 6th ave, Ideal Market is there for you in times of need. There is an FIT discount, but it is very slight. MUST TRY: They have an amazing bakery section.
If you are an Art & Design Major, PrintFx will become your very best friend. For those who don’t know, PrintFx is FIT’s premier digital output lab located in D529. The options are truly endless at PrintFx. You can print a simple image for an assignment, print a poster sized image, bind a book, and even print on fabric. That’s right…FABRIC. I will never fully understand how that is even possible, but the people in PrintFx are obviously experts. The services offered at PrintFx are Laser Prints, Inkjet Sheet Prints, Inkjet Poster Prints, Fabric Inkjet Prints, Specialty Media Inkjet Prints, Laser Color Copies, Large Format b/w Copies, Large Format Scanning, and Bookbinding.
You truly CANNOT beat the prices offered and the pay method is so simple. Just add money onto your FIT ID at a PHiL station in the library on the 5th floor or CC15, or add money on your laptop or mobile device by accessing this link: https://fit-sp.blackboard.com/eaccounts/AnonymousHome.aspx. Not only is PrintFx inexpensive, the turn around times are like no other. If you drop off your desired project/assignment before 1pm, you’ll be able to pick it up the SAME DAY, but always plan ahead!
If you don’t have time to go into PrintFx and drop off your desired project/assignment, you can submit it online and pick it up when it’s ready using this link: http://www.fitnyc.edu/10915.asp! The icing on the cake is that PrintFx hours exceed the usual 9-5 hours. They are open Monday-Thursday 9 am – 7 pm and Fridays 9 am – 6:30 pm. FIT is all about using your resources, so take advantage of PrintFx!
For all my fitness junkies out there or anyone that wants to mix up their weekly workout routine, check out Tone House! With a large studio space, amber lights, and top of the line equipment, you won’t be disappointed. Tone House offers various classes such as Lower Body/Core, Upper Body/Core, Core Focus, Total Body, and Conditioning. Each class is an hour long that is filled with non-stop movement and hard core training that will push you to your limits. As my instructor said throughout, “We are breaking boundaries here.” The classes are for any fitness level, but let it be known that they are INTENSE. From the moment that the class starts, you feel like a family and a team. Everyone is cheering you one and encouraging you to finish what you started. For the first class, the cost is $20. I tried out the Total Body class and man am I going to be sore but I am going to go back and make myself become stronger. Check out the video below from The Sweat Life to see what Tone House is all about!