Now that the school year has officially ended, it’s time to look ahead towards brighter days! I’m staying in the city this summer and interning. I was only able to see my family and be at home for 9 days and now I won’t see them until winter break. It’s going to be really tough but I just have to focus on school and interning and bettering myself. With that in mind, I figured I’d share some of my goals for this summer!
Have a successful internship and learn from my experiences.
Explore New York City! I have a massive list of places that I want to see, restaurants that I want to try, and fun locations to visit.
Step outside of my comfort zone whether it’s at my internship, a new food, or just in everyday life.
Continue to stay active and improve my health.
Relax and have fun. This one is going to be very difficult for me, which I know sounds weird. I spend my entire year completely focused 24/7, rarely spending time away from my desk or photo studio, so now is the time.
Educate myself. There are plenty of skills that are applicable to my major but I am not allowed to take as part of my curriculum here at FIT. So I am going to be using FIT’s resources and lynda.com – an online video portal with hundreds of videos that teach you about your desired topic. I’m going to educate myself on Adobe Software such as InDesign and Illustrator as well as marketing strategies and how they’re applicable to photography.
If you are reading this, hopefully that means you are not procrastinating and that you are actually DONE WITH FINALS! First off, CONGRATULATIONS! You made it through! While many people have different ways of celebrating something, I celebrate with food, so today I went down in 80 degree weather to Madison Square Park for Madison Square Eats. For those of you who have never been or never heard of Madison Square Eats, it takes place every year and about 20 food vendors set up booths in the park. You can have everything from hand rolled sushi to a soft pretzel to tacos. The world is your oyster (they probably have oysters too…). It is such a fun atmosphere to be in especially when celebrating the end of something. I got myself some gluten free spring rolls from Two Tablespoons and a Perfect 10 cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar, both healthy options. For more information head to http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/. Eat up and enjoy! Happy end of the semester!
So I have officially moved into an apartment. I will not lie and I must say that moving was one of the most stressful experiences throughout my college term thus far. You will think that you don’t have a lot of stuff, but you will immediately question if you are a hoarder while you are packing.
I highly recommend keeping a stash of boxes that you’ve accumulated. I held onto the boxes that I used to move in this past summer which made it incredibly easy for me to pack up before anyone got there to help me.
Look at furniture before you approach IKEA. The initial IKEA trip is a massive feat. Look at the furniture that you’re interested in online and print out the information for that furniture. You’ll be able to better recognize the furniture in store to see if you really like it, rather than looking around for hours (the options are endless). Also, if you know what you want, you can always ask a trusty, IKEA employee (always willing to help)!
Bring a dolly! I don’t know what I would have done without a dolly. It truly saved my life and my sanity, as well as my parents who helped me move in and out. You don’t think you’ll need it, but you will.
Bed Bath & Beyond will be your best friend. They are the more convenient IKEA for purchasing smaller things such as a shower caddy, bath mat, etc.
Stock up on toilet paper and paper towel if you can. If you have the space for it, see if someone can bring you a Costco portion size of these items. It’ll save you the monthly trip to the nearest Duane Reade where 4 rolls of toilet paper will be anywhere from $5-6. You could be spending those $6 on better things like….frozen yogurt (treat yourself).
Attention all early-risers that love fitness and starting their day off on the right foot…I have the best workout for you! The class is called The Rise and they take place Monday-Friday in various locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn from 6:30 am – 7:00 am. Today I tried out the Wednesday Core Body group class in Bryant Park and I could not have started my morning better. It’s a quick walk from FIT and the weather was beautiful!
BETTER NEWS…IT’S 100% FREE. The group classes take place every week, rain or shine! You have zero excuses to get your workout in. It’s high-five and encouragement central so do not worry if you aren’t in good shape. You can find out more information at https://www.facebook.com/therisenyc. I’ve never been so happy with my decision and my day felt complete before 7:30 am. How many people can say that?
As the semester comes to a close, many students, including myself are finishing off our semester long internships. While this is my first internship through the school, I think there are a few standard requirements to say goodbye to your internship and leave on a good note. Here’s my advice:
Thank you note. This is pretty standard, but it is important that you thank your supervisor(s) for giving you this opportunity. A handwritten note given on the last day of your internship is always better than an email. You don’t want to just leave without something physically tangible. Whether your internship was amazing or not what you expected, you still learned what you liked and didn’t like. You got something out of it, whether it was this grand wealth of knowledge or information to contribute to your future best-selling novel about internships. Who knows?
A gift.While a thank you note is pretty much required, a gift is not. It is though a very nice gesture to show your appreciation for your supervisor. Whether you’re getting Baked by Melissa cupcakes for the whole department, our an individual Crumb’s cupcake, show your appreciation for your higher ups.
A letter of recommendation and/or reference. One of the most important things about an internship experience is what you learn and who you meet. Having a letter of recommendation that you can bring to future interviews is a massive asset. Ask your supervisor kindly for a letter of recommendation when you leave your internship rather than 6 months down the road and 24 hours before your interview. The same goes with a reference. Some supervisors may not want to be bothered, so check with your supervisor first and ask them what sort of communication they are okay with. Do they prefer a phone call or email? Be sure to ask!
End on a good note. Many sayings derive from “you’re only as good as your last (insert word)”. This goes for internships too. Just because it’s your last day or week, that doesn’t mean you should slack off or not take on new projects. Give it your all as if it was your first week. Be sure to leave on a positive note so that #3 will turn out in your favor.
Reflect on what you learned. Internships are all about the learning experience so reflect on what you gained from your semester. Decide what you want from your next internship and if you changed your career path or mindset compared to the beginning of your internship.
Update your LinkedIn. This goes hand in hand with #5. While the internship is still fresh in your mind, update your LinkedIn with the type of assignments and tasks that you did at your internship. It’ll be much easier now when it’s fresh in your mind compared to a year from now because you finally reset your password!
If you have been keeping up with the blog, you’d know that I am planning on living off campus in an apartment next year. I spent my entire spring break looking, having appointments, and well…stressing out. Here are some tips that I have for those of you looking for apartments in the future:
Download StreetEasy: StreetEasy a website that lists apartments on the market in your area. You can put in all of your criteria as far as budget, neighborhoods, amenities, etc. It’s an incredible website and it also has an app so you can constantly be checking new listings, saving apartments to your favorites on your account, and reaching out to the buildings themselves.
Be prepared: Myself and my roommate didn’t use a broker because of the amounts of research that was done in advanced. For a year now, I have been taking notes in my phone of buildings that I pass by and writing down their addresses to look up later. While you don’t have to be constantly on the watch and taking notes for an entire year, it is good to not start from scratch, but StreetEasy also makes it simple if you don’t have a ton of apartment requirements.
Talk things out beforehand: While this may seem like common sense, be sure that everyone involved is on the same page with what you are looking for not only in an apartment but as a roommate as well.
Don’t compromise: Remain firm in what you want in an apartment. If you know that you are going to be miserable commuting from the Upper East Side (6 to the S to the 1…no thank you), then don’t do it. Half of the battle with going to school is getting there! And if you are an Art & Design major, the supplies that you have to bring with you can make a simple commute 100000x worse, especially at prime rush hour times.
Ask questions: Ask whomever you made the appointment with tons of questions! Ask about what’s included in the rent, how long the rent would be, the application process, the necessary documents, if there have been any issues with bedbugs or cleanliness, the laundry room, and the environment of the building. You don’t want to move in and be unhappy now, do you?
I hope these tips helped! Feel free to ask any questions about apartments!
A little over 2 years ago, I was accepted into my dream school (FIT…obviously). I was in the kitchen when I saw the letter and I was so incredibly nervous. Both of my parents were in the room as I started to open the envelope. I saw one word…”Congratulations” and I immediately dropped to the floor. I started screaming and I was grinning from ear to ear. I then obviously had to call everyone I knew and tell everyone all over Facebook and Instagram and everything. Even being a photography major, I immediately resorted to taking a picture in Photo Booth on my MacBook. What was I thinking? Was I an 8th grade teen all over again? And with it being take in Photo Booth, the image was backwards on top of everything. (Never again).
If you have recently been accepted, share your story in the comments about where you were! What are you most excited for when coming to FIT?
For all of you that may or may not know, I am a part of Blush Magazine, the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT as the Senior Photo Editor. Our brand new Spring issue comes out this week on newsstands here at FIT. Be sure to pick up a copy before they are gone! Everyone on the Blush Magazine team works really hard to put out a really strong and beautiful issue. We are completely student run from the articles to the photo shoots to the layout and more. If you want to join Blush Magazine, we meet on Tuesday’s (not every week) in B736 during common hour. We are having a meeting tomorrow, 3/24 for planning for our summer issue! If you miss this meeting, email email@example.com to find out information for our future meetings. Below is a sneak preview of our fashion editorial shoot for this spring issue!
As a freshman and sophomore I made a decision to live in on campus housing. I definitely think that I benefited from those experiences, especially freshman year. I made a lot of friends and it’s nice to have everyone accessible for group projects or help with homework all within your building. As I look towards my junior year here, I am looking into moving off campus. I am doing this because I want to move in with one of my friends from home, who does not attend FIT. I also want to be more independent as far as living independently and creating a space that feels like my own. While New York has become my home, I don’t think it will truly feel like home until I separate myself from campus. I think that if I had gotten an apartment sooner than this upcoming year, it would have been too soon. You need to experience the life living in a dorm and create friendships within FIT. If I had lived in an apartment this year, I feel that my sophomore year experience would have been very different, not necessarily bad, but different. I feel like once you get your own place, you take on a completely different lifestyle and independence. I am looking forward to living off campus and the responsibilities that come with it, but I’ll report back in several months to tell you how things are going and to give my tips and tricks!