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Are you ready to fight?

I recently won a free month membership to the UFC gym down in Soho!  I am incredibly excited to try out all of the different classes that are available!  I’m here to tell you all about the perks about having a membership at UFC Soho!  (This is my honest opinion!)

  • Memberships to the gym INCLUDE classes!  A lot of the time, gym memberships charge you for you classes in addition to your regular membership.  Not at UFC!
  • You can walk into any class…no signing up required!  No more tedious accounts, registering for classes, or worrying that someone is going to take your spot.  You can attend what classes work for you!
  • Over 50 classes available each week for you to take!
  • Don’t like group fitness classes?  UFC still has you covered with a fully equipped gym and trainers ready to help you one on one.
  • It’s a 24 HOUR GYM Monday-Friday and 8 am – 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Your gym time on your own time!
  • UFC Soho is fully furnished with a locker room and showers, but be sure to bring your own lock or purchase one at the front desk.
  • Want to rep UFC Soho from head to toe?  They have a shop at the front desk with products ranging from wraps and gloves to water bottles and tshirts!
  • Everyone is incredibly friendly, despite the UFC stereotypes.  Everyone is down to earth and happy to help you!

Not sure if you want to commit to the gym?  Get your free gym pass here!


Family Time

For those of you who don’t commute, it is a beautiful thing when your parents or family members come to visit.  A couple weekends ago, I was thankful enough to have my mom come and visit me from Michigan.  When your family is in town, you have the excuse to do all the tourist-y things and try out all the restaurants that you’ve had on your to do list.  I’m here to share with you the best of the best events that took place while my mom was in town!

  1. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.  While I’m sure many of you have already done this, I was very late to the game, and boy do I regret it.  Walking across the bridge was a beautiful site that I have gone back to several times since I first walked it.  I highly recommend starting in Brooklyn and walking to the Manhattan side for a better view of the city!
  2. I-CE NY.  This Thailand ice cream spot is something that you have to see to believe.  The delicious ice cream is HAND ROLLED and made right in front of you.  The process is pretty incredible and you get to combine all your favorite flavors and toppings to your heart’s desire.
  3. Surfset NYC.  For all my fitness buffs out there, be sure to try Surfset NYC located at 64 East 4th St, 4th floor.  The class is based on surfing movements, static core training, and done all on a surfboard!  It was an awesome way to mix up my workout routine and try something new!  Find out more here:
  4. Friedman’s.  If you have yet to try out this classic restaurant spot in New York, you sure are missing out.  Everything on the menu is to die for and almost the entire menu is gluten free!  It is a great spot to bring your family, sure to make everyone’s appetites very happy.
  5. Egg Shop.  Everyone loves a good brunch and Egg Shop should be at the top of your list.  The quaint restaurant in Nolita has easily become my favorite place.  The egg options are endless!  Be sure to get there at a reasonable time or be prepared to wait.  Egg Shop is officially on everyone’s radar!

Be sure to try these places out soon!


Seasonal Blues

As the autumn and winter months are upon us, it is prime time to get sick and miss your family and friends back home.  This stressful time with school alone can be enough to make you feel overwhelmed and getting sick on top of it all doesn’t help.  If by chance you do get sick or stressed, there are plenty of resources for you to get back on your feet ASAP!  If you aren’t local, making appointments at the doctors can be a daunting task, but I am here to help!

First things first, visit FIT’s Health Services located at A402.  You can visit their offices on a walk-in basis or by making an appointment in advanced here.  The fully certified staff is happy to help and will provide you with the necessities to feeling better soon!  The FIT Health Services is available to students with the FIT health insurance as well as students who have their own health insurance.

If you are looking to make an appointment with a specialist such as a dermatologist, ENT, or cardiologist, I highly recommend using Zoc Doc.  Zoc Doc is an online portal for finding doctors in your area.  You can read reviews, see if they accept your type of insurance, and schedule an appointment that works best with your schedule!  You can easily submit all of the annoying forms in advanced without taking out a pen or clipboard in the office.  I am very thankful that Zoc Doc exists.

If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, the FIT Counseling Center in A212B is there for support.  With readily available appointments, the Counseling Center can help you with any concerns that you have about your personal or academic well being.  No problem is too big, no problem is too small!  You’re never alone here at FIT.  There’s always someone that wants to help.

Remember to wash your hands and keep your distance from the sneezers!


Guide to Museums

If you aren’t aware of this already, New York City has some of the best museums in the entire world.  We are in the hub of a major art scene and as students, we can fully take advantage of it!  Be sure to bring your FIT ID when you visit these museums!  The following is your guide to the Museums of New York City:

  • American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & 79th St)
    • Price Type: Suggested
      • Amount: $17 (Student)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (5th Ave & 82nd St)
    • Price Type: Suggested
      • Amount: $12 (Student)
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (6th Ave & 53rd St)
    • Price Type: FREE for FIT Students when you present your ID!
  • Guggenheim (5th Ave & 88th St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $10 (Until October 8th), Regularly $18
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (10th Ave & Gansevoort St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $18
  • New York City Transit Museum (Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $7
  • The Frick Collection (5th Ave & 70th St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $10
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (5th Ave & 91st St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $9

Hope this helps you explore the city with ease!  Happy museum hopping!


The First Week

As the first week of school officially comes to a close, let’s just say I’m relieved…that it’s over.  For all new students reading this, you’re not the only one feeling overwhelmed.  As a junior, I still have my biannual night before classes start nightmare and I always show up to class a good 30 minutes early JUST incase the professor declares 9:00 am the starting time instead of 9:10.

I think that it is important that we do get uncomfortable with our daily lives every once in a while.  Yes, a routine and feeling steady is a beautiful, beautiful thing, it is important that we challenge ourselves.  Being at FIT has challenged me every single day to step outside of my daily habits and outside of my usual realm of thinking.

Every semester, I feel uncomfortable with my schedule, daily routine, homework, projects, and expectations for a good 4 weeks.  Until then, I have to remind myself that my uneasy feeling about school and my future is only temporary.  It is very difficult to see past that especially when thinking about all of your assignments potentially make you want to lose hope.  It does get better and the semester will continue regardless of your fear.  Keep your head up and remind yourself that you are special and talented enough to get into FIT.  You’re here for a reason.