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Why FIT?

With finals and stress, you often think “why do I do this to myself,” or “why did I pick this school.”  The anxiety of finals can put a lot of strain on our minds and thoughts and it’s very easy to give up.  That is why I’m taking the time to reflect on why I chose FIT in the first place.

  • It is one of the most prestigious schools in the world
  • The professors at FIT have to work in the industry before teaching, therefore having real world experiences and connections to help students like you
  • The campus takes up a single block and doesn’t require travel time to get from class to class or building to building
  • There are high expectations of the school and the students that graduate
  • FIT is located in the greatest city in the world that is filled with endless opportunities
  • FIT is more affordable than any of the competitor schools located in New York City
  • FIT’s class sizes are small and can provide me with one on one attention from my professors
  • FIT will provide me with an education to succeed

Why did you pick FIT?

Ashley

Staying Focused

Once winter break hits, I know that all we want to do is sit around and watch endless hours of Friends, The Mindy Project, and Orange is the New Black.  While these endless hours are much deserved, the second the spring semester rolls around, it only seems harder and harder to get back into the swing of things.  Here are some of my tips that I’m going to follow this break so that I don’t fall into a slump:

  1. Try to read 3 new books.  With our winter break being exceptionally long (not complaining), there is enough time to pick up some of the best sellers of the season.  Whether that means sitting in your local bookstore for a few hours every now and again or checking books out from your local library, it’ll feel good to keep your wheels turning.
  2. Write down your goals.  With all the high pressure of setting goals for the new year, you can easily say them outloud or think about them, but seeing your own goals in your handwriting makes all the difference.  Set long terms goals, seasonal goals, and semester goals.  Be realistic, but also push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
  3. Pursue a different subject.  While this can easily be applied to #1, learn about subjects that you are interested in outside of your major.  It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of school, but learning outside of your major can help you understand your relevant subject more easily or look at it from a different, newfound perspective.

You’ll be good to go once January rolls around!  Happy winter break!

Brunch Time

As you know, New York is known for many things, including its food.  Within the NY food scene, you have your specialty bakeries and pizza joints, but there is something so unique about the New York brunch scene.  It is a big weekend event, the end all, be all of food pictures and the ultimate dining experience.  I’m here to give you the top brunch places in the city:

  • Sarabeth’s
    • The very talked about restaurant from Gossip Girl doesn’t disappoint.  While the food can be a little pricey, it surely does not disappoint.  With many locations throughout the city, you’d think you wouldn’t have to wait too long, but make sure you give yourself enough time to wait for a table.
    • Must try: Classic Eggs Benedict
    • http://sarabethsrestaurants.com/
  • Egg Shop – 151 Elizabeth St.
    • If you are all about eggs, this is the place to go.  The options are seriously endless and you’ll become a frequent visitor.  There’s really no bad time to have anything egg related especially if it’s in the form of Egg Shop’s Spandex Bowl or Reformer Sandwich
    • Must try: Scrambler Bowl
    • http://www.eggshopnyc.com/
  • Alice’s Tea Cup
    • Attention all pastry and tea enthusiasts, this is the place for you.  From the MASSIVE scones to the pots of tea and decorations, this is every child’s dream restaurant.  There can often be a wait since the locations are fairly small, however you can always take a scone to go!
    • Must try: Alice’s Curious French Toast
    • http://alicesteacup.com/
  • Pies ‘n’ Thighs
    • With 2 locations located in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg and a name like Pies ‘n’ Thighs, how can you resist this place?  While they are known for their desserts and chicken buckets, this place is an ideal restaurant for the group of friends that can never agree on where to eat.  There’s something for everyone.
    • Must try: Brunch Special – Chicken Fried Steak-n-Eggs
    • http://piesnthighs.com/
  • Cookshop
    • This famous restaurant located right near the Highline dishes up some of the best brunch food around.  It’s a perfect place for a large group because of all of the options and for a beautiful stroll along the Highline after you inhale everything that Cookshop has to offer.
    • Must try: Baked French Toast Griddle
    • http://cookshopny.com/

I hope you can find time to treat yourself to some of these spots before winter break is upon us!

Ashley

The Final Weeks

The final weeks of the semester can be daunting, but there are common things that we have to do before we head home for the holidays!  These sort of tasks may only take a few seconds but it’s crucial to make sure that you are good to go.

  • Return your textbooks.  You may think that this is common knowledge, but there have been people who have flown home and forgotten that they didn’t return a book.  Set a reminder in your phone and consider it the most rewarding post finals treat to yourself.
  • Check out of the dorms/apartment.  If you are in the dorms, your RA will walk you through what you need to do to ensure that you are accounted for.  If you are living in an apartment and going to be gone for the new year, make sure that you pay your rent early to avoid any crazy stress.  If it’s automatically taken out of your account, you’re good to go.
  • Clean your dorm/apartment.  Whether you’re going to be gone for 2 weeks or 6 weeks, your place can collect all types of nastiness, so scrub and mop to prolong the dust from collecting.
  • Clean out your fridge.  This is self explanatory but let’s not return back to an apartment with an odor.
  • Pay your tuition.  Tuition for next semester isn’t due until January 4th, but the sooner you turn it in, the sooner you can cross it off your to-do list.
  • Soak it all in.  Another semester accomplished, another semester down.  Congratulations!  One step closer to graduation!  Be proud of yourself!

Ashley

Impending Finals Doom

While it may only be Thanksgiving Eve as I am writing this, finals week(s) approaches quicker than it seems.  With only 3 weeks remaining, the idea of finals and studying can seem especially daunting amongst all of the holiday cheer and excitement.  There can be a lot of pressure to experience New York around this time because it is such a magical place.  I think it is especially important to create memories outside of school but also not slack on homework and hard work, specifically towards the end of the semester.  I highly recommend getting ahead on your work.  While this may seem easier said than done, it is important that you enjoy life’s moments in general, but also enjoy them totally stress free!

If you are reading this prior to November 28th, you’re in the clear!  If you’re reading this after November 28th, you’re not doomed either.  But my biggest advice is to take this upcoming weekend and really kick the homework mode into high gear.  Yes, you are most likely surrounded by family and friends for the holiday, but even if you have an hour or two to crank out some homework, DO IT!  With the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd and the holiday markets and gift season in high gear starting December 1st, buckle down before the winter bug bites you!  Even if you can finish ONE class’ coursework, you’ll feel so much better going into the final weeks.  Since we don’t technically have an exam finals week, classes fluctuate in their last days.  Even if you begin to make notecards for the exam you have in 3 weeks, you’ll feel so much more accomplished than if you waited until the last minute.  You’ll be itching to go home and celebrate the holidays before you know it.  Every little bit helps!  Progress is progress!

Ashley