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!
With the holiday season in full swing, don’t just head to your regular Macy’s or Shops at Columbus Circle. There are SO many opportunities to get unique gifts that your friends and family will love that you can’t find walking down 34th St. I’m here to provide you with a list of some of the best markets and stores for gifts in the city!
Union Square Holiday Market
Unique gifts from individual vendors at this outdoor market
Location: Union Square Park
Now – December 24th
Weekday hours 11am – 8pm
Saturdays from 10am – 8pm
Sundays from 11am – 7pm
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Similar to Union Square Holiday Market
Location: West 59th St & Central Park West
December 1st – December 24th
Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
Sunday from 10am – 7pm
This store has a point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store. The current “story” is Home for the Holidays featuring extraordinary gifts perfect for everyone on your list
144 10th Ave (19th St)
Now – End date TBD
Sunday-Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday-Saturday:11am – 8pm
Chelsea Market/Artists & Fleas
Always a crowd favorite, the permanent Chelsea Market never disappoints. Stop into Artists & Fleas that features artists and shops that are uniquely New York. The main part of Chelsea Market is not to be forgotten. From grabbing a crepe for yourself at Bar Suzette to giving gourmet nuts from Nut Box, Chelsea Market has it all.
75 9th Ave (15/16th St)
Chelsea Market Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm
Sunday: 8am – 8pm
Artists & Fleas Hours:
Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm
Sun 10am – 8pm
Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
If an indoor market in Brooklyn sounds appealing, Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg is the way to go. Featuring 120 vendors and 60 food vendors, you could be there for hours!
In the tragic event all over the news we all know what recently happened in Paris. Paris is in a state of emergency amid a deadly shooting, hostage situation and scary explosion that has left at least 127 dead.It has confirmed by France that this is an act of terrorism, as multiple shocking tragedies took place on Nov. 13. Several people were dead and wounded after a shooting at a restaurant in central Paris, and around the same time, an explosion allegedly occurred, which disrupted a soccer match between France and Germany. A second shooting took place at Paris Bataclan concert hall, where more than 100 were held hostage and a shootout took place between police and a target on the roof.
At this time in our community I send my prayers out to everyone, students, faculty, loved ones, family, friends. Regardless what your beliefs are I ask you all who are reading this to keep all these people in your thoughts and prayers. For those suffering at this time FIT has a lot of different services to help you, and many councilors for you to speak to.
With the semester in high gear as we finish up the last couple of weeks, there are many exhibitions, displays, and events taking place across many of the art and design majors. Being a junior photography major, I am a part of the BFA Photo Exhibit titled, “Lines of Sight.” The show displays some of our work from the semester. The opening reception is on Wednesday, November 18th from 6-8 pm in the lobby of the Feldman Center. The work is up until December 11th. Our entire semester as photography students have revolved around this show so any support is greatly appreciated! More information is below!
If you are reading this as a prospective student, I highly recommend coming to see student work. It is a great source of inspiration as well as a chance to see what you could be creating and doing as a student at FIT! Supporting other students as a student is incredibly important. We are all trying to make it in this industry and as cheesy as it sounds, we can’t always be comparing ourselves to the next person or be in constant competition with one another. At the end of the day, a fellow student could be hiring you for a job or you could be hiring someone else. There are so many different lines of work within each major and you never know where you’ll end up. So with that, be kind, support one another, and focus on your goals.
So recently I have come to a time in my FIT career where I am given the opportunity to work full time while I am finishing up my last few semesters. Being an ITM major I am given the opportunity to take majority of my classes online. Since I live in New Jersey and I waste about 10 hours a week back and forth commuting I thought it might be a great idea to only take online classes next semester.
So have taken a lot of online classes at school before I know what to expect but the question is do you? When choosing to take an online class you need to ask yourself a few questions:
Are you able to push yourself to do work when not in a physical classroom?
Do you learn better in groups or alone?
Even though you take an online class do you have enough time to devote to doing so, online classes tend to take the same amount of time if not more.
Are you able to self motivate?
Before fully committing to a fully online schedule I do suggest you take a class here or there to see if it is for you. I personally love them especially because I can work at my own pace and I often work ahead. So next semester will you be interested in taking an online class?