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College Hacks!

While I was away from the blog this summer, a thoughtful blog reader sent a package to the Admissions Office addressed to me. I wasn’t able to pick up the package until a few weeks ago and I was very excited to see what was inside!

I was mostly surprised to hear that a package was addressed to…me! And that it was sent from a mysterious reader of the FIT Admissions Blog! The gift inside was a book called “College Hacks: Any procedures or actions that solve a problem, simplify a task, reduce frustration, and make college totally awesome” by Keith Bradford. What a perfect book! I’m in college, I love useful tips and tricks…it’s like this person knew me so well ūüėČ

College Hacks by Keith Bradford

College Hacks by Keith Bradford

It was an extremely thoughtful gesture, and something I never expected to happen while being a blogger. I shared the book with my fellow bloggers and we hope to all pick up some new “hacks”¬†from the wealth of information¬†filled inside. If you are the person who sent this book, or happen to know who did, please comment below! I would love to give a personal thanks and put a name to this mysterious gifter :) If you prefer to stay anonymous, please know that I love the book and will definitely be putting these tips to use!

Whether you’re in high school, entering college, or in college, many of these tricks could be applied to your life. I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips listed in the book. Remember, all “hacks” were thought up by author Keith Bradford. Enjoy!!

  1. Can’t afford Microsoft word? Get OpenOffice. It’s the same thing except it’s free and has a lot more features.
  2. Writing down your worries before taking an exam has been proven to actually boost your test scores.
  3. Late for class and need to tell your professor a believable lie? Include an embarrassing detail about yourself. Nobody will doubt a story that makes you look dumb.
  4. Study your notes within one day of taking them. Retention rates are 60% higher then.
  5. Dorm room a little stinky? Put dry tea bags around your room. They will absorb the unpleasant odor.

I could go on and on – this book is great! I hope these help! :)

Celebration Treats!

With all of the upcoming holidays this fall and winter season, it is the perfect time to celebrate and show your appreciation for professors, friends, and family. ¬†No idea what to purchase? ¬†I’m here to help you out with the best sweet treats in the city!

Who: Treat House
What: Gourmet Rice Krispie Treat boxes perfect to send to Mom & Dad
BONUS: Customize your Rice Krispie Treat with a picture.  Perfect for wedding anniversaries!
Where: 452 Amsterdam Ave., 1566 Second Ave, OR here.
Price: $26+ for gift boxes

Who: Momofuku Milk Bar
What: DELICIOUS various cookies, cakes, AND BIRTHDAY CAKE TRUFFLES!
Where: 251 East 13th St, 15 West 56th St, 561 Columbus Ave, 382 Metropolitan Ave (BK), 360 Smith St (BK) OR here
Price: $2.25+

Who: Sprinkles Cupcakes
What: Cupcakes made for mouthwatering (gluten free options available)
Where: 780 Lexington Ave (Cupcake ATM + Store), 225 Liberty St OR here
Price: $2 mini, $3.75 regular, $42 dozen

Who: Levain Bakery
What: The most famously large and in charge cookies in all of NYC
Where: 167 West 74th St, 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, OR here
Price: $27+ for gift boxes, $4 each for a cookie

Who: Erin McKenna Bakery (GLUTEN FREE!)
What: The ultimate destination for your gluten free dessert loving friend that is sure to not disappoint!
Where: 248 Broome St OR here
Price: $1.25+

Who: Laduree
What: Macarons fresh from Paris for a taste of elegance
Where: 864 Madison Ave, 398 West Broadway, OR here
Price: $2.80+

Who: Garrett’s Popcorn Shop
What: Gourmet buckets of popcorn perfect for a large family or that game day snack
Where: 242 West 34th St OR here
Price: $33 for 1 gallon tin

What: The doughnut shops of all doughnut shops.  Massive portions, amazing flavors, do I need to say more?
Where: 14 West 19th St, 448 Lafayette Ave (BK), OR here
Price: $2.25+

Who: Fat Witch Bakery
What: Rich brownies that put Pillsbury to shame
Where: 75 9th Ave (Chelsea Market) OR here
Price: $2.95+

Don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday season too!


Life in the Concrete Jungle: An Introduction

I know what you’re thinking… it’s New York City – I’ll never make it, I’ll go broke, I’m one in a million who have the same dream of being successful in the fashion industry… These thoughts running rapidly in your mind are holding you back… But let me tell you this –


The Empire State Building

To the prospective students across the world… if FIT is your dream school,¬†go for it. Getting an education in the BEST city in the world is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else.


The Freedom Tower

My name is Mariano, I am an 18-year-old Puerto Rican boy, from a lower-middle class family in California; studying Advertising and Marketing Communications. FIT was just a dream to me and now it is a reality. Never underestimate yourself and the opportunities in front of you. If you are thinking about starting a new chapter of your life in New York City at FIT, find out more information on the application process here.

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

In the last month, I’ve learned and experienced so much that I will never forget. Hopefully, you will soon! Please reply with any questions about the application process, I don’t bite!

Until next time… xoxo – M

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!


Last First Day

Hello readers!!

It is so great to be back writing for the FIT Admissions Blog after a wonderful summer. What did I do you ask? Worked, worked, vacationed, and worked some more! And I enjoyed every second of it.

How was your summer? Did anyone make a trip to FIT? Take classes? Vacation somewhere cool?

Throughout the summer, at various family events, I would be asked, “So, you’re entering your senior year, huh?”

To which I smiled and reply, “Yeahhh, I can’t believe it’s finally here, but I’m ready.”

(But seriously, wasn’t it just yesterday that I was a freshman moving into Coed dorm?!?! Where does time go??)

There was no sarcasm, no lying behind a smile. I am ready for my senior year, and excited as ever. And I credit FIT for that. Each year as a returning student, you feel more and more prepared for what’s yet to come. What else FIT’s courses, professors and classmates have to offer you; what other adventures New York City has in store. You look back on the experiences and knowledge you’ve gained the year before and apply it to the road ahead.

Of course a small part of me is nervous of what’s to come 9 months from now, after I walk across the stage at graduation. But I choose to be excited rather than nervous.¬†At this point, that’s all I can do. I’m not going to waste my energy fearing the “real world.” With the connections I’ve made while at FIT, I am confident I will be well equipped when entering the work force. For now, I will work hard, have fun, enjoy my senior year and the rest will fall into place.

So, as I walked back onto 27th street on my last first day of school, I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. I felt back at home. I know this block, I know this campus. I know which water fountain’s the coldest, which classroom has the best view. Which corner I like to sit in and read my book in between classes, which computer lab is usually busiest. I was back in my flow.


I was shocked at how many new faces there were, now that I’m the “big man on campus”¬†aka a Senior. The freshman look so young! Did I look that nervous on my first day? (The answer is yes)

In the sea of fresh-faced freshman, I found my fellow senior friends. We hugged, laughed, caught up on each other’s lives. I could see the comfort and sense of “home” in their eyes that only comes with time at FIT. First days aren’t as scary when you know your way around, and you’ve got friends by your side. We’ve made it three years together¬†at this school and we’ll make it through this last year.¬†Nothing can stop us now!

Get ready for a great year readers and fellow students! Please comment any questions or requests on blog posts you’d like me to look into!