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Fall Goals: What I Wish to Accomplish


It’s that time of year again! The fall season is fast-approaching and I couldn’t be more excited for some change. Aside from the crisp weather, layered fashion and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, I am looking forward to setting high standards for myself and attainable goals this fall season. What better time to better yourself then the beginning of the school year?

  1. Consistent Planning + Organization: Anyone who knows me is certain that I would absolutely lose my mind without my planner! I cannot function without writing a personal agenda, making lists, etc. Although I take the necessary steps to stay organized and on task with my responsibilities, I think I could improve with a daily re-cap at the end of the day to make sure I don’t fall short when it comes to school, work, events, etc.
  2. Meal Prep: As a junior without a meal plan and living in FIT’s upperclassman dorm, Kaufman Hall, cooking is a constant struggle — especially when you are a full-time student with classes until 9:00 pm. Cooking on the weekends and arranging a meal prep routine will allow me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time hitting the books and getting homework done efficiently.
  3. Morning Workouts: With classes day-in and day-out throughout the week, it can be sometimes difficult to find time for myself and my physical health. By starting the day as the sun comes up and getting a good night’s sleep the night before, I will be able to fit time into my busy schedule to exercise and get my body and mind right. Cardio is therapy!

There is never a bad time to make a change and set goals for yourself. I encourage every single one of you to set 3 major goals to accomplish this fall! I’d love to hear all of them in the comments below.

Melinda Batista

How to survive your first day

Starting college is a nerve racking experience. Most people find the first day to be filled with anxiety because they don’t know anyone and there is so much going on, but I promise you will make it through!


The first thing you should do before your classes start is explore campus! Make sure you know where your classes are , where the bathrooms, cafeteria, computer labs, and extra help are located. Just walk around take it all in and get ready to be an official college student.

Next, make friends in your classes! Especially your liberals , they are mixed with tons of different people of all different majors, and grade levels. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone random, trust me they want to make friends just as badly as you do. But if you don’t make any friends right away don’t worry there is plenty of time to join a club, get involved, or introduce yourself to someone out and about other then in class.


One thing that is a must let your parents fuss over you. I know your a college student now but your a college student at FIT and your parents are so beyond proud so embrace It and thank them for encouraging you so much. You will be thankful by your senior year I promise!

Another is pack head phones and a snack for your first day. It is definitely overwhelming at first and you need some down time between classes or even just walking to class to listen to some music or watch a quick episode of something on Netflix. Give yourself a chance to relax and unwind, plus who doesn’t like snacks. Most people think my bag is filled with books, but they thought wrong I have snacks on snacks (haha).

Lastly, wear something your comfortable in. I made the mistake of wearing heels my first day freshman year and my feet were killing me by my second class and I had to get up and introduce myself. I must have looked ridiculous wobbling up to the front of the class. You want to be able to be cool, calm and collected.

Any other suggestions for the first day?

Best of Luck,



FIT Food Staples

Compared to any university in NYC, FIT has one of the best locations, centrally located in Manhattan, steps from Penn Station and Port Authority, and a quick walk to the Hudson River.  Thankfully, with our amazing location, there is always somewhere to eat!  Here are some of the resources and restaurants available to you, all within a 3 block radius!

  1. The Dining Hall
    The Dining Hall located in the Dubinsky Student Center has great options from salads and sushi, to pizza, omelettes, fruit, and sandwiches.
  2. Starbucks
    Also located in the Dubinsky Student Center is our very own Starbucks.  This Starbucks accepts FIT declining balance, cash, and credit cards so you’ll always be prepared to get your morning fix of caffeine! 
  3. FIT Express
    FIT Express is located in the Marvin Feldman Center lobby and is your quick stop to picking up some fruit, a light snack, or a space to eat before your next class.
  4. Brooklyn Bagel
    Something that I ALWAYS tell anyone that is visiting or coming to NYC for the first time is that they have to go to Brooklyn Bagel located on 8th Ave & 25th St.  With an array of cream cheese spreads and hand rolled bagels, I can promise you that you’ll be back for more!
  5. Chipotle
    Yes, I know, we are in New York City, and it seems absurd for me to recommend Chipotle, but honestly, it’s incredibly conveniently located (7th Ave & 26th St), quick, and satisfying.  What more could you ask for?
  6. Fresh & Co
    Located right across the street from FIT on 7th Ave, Fresh & Co offers create your own salad and pasta, or choose from several soup and sandwich options.
  7. Whole Foods
    Located at 7th Ave and 25th St, Whole Foods is a great resource for lunch!  They have incredible options from their hot bar, sushi section, or create your own salad.  Special bonus is that you can always get some light grocery shopping done while you’re there.  (Be mindful of the prices of groceries.  Trader Joe’s/Fairway is a more affordable option)


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Hi everyone,

Yes, the anticipation is almost over. School is right around the corner and there is so much to look forward to! FIT is top-ranked, creative and so much fun to be a part of. With that said, there are also things to keep in mind as you prepare for your departure.

  1. Pack Early: The last thing you want to do the week before you go back to school is stress about school! Run errands (food, clothes, school supplies) now more than later, set aside personal items you are planning to take with you for the fall and organize your stuff in a compact and orderly fashion — you won’t be sorry. That way, you can enjoy the last week of summer.
  2. Prioritize Funds: Groceries won’t be a concern to freshman with required meal plans, but returning students/transfer students should set aside some money for necessities like food shopping. For all students: specific funds for school supplies (especially if you are in the design school), textbooks, etc. would be in your best interest to plan ahead.
  3.  Don’t Buy Your Textbooks: Yes, some classes you will require students to have the class textbook, but other classes won’t even crack it open. Ask your professor the first day of class to rule this out. Although it is highly encouraged, you don’t always need it (plus, you’ll save hundreds of dollars!)

If you have any recommendations for more blog posts, please leave a comment below. I hope this helps!


Online Classes: Midterm Edition

Happy Midterms everyone!

So being that this is my first semester taking ALL online classes I thought I would give you some advice on what I do when midterms begin.

#1. Make sure you have been reading the lectures, watching the videos and participating frequently through out the class. I know some people don’t do this because they think it is an online course and it will be easy but trust me catch up now or by time the final comes around you wont know anything that is going on and you don’t want to fail.

#2. MOST ( not every)  online classes allows you to use your textbook and notes for your tests and midterms , so make sure you keep your notes organized and all the lectures printed out and up to date.  But double check you are allowed to use them!

#3. When taking the midterm make sure you are in a quiet place where the internet will not go out! Sometimes when I am taking them my internet at home goes in and out and I have no idea why so instead of getting kicked off the test and not being able to go back I go to Starbucks. Most of the time places like that or libraries have a very strong internet connection because of how many people are using it.

#4. Remember your being timed and if you exit out or change browsers you will be kicked off the test! Some teachers allow you to take breaks and go back and finish but not always so make sure you read the directions before you start the test.

#5. Lastly, make sure there are no short answers or essays. Sometimes you will only get an hour to finish a test and there are 40 questions and two short answers, you want to make sure you have notes before hand on what to write for the short answers to help you save time and be allow you to go back if you need to.

Online classes are great and defiantly help you work and go to school but you have to remember they are still a class and you need to devote the right amount of time to them!