Category Archives: Dining Hall

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)

Ashley

Back to FIT Tips

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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!

Melinda

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!

GoodLuck!

Kailee

 

How to work when your tired

Hey everyone!

So I don’t know about your but there are already some days where I am to tired to accomplish anything. I work three jobs and take 8 classes, it is a lot but it can be done with a few easy tips

Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Make sure you have a clear goal of what you want to do with your day. Regardless if its go to work, make a snack, go to the gym, do one blog post , whatever it is have a set plan to get it all done.

Drink a lot of water. Most people don’t drink that much water when they are tired they end up drinking coffee, which will wake you up for a little but then you will crash and feel worse then before. When you drink water it helps hydrate you leaving you more energized.

Get Rid of distractions. Turn your phone off for an hour or two, don’t go on Facebook, and don’t do my worst habit of watching Netflix while trying to get work done. Go to Starbucks or the library somewhere with limited distractions.

Go to the gym, or just move around. When you start to move around it helps increase your energy. When your sitting in the same spot for to long it makes you sleepy leaving you with even less energy then before. Try to walk around for 5 minutes every 45 minutes it will make a huge difference.

Lastly I know its hard to do but try to get enough sleep at night an odd number of hours of sleep is better then even. So its better to take a snap for 3 hours instead of 2. To sleep 7 hours instead of 8. You tend to be in a deeper slumber in even numbers( I know which is weird). I know I have been extremely tired lately and all of these things have helped increase my productiveness.

-Kailee

Girls (and Guys) Gotta Eat!

Although there are ample places to get food around FIT, we do have dining plans for anyone who wishes to have one. In fact, for anyone living in the Coed or Nagler residence halls, a dining plan is required (because those dorms do not have kitchens).

There are different types of meal plans offered. Each one includes a certain amount of declining balance money. This can be used for items that are not “meals” like candy bars, bottled drinks, Starbucks items, etc.  Meals include an entree, drink, side salad, fruit or cookies. The different plans include varying amounts of declining balance dollars and meals per week. (ex: 14 meals a week with $110 declining balance for the semester) However, money can always be added to the declining balance if you run out. Declining balance money carries over from Fall to Spring semesters, but not when a new academic year starts.

For more information on Dining Plans click here. And for FAQs click here.

The dining hall entrance

The dining hall entrance

There are several different places you can get food on your meal plan. First is the main dining hall in the Dubinsky Center. There is a grill station (you’ve got your standard hamburger selection, quesadillas, fish fillets, etc.), sandwich station, salad and soup bar, pizza, sushi and breakfast bar.

Breakfast cereals and coffee

Breakfast cereals and coffee

The Salad Bar

The Salad Bar

The dining hall

The dining hall

The dining hall itself is pretty basic, although FITSA and Student Life do hold different activities there throughout the week. Last week there was breakfast for dinner where scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, etc. were given to students for free after 9pm. Also, a movie is screened every Wednesday night at 8 (save on those vastly over priced movie tickets and popcorn!)

FIT's Starbucks

FIT’s Starbucks

We also have a Starbucks on campus where, as I mentioned earlier, you can use your declining balance, which is nice because if you come during a break in class you don’t have to bring your wallet down, just your id.

FIT Express dining

FIT Express dining

"Grab and Go" salad and sandwich options

“Grab and Go” salad and sandwich options

There is also the “FIT Express Cafe” in the lobby of the Feldman building. You can’t have food made for you here, but there are “grab and go” options like sandwiches, salads, snacks, candy, coffee, fruit, bottled drinks, etc. I use this more than the main dining hall now because I don’t live on campus or have a dining plan, and almost all my classes are in the Feldman building. It is extremely convenient.

If you are living off campus or in Alumni or Kaufman, a dining plan is not required. There are many grocery stores and food options along Seventh and Eighth Avenues, so no need to worry. I had a dining plan for my freshman year but did not get it after that. Personally, I used the declining balance a lot, but never used up all my meals each week. It really depends on each person and their preferred diet though.

–Emily–