Category Archives: Commuting

A day in the life of a commuter student!

It’s Monday 5:50 am and my alarm is going off, sleepy I roll over and hit snooze for another ten minutes. I just went to sleep a few hours ago if that, because I was waitressing the night before. My class starts at 9:00 and since I live in New Jersey that means I have to take the 7:17 to New York Penn Station. It’s now 6:25 I didn’t hear my alarm go off for the 12th time and my mom is running in my room “Kailee get up! You slept to late again!” So I quickly get up rummage through my closet and find a cute outfit to start my week off right. I then go over to my dresser and put on my makeup and throw my hair up. Gathering my things it’s now 7:00 my train leaves in 17 minutes. I go outside to turn on my bright orange beetle to warm up because today its only 7 degrees out. I quickly go back inside grab my things, make some organic flaxseed oatmeal with blueberries, grab the little snack bag of fruits and veggies my mom packed for me and finally I am off.

Turning left onto broad street I am trying to find a good radio station to listen to a good song on the short car ride. Nothings on the radio as usual because its 7am and everyone’s having a talk show. I finally reach the light before the train station and some kid cuts me off almost every morning because the high school is only a few blocks away. I pull into the parking spot at the train station, check the number on the spot and run to pay its 7:14 I only have a few minutes left until my train arrives. After paying I am running to get onto my train that just arrived.

Walking each car carefully looking for a sit that is empty so I can sit and read in peace. I sit down in the same car everyday. The man collecting the tickets gets to my seat his name is Jim. Jim sees me all the time, has seen me since I first started FIT, when I went on my first interview, has seen me crying, happy , just about all emotions I have had for the past 3 years. He says hello to me I wish him good morning as he checks my monthly pass. I then reach for my oatmeal and start eating slowly while admiring the view out the window. This morning I dosed off shortly after, I wake up and we are at New York Penn station. Its 8:43 and I am  now running up the stairs by the LIRR , while putting my scarf and gloves on. I get outside and put my head down and walk quickly from 34th to 27th, it feels like the longest walk of my life in the cold and wind.

I get to FIT and the security guard greets me in the D building lobby while I show him my ID. I go through to the B building and go down to the basement for my French class. Few lecture hours and a break later ,I am heading back home. By this point my brain and body are exhausted, Monday’s are always the longest since I work the night before and then work again once I get home. I get home it’s now 1:45 I have to be at work by 4:00. I sit down for a few minutes, eat a quick snack, start some homework and then its time to get changed for work.

It’s 3:55 as I am walking into the building, I am always a few minutes early. Monday’s are kids night so its usually pretty busy. Before I know it, its 9:00 time to go home, I quickly finish my side work so I can go home. Its been a pretty long day its now 11:10 and I am finally getting ready for bed. A few hours from now I will be waking up to do it all over again.

What’s a day in your life? Are you a commuter student? Do you live at school? I would love to know :)

-Kailee

Notes From the 6 Train: How to Survive the 12 Hour School-day

So I’m kind of a pro on this topic. Because I take 6 credits every semester, and only want to come to campus (at most 3 days a week, last semester it was 2) I usually end up having one day where I’m at campus for 12 hours, from 9 am to 9 pm. This is not my preferred schedule, but the class always seem to line up like this, so let me give you a play by play on how I survive, in case you ever find yourself in a similar position. This is particularly true for commuter students who have to travel long distances to come to campus.

1. First, and most importantly, I remind myself that I only come 2 or 3 days a week.

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2. Eat to win! I pack my lunch everyday, and it especially on these longs because going on and off campus to get food can be such a hassle, plus super expensive. You will need:
– A water bottle (gotta stay hydrated)
– A full lunch (full of protein, as you will need that energy to remain focused during your classes)
– Snacks! This one is pretty self explanatory.

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3. Use whatever time you’re not in class to your advantage. You won’t be in class during the entire time. I have 3 classes that are scheduled in 3 hour time blocks, but I have still about 3 hours in between to kill. During these breaks I get work done, get a massage or acupuncture at the health clinic (this does have to be scheduled in advanced though) or even take a free fitness to waken myself up (there are free classes at the gym at FIT.) Though, with this last option I obviously I don’t do a really sweat inducing workout. I would suggest yoga.

Other things you can doing your breaks:

– Work! On campus jobs or workstudy
– Take a nap. the commuter lounge was basically made for that

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4. Handle all of your on campus errands.
– Running to financial aid/ bursar’s office
– Go to a club meeting/ events held during common hours
– Go to a tutoring center/ visit a teacher’s office hours

I know that a 12 hour day seems daunting, but when you get home after such a productive day you feel good! Luckily, my 12 hour day is Thursday, and I have no classes on Friday so I either start my weekend early and go out OR go home and enjoy the well deserved, blissful rest.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

The Last First Day

Most of you reading this probably haven’t even started college yet, so I’m sure you’re not thinking about the way it will end. Well one day, in the distant future, you too will have your last first day of school.

It is a weird sensation to know that this could very well be my last first day of school ever. That is, unless I go to grad school or take a night class. I’ve always had the strange desire to be that one old person who is in at least one of your classes each semester without fail.

^^ Me tho

^^ Me tho

I couldn’t sleep the night before. I’m not sure why, I mean I have done this first day of the semester thing seven times already – maybe it was because I stayed up until 4 am over the weekend? Nah, that couldn’t be why. Of course, waking up the next morning was hard and I ended up oversleeping a little which meant I had to rush. Great. The commuting time is earlier than it had been in the past few weeks for my job, so I forgot that the hundred or so elementary schools surrounding my apartment opened at the same time. This meant that the Dunkin’ near my house was full to the brim of yelling, confused and spatially unaware ten year-olds. No coffee for me then. Already late I rushed to the 6 train station only to find it was backed up. Even going to the very end of the platform didn’t help! Two trains later I got on, woo! Oh wait, just two stops and we’re delayed because someone got sick. About fifteen minutes of waiting. It was at this point that I realized I would not have time to wait on line for the new sticker for my ID. Every dang semester! Would I ever learn? Guess it’s too late now. I decided I would just have to do what I normally do, which is mumble something incoherent to the security guard about being late and run through too quickly for them to stop me. I could always come back after class. Five minutes late to film class. Damn, he already started. Luckily, the professor turned out to be really cool and the class was quite fun. Leaving class I have five texts and a missed call. The rest of the day was cancelled because of the impending blizzard. Tuesday too. This was the strangest last first day ever.

–Emily–

Emotions of Juno

While we’ve heard enough about the winter storm that is Juno, we have yet to see many posts about the current state that we as NYC residents are feeling about this storm, and that is where I come in to help.  You’re welcome.

  1. Hearing about the predicted inches of snow
  2. Immediately telling your roommates/friends/family
  3. Running to the grocery store to stock up on well…snacks.
  4. Seeing the lines and empty shelves.
  5. Dealing with the lines and getting ALL THE SNACKS.
  6. Constantly refreshing your email to see if class is canceled.
  7. Sees class is canceled Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday
  8. Finally reach home and see the storm occurring
  9. But you have Netflix, food, and blankets soo…

    Stay safe and be careful out there!  Juno doesn’t stop for anyone.

    Ashley

Biking in the City

Hi there,

Well if you have been keeping up with this blog for a year now (really, have YOU?) you will be happy to know that I have upgraded from a push scooter (adult version of course lol) to a bicycle. Things to take into consideration before I took this big step was price, space and ease of use. Turns out that when your friend just says: “Here you go this bike is now yours” there is really nothing to consider. After saying yes, I suddenly realized (I just love free stuff, can’t help it) that I did not know how to bike in the city or how to use a bike that had the brakes on the pedals. It also came to my attention that I needed to refill the wheels and had no clue where to go. unnamed1

So after extensive research (Google ya know) I found out a sale at KMART and headed there to buy a pump and some lights that would help me stay alive at night. For what I think was the first time in my life I pumped wheels and discovered the difference between Schrader and Presta valves. Trying to get ready for the special day when I decided to venture out I oiled the chain and looked up apps to bike in the city. Turns out it is your choice to use bike lanes or not, depends on how adventurous you want to be. I honestly recommend for a first time biker STAY IN THE LANES and please if you love yourself just wear a helmet (even if your head looks like an egg)!unnamed2

Other than that I use Google Maps to tell me how to get to places, the time it will take me and how steep the terrain is. For tracking my ride (distance, calories, speed and +) without having to connect it to Facebook and be annoying and share my progress to all my friends (but I will with you haha that is how much I<3u) I use Exclo.   unnamed

Biking in the city has enabled me to:

  • see parts of the city that I never knew existed
  • find time to workout everyday
  • appreciate air so much more
  • get rid of my monthly metro card
  • look amazingly cool while riding

In case anyone is up for the challenge I definitely suggest you do it. If your not a long term commitment person just use Citi Bikes (they are all over now) which conveniently for us has a station right in front of FIT. If you feel you can handle it just go for it and make yourself healthier (workin up them iron thighs) while making the world a greener place.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

Annoying Apartments

So, I finally decided to move out of the dorms and stake out on my own. I had heard that looking for real estate in New York City was hard, but heeeyy it can’t be that bad, right? “It will be fiiiiiine” I told myself.

omg totes gonna be my apartment

omg totes gonna be my apartment

Um…no.

There are many reasons why looking for an apartment in New York is so frustrating, but I think most stem from people changing their minds. One of the biggest issues I had was finding a roommate. This didn’t seem so hard at first, I was going to live with one of my friends who hadn’t moved in with the rest of our group in their place on Wall Street. Great, awesome. Fast forward to the middle of the summer before the semester starts and all of the sudden she is graduating a semester early and then moving back home to go to grad school. I mean, I’m happy for her of course, but it put me in a really crappy position. Then, I met this guy through a friend of mine who was also looking for an apartment near Columbia because he was going to start grad school. I met him, he seemed chill, so we decided to go in it together. However, neither of us was really doing a good job researching places and it kind of hung in the air for a while. Then a friend of mine who just graduated from FIT said he wanted to look for a place on the west side so he wouldn’t have to commute from Long Island for his job anymore. Great! I told Columbia guy “Sorry, I have to back out,” and he said he was going to tell me the same anyway because he got into med school! New roommate guy was an actual friend of mine and I looked forward to living together. Well, living with a guy who is not your significant other made finding the right apartment even harder (i.e. two bedrooms only, and railroads are not an option). Add in some inflexibility about location and price and the situation becomes almost impossible. Finally, after many frantic lunch break and after work trips up, down, and all over town I found one that would work for us! Only to have him tell me he decided he wanted to continue commuting to save money to go to grad school next year. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I mean I didn’t take it very personally, I know that I am not hard to live with, but it was incredibly frustrating to have seemingly every option presented pulled out from under me just as I thought it was really going to work out. Eventually I met my new roommate through the last guy I was supposed to live with. It was scary jumping into a year long contract with someone I had only met once or twice, but it all worked out fine. She’s super nice and incredibly easy to live with as well.

There are other issues, like the speed at which apartments are put on the market and then sold, pushy brokers and their exorbitant fees, picky landlords, and just finding a place that actually works and you feel comfortable in. Yet, I do find it really nice to be able to come home to my own place after class or work and truly not feel like I am still in school. It has also pushed me much further into becoming more responsible. I have to pay my bills on time now, budget my money and be extra careful about my own safety. Am I adult-ing yet?

my new room! yayy!!

my new room! yayy!!

–Emily–

Weekend trip

jn'Hey everyone so most of you are packing up getting ready to go back home while others are gearing up for the hot summer in NYC. While there is a ton to do in the city every single day you might want to venture out. As some of you know I live in New Jersey and maybe 15 minutes from the shore ( so I am always there) but it’s a great place to get away for the weekend or just for the day. To get there and back on the train it will cost only $35! Isnt that crazy? Then you could bring whatever money you want for food, ect. You just go to Penn station the NJ transit area and take the long branch train, it goes to almost every beach along my area. You can decide how which one you would like to go to but I would say go to Long Branch. It is only a few short blocks away from the train station and it has a boardwalk with shops and food and entertainment, It is beautiful. We actually went on Sunday for mother’s day, they have finally cleaned up everything from Sandy it was such a beautiful day. If you go you have to get the gelato there, there is only one place that sells it! Best thing you will ever taste I promise!

kkThats the gelato, So good I can’t wait to get more!

hbSome people were already in the water but I thought it was still a little chilly for that!

nbjIt was such a nice afternoon, walking on the beach, shopping, and laying in the sun for a few hours. If you have time this summer I would highly suggest it!

Where is your favorite place to get away?

XOXO

Kailee

This semester flew by!

WOW! It is almost the end of the semester for everyone. Between the long cold winter all the snow days and the long projects it honestly felt like summer was never going to be here.

I had some amazing field trips this semester. Some which included IGUZZNI, which is a lighting show room and manufacturer. We also went to steelcase ( the place i plan on working at one day ), the LEDUCATION expo. The NY times building and so many more, FIT really helps get you out to see the city and see all these places you never would have known existed. sd

This is the LEDUCATION expo where we got to meet vendors, and people we will be working with in the future.

Here is two of my classmates annie and hannah at steelcase. They gave us all kinds of refreshments and let us take as many pictures as we wanted.

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This next one is the demo we got at IGUZZINI, which was absolutely amazing.

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I also was able to spend a lot more time focusing on my studies this semester, I think im getting better at my time management skills. My favorite class by far was my methods and materials class with Carmita Sanchez Fong ( You might remember her from admitted students day or from the post i wrote about her a while back).

gvferThen lastly some of my projects I felt like I put my heart and soul into every project ive completed but these I know I worked extra hard on.

asdThis was my first project of the semester and also the one where i cut the tip of my finger off with an exacto knife because i was rushing ( not a good idea) So please if you are doing something in a hurry or just using one be careful!

finalAnd this was my final 3rd semester project!! With my group Annie Kate and Ani we pulled together an awesome project, we had some troubles printing along the way but other than that I was very proud of how it turned out!

I cant believe this semester is over already, it makes me tear up because even with all the set backs this was one of my favorite semesters. It pushed me to my limits but also showed my i am unbreakable, and I can achieve whatever I put my mind to.

What was your favorite memory this semester? I’ll post a few next week, so comment pictures , stories whatever you would like!

XoXO Good Luck with Finals everyone

Kailee

Lunch for Less

Hey everyone! the semester is coming to an end which means you most likely don’t have any money. Lots if projects and printing that needs priority over food. ( Not really but your probably going to chose your projects).

There are a few places right near school that you can get lunch for under 11 dollars, with a drink and everything!

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The first place is GiGi’s Monday’s they have discounts for students that have there WEAR IT MONDAY bracelets on. They also have daily deals with lunch for much less.

200px-Chipotle_Mexican_Grill_logo_svgMy absolute favorite place to eat  you can usually get a drink and a dish for 10.50 ( which considering how much food you get its a bargain!) I get a chicken bowl and a small drink probably every Monday because that’s one of my long days. 543px-Whole_Foods_Market_logo_svg

Lastly there is whole foods located just a few blocks from school at 250 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001. They have a buffet every single day with different foods. They also have fresh sushi, sandwiches, soup, dessert and more. When going to the buffet be sure to pick up the lighter things, heavier means it costs more. You can usually get a box of food, a drink , and a little desert for under 10 dollar’s!

I know there are also a lot of places around school that have dollar pizza and other deals like that . When I look for good deals it’s about getting more food for less, because I would rather only eat once and have snacks then eat and have to eat three more times because I am still hungry . More places are being added to WEAR IT MONDAY every week so make sure you take a look at the weekly student success letter and get your bracelet!

xoxo,

Kailee

As a freshman…

As a freshman there were a few things I wish someone had told me or that I remembered to do. Everyone has different experiences and we can’t compare one to another but my tips might help you  not make the mistakes I did, and as we all know knowledge is a form of growth.

untitled#1. Don’t forget to call your parents! No matter if you’re a commuter student or a student who will be dorming, don’t forget to check in. Your parents are going to worry A LOT, so it helps to give them a call or face time with them to make them still feel needed. Plus, if you stay on their good side they might be a tad bit more willing to help you out with financial matters. “MOM, I need new shoes mine broke, or MOM, I don’t have money for food this week!”

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#2. Dont get into a relationship right away. This can work for some people, but often it doesn’t. the same goes for the typical highschool relationship, give yourself time to meet new people. You see this hot guy in class and he might seem like he’s the perfect one… until you get to know him and he has no idea what the word intelligence means. Also if you settle down right away you might miss out on a lot of opportunities because your to wrapped up in your new love life. College is about meeting new people and finding out who you are as a person, not about finding the love of your life.

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#3. Sign up for everything. In the question sessions we had over the past couple weekends this question came up a lot. ” What should I sign up for my first week or the first year?”. The answer to that is what don’t you want to sign up for? You want to make new friends and find people who are interested in the same things that you are. Plus it keeps you busy so you don’t gain that freshman 15 everyone’s worried about.

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#4. This isn’t Highschool anymore. Since you don’t have parents at your side anymore, there is no one to tell you to get your work done or to study for your tests. At FIT your life revolves around time management. Everything that is assigned can be done in that time period as long as you work on it when you are supposed to. Friends are important to make but school work always comes first. The last thing you want is to fail out of school or fail one of your classes. STAY FOCUSED.

Freshman year is a huge adjustment period but I made it through and so did millions of other people, you will be fine!

Xoxo

Kailee