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College Investments

When entering your freshman year, you all of a sudden feel like a 5 year old child again, diligently following the rules and being paranoid that you’re going to get in trouble.  You also feel like you need to buy EVERYTHING JUST IN CASE.  But I’m here to help you swallow your nervousness and inform you about what you should invest time and money in so that you can succeed!


  • A sturdy umbrella.  You may think that the rain won’t be that bad or you can just rush to where you’re going or stand under scaffolding.  I’m warning you now…the rain will come and your $6 umbrella with polka dots from Target will not save you from the downpours.  Get an umbrella that truly locks into place and go Mary Poppins on you with one gust of wind.
  • Shoes.  I cannot stress this enough.  You don’t think you’re going to walk that much, but you do.  You’re going to want a pair of shoes for each type of weather and ones that are comfortable!  Rain boots may not be the most fashionable, but they will keep you dry during the rainy and snowy months.
  • Socks.  While this may sound silly, thick and warm socks are a beautiful gift.  When winter rolls around and you’re waiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light up, you can thank Grandma for those knitted wool socks from 2012.
  • A locker.  If you are a commuter student and going home for lunch in between classes seems daunting or impossible, get a locker!  You can store your textbooks, personal items, and school supplies in there year round.  Nothing is worse than forgetting something at home or wishing that you had somewhere to put something in a rush.
  • Portable Charger.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been running low on my phone battery and needed to charge it.  While most people carry their cords with them everywhere, a portable charger is handy when you don’t have a plug, on the go, or don’t want to bug someone to use theirs.


  • Computer Software.  If you are living in the dorms your freshman year, I highly recommend waiting to purchase all of the hefty software used for editing and designing until the library isn’t easily accessible to you.  The library has amazing hours during the week and there is a 24 hour computer lab available as well.  Every computer at FIT has the necessary software used in your classes.  Save yourself the Creative Cloud debt and wait.
  • Textbooks & School Supplies.  DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT buy your textbooks before classes start unless your professor has told you otherwise.  Half of the textbooks and “required” supplies, I have NEVER used.  I could’ve saved so much money if I had just purchased the items when I needed it.
  • EVERYTHING.  Many stores whether they advertise it or not have student discounts.  Just ask the cashier if they do and a lot of the time, you’ll get very lucky!  Who says being a student doesn’t have its perks?

Happy savings!


Midterms are approaching us…

Hey everyone,

It feels almost as if school just started and we just began learning, but that is far from the case. We are already at midterms , and large projects due, papers, ect. Before you know it school will be coming to an end once again and we will be another semester closer to graduating. College fly’s by especially when your stressed out from the amount of work all due at once. So I have some tips that will make it a little easier to calm down.

  1. Check out “Beats for studying” radio on Pandora

pandora-radioI actually just found it today while I was trying to study on the train. I hate studying on the train due to all the noise so I try and drown it out with music which sometimes distracts me. (I will start signing along in my head and what not) So i decided to look into the genre section on Pandora and they have a whole studying section. “Beats for studying” is actually all the popular songs out right now just made in to soothing classical songs. It is amazing and I personally cant stop listening to it.

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As crazy as it sounds exercising can really help ease your mind and body. I know there is little time in the day for it around these times, but even if its just ten minutes I promise you will feel better instantly!

3. Get some Fresh Air


Take a walk around the block or just sit outside for five minutes

4.Be Kind to yourself


Make sure to remind yourself how much of a great job your doing just being you! Stressful times will pass soon enough and you will be back to your self.

Remember FIT has so many resources if you need them. Such as the councilors and the tutoring center , don’t ever be afraid to reach out to someone. Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!



A Luxury Market

Calling all business and Technology students!


On Wednesday October 21, 2015 join FIT in welcoming five top CEO’s and CMOs from the fashion, retail, cosmetics, and luxury arenas. It is from 5:30-7:30 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheater . Companies will be including Sony music, Gilt, Marvin Traub and more.

In order to attend this event you must RSVP by Friday October 16th to businesstechnology@FITNYC.EDU.

I will be attending and hope to meet some new people. This is going to be a great panel provoking insightful conversation with industry leaders whose business it is to know, lead and profit by staying ahead of the game. Not to mention its a great time just to network with professors and other FIT students!
Hope to see you there!



College Freshman

Although I am no longer a Freshman I have been there and conquered that year. So I thought I would give you all a few tips to help you get through it.


That was the biggest mistake I made, my first semester I probably spent over 500 dollars on books. ( which was totally not necessary) Most of your classes don’t even use the book the have on the syllabus, so before you go crazy buying them wait a week and see if you are going to use them. Until you get the book then you can go to the library and copy the pages that you need for the class. And ALWAYS remember Rent, or buy used don’t ever spend 200 dollars on a textbook that you will never use again.

2. DO go to school events

And get involved as much as possible, even though FIT isn’t the typical college with football games and college avenue they have so many exciting and interesting things to get involved in.

3. Don’t think just getting a degree will get you a job

Experience, Experience, Experience! Internships and involving yourself in the business world is what will get you a job. Don’t get me wrong your degree does get you a job but having your degree and a ton of experience will make you more valuable then the person that doesn’t.

4. DO leave campus once in a while

Were in the heart of NYC, although I don’t recommend going alone when your new to the area, explore ! take a citi bike somewhere, go to museums , shows, anything, the city is your oyster.

5.Do make friends with someone older then you

They will have the best advice and when you feel like no one understands and you cant move forward because your so stressed out. They will be there to talk to you because  they have been there and made it through.

Goodluck this semester everyone!

Apartment Update

So I have officially been living in my new apartment for about a month and a half and I’m in love.  I was skeptical at first and I was nervous about coming back to New York after being home for a week but I’ve fallen back into the swing of things and all is well.  I have some advice as far as apartment planning and the things I did right and the things I did wrong.

  1. You don’t have to buy all your furniture at once.  When you are making that trek out to IKEA for the first time to get all of your furniture, get the essentials such as a bed and a place to put things like clothes and a TV.  You don’t need a couch and a table and chairs right away.  If you wait a little while, you’ll have more money in your pocket and it’ll be less of a financial burden.
  2. Buy toilet paper and paper towel in bulk.  No one wants to make a special trip to buy several rolls of toilet paper or paper towel, so see if your parents or someone that is helping you move can bring a good ol trusty pack from Costco or Target.
  3. Why didn’t I buy a vacuum?!  I am in desperate need of one, especially being on hardwood floors.  You don’t think you need it, but you do.  Dust galore.
  4. A good roommate will make or break your apartment experience.  I am thankful enough to live with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier.  We already know how each other live and we don’t have to tiptoe around each other to try to live normally.  We are like minded in our organizational habits and our lifestyles.  A good roommate truly makes all the difference.
  5. Ask questions ahead of time.  How do you pay for rent each month?  If there is an issue with the apartment do I call the super or outside maintenance and how much will it cost?  When will the rent checks be cashed each month?  How will I know if you received my payment?

Hope this helps you on your apartment adventures!