Category Archives: Off Campus

Museums Every FIT Student Should Visit

Hello there!

Since being at FIT I’ve had a completely different view on museums. FIT really opened my eyes to the world of museums and how to really enjoy them. Listed below are some of my favorite museums and some I think everyone should go visit at least once in their lives.

The Met This must come as no surprise to any of you, but the Met is really a must on every FIT students list of museums to go see. There is such a wide variety of things to see. From eastern to western art you’ll find everything. And it’s just next to central park, which is always nice to have a stroll in after your museum visit.

Frick Collection One of my all time favorites. The architecture of the building is so beautiful, you really feel like you’ve been brought back in time. Although there are some really beautiful paintings, the furniture and decoration of the museum is the most impressive in my opinion. It’s much smaller than the Met, but it means you can really appreciate it much more and take your time to go around.

Guggenheim The architecture of the building is worth going to see (the building itself is the main attraction). It’s so unique and once you’re inside it’s one of the coolest experiences! You walk in a spiral to the top of the museum and all along the walls are paintings from a wide variety of modern and contemporary art.

Moma If you’re a fan of contemporary art you will love the Moma. They have some really wonderful collections and some really awesome special exhibits. The Moma can get really crowded at times, so I would suggest going when there’s less people. Once you finished your visit they have a garden with a cafe, which is really nice hang out spot especially during the summer.

The Cloisters If you need a break from the city I highly recommend visiting the Cloisters, it’s one of the most calming places I’ve been to here in New York. I love going there during the summer and just walking in the gardens. They have some really beautiful medieval art pieces, like the unicorn tapestries.

And lastly how could I forget our FIT Museum, which always has some really great and interesting exhibitions and is free!

xoxo

Zorya

 

A Day in the life of an Online Student

Hello everyone!

This past semester has been truly different for me, it was the first semester I took all of my classes online and didn’t go to school physically at FIT. Everyone thinks online classes are really easy or some even think they are really hard and require a lot of work but neither of which are completely true.When you take an online class you need to devote at least 4-6 hours per module, meaning to read everything, do the discussion’s, take tests, ect.

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This semester I took 8 online classes, most of which were ITM based while a few were liberals. So a typical day in my world starts a little something like this..

It’s 6:00 am I hear my alarm on my phone going off , I reach down to turn it off but suddenly realize its not near my bed because it has fallen on the floor over night, forcing me to get out of bed. I quickly get dressed and hop in my car to go 15 minutes down the street to the gym, I run and workout quickly because I have to be home by 7:15 to get ready on time. It is now 8:15 I have gotten ready for work and I am about to eat breakfast  as well as pack my lunch for the day.  Once I have driven to work it is 9:00 I finally sit at my desk for the first time today, check my emails, check in with my boss and start with my daily work. By 1:00 it is my lunch break but I don’t leave work, I sit at my desk and do my school work for an hour until I need to start other things. 5:00 rolls around and it is now time to go home, but my day doesn’t end here. I get home to eat and get changed by 6:00 its time to get back to my online classes, each night I tend to work anywhere from 3-4 hours on all my projects, tests, readings, and discussions. Then I slowly crawl into bed and fall asleep to only hear my alarm going off at 6:00 am and it is the next day.

When choosing to be an online student you choose it for many different reasons, work, children, personal matters. But your classes go on everyday if you are focusing on them or not. For me being an online student at FIT , doesn’t make me feel like your typical college student but it really works for me!

Xoxo,

Kailee

NYC Food Events

You can forget about the Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller and the grand Rockettes performances, because when New York begins to have outdoor food events, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  Nothing beats sitting outside on a warm day and indulging in a gourmet ice cream cone or a fresh burger all while enjoying it with friends.  New York hosts some of the best daily and weekly food events around and I’m here to tell you some of my favorites!

  • Smorgasburg: Taking place in Williamsburg on Saturday’s and Prospect Park on Sunday’s, this holy grail food event takes the cake.  From the ramen burger to the brand new Wowfulls waffle ice cream creations, you have to cross Smorgasburg off your food bucket list.  Last week was the opening weekend of the season, so feel free to head out there the next chance you get!  (http://www.smorgasburg.com/)
  • Madison Square Eats: Taking place in FIT’s backyard at Madison Square Park, UrbanSpace created this daily food vendor masterpiece.  They are opening April 30th and it runs until May 27th from 11 AM – 9 PM.  You can enjoy the beauty of the Flatiron Building, the park, and foods from Ice & Vice, Roberta’s, MeltKraft and more! (http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/)
  • Broadway Bites: Disappointed that Madison Square Eats only lasts a month?  Well it’s a good thing that Broadway Bites opens shortly after on June 3rd and runs until July 17th.  Since it is hosted by UrbanSpace, you can expect to see similar vendors at Madison Square Eats, but certain vendors are only available at Broadway Bites like Wafles & Dinges, Doughnuttery, and The Gumbo Bros.  (http://urbanspacenyc.com/broadway-bites/)
  • UrbanSpace Vanderbilt: This PERMANENT food vendor location hosts restaurants like Liquiteria, Ovenly, Takumi Taco, DOUGH and more!  They are open weekdays from 6:30 AM – 9 PM and weekends from 9 AM – 5 PM.  (http://urbanspacenyc.com/urbanspace-vanderbilt)

Hope you enjoy all the deliciousness that NYC has to offer!

Ashley

Why NYC is Great for College Students

Hey there!

I don’t know about you, but I remember when I was picking my college, something that was really important for me was the location. I wanted it to be something totally different to what I was used to back home. I was hesitating between New York and Los Angeles, but ended up picking New York for several reasons:

1. Fashion Capital  As a fashion student New York is the place to be. It’s considered one of the top fashion capitals in the world. You get to see, live and breath fashion firsthand!

2. Proximity Your campus is basically New York City, which means everything is so close. There are so many means of transportation too, which makes it so much easier to wander around the city.

3. Experience all kind of urban nature From parks, beaches, sports fields to parks in the air, you have everything you need.

4. Abundance of museums and art galleries You have a museum for everything.

5. Experience NYFW You get to experience NYFW! Even if you don’t volunteer you still get to see and experience the madness that fashion week has on the city. Walk around and get inspired.

6. So many free events There is always something to do in New York. And if you don’t want to spend any money, there are so many free events around the city. In the summer you can go watch a movie in central park (it’s awesome), there are parades, street fairs and even free concerts!

7. Eat food from all over the world Any cravings you have the city will satisfy them. There are so many different restaurants, bars, diners and brunch places, it will take you two lives to try them all. Enjoy foods of all kind!

8. Concerts and Performances of all types From some of the best broadway shows to amazing ballet performances, you have a wide variety of options. Anything you want to watch will probably be happening soon. And FIT always hook students up with some amazing ticket deals!

xoxo

Zorya

Closest Places to Grab Good Coffee

 

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Hello there! If you are like me, coffee is basically your life. Since moving to New York, I have become a coffee addict. I can’t function in the morning without a good cup of coffee. I know a lot of students here at FIT feel the same way, but they often just go to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, because of the convenience and they can’t be bothered to walk far for coffee… Listed below are some of the best places to grab really good coffee, that are really close to FIT.

Stumptown (20 W 29th St) Best coffee in New York City. The coffee shop is in the Ace Hotel, so if you want to study you can go in their lobby, which is worth seeing. There are a lot of students that study there, so you won’t feel like an intruder and they have free wifi!

Seven Grams Caffé (275 7th Ave) Literally just in front of FIT. They have plenty of room if you want to sit down and do homework. They also have free wifi, which is always a plus. Beware because they bake their pastries in the coffee shop, which makes you want to eat everything.

A little Taste (148 W 28th St) Great coffee, but it’s really tiny inside, so if you’re looking for somewhere to sit down, don’t go there. It’s really close from FIT, so if you want to grab a quick coffee in between classes, it’s really convenient. If you like pastries, they have some really delicious options.

Birch Coffee (21 E 27th St) Really interesting layout, in the back of the coffee shop they have a library, where you can borrow books and read them. There is a lot of room to sit down and do homework. A lot of students go there to study, which is always nice, especially if you want to start a conversation. The staff is really friendly and they have free wifi.

Café Grumpy (224 W 20th St) This is my favorite place to do homework. They don’t have wifi nor allow laptops, but if you have to read or draw, it’s really cute and has a great ambiance.

If you have any other recommendations, I would love to know about them!

xoxo

Zorya