Category Archives: Off Campus

How To: Spend Time Alone

As I get further into the semester, I begin to find that I have less and less down time. So when I do get time alone finally I tend not to enjoy it as much as when I am with others. It’s not an ideal reaction but it is truly a normal one.


One thing that has really helped me ease into alone time has been hobbies, the less time I spent with all my friends and whoever else the more hobbies I discovered I had. Use the silence to read, paint, knit, draw, whatever interests you. Recently I learned how to cook by just getting some random recipes’ online. Next, while you are doing these things do not check your phone. Checking it defeats the purpose of alone time overall. Everyone tends to get FOMO aka, Fear of missing out.

Also spending time alone doesn’t mean you need to spend time locked in your room or apartment, go for a walk, treat yourself to coffee, or go shopping alone. This still counts as alone time even if you aren’t really alone. I find that my taste in things tends to change with the people I am with so if I am alone I find more things that I love that maybe I wouldn’t think of before.

Lastly, enjoy the ultimate relaxation, when you’re not running around or doing things for others its quite relaxing. My favorite moments are once a week when I climb into a bubble bath with a book and some candles. So my suggestion is cancel your plans, put down the social media and texts and just hang out with yourself.

Food in the Park – Mad. Sq. Eats

It’s the most wonderful time of the year because Mad. Sq. Eats is back in Madison Square Park.  For those who have yet to experience the joy that it is Mad. Sq. Eats, it is a food “market” in which some of your favorite restaurants and eateries set up a stand and sell food items from a condensed menu.  It is not a permanent food fair and is only here for the fall until October 7th and is open 11 AM – 9 PM daily.

If you have any picky friends, it’s impossible to disappoint them here!  Some of the vendors include Ice & Vice, Inday, Melt Kraft, Gotham Poke, Melt Bakery and so much more!  It is a perfect spot if you want to treat yourself with some friends, celebrate after a big exam or project, or even a great date spot.  The great thing is that everyone can order what they want and you all come together to eat.

Be sure to soak up all of the good eats before it closes on October 7th!  Bon Appetit!


Commuting Tips

Going to a school in New York City, you’ll find that a majority of students commute to school every single day.  Between subway and bus delays, general traffic, and the dreaded rain on too narrow of a sidewalk, commuting can often be unpredictable.  While I may not have a long commute, I have a few tips and tricks to help your day go by a little smoother.

  • Show up early. While it’s easier said than done, try your best to take the earlier train, even if it is 10 minutes, just to ensure that you make it to class on time.  While this may be difficult for students commuting from Long Island, if you are within the city, this is definitely a helpful tip!  Nothing is worse than the conductor saying “We are being held momentarily.  Thank you for your patience.”
  • Bring your own food.  Commuting can be EXPENSIVE.  The unlimited monthly metrocards and passes aren’t cheap, so there’s no reason why you should have to spend $15 on a salad.  If you bring your own food, it will save you time, energy, and money.
  • Get a locker.  Talk to your department head to see if your major offers lockers for commuters.  For Art and Design students, you especially want to consider this because you typically have a lot of supplies.  It will also be a huge lifesaver in the winter when you don’t want to carry around your big puffy coat.
  • Bring a phone charger.  This is most likely a staple in anyone’s daily life, but if you have a long commute, your battery may already be at a low percentage by the time you get to school.  I highly recommend having a portable charger as well just in case there isn’t an accessible outlet.
  • Carry the essentials.  From gum to chapstick and band-aids, to hand sanitizer and deodorant, you’ll never know when you’ll need your emergency stash, especially once you get off the train.
  • Wear comfortable shoes…or bring a spare.  Depending on your commute and where you get let off, you may still have to walk a ways to get to campus.  Wearing uncomfortable shoes may result in serious blisters upon arrival (another reason to always have bandaids).

Best of luck commuting!

Senior Spotlight: Lara Tabak, Inaugural Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award




In total awe of Lara Tabak, an FIT senior majoring in Fashion Design, who recently won the first ever Inaugural Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award! This past Friday, she joined designers and celebrities at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS celebration held at The Plaza. Infor, a leading provider of cloud software for the fashion industry, is in its third year of partnership with the ICONS event.

In addition to walking the red carpet at the event with Kristen Ingersoll, Hearst Magazine International’s Fashion/Entertainment Editor, who wore the butterfly-inspired red carpet gown Tabak designed, she also won $10,000 in scholarship money. This was the inaugural year for the Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award, which was launched to the foster the next generation of leaders in fashion design.

“The more I learn, the more I feel that there is to learn and I am in the right place for it,” Tabak said. “I am grateful to FIT and my professors who have taught me so much and have helped to prepare me for the incredible opportunity I have been given by Infor and Harper’s Bazaar. The collaboration with such a historical and impressive publication along with a creative and innovative technology company affords me a fabulous welcome into the modern fashion industry.”

Way to go, Lara! Such an inspiration to all FIT students. If you work hard enough, great things really do have a way of finding you. Keep doing incredible things — we’ll be rooting for you every step of the way.



The New Museum


Hello there! If you’re someone like me, who loves exploring New York, and discovering new places (and love art), you definitely have to check out this museum. Ironically it’s called the New Museum and is located on 235 Bowery in East Village. The entrance fee is $10 (for students), don’t forget your student ID.


The museum is mostly set up of contemporary art, which I’m not really a fan of, but reading about the background and how the art pieces came to be, was very interesting and gave them a new meaning. In total there are 7 floors and on the 7th floor you have a balcony, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Manhattan. Personally my favorite floor was the 3rd floor (I believe), it was covered in frames with pictures of random people holding teddy bears, it sounds weird but visually it looked very cool.


Let me know if you went to see it and what you thought!