Category Archives: Off Campus

Essential Discounts

Living in New York City is not cheap.  From wanting to explore all of the sites and try new restaurants, spending an arm and a leg on things like paper towel and shampoo.  I’m here to help you get the biggest bang for your buck on the everyday essentials without skimping out on quality!

  • Toilet Paper & Paper Towel: Home Depot (You’d be surprised!)
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash: Harmon’s or Bed Bath and Beyond (Sign up for their emails to get a 20% off one item once a month)
  • Produce: Trader Joe’s (You don’t pay by the pound, you pay by the number of items)
  • Groceries: Trader Joe’s or Fairway (Fairway for name brand/generic, Trader Joe’s for their own brand)
  • Cleaning Supplies: Harmon’s or Bed Bath and Beyond
  • School Supplies: Staples or the FIT Bookstore, depending on the product

My biggest tip is to try to stray away from places like CVS or Duane Reade, even though it’s convenient because their prices are often 2-3x what you’d pay elsewhere.  I hope this helped you save a few extra bucks!

Ashley

Life Hack: How to be an Optimist

As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.

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First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.

Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.

Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.

Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Stay Positive!

Xoxo,

Kailee

Settling In: Kaufman Hall

Leaving 27th Street hasn’t been that bad, “Kaufman Hall is located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, an area of Manhattan which is currently undergoing some significant construction that will result in a vibrant and exciting new community of shops, restaurants, and a large central landscaped plaza open to the public in the coming years.

Kaufman Hall is a 320,000 square foot, 15-story building, offers one-, two-, three-, and four-bed loft-style suites. FIT’s 27th Street campus is just a short walk away.

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Kaufman Hall is home to returning residents. The new air conditioned hall which opened in 2006 houses approximately 1100 students. All of the apartments have private bathrooms and kitchens. Kaufman Hall also has a workroom and computer lab with high-speed internet connection and a fitness center.” – FIT Residential Life

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The building is fully equipped with it’s own basement with a computer lab workroom and laundry room. The walk is a nice refresher as you are on the way to start the day! Living in Kaufman gives you a greater sense of independence. The tall ceilings give an apartment living feel, with good views if you are as lucky as I was!

 

My Summer Trip to Norway

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Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are all getting ready for school on Monday. I just wanted to write this post to let you know what I was up to this summer. This summer break I decided to travel for a month with my best friend in Norway.  We heard so many great things about Norway, that we wanted to see it for ourselves. Instead of doing the easy thing, which is staying in hostels or hotels, we decided to camp. It was one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever had, because I really had to adapt to the different weather conditions and learn to live with the strict minimum. Looking back it was so worth it, because I got to appreciate my trip so much more, I wasn’t constantly on my phone or on internet, which made the whole experience so much more special. If you are looking for a break from your daily life and really reconnect with nature, going camping is really a great way to start.

Norway was one of the countries I’ve been to with the most incredible scenery I’ve ever seen. There was such a vast range of landscapes, from fjords, to lakes, to mountains, you could experience it all. If you love hiking and a nature girl, I highly recommend visiting Norway. You will fall in love with this country! Although I absolutely loved hiking there, I really enjoyed my stay in their capital Oslo. It’s such a cool city, and there are so many thing to do, see and visit (we didn’t have enough time to do it all), you cannot get board in that city. The people that live there, are some of the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve come across. I really cannot recommend Norway more, it’s a beautiful country with a really interesting culture and some of the most breathtaking views.

If you want to see the rest of the pictures from my trip you can check them out on my blog

xoxo

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