If you are interested in the Rococo period or the Marie Antoinette era, I would highly recommend going to see the current exhibition on Vigée Lebrun taking place at the Met Museum. The exhibition is open until May 15th and is free with museum admission. A little tip, instead of paying the entire admission fee, just mention that you are an FIT student and that you would like to make a donation (the amount is up to you) and you still have access to the entire museum.
I went to see the exhibition this week, because I’m fascinated about Marie Antoinette’s life and I was really intrigued on learning more and seeing the paintings of Marie Antoinette’s personal portrait painter. There were some famous portraits and paintings everyone is familiar with, but there were also many of her earlier and later works after the French Revolution. It was interesting to see the difference in her style and the different subjects she decided to paint after the Revolution.
To get there the 6 line will bring you to 77st (if you coming from downtown) and then it’s a short 5 minute walk to the museum. After your museum tour you can take a little stroll in central park and enjoy the sun.
Let me know what your thoughts were on the exhibition!
So it is spring break for most but not for me, when you have a full time job, or two you don’t really get to have your typical spring break. While I would love to be lounging on a beach somewhere or just even relaxing at home , I am currently stuck behind my desk at work watching the days pass me by. The past few days with my online midterms and projects due at the end of the week I have been struggling with staying calm and positive. I am far from calm at this point in the semester as most are. Long work days and exams are starting to get the best of me. So I decided to try some things that were suggested to me,
Spend some time with friends, you need to be around people who support you and lift you up. Sometimes you need a little down time, when you over work yourself and don’t enjoy other things in life it can really get to you.
Start each day with a bang! Try to exercise in the morning or start the day with coffee or try tea instead. Whatever it may be start the day off with something that makes you feel good.
Blog or even journal, sometimes being able to get all your feelings out can really help. I really like going back to my own blog posts and seeing how far I have come from the beginning of college. Everyone has those days where nothing is going right but staying positive and realizing how much good you’ve accomplished can change any situation.
Lastly do something you enjoy at least once a week, do you like hiking? getting your nails done? taking a nice bath with your favorite Lush bath bomb? whatever it is make sure you enjoy it. I treat myself to a pedicure on Friday nights after work, its well worth the 15 dollars to just feel relaxed and not think about anything else except the color I am going to get on my toes.
After trying some of these things the past few days I have really seen a change in myself and my outlook. So no matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and most importantly never give up.
As midterms and term projects are starting to wind down, I am starting to begin my job search for after college. I still have till December to find a job but my hopes are to find a new internship over the summer who will then offer me a full time job before I am done with school. While for most this isn’t ideal but I have worked full time all throughout college and I am ready to accept the challenge. Some advice I recently received was that you cant wait around for your perfect job, when your first looking for a job you take the best offer and work your way up. I know so many people who have been out of college for years and are still bartending looking for there dream job, so you cant be picky.
Some places I have been looking are:
LinkedIn ( I have had the best results with LinkedIn, and its great because people can see your resume and qualifications before they even bring call you to set up a time to meet.)
If you have no luck with these you can always use the career center at FIT , as well as talk to some family friends, friends, family, ect. I have found my best jobs have been ones that I have known someone who’s known someone and recommended me for the position. Networking can only benefit you, even consider reaching out to old professors especially ones with there own business or who are still in the field.
In the fashion capital of the world, maintaining your style and staying warm when the temperature drops can be somewhat of a challenge. Here are a few winter essentials that are a must in the concrete jungle…
Blanket scarves: A perfect blanket scarf can add color, style, and spunk to your outfit while keeping you warm!
Oversized sweaters: Boyfriend chic, you can never go wrong with a comfortable and warm oversized sweater that will always be in style!
Chelsea boots: Boots that keep on giving! Perfect for cold weather; right at the ankle and can be dressed up or down.
Fingerless gloves: Fingerless gloves keep your fingers cozy while having functionality that allows you to scroll on your phone or type on your computer.
Beanies: One of the most important places to keep warm is your head! While doing that, beanies of all sorts are a definite essential for New York City weather.
Heavy jackets: A durable and stylish heavy jacket to keep you from freezing in a blizzard will always be helpful!
Wool coats: Wool coats can make you look like a million dollars if styled correctly! Wool coats are the norm in NYC and are a winter essential that is not negotiable.
As a commuter student from New Jersey for the past 4 years I have learned a lot about how to prepare for the hour and fifteen minute train ride. But before I tell you how to deal with the spare time you need to figure out, no matter where you are coming from what type of transportation you are using. Are you walking? Taking the train or subway? Riding a bike? Driving? Taxi? and can you use this time to be more productive?
Well I have some great news ,you can! Two hours and thirty minutes is a lot of time to lose from your day, not to mention if you work besides going to school, you need every second you can spare. So this is what I learned:
Commuting can be stressful, listen to calming music, it tends to help drown out the noise of the guy snoring next to you or the person typing away really loudly.
Get a Wi-Fi hot spot ( this is a must) If you have this you can be more productive on your commute , doing homework, reading, whatever it may be.
Close your eyes, sometimes you don’t realize what that can do for you. Put your phone aside and your laptop and just unplug for a while.
Read a good book or magazine, I could finish a book in a week and it passes the extra time quickly.
Plan your week ahead, Figure out when things are due and when you have extra time to do them. Monday mornings I get on the train plan my week, study for a little or do some homework. Then I unplug for the rest of the trip. Then for the train ride home I usually take that time to do the work I was just assigned in my class.
Commuting can be a lot, There was a point where I was commuting an hour and fifteen minutes to school then another forty minutes to my internship by subway. But as long as you know how to manage your time and pass it quickly you will be fine.
I’ve been asked would I consider moving to NYC due to my commute? Well since I am used to it now probably not, but in the beginning I would have done it in a heart beat. So if your a freshman just starting out or a transfer student just give it some time you will get adjusted!