Category Archives: Off Campus

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

While Thanksgiving is still a few short weeks away, it’s never too early to plan for your travels.  I won’t be able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family back home but I’m fortunate enough to have one of my friend’s welcome me into their home each Thanksgiving.  Even though I do not have to travel very far to get to my friend’s home, we are among the masses traveling after the workday is over.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to travel smoothly and safely:

  • Buy your tickets in advance:  This may be self explanatory but buying your ticket right before you get on a bus, train, or plane can be more frustrating and costly (depending) rather than if you purchased it prior to arrival at the station/terminal.  Typically, lines at the station are out of control and you may be running late from work/school to get to your destination, so be sure to plan ahead!
  • Pack light:  This can be incredibly difficult sometimes depending on your trip, but the lighter you pack, the less you have to worry about excess luggage, your arm hurting from carrying the load, or lack of space on the plane/bus/train.
  • Bring snacks:  You never know what the weather is going to be like when you’re traveling and if it’s going to cause hefty delays.  Not much is worse than being delayed, waiting impatiently AND being hungry.  Like Snicker’s commercials say…”you’re not you when you’re hungry.” Bring snacks!
  • Bring something to do:  Whether it’s downloading a movie for your travels, listening to music, reading a book, catching up on work, or just simply taking a nap, having something to do will help pass the time.
  • Relax: Holidays are a time for loved ones, good food, and relaxing on the couch.  By this time, we’re nearing the end of the semester, right before final exam stress arrives so take this time for yourself, unwind, and spend time with good company.

Happy holidays!

Ashley

L.E.S Galleries with an Art Curator

Hey there! Last week was a really exciting day, because it was the first time I’ve been gallery hopping in New York, I know it’s crazy! I went with my friend who is an art curator, she explained to me what her job consist of and what she looks at when picking art. It was really interesting getting to listen to her talk and make comments about paintings. Usually gallery exhibitions tend to have only contemporary art, which isn’t really my thing, but it was great hearing my friend tell me why she loved the art pieces, which made me appreciate them more.

Gallery hopping in the Lower East Side is really fun and supper trendy. There are bars, coffee shops and restaurants all along the streets, and in between you’ll discover tiny galleries. I really loved this experience and if you’re someone who loves art and discovering new artist, I highly recommend going gallery hopping either in LES or Chelsea, I prefer LES, just because it’s a cuter neighborhood and less upscale.

Have you ever gone gallery hopping? What was it like?

xoxo

-Zorya

Autumn Adventures

The options are endless when it comes to activities to do in the city and the time around Halloween is no different!  Here are some of the fun events happening around Halloween weekend:

  • Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade
  • NYC 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade
    • Monday, October 31st, 7 PM
    • 6th Ave, between Spring and 16th St, starting at Spring St & 6th Ave
    • Thousands of people flock to this event to participate in the parade or watch from the sidewalks
    • Arrive early if you want a good view, especially because many streets are blocked off to get to the parade.
    • Free
    • https://www.halloween-nyc.com/

  • New York Haunted Hayride
  • Giant Pumpkin Weekend
  • Blood Manor Haunted House
    • Now – Saturday, November 5th
    • 163 Varick St., Tribeca
    • The classic haunted house attraction with lines out the door!  Be sure to buy your tickets in advance online!
    • $30 online, $35 at the door
    • http://bloodmanor.com/index.html

Happy Autumn!

Ashley

Gallery Hopping in Chelsea

One of the great things about FIT is its location!  Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard.  While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea.  Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!

From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene.  If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more!  Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday.  It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.

Ashley

Prepare for National Portfolio Day

If you are applying to FIT in the Art & Design school and your application requires a portfolio, I HIGHLY recommend attending a National Portfolio Day.  For those who may not be familiar, National Portfolio Day (NPD) is a day in which you have the opportunity to meet with representatives/admissions counselors from the schools you wish to apply/attend (FIT, of course!) and review and discuss your portfolio, talk about the program and university, and also answer any questions that you may have!

It is a golden opportunity to go straight to the source to receive advice and put your worries to rest.  The great thing about NPD is that representatives are traveling to different cities and states, so you don’t have to make the trip out to New York City if you aren’t local!  The NPD season has just begun, so you’re likely to still make it to a NPD near you!  For a full list of the 2016-2017 schedule and the participating schools, you can click here.  To anyone that cannot attend a NPD, do not stress, as attending a NPD is not required, however it is very helpful!  When I attended NPD in 2012, it was very productive and useful to hear what the representatives had to say about my work.

Best of luck to all applicants!

Ashley