Category Archives: Off Campus

Goals for the Semester

Welcome back to the Admissions Blog!  To anyone that may be coming across the site for the first time, I’m Ashley and I am a senior photography major and art history minor!  If you are an incoming student, returning student, or anyone that is interested in applying to FIT, let us know if you have any questions or any topics that you want discussed!  We are here to help!

With the new semester upon us, I always try to think about what I want to accomplish over the next 15 weeks, whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom.  Here are some of my goals for my 7th semester here at FIT:

  • Be proud of the photographic work that I create
  • Create work for myself
  • Make time to ensure that I still get to hang out with friends and take time for myself
  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Try at least 4 new restaurants
  • Volunteer at an obstacle race, marathon, etc
  • Explore a new part of the city
  • Take advantage of the 2 for $20 movie tickets sold in Student Life
  • Breathe and remind myself that any stress that I am feeling is temporary
  • Have fun!

What are some of your semester goals?  I am looking forward to blogging and updating you all about life here at FIT!

Ashley

Top 5 Brunch Places in the City

DSC_6409Hello!

Hope all your finals went well, and that you’re starting to enjoy this lovely weather! I know I am… During the last week I’ve been to more brunch places, than my entire semester combined. Basically my graduation celebration lasted all week! Here is a little recap of my all time favorite brunch places here in New York.

Penelope Such a cute place. If you do go there you have to order their Nutella French Toast, it’s amazing! We went there on Saturday, and there was a little wait, but what was great is that they text you to let you know when your table is ready. So you can wander around without having to worry about your table being taken.

The Butcher’s Daughter If you love taking pictures of your food, this is the place to go. Not only is the presentation beautiful, but the food taste so good. Everything on their menu is vegetarian (which I’m not always a fan of), but boy are those dishes flavorful. They also have great smoothies and shakes.

Two Hands If you’re looking for the best Acai bowl, definitely check this place out. It’s delicious! The place has a very Aussie vibe to it and the staff is super friendly. I love their smoothies, they are very filling, but really worth it.

Jack’s Wife Freda Be prepared to wait in line. This place tends to get pretty crowed, especially for brunch. But it’s so worth it at the end. There food is delicious, I love their grapefruit yogurt, it’s so good (every time I go there I get it).

Bus Stop Cafe This place isn’t that far from school and it’s adorable. It’s not that busy and the location feels very neighborhoody, which I really like. There isn’t one thing in specific to get, everything on the menu is pretty basic brunch food. Definitely go there on a nice day so you can sit outside.

What are your favorite brunch places here in the city?

xoxo

Zorya

Moving: Tips and Tricks

In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan.  Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either.  I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!

  • Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
  • Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things.  I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
  • Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck.  Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received.  Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
  • Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck.  Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
  • Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists.  Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list.  Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
  • Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!

Best of luck!

Ashley

For the Foodies

Hello!

I hope all your finals went well, and that you are having a great start to the holidays! Yesterday was my last final, which means that today I am celebrating with my friends and treating myself to a good meal. While walking back home a few weeks ago after an evening class, I walked passed this outdoor food market called Mad. Sq. Eats and it really caught my eye, because it was dark outside, but the market was illuminated by lightbulbs hanging from the roofs. It was really beautiful and made me want to go there and see it for myself. The ambiance was really pleasant, everyone was enjoying good food with friends and it felt very welcoming. It’s not big but there is a good amount of food options. I would suggest going there in the evening, because it makes it just that little more special and fun.

Mad. Sq. Eats is in Worth Square (5th Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets). The market is open till May 27th from 11:00am – 9:00pm.

Bon Appétit!

xoxo

Zorya

Why I’m Moving

Now that the semester is officially over, most students have moved out of the dorms, gone home for the summer, or got an apartment in the city to take on some city dreams for the summer!  For me, I’m leaving Manhattan.  I currently have an apartment In Manhattan but with my lease being up, I decided to look elsewhere.  Manhattan is an incredible and beautiful place.  With great accessibility to school and everything at my fingertips, you’re probably wondering why I’d leave.  Not only is it less expensive to live outside of Manhattan, I’m able to live two separate lives; social and school/work.  When I come into the city, I’m often overwhelmed by the tourists, constant whirlwind, and pressure.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things as well, but being constantly surrounded by it from the moment you walk out of your door, when do you get the chance to clear your head?  I will miss the accessibility and convenience of living in the city, but I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life where I can finally feel like an adult.  This is a big step and a big move for me as I enter my senior year.  I don’t know what the future holds and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, but these are the times in your life where you find yourself, become truly independent, and start anew!

Ashley