Category Archives: Fun On Campus

Semester Activities

Welcome Back Everyone!

I hope you all were able to enjoy your breaks. It definitely felt nice to rejuvenate and prepare for spring semester! In doing so, I have thought about how to make the best of my last semester at FIT. Before assignments and projects kick in, I love to take advantage of what FIT and New York City have to offer. As this is my last spring living in Manhattan (sigh…), I was thinking of of my favorite activities, and things I am yet to try. Here are a few ideas you might want to try too!

FIT Fitness Classes:
FIT offers free athletics/fitness classes, which do not require prior registration. Classes are offered in different categories, such as spin classes, cardio classes, open gym classes, and so on. While athletics classes are a requirement for some majors, not everyone gets the opportunity to try them out. My goal is to try the kickboxing and spin classes before I graduate. Have any of you tried them? I would love to know your thoughts!

NYC Restaurant Week:
Every year, popular restaurants in the city participate in restaurant week. For special, fixed lunch and dinner prices, restaurants offer preset menus to try. A few years back, I tried the fixed dinner at Riverpark in east Manhattan. My friends and I were able to pick from the different options for a three course meal. My main dish was a pumpkin pesto pasta- not only was this delicious, but it was something I never would have thought to try on my own! This is the perfect opportunity to try some new food (for a reasonable price) that you might not have otherwise!

Groupons!:
Recently, a friend and I found an awesome deal for a spa groupon in Koreatown. Before the craziness of the semester begins, my friend and I were able to unwind and spend the day at the different sauna rooms and hot tubs. This is something I would have never done on my own, (especially once my school work picks-up) if I had not seen the offer. Groupon is always promoting different discounts to fun and unique outings. Sometimes, there are even opportunities for additional student discounts- keep an eye out!

These are just a few, unique ideas to make the most of your semester. Of course, we all put all lot of time and energy into school and our work; it is important to take time to enjoy all FIT and the city has to offer! Balance is key, right? What do you all like do make time for during the semester.

Happy first week,
Annmarie x

Taking A Breath at FIT’s Meditation Space:

The FIT Meditation Space is located on the seventh floor of the Dubinsky Student Center (Room A-746), and was created to provide a spiritually calm, warm, and supportive space for FIT students. It invites students from all backgrounds and cultures to meditate, pray, reflect, or simply to take time to be still. Personally, I love to relax in between classes and take time to reflect on my week and manifest positivity in my life.

Meditation Space Guidelines
The Meditation Space is intended for currently enrolled students and is intended for individual use only. In other words, this space may not be used for any organized group activity or meetings.

Hours of access are from 9AM-6PM, Monday through Friday. The room will remain unlocked and accessible during this time. The Space is closed on weekends, college holidays, and academic term breaks. Visitors must adhere to the following guidelines:

•  Sign the Guest User log upon entry
•  Remove your shoes upon entry and place them in the provided shoe rack
•  Any bags or backpacks should be placed into the cubbies provided
•  Do not use this room as a lounge, study room, a meeting room, or for other purposes
•  Do not use this space to sleep
•  No items are to be removed from the room save for your own personal belongings
•  Users are asked to leave the room in the same condition as it was in prior to use
•  Silence and mutual respect are expected at all times; music is to be listened to through earphones or earplugs with all musical devices (e.g., iPods, MP3 players, etc.)
•  Food and beverages are not permitted in the meditation space
•  Cell phone use in space is for emergency use only; cell phones must be placed on silent upon entry
•  Candles, burning oils, incense, or any other flammable items are not permitted in the meditation space

Provided by the Department of Student Life

Take advantage of the many wonderful resources FIT has to offer!

xx

Mariano

A Week @ FIT:

As many students wonder what actually happens during the week at FIT, the Department of Student Life gives all students a great breakdown of different events and activities going on, day by day! Each Sunday, “This Week @ FIT” provides plenty of information on things going on around campus. As a great intro into Week of Welcome, here is the daily get-down around town, or campus that is..

Tuesday, January 30

DECA’s Bake Sale | Sponsored by FIT Collegiate DECA
9am-5pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Come support FIT Collegiate DECA in their efforts to raise money for their annual competition! We will be selling baked goods to sweeten up your day!

Stalking Awareness | Sponsored by the Campus Anti-Violence Education Group and the Security Advisory Committee
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center Lobby

January is Stalking Awareness Month! The New York Police Department will be in theDubinsky Lobby on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 pm to share tips and tricks for staying safe in the city. Learn different ways to stay safe and about resources on and off campus. This event is sponsored by the Campus Anti-Violence Education Group in collaboration with the Security Advisory Committee.

Gospel Choir Bake Sale | Sponsored by the FIT Gospel Choir
12-4pmDavid Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Stop by the Dubinsky Lobby to grab a sweet treat and support the FIT Gospel Choir!

Get to Know The Library | Sponsored by The Gladys Marcus Library
12-2pm | Shirley Goodman Resource Center, 5th Floor Library Service Desk

The Library is one of the highest rated and most used resources on campus. Find out why by joining taking a 15 minute tour of our facilities and services.

New Club and Organization Financial Training | Sponsored by the Department of Student Life and the FIT Student Government Association
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A721
Are you an member of an FIT Club or Organization? Attend New Club Training to get a refresher on Club and Organization policies and procedures. *Mandatory for New Clubs* Tuesday’s training will review important financial policies and procedures. 

FIT SGA Hello Dolly Ticket Sale I Sponsored by the FIT SGA

1:15-2pm I David Dubinsky Student Center, A724

Welcome Week Ticket Sale; First Come, First Served! Stop by the David Dubinsky Student Center, 7th Floor Room A724 starting at 1:15pm to 2pm (or until tickets are sold) to buy tickets for the Broadway show Hello, Dolly! starring Bernadette Peters on Thursday, February 1st @ 7pm for $30/ea. Exact change/cash only and FIT ID is required (each ID can buy two tickets and non-FIT guests are permitted). Please contact Allie Carter at alexandra_carter@fitnyc.edu for any questions or more information.

Outdoor Track & Field Team Meeting | Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation 
5:30pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Auxiliary Gym, AX39

Interested in joining FIT’s outdoor track & field team? Come down to the auxiliary gym to meet Coach Joe, find out details and ask any questions you may have.  Can’t make the meeting? contact the coach at joseph_plutz@fitnyc.edu instead!

Dance Company Auditions | Sponsored by the Department of Athletics and Recreation 
8:30pm | Business and Liberal Arts Center, Dance Studio, BX28

Got what it takes to join FIT’s dance company? Come down to the dance studio to show off your moves, find out details and ask any questions you may have. Contact the dance company director at carlita_ector@fitnyc.edu for more info

Wednesday, January 31

Civility Initiative | Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Stop by the table to learn about FIT’s exciting new civility initiative. Students will be able to sign the civility pledge, pick up button, and take a selfie in front of civility backdrop showing their support. Don’t forget to post your photo to social media using #IPledge.

FIT SGA Movie Night ‘Wonder Woman’ | Sponsored by The Student Government Association (FIT SGA)
8pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Dining Hall                                         

Join your Student Government Programming Committee for a screening of WONDER WOMAN. Movie nights are held bi-weekly same time, same place! Fresh popcorn always served!

Thursday, February 1

Get to Know The Library | Sponsored by The Gladys Marcus Library
12-2pm | Shirley Goodman Resource Center, 5th Floor Library Service Desk

The Library is one of the highest rated and most used resources on campus. Find out why by joining taking a 15 minute tour of our facilities and services.

OL Recruitment Table | Sponsored by The Department of Student Life
12-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, Lobby

Interested in joining the 2018 Orientation Leader Team? Stop by the David Dubinsky Student Center lobby for more details.

OL Information Session | Sponsored by The Department of Student Life
1-2pm | Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center, D530

Interested in joining the 2018 Orientation Leader Team? Join us for this informative and fun info session!

New Club and Organization Leader Training | Sponsored by the Department of Student Life and The Student Government Association 
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A721

Are you an member of an FIT Club or Organization? Attend new club training to get a refresher on Club and Organization policies and procedures. *Mandatory for New Clubs*

BSU “For the Cuture” Model Casting | Sponsored by the Black Student Union
1-2pm | David Dubinsky Student Center, A734
FIT’s Black Student Union is hosting model castings for their 2018 “For the Culture” runway presentation. Models must bring heels to walk in and come prepared with measurements known.

Provided by The Department of Student Life

Holiday Window Displays 2017:

It’s that time of year again! Before the turkeys are on dinner tables, window displays at iconic New York City department stores are already bringing in Christmas cheer. New York City is known for jaw-dropping holiday visuals, and here are a few I think are worthy of checking out this holiday season!

Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Avenue –

The display pays homage to seven of New York City’s well-know cultural institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New York Botanical Gardens, and the New-York Historical Society. It captures the city’s appreciation for art, history, music, and film with their presentation entitled, “To New York With Love”. As onlookers peruse the windows, they can expect to see displays featuring bejeweled dinosaurs, a large-screen montage of black-and-white films clips, soft-sculpture plant life, neon musical instruments, papier-mâché portraits and sculptures, and signature glass objects.

Macy’s, 34th Street –

Despite tough times for department-store chains, Macy’s has once again shown what it can do when it comes to the magic of the holidays. This year’s window theme is “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.” The department store has six holiday windows on Broadway and 18 other windows,  including the perennial “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” which has had a place of honor for the last 10 years. One window features a Christmas tree as the centerpiece at home Another captures the busy city with an ice skating rink. A third has Santa as a theater conductor during a holiday show.

Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue –

Features five animated windows along with fashion windows and an additional 13 smaller windows filled with holiday flair at Lord & Taylor. Each incorporates snow globes to help tell the story. The windows depict a circus scene, polar bears playing in the Arctic and Santa’s workshop. The Lord & Taylor windows are built off-site and take six months to create starting from the vision to the final production. Up to 75 different skilled tradespeople work to put the windows including carpenters, electricians, and skilled painters.

Saks Fifth Avenue –

Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates the 80th year of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with its 14 animated holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue this year. Each window features a different scene from the popular fairy tale, including Snow White dancing with the woodland creatures, the Seven Dwarfs coming home from the diamond caves and the Wicked Queen and the poisonous red apple.

Campus Follow-Up: Goodbye Stress

Hey Guys,

You may have read one of my recent posts about easy ways to maintain your stress levels during the semester. There are ways to do execute this right on campus as well! Yesterday, brought by FIT’s Health Services and the Department of Athletics and RecreationCalm City Meditation Station came to campus. What is Meditation Station? This RV houses a mobile mediation station where students can take 10 minute restoration breaks. Here, quick mediation sessions are provided via audio-guide for the perfect refresher between classes. Up to nine people can participate in a session at once!

This station is essential as finals are just around the corner. Calm City will arrive back to FIT on December 5th and December 12th. Too packed this semester to spare ten minutes? No worries! In addition to those dates, this station will return to campus five more times during the spring semester. Trucks are no longer providing just food- check out Calm City Mediation Station if you have the time!

Did you know that FIT has its own Mediation Space? Located on the 7th Floor of the Dubinsky Building (A-746), students have the opportunity to unwind anytime Monday-Friday from the hours of 9am-6pm. This is the ideal space to individually take a few minutes to find peace during a busy day. As the center describes, “students from all backgrounds and cultures are invited to meditate, pray, reflect, or simply to take time to be still.”

Whenever you have the opportunity, always take time for self care. What are some ways you take time to unwind during a hectic day?

Well wishes,
Annmarie X