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Tips for Finals

The end of the semester is here and with that comes beautiful weather, and sometimes a tendency to slack in the motivation department.  Here are some of my tips and tricks for preparing for finals:

  • Study outside of your apartment.  If you have a habit of studying on your couch and falling asleep, now is the time to kick that habit in the butt.  Head over to the library, coffee shop, or a place best suited for zero distractions and quiet time.
  • Keep your phone on loud.  This may sound counterproductive, however, I typically check my phone when I’m curious if I have a new notification or text message.  If you keep your volume up, you’ll know when you’ve been notified, rather than constantly checking to see if someone needs to get a hold of you.  If you’re studying in the library, put your phone on loud, but put headphones in.
  • Study with friends.  If you’re in a study group, someone most likely has some insight on a topic that you aren’t 100% confident about, and vice versa.  You become more knowledgeable about the topic when you have to teach it to someone else.
  • Plan out your schedule.  Set deadlines for yourself and allow yourself to go out to dinner or plan a cafe visit so that you have something to look forward to.
  • Sleep.  This step is often very neglected during finals weeks, but is so important that you are getting proper rest.  You wouldn’t want to be under the weather the first week of summer, would you?

Best of luck!

Ashley

Leadership Weekend

Over this last week, FIT’s Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend group had their reunion. Leadership Weekend is a retreat of a group of up to 100 FIT students for the purpose of developing the students strengths in group work. I had the amazing opportunity, along with about 50 other FIT students of all grade levels, to attend the Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend Retreat at Star Lake Camp in Bloomingdale New Jersey. This retreat was everything I ever needed. The Leadership Ambassadors and the FIT faculty that set up the event really put effort into making a weekend for building relationships and communities with fellow students. From ice breaker activities on the bus ride to Star Lake Camp, to big and small group activities such as creating and presenting our very own imaginary country, Leadership Weekend was a creative community builder from start to finish.

The magic behind Leadership Weekend is that students and faculty alike are ready to participate in a weekend designated to getting to know each other and getting to know themselves. That’s where the leadership part came in. Each student was required to take a test to find out what their top five strengths are, and over the course of the weekend, understand how these strengths play a role in their life and make them who they are. There was an overwhelming realization that the strength test really got to the heart of who people are, and it lead to a lot of self-discovery. I came away from Leadership Weekend with an understanding of where my actions are derived from, what I want FIT to look like for other students, and an amazing network of newfound friends.

I would HIGHLY recommend attending a Leadership Weekend retreat as an FIT student. It’s a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City living, and it’s an all-expense paid trip. You make many close friends, and have a fun all weekend long. The only flaw, you’re only allowed to go one time! Unless you sign up to be a Leadership Ambassador that is.

Bowery Ballroom & Irving Plaza Review

It has been months since I have gone to a concert, and I am so incredibly glad that I have finally broken that drought. Recently, K. Flay, one of my favorite musicians ever, had a show at the Bowery Ballroom.

The Bowery Ballroom is an amazing venue, with tickets averaging out to $22 (after the processing fee!) it makes concerts much more budget friendly, and with a walk under 10 minutes from the N or the Q, it is easy to get to. Sold out shows are never painfully packed, and for someone who hates mosh-pits, this is a welcomed relief. No matter where you stand, you are practically guaranteed a great view, and with an amazing light show every night, the only thing that changes is the artist, which they have an amazing taste for. From pop artist like The Griswolds, to indie hip-hop like K. Flay, to a much more retro sounding Tennis, the Bowery Ballroom has an amazing line-up no matter when you go.

Photo courtesy: Katie Rich @richlkatie

This last Friday I was lucky enough to snag tickets for Hippo Campus at the Irving Plaza, and I can say without a doubt that it was the best concert I’ve ever been to.

Tickets at Irving Plaza are a bit more expensive, coming out around $40, but the extra money is worth it. Located right next to Union Square, Irving Plaza is a much bigger venue than Bowery Ballroom, meaning there will be a lot more energy from the crowd and it will feel much more like an actual concert rather than a gig. The stage is larger so the bands have a larger set up and the standing room for the audience goes much farther back and has a second floor where the bar is located. You have to get there a bit earlier to get a good spot, but besides that there’s really no negatives about the venue.

With countless concerts out there in NY, there is a lot to experience, but I hope this will put these venues on the map for you!

Exploring Outside FIT: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The New  York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s oldest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762, yes, before America was America! The first parade was a group of Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. Wearing green was a sign of Irish pride, but was banned in Ireland. In the 1762 parade, people spoke Irish, wore green, sung Irish songs and played the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.

Today, the parade marches up 5th Avenue and is reviewed from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. This tradition of marching past St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been the same. Go out and enjoy the parade along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade can also be watched live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17. Throughout the day along the parade route, millions of spectators come to celebrate.

This year is the Ireland 2016 Centenary Year. Senator George Mitchell is the Grand Marshal, of a celebration scheduled to have about 200,000 people marching up 5th Avenue!

Find out more information about the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade here!

FIT News: New York Film + Fashion Hub in Brooklyn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will transform large, under-used buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, into a hub for fashion and film—and FIT will be a part of it.

The city is committing $136 million to create a Made in New York–branded campus at Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal, featuring modern and affordable space for garment manufacturing, film and TV production, and related services. FIT will deliver the initiative’s educational component by offering courses at the hub.

FIT’s program will launch this summer with two non-credit courses that will count toward a Creative Maker Certificate of Achievement in Ethical Design and Local Manufacturing Fundamentals. This certificate program is being offered through FIT’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies.

The Made in New York garment manufacturing hub will provide 25-35 white-box spaces (ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 square feet,) to companies working in pattern-making, marking and grading, cutting and sewing, and sample making. The courses will be held at the nearby Brooklyn Army Terminal until Bush Terminal is complete in 2020.

Way to go, FIT!

Meli B