Online Classes Vs. Actual Class

Hey everyone,


So recently I have come to a time in my FIT career where I am given the opportunity to work full time while I am finishing up my last few semesters. Being an ITM major I am given the opportunity to take majority of my classes online. Since I live in New Jersey and I waste about 10 hours a week back and forth commuting I thought it might be a great idea to only take online classes next semester.

So have taken a lot of online classes at school before I know what to expect but the question is do you? When choosing to take an online class you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Are you able to push yourself to do work when not in a physical classroom?
  • Do you learn better in groups or alone?
  • Even though you take an online class do you have enough time to devote to doing so, online classes tend to take the same amount of time if not more.
  • Are you able to self motivate?

Before fully committing to a fully online schedule I do suggest you take a class here or there to see if it is for you. I personally love them especially because I can work at my own pace and I often work ahead. So next semester will you be interested in taking an online class?


FIT has Pride!

Hey everyone !

So this past week FIT showed its colors in the breezeway, while presenting FIT Pride Day. This day was one that is close to my heart. Having Friends, Family, and many loved ones who are gay, lesbian, whatever sexuality it may be, who are very close to me. I have seen there struggles, I have been there when they couldn’t tell there families, their heart break , the smiles on there faces when they realized there family didn’t look at them differently, My best friend when he finally went on his first date, the happiness in there eyes when they are finally free to let go and be themselves.


It is finally 2015 and I am proud to be apart of the generation that is more than accepting, times have finally changed. Where everyone is free to be themselves,  same sex marriage was finally approved , and the world is becoming a much happier place.  I love that FIT shows everyone support regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. So when  deciding if you want to be apart of FIT ask yourself do you want to be apart of a family? Or just another student at a school. At FIT you are not just another number in a desk, you are known by name and are able to be apart of a very close knit family.

How do you show your pride?




Things to Do in NYC on a Rainy Day!

Winter is among the Concrete Jungle…

My dorm room view on a rainy day in NYC!

My dorm room view on a rainy day in NYC!

From rain to snow and all in between, winter in New York City can be horrifically beautiful; and like Ashley said make sure to get an umbrella! Flooded curbs and pouring rain won’t stop the city that never sleeps, therefore it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your day!

Here are a couple of things to do in NYC on rainy day!

  1. Chelsea Market: Take a gastronomic tour of the world at Chelsea Market. Shop at Buon Italia for the best homemade ravioli and imported olive oil and linger over cappuccino in their cafe. Try Thai cuisine, shop for rugs at Imports from Marrakesh.
  2. Museums, Museums, Museums! : New York City is home to a mind-boggling line-up of world-class museums and institutions. You could spend all day dry and cozy inside admiring masterpieces of art and design or marveling at the wonders of the natural world, and with an FIT
  3. Madame Tussauds: Walking through the bright lights of Times Square with crowds of people all around you is an incredible experience — except when it’s raining. If you see the skies start to darken as you’re walking along 42nd Street, dart into the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds for an entertaining afternoon of snapping selfies with your favorite celebrities and other famous folks like Rihanna and Katy Perry to President Obama.
  4. Grand Central Terminal: Classic architecture, a gourmet market, boutiques and quality food — Grand Central is the perfect hideaway for a rainy day afternoon. And, if you decide to escape the city, this is where you can pick up trains that fan out north of NYC. Upon entering, gaze up at the famous astrological ceiling and then head down to the Whispering Gallery, which has this distinct attribute.
  5. One World Observatory: New to NYC, the One World Observatory is a perfect rainy day get-away with an amazing view! Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit. With a sky-high restaurant to dine at while looking upon a gloomy and beautiful cloud-filled cityscape, it’s an activity that can be done year-round!

College Investments

When entering your freshman year, you all of a sudden feel like a 5 year old child again, diligently following the rules and being paranoid that you’re going to get in trouble.  You also feel like you need to buy EVERYTHING JUST IN CASE.  But I’m here to help you swallow your nervousness and inform you about what you should invest time and money in so that you can succeed!


  • A sturdy umbrella.  You may think that the rain won’t be that bad or you can just rush to where you’re going or stand under scaffolding.  I’m warning you now…the rain will come and your $6 umbrella with polka dots from Target will not save you from the downpours.  Get an umbrella that truly locks into place and go Mary Poppins on you with one gust of wind.
  • Shoes.  I cannot stress this enough.  You don’t think you’re going to walk that much, but you do.  You’re going to want a pair of shoes for each type of weather and ones that are comfortable!  Rain boots may not be the most fashionable, but they will keep you dry during the rainy and snowy months.
  • Socks.  While this may sound silly, thick and warm socks are a beautiful gift.  When winter rolls around and you’re waiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light up, you can thank Grandma for those knitted wool socks from 2012.
  • A locker.  If you are a commuter student and going home for lunch in between classes seems daunting or impossible, get a locker!  You can store your textbooks, personal items, and school supplies in there year round.  Nothing is worse than forgetting something at home or wishing that you had somewhere to put something in a rush.
  • Portable Charger.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been running low on my phone battery and needed to charge it.  While most people carry their cords with them everywhere, a portable charger is handy when you don’t have a plug, on the go, or don’t want to bug someone to use theirs.


  • Computer Software.  If you are living in the dorms your freshman year, I highly recommend waiting to purchase all of the hefty software used for editing and designing until the library isn’t easily accessible to you.  The library has amazing hours during the week and there is a 24 hour computer lab available as well.  Every computer at FIT has the necessary software used in your classes.  Save yourself the Creative Cloud debt and wait.
  • Textbooks & School Supplies.  DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT buy your textbooks before classes start unless your professor has told you otherwise.  Half of the textbooks and “required” supplies, I have NEVER used.  I could’ve saved so much money if I had just purchased the items when I needed it.
  • EVERYTHING.  Many stores whether they advertise it or not have student discounts.  Just ask the cashier if they do and a lot of the time, you’ll get very lucky!  Who says being a student doesn’t have its perks?

Happy savings!


Notes From the 6 Train: Dias De Muertos

This young talented dancer caught my eye during her performance at the event "Noche de Altares", a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

This young talented dancer caught my eye during her performance at the event “Noche de Altares”, a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Halloween can be tough, as it’s a time people openly disrespect a plethora of groups and communities through completely disrespectful cultural appropriation. I’m not suggesting to stop learning about other cultures, that would be absurd. We live in New York City, that’s kind of the whole point of living in this city! But there are ways to do in a tasteful, respectful and fun way, and in ways that will probably help you learn more about the traditions, culture more than dressing in some ridiculously offensive costume.

With that being said, is Halloween not your thing but you still want to blow of some steam this weekend once midterms conclude?


I am doing art management/ direction for a performance piece on Halloween, so I won’t be doing much socializing. However, I am excited to say that I am celebrating my first Dia de Muertos! Dia de Muertos is a traditional Mexican tradition that takes place on November 1-2, in which families honor their dead by setting up alters, visiting their graves, and celebrating their lives.


There is a Dias de Muertos festival being held this weekend by Mano a Mano, a cultural organization that focuses on Mexican culture. Below is the link to their website to learn more, as well a link to a video by Amanda Sternberg, the Hunger Games actress, where she talks about in depth about cultural appropriation.

What are you doing when midterms release it’s grips on you? Comment below.

With Color, Love & Fashion,