Unleash Your Inner Athlete

For all my fitness junkies out there or anyone that wants to mix up their weekly workout routine, check out Tone House!  With a large studio space, amber lights, and top of the line equipment, you won’t be disappointed.  Tone House offers various classes such as Lower Body/Core, Upper Body/Core, Core Focus, Total Body, and Conditioning.  Each class is an hour long that is filled with non-stop movement and hard core training that will push you to your limits.  As my instructor said throughout, “We are breaking boundaries here.”  The classes are for any fitness level, but let it be known that they are INTENSE.  From the moment that the class starts, you feel like a family and a team.  Everyone is cheering you one and encouraging you to finish what you started.  For the first class, the cost is $20.  I tried out the Total Body class and man am I going to be sore but I am going to go back and make myself become stronger.  Check out the video below from The Sweat Life to see what Tone House is all about!

Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: My Theory

Hello all! I was so excited to tell you about No Impact Week in my last post I didn’t formally (re)introduce myself! I am Aya, an international trade & marketing major, with a minor in Latin studies. I am also in the Presidenital Scholar’s program, a transfer and commuters student, so if you fit into any of these categories and have any questions, reach out to me! I hope your semester is going swimmingly. We’ve been in school for over a month now, and in case you’ve begun to lag I have a little ditty to (hopefully) bring your spirits up and remember why you’re here at FIT!

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This summer, while waiting in the customs, instead of plugging my headphones, I began chatting with the guy standing next to me. I complimented how nice he looked, and he responded he was wearing Theory for Men. In fact, he only wears Theory because (gasp), he’s married to the creator of Theory. From there we began a conversation about fashion, the fashion industry, and of course FIT. He mentioned that his wife LOVES FIT students. He said she knows how hardworking, dedicated and focused FIT students are. He also noted that FIT alumni are particulary good at networking and that his wife enjoys hiring/ having interns from FIT for all the reasons mentioned above. Of course, I got his email address in order to stay contact, (after his networking comment I couldn’t just leave without getting his contact info.)

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As the semesters pushes forward on, classes get tougher, finals get nearer and group projects are distributed, remember why you’re at FIT. We all want to learn, network and create at one of the most highly respected school in the fashion industry. With great power comes great responsibility so with all being that said, you have to work! So keep pushing forward!

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Artsy Adventures

In the next couple weeks I will be going to quite a few museums at Rutgers University in New Brunswick ,New Jersey.  If you ever wanted to visit its just about 20 minutes away  from school by the New Jersey Transit .When you first start there as a transfer student ,which my boyfriend just did they require you to do a certain number of activities around the campus to make sure you get the full affect of everything they have to offer ( it’s actually a course). I think this would be a great thing for FIT to do also but with fashion events, or events related to your major. Your Professors do direct you in events you could go to but they are never required.

So the first museum we attended was called the Zimmerli Museum it had tons of different exhibits, but there main one was the soviet wing . The Soviet Wing had beautiful art work and so much information that I never knew before. Such as during that time period the Soviet’s would tell there people that ” We made the first abstract art piece” which clearly isn’t true but that’s what they were told to believe.

ll086 They also had an abstract wing with so many interesting pieces that you would never think of. My favorite ( that i wasn’t aloud to take a picture of) was this huge room with the sculpture that came in and out of the walls, you could walk under it, over it, in between it.

ll90  All of the abstract pieces were attached in the building somehow. This one was installed from the ceiling, it was just mesh wire.

ll9 There was a wing of miniature statues, this one in particular was my favorite. He was a council man and he looked very fancy. ( I just wanted to take him home!)

po09The architectural elements in this building were stunning. The stairs and the sky lights were perfectly planned and didn’t affect the general lighting in the space.

3456789123456These were some paintings and sculptures that were in the Soviet wing. Beautiful vivid bright colors still preserved after all these years.

All the Museums here are either free to students or under $5.00 to get in which isn’t bad at all. The train ticket is approx. $20 to get there and back and when you get off at New Brunswick you are right on the campus so you don’t have to walk far. So if you ever want to venture out of the city and get back to the suburbs take a day trip to New Jersey!

Xoxo

Kailee

Strolling around NYC

So the first week of school I was walking to the building I’m studying for my interior design studio,  I decided to walk there instead of taking the subway or a taxi like I normally would. I am terrified of getting lost in the city by myself . The building I was looking for was close to a place I used to work so I knew a little bit about the area around it. As I was strolling along I came across the Evolution store. lol6

I began to walk past when I took a peak in; I saw incredible things, things I’ve never seen. From the street you would never think the inside would be like a museum. People were all crowded around the counters; there was everything from skulls, insects, crystals, and much more. The Evolution Store has been a landmark in Soho since 1993.  They are the premiere destination for science, natural history artifacts, gifts and some collectibles. The store is a member of AAPS, which is the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, basically meaning they are an authorized scientific dealer. They are also licensed as a Non-transplant Anatomic bank. All the specimens are obtained from paleontologists, entomologists, anthropologists, and others who supply the museums and private collectors from all across the globe. The evolution store was actually just featured in Veranda magazine with a beautiful butterfly. I was so taken back by the beauty of these creatures I bought two myself when I was at the store only $3.00 if you buy them and mount them yourself. (It is definitely safe to say that I will be adding more to my collection soon)  They have a mounting service there, but It can be quite pricey or you can do it yourself and the associates there give you all the directions how to. The average price range in the store can be anywhere from $1.00- $1,000. I purchased two butterflies and a porky pine quill, I learned so much about different animals while I was there. The people that work there do a great job on educating you about everything they have to offer.

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This was the butterfly counter, where you could go through all the drawers and pick out any kind of butterfly you could ever imagine. As you can see you can buy them pre-framed or individually.

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This is the counter when you first arrive in the store. At the top of the store you can see beautiful hand drawn and painted butterflies for sale. (Very expensive but I would love to own one). Then below in the cases were all stones, crystals, and rocks from all over the world made to be jewelry. Then on top which I thought was the coolest was a taxidermy penguin, at first I was very upset and asked one of the associates if they were harmed in the process and they told me the specimen are only taken after they have passed.

lol3They even had rocks from Pompeii and insects from there also. I was always turned off to the sight of bugs even the thought of it, but after studying them and being educated more about the subject they became more beautiful than ever to me.  This was the most exciting place I have ever been in New York thus far; I couldn’t wait to tell everyone I knew about it either. I guess it is safe to say that I will be exploring the city more often. Just on that street in soho they had so many incredible things, its a great area to explore and just walk around if you have some free time.

Xoxo

Kailee

http://theevolutionstore.com/

You Gotta Get Dirty to Be Beautiful

“New York is so dirty and the people who live there are mean!”

Ok, I’m not going to get into perception vs. reality, and how perception can affect reality, but i have to admit, we are a dirty bunch. I don’t think it is as bad as most people believe, but you can see overflowing garbage cans on street corners, the subway tracks are treated like one huge dumpster, and people don’t seem to have any problem with spitting anywhere and everywhere.

This is no excuse. If you ride the subway regularly, I’m sure you have heard the announcement condemning littering and reporting that it has contributed to an incredible amount of  track fires. Not only should you throw your trash in a trash bin whose sole purpose is to collect said trash, it would benefit all New Yorkers, and some could say the whole world, to go the extra step and pick up other, less considerate, people’s trash.

Last Saturday I went to Riverside Park’s Pier i to help out in their regular volunteer powered clean up. I was surprised, but pleased at the amount of people who had turned up early on a Saturday to help, especially because most were young people who seemed genuinely happy to lend their services. I have done the Riverside clean up before as part of the Pres Scholars push to impress the importance of community, generosity and giving back to others upon us. Previously, we have raked leaves, dug draining trenches and pulled weeds, but this time we were climbing rocks that descended into the river to pick up trash.

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Three other Pres Scholars and I formed a mini team that took a section of the riverbank and just started scavenging. At first it looked relatively clean and I thought we would be done very quickly, but boy was I wrong. The rocks were big, so although it looked clean, all the garbage was hidden in the crevices, and there was a lot. Part of my job was to keep track of what exactly we found and how much, so I am not exaggerating when I say the amount of trash there was obscene. And it’s not even a place where people hang out directly adjacent! By far the most garbage we found was plastic bottles and, for some reason, foam. There was SO MUCH FOAM. I guess it’s because foam doesn’t really disintegrate so it was probably just there forever? All I know is, STOP USING FOAM PEOPLE. IT’S BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WILL BE HERE AFTER WE ALL DIE. I cannot express the monstrous amount of foam we found. We also found two condoms (still packaged, thank God), a used tampon applicator (gross), a syringe (scary), and a full ball of yarn (why?). Whoever left all of that there, y’all are nasty.

Look at all our success!!

Look at all our success!!

Despite being thoroughly grossed out by not only the physical objects we found, but also by the knowledge that there is so much trash that no one sees or bothers to clean up, volunteering was fun. It was a beautiful day out, we made a real and quantifiable difference in the beauty of our city, and by not sleeping in like  I wished to, I got a lot done today! Since I was already on the West Side I even went to Trader Joe’s to buy groceries and it cost HALF of what I usually spend at the grocery store near my apartment! (More on that later). Most people want to help, but always find a reason not to, whether that be they are too busy, intimidated or tired. But volunteering can be fun! Just find something you like to do, bring a friend and remember that you are being one of the few and the great who proactively improve our world!

–Emily–

Annoying Apartments

So, I finally decided to move out of the dorms and stake out on my own. I had heard that looking for real estate in New York City was hard, but heeeyy it can’t be that bad, right? “It will be fiiiiiine” I told myself.

omg totes gonna be my apartment

omg totes gonna be my apartment

Um…no.

There are many reasons why looking for an apartment in New York is so frustrating, but I think most stem from people changing their minds. One of the biggest issues I had was finding a roommate. This didn’t seem so hard at first, I was going to live with one of my friends who hadn’t moved in with the rest of our group in their place on Wall Street. Great, awesome. Fast forward to the middle of the summer before the semester starts and all of the sudden she is graduating a semester early and then moving back home to go to grad school. I mean, I’m happy for her of course, but it put me in a really crappy position. Then, I met this guy through a friend of mine who was also looking for an apartment near Columbia because he was going to start grad school. I met him, he seemed chill, so we decided to go in it together. However, neither of us was really doing a good job researching places and it kind of hung in the air for a while. Then a friend of mine who just graduated from FIT said he wanted to look for a place on the west side so he wouldn’t have to commute from Long Island for his job anymore. Great! I told Columbia guy “Sorry, I have to back out,” and he said he was going to tell me the same anyway because he got into med school! New roommate guy was an actual friend of mine and I looked forward to living together. Well, living with a guy who is not your significant other made finding the right apartment even harder (i.e. two bedrooms only, and railroads are not an option). Add in some inflexibility about location and price and the situation becomes almost impossible. Finally, after many frantic lunch break and after work trips up, down, and all over town I found one that would work for us! Only to have him tell me he decided he wanted to continue commuting to save money to go to grad school next year. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

I mean I didn’t take it very personally, I know that I am not hard to live with, but it was incredibly frustrating to have seemingly every option presented pulled out from under me just as I thought it was really going to work out. Eventually I met my new roommate through the last guy I was supposed to live with. It was scary jumping into a year long contract with someone I had only met once or twice, but it all worked out fine. She’s super nice and incredibly easy to live with as well.

There are other issues, like the speed at which apartments are put on the market and then sold, pushy brokers and their exorbitant fees, picky landlords, and just finding a place that actually works and you feel comfortable in. Yet, I do find it really nice to be able to come home to my own place after class or work and truly not feel like I am still in school. It has also pushed me much further into becoming more responsible. I have to pay my bills on time now, budget my money and be extra careful about my own safety. Am I adult-ing yet?

my new room! yayy!!

my new room! yayy!!

–Emily–

I Made it to Santiago! (and back!)

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Hello again! After a very busy summer I am back in the NYC swing of things and there is so much to talk about, but I have recently found out that many of you readers were interested in the last post I made about doing the Camino de Santiago (read it here) so I thought I would give you a little follow up.

The few weeks building up to my start were pretty stressful, it didn’t help that I also had finals and was trying to figure out how to move out of my apartment and get all my stuff back home from Italy. I had done plenty of research on what to bring, what to expect in terms of weather and terrain, and how to get to St. Jean, but I knew that I wouldn’t really be able to know what the experience would be like until I was actually walking, and I liked it that way.

Getting to St. Jean Pied-de-Port was pretty difficult. I had to fly to Bordeaux (via London for some reason) then the next day I took the train to Bayonne and then a bus to St. Jean. It was a little overwhelming, there were a lot of pilgrims all arriving with me and I didn’t have a room booked yet, although there were plenty of places catering to us there so it wasn’t a problem. The first person I met was a school teacher from New Zealand who was doing the camino because teaching didn’t excite her anymore and she didn’t know where her life was going next. I also met four girls about my age who were from Kentucky. I knew that the first day of the walk was going to be the hardest because you have to cross the Pyrenees mountains, so I was a little nervous to go at it alone. To make the day better it was raining at 6 am when I got up. Luckily, those four girls were leaving the same time as me and also wanted to make it all the way across in one day, so I joined up with them. Before I knew it, I had my walking buddies. We ended up walking all the way to Santiago together and even picked up a few extra people along the way!

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To describe the entire camino experience would take pages and pages. Even then I don’t think I would be able to communicate the truly amazing time I had and all the fantastic characters I met along the way. It sounds corny to say, but this is one of those life changing experiences that can take you from crying and broken one day to looking out over a mountain range with exhilarated gratefulness the next.

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One of many incredibly breathtaking sunrises I was lucky enough to experience

I think everyone should do it at some point in their life. It is physically difficult, but not impossible. I met many elderly people doing the camino (and I mean 60 plus) as well as kids! One girl was 9 and doing 15 kilometers a day on her tiny bike; there was even a baby. A BABY. If a baby, well if a mother carrying her baby, can do it so can you.

The journey is more about the relationships you build with those who are also on this soul searching pilgrimage, and discovering about yourself. While it is important for your body to be physically prepared, I would say that preparing myself mentally was much more helpful. I definitely thought a lot about the questions I hoped to find  answers for, and things I wanted to improve upon in my everyday life.

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I will leave some pictures to try and give you a broad idea of what walking the camino (500 miles!) was like, and if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them! If people really show an interest I wouldn’t mind making more posts about my experience in greater detail, but for now I will be going back to New York/ FIT based posts.

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all the pilgrims in one albergue (hostel type thing) would make big family style dinners a lot. They were one of my favorite parts!

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–Emily–

Perks of Kaufman Hall

Hi everyone and welcome back to a brand new school year at FIT!  If you’ve been keeping up with the blog since day 1, welcome back!  If you are just joining us, welcome to the family!  Some of you may know that last year I was in Nagler Hall on 27th St.  This year, as a sophomore I chose to go to Kaufman Hall over getting an apartment.  You truly cannot compare Nagler to Kaufman because they are worlds away from one another but Nagler made me truly appreciate what Kaufman has to offer.

Besides Kaufman being only a few blocks away, the view regardless of what floor or side you face is really nice, especially with the light coming through the windows in the morning (Ideal photographic lighting).  The dorms in Kaufman are HUGE and I mean HUGE.  Not just NYC huge, actually real life, middle of no where huge.  Each dorm room varies in square footage so freshmen, be sure to ask someone who lives in the dorms for a tour before you pick which floor/room you want.

The dorms are air conditioned, they are safe, there are tons of washers and dryers, AND THERE’S A KITCHEN IN EACH ROOM (Alumni and Nagler people rejoice).  The list goes on and on.  Let me know if you have any questions about Kaufman in the comments below!

Dorm Views from Kaufman

Dorm Views from Kaufman

Ashley

Back to School: Course Highlight

Well, hello there Blogosphere! Remember me? :) It feels good to be back and writing for the FIT Admissions Blog. It’s almost been a full year, can you believe it?

School has swung back into session, almost like we never left. Students have refilled every crevice of FIT’s campus and the spirit of a new school year is among us. In between classes, the quad is covered with students basking in the warm sun of September’s indian summer. Friends perch on the ledges surrounding each building, as they laugh and reconnect over their lunches. There’s a wonderful energy to campus at the beginning of Fall semester. Excitement, passion and creativity - qualities of each FIT student that kickstart the semester.

I personally feel wonderful being back in the city and on campus again. I am now a college Junior (what?!?) beginning my bachelor’s program in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Which means I now have an Associates degree in Advertising and Marketing. I feel super cool being able to say that ;) I’m excited for these next two years at FIT and what it has in store for me.

With new semester’s come new courses, DUH! Moreover, with a new program comes new courses. Some student’s decide to try a new major when they enter their bachelor program. However, I’ve really enjoyed my major over the past two years. The courses that are offered in the bachelors program really excite me! For today’s post I’m going to focus on one of the courses that I’m very much looking forward to this semester – Video Studio Production.

You may be thinking, “but he’s a marketing major, why is he learning how to be a camera operator?” Well, it takes more than a camera operator to produce a television show. In this course we learn professional studio techniques for video, journalism and communications. We learn to understand what it takes to put on a show not only behind the cameras, but in front of the cameras as well as in the control room. 

I’ve actually be interested in the “behind the scenes” of television production as a career for awhile and this class is the perfect introduction. FIT actually has a state of the art TV studio and control room in the A building, and those two rooms are my classroom! The TV studio has three cameras, a set, proper lighting and everything a legit studio would have. The control room does exactly what it says, controls what’s going on in the studio. It’s complete with multiple monitors, sound boards and computer systems.

I’ve had three classes so far, and in each one different students are able to take on different roles. For example, one class I was the Technical Director, camera operator and director and in another class I was the host of our mock talk show. Working my way from behind camera to in front! It’s very interesting to me to learn how talk shows are made (obviously on a much smaller scale and less pressure.) This semester we will be producing and filming a talk show, an instructional video and a PSA! With each project, the students in the group will be able to rotate roles so that we can learn different aspects of the process.

This class is different from others I’ve taken here at FIT because we’re not just sitting listening to a professor for 3 hours. It’s very hands on and exciting, and the perfect start to my Monday morning. I am able to see a different avenue that my major could take me down and it’s very informing.

Sometimes when we’re in the midst of a program, we may have our sights set on one specific job. Or we may have no idea what we want to focus on. The great thing about FIT, and my major specifically, is that it covers all bases. When you leave a course at the end of a semester, you’re able to check one more aspect of your industry off your imaginary list. I’m definitely learning where my skills could be applied in the future job market. I personally like to see where my major is applicable in the real world because I’m still not certain what industry I will enter after I graduate. I know I’m not the only one!!

I can’t wait to update you readers on this class as it progresses this semester! I hope you all have had as a successful back to school as I have. Go out and enjoy this beautiful weather!! Finally feeling like fall :)

xx, Brendan

 

Notes From the 6 Train: Guilt Free Feast!

As mentioned in Ashley’s post, this Week is No Impact Week. Yay! As a total corporate social responsibility nerd, and events director of the CSR club, I was thrilled when I found out that FIT was adopting this week. Initially inspired by Colin Beaven, a New York City professor who wanted his family to eliminate their carbon footprint for an entire year. Afterwards, he wrote a book and made a documentary about it create family that wanted to live for a year and not negatively impact the Earth. Impact can be a variety of things, pollution, adding to the carbon footprint, littering or not properly disposing of trash, constantly and consuming, and one of my favorite, eating.

This is a topic that many don’t even factor in when thinking about sustainability. I interviewed Professor Cokkinos and Professor Pearson, both active members of the FIT’s Sustainability Council. SN: The Sustainable Council is looking for new student members to help FIT’s sustainability mission, help organize and plan events around the campus, etc. The council also gives grants to student’s sustainable projects. Who doesn’t love free money?)

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Since Professor Cokkinos is the faculty member of The Culinary Arts Club, so I asked him what sustainability eating really means: He responded with this great example.

“Think about all the waste that goes into eating a hamburger at McDonald’s. When you order a meal half of what you get is, the plastic cup, the wrapping to the burger and fries and then the huge bag in comes in, all gets thrown away. Half of what you get you don’t eat, not to mention all the practice of cutting down rain forests for cattle grazing that McDonald’s does. For a little more students could go to a sit down restaurant, where they’re given food on a plate that can then be washed as opposed to tossed down the garbage.”

And if you’re still not convinced, just take a look at this raw recipe for Mexican Gazpacho.

Raw recipes are low impact because you can choose organic, seasonal, local produce, that did not travel hundreds of miles and keep your flavor high and your carbon footprint low by not cooking it. Keeping it raw also preserves all of the healthy nutrients for maximum nutrition. It is also part of a great detox and weight loss program. Not to mention it tastes great! You can’t loose.

• 2 1/2pound, about 4 large ripe tomatoes, preferably from your local green market
• 2 jalapeno chiles, seed removed (unless you are feeling adventurous)
• 4 garlic cloves,
• 1medium (10-ounce) cucumber, peeled
• 1/3cup chopped cilantro
• 1/2small white onion, finely chopped
• 1 1/2cups croutons (try yesterday’s bread toasted and cubed)
• 1/4cup quality vinegar (I like ARLOTTA BALSAMIC)
• 1 thick slice stale bread (this is optional for a low carb version)
• 2tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• Sea salt to taste

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• Place everything in the blender except for the croutons. Wiz it up keeping some chunks for texture. Chill the gazapacho and serve in frozen coffee cups or glasses, garnished with the croutons. Another sustainable, green cuisine bonus comes when clean up is just rinsing the blender instead of running the hot water down the drain doing all kinds of dishes.

For more information about joining Culinary Arts Club contact michael_cokkinos@fitnyc.edu

If you want to read more about FIT’s entire No Impact Week check out the full length article I wrote for September’s issue of W27.

Lastly, here is the link to the Sustainable Council: http://www.fitnyc.edu/8604.asp

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,

Ayanna L.