Saving Money

College can be stressful enough between classes, homework, projects, and still trying to have a social life, but adding on additional living expenses can take a toll, especially when living in an expensive city like New York.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to spending a little less:

  • Grocery Hunt.  This may sound odd, but I highly recommend going to all of the local grocery stores and comparing the prices on what you typically by and making a note in your phone about where you should buy those specific products.  Whether it is a $3 difference or 50 cents, everything adds up over a long period of time.
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  BB&B has been one of the greatest go-to destinations for most of my shopping needs.  BB&B has toiletries, necessities, first aid, you name it.  Their sister store, Harmon’s, located on 22nd and 6th Ave has all of the toiletries and drugstore makeup products you need.  Added bonus, sign up for the emails and you get a 20% off a single item coupon every few weeks.
  • Plan your spending.  Plan with your friends what you want to do for that week/weekend.  If you know that you are going to a big event that costs money on the weekend, try to cut back from going out to eat or grabbing an expensive coffee during the week.
  • Coupons and Membership Cards.  This may sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much you can save with rewards programs and email coupons.  Every little bit helps and can make you feel better that you aren’t purchasing at full price.
  • Purchase store brand.  While you may live for the mornings where you can have Honey Nut Cheerios, I can guarantee that the cheaper Honey O’s from Trader Joe’s will be just as satisfying.

Best of luck!

Ashley

Climate Change Chit Chat

Welcome back, tigers!

With sustainability being one of FIT’s core missions, faculty and students are invited to participate in a unique opportunity this spring to integrate the message of climate change into their coursework in new, creative, and challenging ways.

Amy Lemmon, professor, English and Communication Studies, and Arthur Kopelman, Distinguished Service Professor, Science and Math, were awarded a Sustainability Grant for their proposal Communicating Climate Change: Collaboration in the Arts and Sciences. As part of their work, they are bringing world-renowned climate change expert James McClintock and celebrated author and creative writing professor Adam Vines to campus this semester. Videos created by McClintock and Vines, along with other teaching resources, will be available to faculty, and a public event will be held on April 18th.

The Sustainability Grant will incorporate a fall exhibition of student work from all participating courses. Resources like videos, suggested books and articles, and online guides are available to all faculty to incorporate in lesson plans.

For more information, access to the resources, and/or help incorporating this material into your coursework, contact Amy Lemmon for more information.

Way to spread the word, FIT!

Meli B.

Getting Back Into The Flow

Hello there!

I know for me it’s always the struggle after almost a month of break to get back into the flow of school life. Some of you are have been in the city for a few weeks already, but most of us have just gotten in and might be starting internships, or new jobs, and are nervous about getting back into the flow of things, after such a long break. Don’t worry I’m in the same boat, but to calm my nerves I try to plan ahead. I love writing down a checklist of different things I have to take care of before everything starts. It helps me get a clear head and makes me get into the flow of things slowly. Below are other things I like to do or check before the semester starts, which might help you too.

Change your FIT password If you haven’t already, you might want to change your password, because you want to be able to log in to your account, and the last thing you want to have to do is go to IT to get it fixed.

Check your FIT email Check your school email! You might have professors that emailed you for books, or updates. The school also sends out emails of what’s happening in the weeks to come, and there might be something you’ll want to go to or see. And sometimes there are last minute internship opportunities that are sent through your major, club, or honors program.

Go on Blackboard If you have online classes, I would highly suggest checking out your balckboard account, because professor tend to post on there directly and a lot of times your online courses have already started before the actual school start date, and you might have some deadline posted that you might want to write down and homework that is due.

 Buy a Planner and Notebooks This is really helpful to have before you start classes, because it’s something less to worry about and it’s great way to start taking notes already. Planners are my best friend, I know a lot of students use their phones, but I need a planner, I need to see what I’m doing, and having the satisfaction of checking off what I’ve done.

Login to ElucianGo App Great way to have a visual layout of how your weekly schedule looks like. Plus you have many other options, like for example looking up your professors info, campus map etc.

xoxo

Zorya

Spring 2017: Welcome Back!

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to FIT and hopefully the start to a successful and fun new semester. I hope you all had a beautiful winter break and had the opportunity to recharge, refresh and spend time with friends and family. I had an incredible holiday, I went back to Switzerland and it was the first time in 2 years that I’ve skied, and I forgot how lucky I was to live in such an incredible country. This year I really took advantage of the mountains and the snow to really make the most of my holidays and do activities I wouldn’t be able to do once I got back in the city. Although all of this was really nice, I’m very excited to be back in the New York and start school, and a new internship. I have a lot of plans and fun things I want to accomplish this semester, which is giving me an extra boost of motivation to start. I’ll let you know what those are once the semester kicks in. I’m also exited to start my classes, because after a very busy fall semester, I decided to give myself a mini break this semester, to take classes I always wanted to take and have more time to work on my personal blog.

Let me know how your holidays were down in the comments below, and what you’re most exited about for this semester.

xoxo

Zorya

Restaurant Review: Crepe Guru

I’ve talked about how much I love living in Hoboken and all the restaurants that live in the Mile Square, but I have yet to mention Crepe Guru.  Crepe Guru is located at 315 Washington St (and 3rd St) and has pre-set menu items ranging from sweet to savory crepes for you to choose from, or you can customize your own order.  From the savory breakfast or bourbon steak crepe to the Nutella batter and NY cheesecake crepe, the options are endless, and of course, the portions are massive.  The eating is just a small part of the experience as you can watch them make your crepe right in front of you!

Crepe Guru customized Nutella Crepe

It is also convenient that Crepe Guru not only delivers, but is open until 3 AM on Saturdays!  If you are on the other side of the Hudson, I’d be sure to make a special stop at this Hoboken gem.

Ashley