Notes From the 6 Train: Why Being A Student Rocks (Even Though We’re All Ready For Summer)

I recently went to see “A Raisin In The Sun,” for just $20, (a show with tickets easily climbing into several hundred dollars) thanks to FIT’s discounted student tickets! This was the first time I’ve ever attended a play using a student ticket, actually this was my first NYC play! (My first place was starring Denzel Washington, can you believe it?) to be able to see such a big star, in such an amazing play for so cheap! If you all don’t about of A Raisin In The Sun, written by Lorraine Hansbury. it’s name is borrowed from a line a Dream Deferred, an immensely popular poem written by Harlem Renaissance writer Langton Hughes. The plot is about the perils, the Younger’s,a dysfunctional family, experience shortly after the death of the father. It deals with the very real issues of assimilation, class issues, sexism and racism. This piece of art is an extremely popular literary pillar of black American culture. In fact, I’ve seen/ read this piece of work several times, but it wasn’t until just seeing it the other day that I got it. I mean, really understood, the type of understanding that comes only with experiencing life.

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I stress taking advantage of these NYC student perks, because they don’t last forever and you’ll regret i if you don’t cease the opportunity now. Honestly,How many people can say there were afforded the opportunity to see award winning New York City plays for twenty dollars? Not many, that’s for sure.

NYC Perks

Obviously New York City has a lot of perks.  The industry, the city, the people, the center of all things relevant and happening are here.  With that, you’ll never miss a concert tour stop, a famous restaurant, or in this case, a meetup with your favorite YouTubers.  Today, I had the luxury of meeting Meghan Rosette and Lauren Elizabeth from YouTube.  Both girls have a huge follower base and they are in NYC for business.  Last minute (yesterday), they decided to have a meetup in Times Square in front of the Forever 21 for all of their subscribers that could make it.  I thankfully don’t have classes on Monday, so when I found out that I COULD MEET THEM, I screamed, danced around my dorm room, and deliberately picked out an outfit that would be picture worthy.  Both girls were so incredibly nice and hilarious.  I gave them both Psst…Hey You… cards (http://blog.fitnyc.edu/admissions/2014/04/18/psst-hey-you-read-this/) and got to take pictures and hang out with the rest of the subscribers that showed up.  I met some other subscribers that go to FIT and various schools throughout New York.  It was incredible to meet them and it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t go to school in New York City.  What a day.  What a small world.

Meghan: https://www.youtube.com/user/meghanrosette
Lauren: https://www.youtube.com/user/LoLuFullyLoaded

YouTube Meetup With Lauren Elizabeth

YouTube Meetup With Lauren Elizabeth

xx,
Ashley

Notes From The 6 Train: Draggin’ On

My Honor’s Project premiered a few weeks ago. It wasn’t a red carpet premiere, but nothing compares to the feeling of showcasing a project you’ve been working hard on and people actually enjoying. Since the beginning of the semester, my group and I have been meeting every single Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00. As a commuter student who doesn’t have class on Wednesday’s, making the trudge from Harlem during snowstorms was quite a challange, but our premiere made it all worth it.

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Our project “Can’t Drag Me Down,” was about drag queen culture and we showcased the lives of two NYC Drag Queens, BibleGirl666 & Robyn Banks. We got to spend time with them and learn about the rewards and difficulties about being a drag queen, all while watching them transform from regular guys to astounding drag queens!

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Most importantly, I met new and spent time with people I probably wouldn’t have known otherwise, which is always a nice plus. I made friends with our advisor, Christie Shin, my group members and even one of the drag queens. She was so happy with the finished project, and she even invited to her upcoming party. It’s always interesting to see how one opportunity leads to other opportunities and relationships. Anyways, check it out if you’re interested!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Pantomimes Anonymous

Two different Italians stopped me on the street today to ask for directions. On the one hand, I was proud because these authentic Italians mistook me as one of their own. I get a strange sense of satisfaction from being able to blend in with other cultures. However, this happiness quickly became became uncomfortable and embarrassing. This is because, wait for it….I can’t speak Italian!

Yes, my name is Emily Bennett, I’ve lived in Florence for three months and I still cannot speak Italian. I am so ashamed. For most people, the biggest worry while traveling abroad is whether they will be able to understand the locals. This, of course, leads to desperate hopes that most people will know English and even conversations stating how much easier and better the world would be if everyone just spoke one language (i.e. English). But what a horrific white-washing of culture that would be! Can you imagine living in a world where no one knows the subtle romantic quality of the French language, or the explosive passion of Italian, or even the mysterious Swahili?

I get it, it’s intimidating and embarrassing to attempt to speak a language that you haven’t mastered, especially to people who have been speaking said language since they were babies. Trust me, that is what got me in this situation in the first place. When I was studying in France, it was a whole different ball game. I had been studying French for six years before I was living on my own there, so I had a sturdy background of the language and was well-informed of the culture as well. This is the first time I have ever studied Italian, and I know what you are thinking, if I live in Italy, I should be learning the language twice as fast, right? No, wrong, completely wrong. Everyone here speaks English! At least the French have the decency to refuse to speak English to you! Obviously, it would have been much harder for me to survive here if people didn’t speak English, but I think I could have done it, and forcing me to attempt even the most broken Italian in every situation would have sped up my learning immensely. However, I am a self-conscious little baby when it comes to Italian. Too quickly will I revert to English, or not say anything at all. I go to the grocery store at least once a week and I think the only things I have ever said to any of the cashiers are “si” “no” and “grazie”.

Now that my time in Italy is coming quickly to a close, I wish I had pushed myself harder to learn the language and speak it. Honestly, it is a really horrible feeling to be in a country and unable to speak the language. It is embarrassing! Not to mention completely disheartening. I don’t mean for this post to be such a downer, but if you can learn anything from my little failure, really take the time to learn the language before traveling. It will make your time there much more rewarding, and the locals will definitely like you more. Also, don’t be afraid to forget about English and instead rely on whatever of the language you do know (miming helps too). It is much more endearing to see someone struggling to speak the language than one who just starts speaking English and assumes whoever they are talking to will understand.

Buon viaggio!

–Emily–

Student Sucess this week!

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You all know how I love FIT student success week! The week before spring break I had the amazing opportunity to go meet some new people at the make your own bunny event in the A building on the 8th floor. This week in the same room there will be Decorate a picture frame from 12-2pm in A739 this is held by the department of student life on Tuesday . Also on Wednesday there will be Sip tea and make beaded Jewelry from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm same place held by the department of student life. ( Most likely I will be there for this one taking pictures and interviewing students). Then on Thursday there is Make burlap crafts with N’ketian from 11-3pm!

Also get ready for some goodies! Bake Sales are always yummy! There is a Brag Bake Sale from 12-2 on Tuesday in the Dubinsky Lobby. Then another one on Wednesday same place for the Black student union from 11-6pm!

Some more special things going on this week are Blush magazine(  run with one of our very own bloggers Ashley ) is looking for models for a photo shoot. if you are interested please email: blush_magazine@fitnyc.edu .

On Wednesday Night the movie Ride along will be playing from 8-10pm with free popcorn being given away. I highly suggest it, I saw it already and I was dying laughing.

Lastly on Thursday from 2:15-3:15 Six flags tickets will be sold in A734 it is first come first serve! $25 dollars per ticket and only 2 tickets per FIT ID.

Have a good week,

Xoxo Kailee

 

NY Times and FIT

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Did you know that the NY times that is provided for you in the lobby is paid for by FIT? FIT buys a certain number of copies everyday for the students to use. Did you ever realize that those copies are gone by I would say 8:30 at the latest? Well as students we can request more copies! All you have to do is write to the president of our school and the more people who request it the better!

Also did you know with those copies at school you can get an online copy as well? Free 247 hour access each day. The directions on how to access that is above each of the copy racks located all around school. There is one in the D-building right before the elevators.

My Methods and materials class ( third semester interior design course) just went on a trip to see this building and it was beautiful in every aspect.The building was designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano in association with FXFOWLE Architects. They had an incredible use of new technology. An advanced dispatch elevator system that uses 24 passenger elevators (32 elevators total, including service) for faster, more efficient service. The passenger indicates on the touchpad in the elevator lobby to which floor he wishes to go. The elevator system directs the passenger to a particular elevator, which picks up the passenger and drops him off on the correct floor. ( that was the coolest thing by far)! They also had Wi-Fi throughout the building to make sure employees were constantly working. ( Talk about a job that encourages you hah)saThis Picture is of the cafeteria – you weren’t aloud to take pictures inside so all of these are from Google

The NY times building is completely sustainable and the first of its kind. After seeing that building I think the interior design students would agree that we could seriously upgrade FIT to a completely sustainable building if we had the funding. ( IT WOULD BE A LOT of money). Overall it was a great experience and if you ever know any classes that are going I would highly recommend it! My Professor was more then happy to bring along extra students!

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These were the stairs going to all the different journalist areas. This area was a lot more quiet then I thought it would be. I guess when I think of this area in a building I think of an old movie I saw it in with people screaming out ideas and such. wsaLastly this is the living moss garden in the middle of the building, located on the reception floor, a beautiful detail added in. You can see this from almost every angle of the building.

XOXO,

Kailee

Psst…Hey You…READ THIS!

Did that get your attention?  I sure hope so!  Upon moving to NYC for college, I started a project called “Psst…Hey You…”.  I give out cards (see picture below) to people that I find beautiful inside or out or someone who needs a pick me up.  From there, the person instagrams a picture of the card of where they received it in the background and they upload it onto Instagram with the hashtags #PsstHeyYou and #YouLookBeautifulToday.  On the backside, the recipient writes when and where they received it and then they pass it on to someone that they find beautiful.  I then repost the Instagrammed picture on the Psst…Hey You… instagram @PsstHeyYou and the Psst…Hey You… blog.

This project has been really near and ear to my heart.  The cards have been floating around FIT so please be sure to instagram and tweet and pass them on if you received one.  First stop…FIT…next stop The Ellen Show?  Maybe someday!  Be sure to follow Psst…Hey You… on instagram and twitter! http://instagram.com/PsstHeyYouhttps://twitter.com/PsstHeyYouCards

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xx,
Ashley

SPRANG BREAK!!

I don’t know if I’ve ever been more eager for a vacation…

It is finally Spring Break here at FIT! Last weekend, Students quickly began filing out of the dorms with their suitcases packed and a smile on their face. I don’t think it’s just me – everyone’s brains are fried. Especially after this depressing winter that’s lasted WAY too long, we need some time off. Preferably in a tropical climate.

I went upstate Friday night for a few days to start of my Spring Break. Mother Nature was in a FABULOUS mood on Saturday. It was about 75 degrees! My ginger skin sizzled in the sun but I was not complaining at all. The weekend felt like summer and my mind, body and soul were all so confused. It’s like we skipped spring and went straight to June.

And THEN Mother Nature being the moody b-word that she is decided to start snowing Tuesday night. REALLY?! You’re gonna act like that Mother Nature after what you just gifted us with?! I was almost in tears…but one thing was getting me through…

I’M GOING TO CALIFORNIA FOR A WEEK!

Yes, that’s right!. Tomorrow I’m leaving for California with some of my best friends! I have never been to California or the west coast. This trip is falling at the most perfect time – right before my last month of school. I will be able to get all of my pent up energy out in time for finals. (Ugh.)

But finals brings summer..and summer brings happy Brendan :)

I will be posting about my California adventures after my trip! As for you all, enjoy any sign of Spring you can find!

xx, Brendan

Let’s Clarify: He’s not an FIT Student

Multiple websites are claiming that the man apprehended for the Boston Marathon Bomb Hoax is an FIT student (just Google it and you will see) , I can assure you he is NOT a current FIT student. Sometimes miss-information like this makes it to mass media and its not long before it becomes a PR disaster and everyone starts to look at our college under a different eye (scrutiny by our competition even if irrelevant). I’m here to let everyone out there know that blogs, websites, newspapers and other news outlets should verify their sources before posting information that could potentially cause harm to others.

Lets face it, we live in a world where speed trumps fact checking, and it is all about who reports first. With lack of accuracy, our news stream is being filled by churnalism which is the death of original journalism. If only Kevin “Kayvon” Edson would have taken the time to update his Facebook page (yes, this is where they got the info, ridiculous) this would have not even been portrayed in the news (but as my friend says, people have Facebook to brag about stuff, even when its not true). Today, a few minutes ago, we recieved an email from President Brown, which I will share with you:

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I was there last year during the days following the attack. We were at an Entrepreneurship Forum at Babson College and we were in lock-down as they searched and caught the culprit. It was a scary situation, but one thing can be said, tragedy unites us all to our cores. We as Latin American students along with Boston citizens, and people from around the globe came together in support of others’ pain.

With that in mind, the Fashion Institute of Technology, pays homage to all the fallen people, victims and survivors from the Boston Marathon Bombing. Boston STAY STRONG.

Sadie

Health and Safety

As I write this, I feel like crap. My head feels like there is a table clamp squeezing it, my cough makes me sound like I’m dying of consumption, and my nose is simultaneously constantly running, yet so stuffed up I cannot breathe. I. Am. So. Sick. And I realized that while at college, there is no one to take care of you when you feel awful. Sure, there is Health Services, but they can’t really do much for the common cold or flu. Being sick alone sucks, especially if you have a million things to do! So, here are some tips to just avoid it happening altogether:

1. Drink water. Lots of water.

I’m sure you have heard this before, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you follow it. I’ll admit that I am horrible when it comes to this. I know I should be drinking about two liters (68 ounces) every day, but I definitely am not drinking the equivalent of four Poland Spring water bottles every day (yeah four). I suggest carrying around a water bottle that way water is always on hand, and it will result in you drinking more casually, not just when you are parched. For example, if you fill a 32 oz. Nalgene bottle before you leave for class and refill it in the afternoon then you will have had about two liters/ 64 ounces! Success!!

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2. Fruit juice: it’s like water but more exciting

Even more healthy than water is fruit juice! I mean water is still necessary on its own, but fruit juices contain essential vitamins that water does not have. However, many bottled juices contain a lot of artificial sweeteners, and do not actually have as many vitamins as they would like you to think. There are a lot of “organic juice bars” in New York City that offer fresh made “pure” juice. Other than that I would stick to good old o.j. and apple juice. If juice is not really your favorite, a cool trick I have seen friends do is fill their water bottle (see above) with fresh sliced fruit. There are many completely natural options, and they are just slightly flavored, so it is easy to drink a lot. Also, there is something satisfying about knowing exactly what is going into your body.

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3. Do you even lift?

Exercise and I have a complicated relationship. I love the feeling after a really great workout, and I do use running as a way to deal with stress, but sometimes it is just so hard to get up off the couch and go to the gym. Luckily, FIT has two very conveniently placed gyms! The larger one is in the basement of the David Dubinsky student center and classes are offered for free! The second is in the basement of the Kaufman dorm. However, this one is only available to students who are residents. Also, FIT actually has quite a few athletic teams. Less than the average college, but more than you thought I bet. If exercising with your peers doesn’t sound so enticing, you can always do what I do and run along the Hudson river. It is a five minute walk from Kaufman and maybe 10 – 15 from 27th street. I prefer to run outdoors and the city has renovated the area along the river and made it perfect for runners. Another one of my alternative workouts is yoga…at home! You can really find anything on YouTube. Why pay for a gym membership again?

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4. Sleep is for the weak. Just kidding, I’m tired and going to bed. 

Sleep is super important for staying healthy. They say you need eight hours every night, but  more is better. Let’s be real though, who gets eight hours every night? My advice would be just to avoid all nighters at all costs. There will probably be nights throughout your college career where you have to stay up all night to finish a project, but try to make these happen as few times as possible. Your body, and your grades, will thank you. A project is always better when it is not rushed. The biggest thing is simply learning to not procrastinate, and instead of binge watching Orange is the New Black, writing that paper, or sewing that shirt. Something that actually helped me a lot was having a roommate was asleep every night by 11 o’clock. Because she went to bed earlier than I did, it forced me to go to bed earlier because I didn’t want to keep her up with lights or noise I was making. As the semester went on, I began to plan doing my work around being finished by 11 so she could sleep, and I ended up being much more productive, and sleeping more! Creating (and actually sticking to) a schedule can really make getting work done at a normal time much easier to accomplish.

–Emily–