Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited! As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT! Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.
It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation. I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family. I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.
After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St. I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation. The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all. After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.
If you have been living under a rock, then you wouldn’t know about the beauty that is Smorgasburg. Based out of Brooklyn with locations now in Queens, South Street Seaport and more, food and flea vendors flock here as does the entire population each and every weekend. I went for the very first time this past weekend and I enjoyed the delicious Alchemy Creamery and Home Frites. Both gluten free options and by far the most INCREDIBLE ice cream and fries I’ve EVER had in my life. I’m not being dramatic here…I just want you to go and try both of these places out ASAP. You will not regret trekking out to Brooklyn for these yummy treats. I may or may not attend every weekend until it closes. Check out http://www.smorgasburg.com/ for more information on locations and vendors!
For those who may be new to the blog, I’m a huge workout fanatic. I’m constantly looking for new classes and new workouts…especially if they are free! I’m happy to inform you that Nike offers classes in New York that are completely free! There are many different types of classes such as running training with their Nike Running Club and agility and speed based training with their Nike Training Club. The locations of the classes vary for each class but each are unique and offer some incredible views such as Pier 40, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Niketown’s rooftop (yes they have a roof).
I attended the evening GridIron – Fit class and it was an amazing way to end my day. I highly recommend all of the classes because they are a fun way to challenge yourself. You have to make sure that you are online right at 3:00 pm on Sunday’s when the schedule for the week comes out. The classes fill up fast so you have to be on top of your game…seriously. Hope to see some of you there!
New York is known for its great food. You could spend your entire life going from place to place trying out every food that New York has to offer. Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have a ton of food sensitivities, my food exploration adventure gets cut a little short. Thankfully, more restaurants offer gluten free options and you will often come across places like Hu Kitchen (78 5th Ave (14th and 5th). Hu Kitchen’s menu is entirely gluten free and the ingredients are truly fresh and you can taste it. The atmosphere of the place alone is incredible (see photo below). It is very inviting with some of the nicest people working there. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you try any of their chocolate bars or their almond banana smoothie. The next time you have a lunch break, be sure to stop by and give it a try. You can thank me later.
Being from the midwest, New York has changed me for the better. Before coming to FIT or New York City, I would have never taken risks or stepped outside of my comfort zone. I would have never been able to walk into an interview or even get offered said position. I’m not afraid to speak my mind or stand up for what I believe in. I have gained confidence above all. New York can make you grow up really quickly. Not grow up in a way that you’re looking at retirement plans, but growing up in a way where you figure yourself out. You start to know what you want and what you don’t. You now have that sense of freedom and independence. People may say that you gain those things just by going to college, but New York is a different ball game. Prepare yourself to begin an entirely new book in your life. New York is the place where you become the person that you are meant to be.
“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” — Dylan Thomas
Very literally…welcome to New York. It’s been waiting for you.
As a freshman, I was completely overwhelmed with the proper classes that I needed to take. I thought that everything had to be done in a certain order, no exceptions. I didn’t think that I had many options to choose from and on the other hand, I wondered what my options were. If you are an incoming freshman or new student and you have no idea what classes you are supposed to take, reach out to academic advisement. Your academic advisor is somewhat the equivalent of your high school guidance counselor. They’re there to help you with your academic lineup for your time here at FIT. You should be receiving the contact info of your academic advisor, and I highly recommend reaching out to them regarding all of your class-related needs. While you may think that you just have to take 6 credits of English (hypothetical), that doesn’t mean that you can take any 3 2-credit classes. There are certain courses that aren’t allowed to be taken by certain majors/don’t count towards graduation for certain majors, so why waste your time and money by taking a class that doesn’t count towards graduation? Here are some sample questions that you should ask your Academic Advisor:
If my high school AP scores transfer over, should I still register for those classes?
What courses can I get ahead on?
What courses do you recommend for a new student’s workload?
What options do I have when it comes to my liberal arts and what classes don’t count towards graduation?
What are some of the minors and how do I declare a minor?
What are some of the classes that I should be taking during the spring incase a certain class/section fills up?
Should I only be concerned about my associates graduation requirements or my bachelors as well?
So I have officially been living in my new apartment for about a month and a half and I’m in love. I was skeptical at first and I was nervous about coming back to New York after being home for a week but I’ve fallen back into the swing of things and all is well. I have some advice as far as apartment planning and the things I did right and the things I did wrong.
You don’t have to buy all your furniture at once. When you are making that trek out to IKEA for the first time to get all of your furniture, get the essentials such as a bed and a place to put things like clothes and a TV. You don’t need a couch and a table and chairs right away. If you wait a little while, you’ll have more money in your pocket and it’ll be less of a financial burden.
Buy toilet paper and paper towel in bulk. No one wants to make a special trip to buy several rolls of toilet paper or paper towel, so see if your parents or someone that is helping you move can bring a good ol trusty pack from Costco or Target.
Why didn’t I buy a vacuum?! I am in desperate need of one, especially being on hardwood floors. You don’t think you need it, but you do. Dust galore.
A good roommate will make or break your apartment experience. I am thankful enough to live with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier. We already know how each other live and we don’t have to tiptoe around each other to try to live normally. We are like minded in our organizational habits and our lifestyles. A good roommate truly makes all the difference.
Ask questions ahead of time. How do you pay for rent each month? If there is an issue with the apartment do I call the super or outside maintenance and how much will it cost? When will the rent checks be cashed each month? How will I know if you received my payment?
Hope this helps you on your apartment adventures!
For those of you who aren’t from Long Island and the idea of walking into Penn Station with an end destination but no idea how to get there, I’m here to help. This past weekend I took the LIRR for the FIRST time to go to my best friend’s bridal shower. I was absolutely terrified, especially because I had to transfer trains at Jamaica which before coming to New York, I thought only existed in the Caribbean…
So the biggest help will be your friends that are from Long Island. They will give you the best advice as to how to take on the train system.
When you arrive in Penn, follow the signs to the LIRR. You have the option to use the ticket window to buy your tickets, the ticket machine similar to refilling your MetroCard, buying the tickets online, or buying them on the train (more expensive).
Tickets will vary in price depending on the day and time that you are traveling, which you can view on the trip planner. You can purchase single ride, round trip, monthly passes and several other options
Once you purchase your ticket, you will look up at the big screen that tells you what time your train is arriving and what track it is on. If you followed step #2, you will know what train you are taking. Anywhere from 4-12 minutes prior to departure, the screen will notify you of what train your track is on and you as well as 50+ other people will all rush in the same direction. Follow their lead if you are going on that train!
If you have to transfer at Jamaica, the connection train will always be across the track upon arrival or a few minutes later. If you are not taking the connection train, then you must go and find your train. Ask the people around you as well as employees. They know best!
While on the train the conductor will come around and hole punch your ticket and return it to you depending on the type of ticket that you have and your destination. Be sure that if you are on a round trip, don’t lose your ticket coming back to the city!
That pretty much covers it! Good luck on the LIRR!
So as we all know for ages now a “women’s place” is supposed to be at home, or in a lower level of a job. But as of 2000 the amount of women with high salary jobs such as CEO’s managers, ect went up almost 15%. Women are taking over the work force with there professionalism, kind words of encouragement, and the it needs to be done right now attitude. Recently my cousin became a female officer, I couldn’t be more proud because for one being in the line of work is a very hard field especially for women. Also with all the bad media lately about law enforcement really scared me knowing that someone in my family would soon be out in it too.
But after having a conversation with her i didn’t realize that she does everything and more that a male officer would do while working. After really listening to her stories it really opened up my eyes to how little credit woman such as herself receive. Most people male or female couldn’t do the things she does on a daily basis. So now in 2015 there are more women in the work force then ever and more women are becoming police officers. So you can no longer say women are just in the kitchen making your sandwiches were on the street and in the office making a huge difference. So the week ladies i want you if you see a woman working hard and making a difference encourage her ! tell her you see her hard work, because it’s not always easy for us and we need all the strong women we can get in this world !
( She was trying so hard not to laugh, as i had to take a quick selfie as the proud older cousin i am haha)