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Best Apps to Have

Hello there! Just a quick post about some of the apps that have been super helpful for me and that are great if your a student or living in the city. As a student we juggle so many different things, so having an app that can save us a little time and money is always a plus. My favorite apps are:

EllucianGo (free) If your a student at FIT and struggle to remember which class room your in or at what time your class starts, this is the best app ever, it shows you your course schedule and you can click on the class and it gives you details about the teacher etc. I honestly couldn’t live without it. It also has other informations about the campus, grades, important number etc.

Mint (free) If you struggle to keep a budget. This app is great. It helps you keep a budget and shows you what you spend your money on. It helps you have a visual of where all your money is going…

Citymapper (free) Lifesaver if your like me and don’t understand the subway system. It has a full map of the subways and the different stops, and it gives you the times when it arrives at the station. It also shows you the map for busses.

Venmo (free) If you live with roommates or go out often with friends and always struggle with who has to pay you back or don’t have cash, this app connects to your bank account, and makes it really easy for your friends (and you) to pay people back, collect money, pay bills, and much more.

TED (free) If you don’t know what to write about or what topic to talk about in class, or just need some inspiration, this app is great. It shows you videos of some really interesting people giving conferences (all over the world) and it’s great to listen to in your free time, because you can learn a lot from them (I have).

NYTimes /  The Wall Street Journal (free) Keep up to date before class! These two apps are essential if you are in a business major at FIT. Just looking through the most recent and important news, will always come in hand for one of your classes (trust me).

Checkout51 (free) Buy groceries and get cash back. You also have coupons and many different things on this app that will help you save money. And the great thing is that you get new deals and offers every few days.

Hope this was helpful! What are your favorite apps to have?

xoxo

-Z

 

Commuting Tips

Going to a school in New York City, you’ll find that a majority of students commute to school every single day.  Between subway and bus delays, general traffic, and the dreaded rain on too narrow of a sidewalk, commuting can often be unpredictable.  While I may not have a long commute, I have a few tips and tricks to help your day go by a little smoother.

  • Show up early. While it’s easier said than done, try your best to take the earlier train, even if it is 10 minutes, just to ensure that you make it to class on time.  While this may be difficult for students commuting from Long Island, if you are within the city, this is definitely a helpful tip!  Nothing is worse than the conductor saying “We are being held momentarily.  Thank you for your patience.”
  • Bring your own food.  Commuting can be EXPENSIVE.  The unlimited monthly metrocards and passes aren’t cheap, so there’s no reason why you should have to spend $15 on a salad.  If you bring your own food, it will save you time, energy, and money.
  • Get a locker.  Talk to your department head to see if your major offers lockers for commuters.  For Art and Design students, you especially want to consider this because you typically have a lot of supplies.  It will also be a huge lifesaver in the winter when you don’t want to carry around your big puffy coat.
  • Bring a phone charger.  This is most likely a staple in anyone’s daily life, but if you have a long commute, your battery may already be at a low percentage by the time you get to school.  I highly recommend having a portable charger as well just in case there isn’t an accessible outlet.
  • Carry the essentials.  From gum to chapstick and band-aids, to hand sanitizer and deodorant, you’ll never know when you’ll need your emergency stash, especially once you get off the train.
  • Wear comfortable shoes…or bring a spare.  Depending on your commute and where you get let off, you may still have to walk a ways to get to campus.  Wearing uncomfortable shoes may result in serious blisters upon arrival (another reason to always have bandaids).

Best of luck commuting!
Ashley

Stay Healthy!

Hello there! Hope you all had a great week. Just wanted to give you guys a few easy tips to keep in mind when your at school, because everyone knows how easy it is to get into bad habits.

 

  1. Walk to class. If you live not too far from school, walk to class. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Those are some easy tips to staying active, since in class your sitting down most of the time. Find easy ways for you to stay active, whatever it is.
  2. Drink Water (a lot). Hydration is key! Always carry a water bottle with you to class, it’s a great way of staying hydrated and awake during class.
  3. Get enough sleep. This is really important. This week I’ve been going really late to bed, and I’ve noticed how unfocused I was in class. Getting enough sleep helps your learning and memory.
  4. Healthy snacks instead of junk food. It’s so easy to get distracted by these vending machines. If your someone who knows you’ll get hungry, try bringing your own snacks, so you don’t get tempted by junk food.
  5. Have breakfast. Don’t starve yourself. Eat breakfast to start your metabolism. It helps helps you stay energized and focused. If you go to class with an empty stomach, trust me that’s the only thing that will be on your mind.
  6. Don’t overdo coffee. I know I fall into that category. When I’m in school I just forget about how much coffee I’ve had. It almost becomes a ritual before every class I need a cup of coffee, to help me concentrate. But that just isn’t the case. The more coffee you drink the less effect it has on your body. Try to keep you coffee intake at a reasonable amount.

xoxo

-Z

12 Hour Days

It’s not uncommon, especially for an Art & Design student to have class from 9 AM – 9:30 PM.  Ever since I started here at FIT, I’ve had a 9-9:30 schedule at least once a week.  While this can be avoided if you don’t want to be in class all day, for commuters and students with jobs and internships, it’s sometimes necessary to condense your schedule into the smallest window of time.  While you’re typically pretty tired by the end of the day, I have some tips and tricks to help you get through the 12+ hour day!

  • Prepare: This may seem like common sense, but make sure that you have all of your supplies, binders, homework assignments, and notes that you need for the entire day.  If you pack everything up in the morning, you’re more likely to forget something in a rush.
  • Bring food: I highly recommend bringing your own snacks/lunch/dinner if you can!  This will not only save you some money, but if you pack a great meal, it’s something to look forward to after class!
  • Caffeinate: If you like your coffee in the morning or need some extra fuel, coffee can always help!  We conveniently have our own Starbucks located in the Dining Hall!
  • Don’t get ahead: While this may be the exact opposite of what you usually hear, having a 12 hour day is not easy.  While it’s tempting to get ahead on your next assignment, you may only have 1 hour in between classes and that 1 hour may be precious time to refuel, take a quick nap, or study for your next class.
  • Breathe: If you have small breaks in the day, take the time to not focus on your next class and enjoy your meal and time to yourself.  Those little moments in the day will help prepare you for your next class.

Best of luck on those long days!

Ashley

Essential Discounts

Living in New York City is not cheap.  From wanting to explore all of the sites and try new restaurants, spending an arm and a leg on things like paper towel and shampoo.  I’m here to help you get the biggest bang for your buck on the everyday essentials without skimping out on quality!

  • Toilet Paper & Paper Towel: Home Depot (You’d be surprised!)
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash: Harmon’s or Bed Bath and Beyond (Sign up for their emails to get a 20% off one item once a month)
  • Produce: Trader Joe’s (You don’t pay by the pound, you pay by the number of items)
  • Groceries: Trader Joe’s or Fairway (Fairway for name brand/generic, Trader Joe’s for their own brand)
  • Cleaning Supplies: Harmon’s or Bed Bath and Beyond
  • School Supplies: Staples or the FIT Bookstore, depending on the product

My biggest tip is to try to stray away from places like CVS or Duane Reade, even though it’s convenient because their prices are often 2-3x what you’d pay elsewhere.  I hope this helped you save a few extra bucks!

Ashley