The FIT library is a great place to go for some quiet time, but it is also a fantastic place to receive help on research or thesis assignments! Here are some resources that the library has that you as an FIT student can take advantage of:
PrintFx: PrintFx is FIT’s printing lab in which students and faculty have access to. It is located on the 5th floor of the Pomerantz Center in D529A. You are able to drop off orders or order online, and the services range from laser jet prints to printing on fabric, to bookbinding. PrintFx has some of the least expensive prices in the city and is always of the highest quality.
Research and Instructional Services: If you have a thesis or research project that would like assistance in finding materials, the research services desk is happy to sit down with you, chat over the phone or email regarding your needs. To find out more information about how to book an appointment, click here.
Rent books and movies: From the blockbuster hits to the fashion documentaries and novels, the FIT library has access to it all for your use. Don’t see the title that you are looking for? Inform the library staff and they are open to ordering it.
Historical Forecast Archives: FIT has access to historical forecasts from the 19th century – onward. You must make an appointment to view by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Scan textbook pages: The professor may not require the book, but they may assign readings and assignments from the textbook. Instead of purchasing the entire book and rarely using it, the FIT library has access to a majority of the typical textbooks used and they are available to scan so that you have access to the necessary pages.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about what the FIT library has to offer!
It came to my attention, that a lot of students (especially new students), weren’t aware of our Student Volunteer Community Services (SVCS). Many think it’s to volunteer for food bank, pet shelters etc. But it offers much more volunteer opportunities than that. For example if you wanted to volunteer for NYFW, SVCS are the ones that take care of it. If you haven’t signed up to SVCS, you will never be informed about various dates and opportunities to volunteer for really great events. It costs you absolutely nothing to fill out the SVCS Personal Information Form and like that you will be sure to be informed by email about any events that are offered to FIT students. Last year for example students could sign up to volunteer and be part of Kanye West’s fashion show!
While spring being around the corner is a great incentive to change your life around, sometimes you need to get your motivation from external sources. My favorite way to get motivated is to watch documentaries about those that inspire me, listen to motivational music, or read a book that will make me think and drive me to do better. The FIT library is filled with books, not just pertaining to fashion and the related majors here, but also motivational books. Here are some of my favorite books that can be found in the FIT library:
Grit: The Power of Passion and Purpose by Angela Duckworth
Synopsis: Why do some people succeed and others fail?
Own Your Future by Paul B. Brown
Synopsis: How to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy
No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith
Synopsis: Finding your passion, creating your career plan, confronting your fears and excuses
Smarter, Better, Faster by Charles Duhigg
Synopsis: The secrets of productivity in life and business
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Synopsis: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion
I thought I would write a short post on our many clubs here at FIT, because if some are you are/were like me you might be afraid to join or don’t even know how to join. Since I’ve started FIT I’ve always wanted to be part of a club and join, but I was always scared it would interfere with my schedule and I thought I had to be accepted before I even attend the meetings. This is all completely false! I finally decided this semester to join a club and I really regret not doing it before. If like me you think it’s going to interfere with studies or school, it doesn’t. Most clubs meet during common hour (which are Tuesday from 1-2pm) and are open to anyone who has an interest in the club. Not only are they a great way to meet people with same interests, but are great to add on your resume. And you also get offered many opportunities through the clubs, that you wouldn’t elsewhere. There is such a wide range of clubs, you are 100% going to find something for you.
Click here to see all the different clubs FIT has to offer.
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.