This past weekend, my friend invited me to join her and her friends to hike up Bear Mountain, a state park near Rockland County along the Hudson River. Until this past weekend, I had yet to leave the city this summer and now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. The hike alone was one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever been on, but the view at the top was incredible. It was so nice to get away from the craziness of the city and be back in genuine fresh air. A lot of the time I find myself so wrapped up in what I’m doing with school and my future career to the point where I don’t take time to take a breath. I highly recommend to somehow get away from your current environment when things get too crazy, as difficult as that is. With Bear Mountain only being an hour away from the city, take the drive if you have access to a car. (3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Woodbury, Parking $8 per car)
With this crazy summer heat and the non air conditioned subway cars, sometimes all we need to cool down is some delicious ice cream. There are two places here in New York that have a special place in my heart.
Chloe’s Fruit: (E 17th St between 5th and Broadway) Being health conscious but also ALWAYS craving ice cream, Chloe’s truly saves the day for me. Their soft serve is gluten, dairy, and fat free and absolutely delicious. The dark chocolate and banana flavors are my favorite and there’s no way possible that you can leave there without getting peanut butter drizzle on top. I can’t wait to try their newly added breakfast items!
Chloe’s Fruit Soft Serve
Big Gay Ice Cream: (West Village – Grove St and 7th Ave, East Village – E 7th and Avenue A) What started as an ice cream truck has turned into a character of NYC. I’ve only been once but the next time I’m feeling a cheat meal, I’ll definitely go there. I got the Rocky Roadhouse when I went for the first time and I’m very thankful that they have GLUTEN FREE CONES! I highly recommend that you look at the menu online in advanced because it can get busy on a hot summer day.
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.
While being sick on its own isn’t fun at all, add on school, work, and internships AND being away from home, and it can seem like a hopeless recipe for disaster. I for one, hate missing class or a day of work or an internship and even worse, I hate letting my boss or professor down. Sometimes you just get really really sick because you are human and you have to take a day to get better and not get everyone around you sick. I have some tips for when you have to make the dreaded call about missing an important days’ work.
Let your professor or boss know as early as possible. While you may only wake up 10 minutes before class starts, let your professor know immediately. If you tell someone in your class to tell your professor, that can come off as irresponsible. The professor may not check their email until later but it’s important to be as professional as possible.
Find out what you missed if you’re missing class. If it is a class where you MUST ask the professor what you missed, then so be it, but most of the time it’s much easier and less of an annoyance for your professor if you ask a responsible friend.
Just because you missed class, that doesn’t mean that you have an excuse to not have something done on time. If you missed more than one day of class, then you have an actual excuse, but if you missed one day because you were feeling under the weather, you still have six more days to get your work accomplished before next week’s class.
Don’t miss exam days unless you’re incredibly ill or if it’s an emergency. Sometimes the professor may not let you make up an exam or they may give you a harder exam (doesn’t always make sense). If you have a cold and a headache and feel crummy, it’s best to get the exam over with and crawl back into bed. With this being said, isolate yourself from other people to prevent others from getting sick. While it is slightly selfish to go anywhere while being sick, it will cause greater stress for your professor and yourself if you have to take an exam at a later date or not at all.
Thank your professor or boss for being understanding. Most of the time, your boss or professor will understand your circumstances and be accommodating if missing class is unlike your behavior. If you go out of your way to thank them, they will appreciate it even more, especially since you were just bedridden for a couple days. A little kindness goes a long way.
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!
Now that the school year has officially ended, it’s time to look ahead towards brighter days! I’m staying in the city this summer and interning. I was only able to see my family and be at home for 9 days and now I won’t see them until winter break. It’s going to be really tough but I just have to focus on school and interning and bettering myself. With that in mind, I figured I’d share some of my goals for this summer!
Have a successful internship and learn from my experiences.
Explore New York City! I have a massive list of places that I want to see, restaurants that I want to try, and fun locations to visit.
Step outside of my comfort zone whether it’s at my internship, a new food, or just in everyday life.
Continue to stay active and improve my health.
Relax and have fun. This one is going to be very difficult for me, which I know sounds weird. I spend my entire year completely focused 24/7, rarely spending time away from my desk or photo studio, so now is the time.
Educate myself. There are plenty of skills that are applicable to my major but I am not allowed to take as part of my curriculum here at FIT. So I am going to be using FIT’s resources and lynda.com – an online video portal with hundreds of videos that teach you about your desired topic. I’m going to educate myself on Adobe Software such as InDesign and Illustrator as well as marketing strategies and how they’re applicable to photography.