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How To: Spend Time Alone

As I get further into the semester, I begin to find that I have less and less down time. So when I do get time alone finally I tend not to enjoy it as much as when I am with others. It’s not an ideal reaction but it is truly a normal one.

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One thing that has really helped me ease into alone time has been hobbies, the less time I spent with all my friends and whoever else the more hobbies I discovered I had. Use the silence to read, paint, knit, draw, whatever interests you. Recently I learned how to cook by just getting some random recipes’ online. Next, while you are doing these things do not check your phone. Checking it defeats the purpose of alone time overall. Everyone tends to get FOMO aka, Fear of missing out.

Also spending time alone doesn’t mean you need to spend time locked in your room or apartment, go for a walk, treat yourself to coffee, or go shopping alone. This still counts as alone time even if you aren’t really alone. I find that my taste in things tends to change with the people I am with so if I am alone I find more things that I love that maybe I wouldn’t think of before.

Lastly, enjoy the ultimate relaxation, when you’re not running around or doing things for others its quite relaxing. My favorite moments are once a week when I climb into a bubble bath with a book and some candles. So my suggestion is cancel your plans, put down the social media and texts and just hang out with yourself.
Xoxo
Kailee

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

 

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

Life Hack: How to be an Optimist

As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.

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First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.

Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.

Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.

Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Stay Positive!

Xoxo,

Kailee