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What FIT Taught Me

I’m coming up on graduating from FIT in a matter of a few weeks and I decided this would be a good platform to reflect on what I learned.

  • Say thank you to the security department.  Often underappreciated, it’s important the the security department gets recognized for their hard work.  Understand that there is someone inside of every single building 24/7 to ensure that the students are safe.  That is no easy feat.
  • The best opportunities are the ones you create yourself.  If you wait around for an opportunity to knock, you may succeed, but there’s something that is even more rewarding when you succeed because you made it happen for yourself.
  • Not all internships are created equal.  It is okay if you like or dislike a certain aspect of your internship or job.  Internships are about learning and experiencing different sides of the industry to see what you would ideally like to be doing once you graduate.
  • Make time for yourself.  Outside of internships, class, homework, and working, it’s tough to actually make time for yourself but it is important to get enough sleep and enjoy your college years.
  • Never procrastinate laundry.  One of the biggest annoyances of a college student is doing laundry in the dorms, but the longer you delay it, the more irritating it is.
  • Always carry cash.  Whether you need an emergency cab ride home or adding money onto your laundry card, it’s crucial to have cash on you whether you think you need it or not.
  • Treat every class as a building block for your future job.  There are many classes that I wish I listened more intently because those skills would better serve me as I enter into the workplace.
  • Don’t fear the unknown.  These past 4 years contained a lot of mystery, new opportunities, and new challenges that I had never faced before.  If I ran away from these “scary” situations, I would never grow into the adult I am today.

Ashley

Restaurant Spotlight: Roti

Being constantly on the go, it is nice to find new fast casual restaurants that are in the area!  I came across Roti Modern Mediterranean, or Roti for short, on Instagram and I knew that I had to go and give them a try!  With 2 locations located in Manhattan, 100 Maiden Lane and 142 E 43rd, and locations throughout the east coast and Chicago, Roti is quickly growing, with new stores likely to open nationwide.

Similarly to Chipotle, you can customize your meal from your base of rice, salad, or pita (bonus: they have gluten free pita), then choosing your protein from falafel to chicken kabobs to salmon, there are options for everyone.  Then comes the fun part of picking all of your toppings and sauces.  A mediterranean restaurant isn’t complete without hummus and Roti has you covered there!  For people who are very mindful about what they are eating, they have a nutrition calculator online so you can plan out or see what you’re fueling your body with!  I opted for the salad with chicken kabob, fresh vegetables, and red S’hug sauce.  After one visit, I am hooked and I am looking forward to returning!  For more info, visit http://roti.com/

Happy eating!

Ashley

Bowery Ballroom & Irving Plaza Review

It has been months since I have gone to a concert, and I am so incredibly glad that I have finally broken that drought. Recently, K. Flay, one of my favorite musicians ever, had a show at the Bowery Ballroom.

The Bowery Ballroom is an amazing venue, with tickets averaging out to $22 (after the processing fee!) it makes concerts much more budget friendly, and with a walk under 10 minutes from the N or the Q, it is easy to get to. Sold out shows are never painfully packed, and for someone who hates mosh-pits, this is a welcomed relief. No matter where you stand, you are practically guaranteed a great view, and with an amazing light show every night, the only thing that changes is the artist, which they have an amazing taste for. From pop artist like The Griswolds, to indie hip-hop like K. Flay, to a much more retro sounding Tennis, the Bowery Ballroom has an amazing line-up no matter when you go.

Photo courtesy: Katie Rich @richlkatie

This last Friday I was lucky enough to snag tickets for Hippo Campus at the Irving Plaza, and I can say without a doubt that it was the best concert I’ve ever been to.

Tickets at Irving Plaza are a bit more expensive, coming out around $40, but the extra money is worth it. Located right next to Union Square, Irving Plaza is a much bigger venue than Bowery Ballroom, meaning there will be a lot more energy from the crowd and it will feel much more like an actual concert rather than a gig. The stage is larger so the bands have a larger set up and the standing room for the audience goes much farther back and has a second floor where the bar is located. You have to get there a bit earlier to get a good spot, but besides that there’s really no negatives about the venue.

With countless concerts out there in NY, there is a lot to experience, but I hope this will put these venues on the map for you!

Library Resources

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 libperiodicals@fitnyc.edu
  • 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!

Ashley

 

Have Your Dough and Eat It Too!

New York City is no stranger to interesting food creations and combinations.  DŌ (pronounced dough) is located in Greenwich Village and is the new hotspot for all things cookie dough related.  DŌ formerly had a factory store located in Midtown East where they would be creating and shipping off their edible cookie dough nationwide.  With their recently opened storefront in at 550 LaGuardia Place, they’re serving cookie dough by the scoop, cookie dough ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, baked goods, and more!

Cookie DO by the scoop

From gluten free flavors to vegan flavors, there are options for everyone!  I highly recommend going in the middle of the weekday if possible since the crowds and lines accumulate after work.  The gift cards and prepackaged dough also make for a great gift item for any upcoming birthdays or anniversaries!  For a full list of flavors and more information about DŌ, visit https://www.cookiedonyc.com/.

Enjoy!

Ashley