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Why NYC is Great for College Students

Hey there!

I don’t know about you, but I remember when I was picking my college, something that was really important for me was the location. I wanted it to be something totally different to what I was used to back home. I was hesitating between New York and Los Angeles, but ended up picking New York for several reasons:

1. Fashion Capital  As a fashion student New York is the place to be. It’s considered one of the top fashion capitals in the world. You get to see, live and breath fashion firsthand!

2. Proximity Your campus is basically New York City, which means everything is so close. There are so many means of transportation too, which makes it so much easier to wander around the city.

3. Experience all kind of urban nature From parks, beaches, sports fields to parks in the air, you have everything you need.

4. Abundance of museums and art galleries You have a museum for everything.

5. Experience NYFW You get to experience NYFW! Even if you don’t volunteer you still get to see and experience the madness that fashion week has on the city. Walk around and get inspired.

6. So many free events There is always something to do in New York. And if you don’t want to spend any money, there are so many free events around the city. In the summer you can go watch a movie in central park (it’s awesome), there are parades, street fairs and even free concerts!

7. Eat food from all over the world Any cravings you have the city will satisfy them. There are so many different restaurants, bars, diners and brunch places, it will take you two lives to try them all. Enjoy foods of all kind!

8. Concerts and Performances of all types From some of the best broadway shows to amazing ballet performances, you have a wide variety of options. Anything you want to watch will probably be happening soon. And FIT always hook students up with some amazing ticket deals!

xoxo

Zorya

Under Pressure

Hey everyone,

So it is spring break for most but not for me, when you have a full time job, or two you don’t really get to have your typical spring break. While I would love to be lounging on a beach somewhere or just even relaxing at home , I am currently stuck behind my desk at work watching the days pass me by. The past few days with my online midterms and projects due at the end of the week I have been struggling with staying calm and positive. I am far from calm at this point in the semester as most are. Long work days and exams are starting to get the best of me. So I decided to try some things that were suggested to me,

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  • Spend some time with friends, you need to be around people who support you and lift you up. Sometimes you need a little down time, when you over work yourself and don’t enjoy other things in life it can really get to you.
  • Start each day with a bang! Try to exercise in the morning or start the day with coffee or try tea instead. Whatever it may be start the day off with something that makes you feel good.
  • Blog or even journal, sometimes being able to get all your feelings out can really help. I really like going back to my own blog posts and seeing how far I have come from the beginning of college. Everyone has those days where nothing is going right but staying positive and realizing how much good you’ve accomplished can change any situation.
  • Lastly do something you enjoy at least once a week, do you like hiking? getting your nails done? taking a nice bath with your favorite Lush bath bomb? whatever it is make sure you enjoy it. I treat myself to a pedicure on Friday nights after work, its well worth the 15 dollars to just feel relaxed and not think about anything else except the color I am going to get on my toes.

After trying some of these things the past few days I have really seen a change in myself and my outlook. So no matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and most importantly never give up.

Keep up the good work,

Kailee

 

Let the Job search begin

Hi everyone!

As midterms and term projects are starting to wind down, I am starting to begin my job search for after college. I still have till December to find a job but my hopes are to find a new internship over the summer who will then offer me a full time job before I am done with school. While for most this isn’t ideal but I have worked full time all throughout college and I am ready to accept the challenge. Some advice I recently received was that you cant wait around for your perfect job, when your first looking for a job you take the best offer and work your way up. I know so many people who have been out of college for years and are still bartending looking for there dream job, so you cant be picky.

Some places I have been looking are:

  • indeed.com
  • monster.com
  • LinkedIn ( I have had the best results with LinkedIn, and its great because people can see your resume and qualifications before they even bring call you to set up a time to meet.)
  • Ziprecreuiter

If you have no luck with these you can always use the career center at FIT , as well as talk to some family friends, friends, family, ect. I have found my best jobs have been ones that I have known someone who’s known someone and recommended me for the position. Networking can only benefit you, even consider reaching out to old professors especially ones with there own business or who are still in the field.

May the odds be ever in your favor,

Xoxo Kailee

The Keys to Commuting.. successfully

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As a commuter student from New Jersey for the past 4 years I have learned a lot about how to prepare for the hour and fifteen minute train ride. But before I tell you how to deal with the spare time you need to figure out, no matter where you are coming from what type of transportation you are using. Are you walking? Taking the train or subway? Riding a bike? Driving? Taxi? and can you use this time to be more productive?

Well I have some great news ,you can! Two hours and thirty minutes is a lot of time to lose from your day, not to mention if you work besides going to school, you need every second you can spare. So this is what I learned:

  • Commuting can be stressful, listen to calming music, it tends to help drown out the noise of the guy snoring next to you or the person typing away really loudly.
  • Get a Wi-Fi hot spot ( this is a must) If you have this you can be more productive on your commute , doing homework, reading, whatever it may be.
  • Close your eyes, sometimes you don’t realize what that can do for you. Put your phone aside and your laptop and just unplug for a while.
  • Read a good book or magazine, I could finish a book in a week and it passes the extra time quickly.
  • Plan your week ahead, Figure out when things are due and when you have extra time to do them. Monday mornings I get on the train plan my week, study for a little or do some homework. Then I unplug for the rest of the trip. Then for the train ride home I usually take that time to do the work I was just assigned in my class.

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Commuting can be a lot, There was a point where I was commuting an hour and fifteen minutes to school then another forty minutes to my internship by subway. But as long as you know how to manage your time and pass it quickly you will be fine.

I’ve been asked would I consider moving to NYC due to my commute? Well since I am used to it now probably not, but in the beginning I would have done it in a heart beat. So if your a freshman just starting out or a transfer student just give it some time you will get adjusted!

Happy Travels,

Kailee

Discover a New City: Boston

Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great long weekend and Valentine’s day. I recently took one of my first trips of 2016, it was a 3 day trip to Boston. It was a last minute decision but I am officially hooked, I think I need to move there! What is great about the area is that you can take a train there from NYC, drive there its a 3-4 hour drive depending on where in New Jersey or New York you are.Bridge

For my trip I drove it took 4 hours and 40 minutes from central jersey. It was an awesome road trip there was so much to see on the way as well as when we were there.SignThe weekend was filled with so many fun sites and shopping, and did I forget to mention… the best lobster I have ever eaten! We arrived on Friday night at the West end of Boston, at the Liberty hotel. untitled.png12I have to say this was the coolest place I have ever stayed at. It used to be one of the first prisons in Boston, that was recently renovated into a hotel. The picture above is the lobby, you can see where they changed cell blocks into sitting/bar areas.  The light fixtures are original and refurbished to working chandlers, as well as the original brick and beautiful window you see above. It was the most beautifully designed places I’ve ever been in.

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After we settled in on Friday and explored the huge hotel we walked around Quincy market, which is an indoor and outdoor shopping area. The space was filled with beautiful statues and shopping and more lobster (haha). I don’t think I have ever been so full, and gained about 5 pounds just from the 2 days. We mostly tried to stay inside it was only 7 degrees and within minutes I got frostbite on my face.

Besides that, All of the streets were cobblestone , the history, the architecture all blew me away. Although I was surprised at how small Boston actually was, and how quite. Coming from New York city being our closest city were used to everything very bright and loud and millions of people. But when we got to Boston on Friday we went to eat at 8:30-9 and no one was on the street it was so quite. It was definitely a different atmosphere but that’s really what made me love it more. It has the city feel I was missing from back home but its still pretty suburban. I really didn’t want to come home and come back to my desk but I will definitely be visiting again soon when its not so cold!

Have you been to Boston? Any suggestions for my next trip?

Xoxo

Kailee