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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

 

Single New York Valentines day!

Chocolate_0Valentine’s day is approaching us, for some of us its a dreaded day, others its the one chance to find there love or to express there love to someone.  So I have a couple suggestions that I came across for singles this year in NYC, because I know how hard it can be to find the best thing to do in such a big city!

  1. Katch Astoria was voted one of the “Best singles spots” in queens. They are hosting a “Nuts and bolts” Valentine’s Day singles party for those trying to meet someone. Everyone will receive half of two-piece nuts and bolts set upon entry and will be challenged to find its match to win a special prize!
  2. For those of you who are trying to just forget completely that Valentine’s Day exists, which I know there are a lot of you because my friends are most of them. However, there is a sweet celebration all month at the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival. 3W 18th st, Flatiron
  3. Another way to meet someone is going to the Valentine’s Day salsa Class at Alvin Ailey Dance in Midtown where couples will be encouraged to rotate and try new partners!
  4. Lastly, for those who are just not about Valentine’s Day at all because we all have that one person that made us not like it anymore… There is the “Rejection Show: Valentine’s Day Heart break Haven”. Which is a comedy show at 8pm on the 14th at 14th 622 Degraw st in Gowanus.

Enjoy your day! Id love to hear what you plan on doing!

Xoxo

Kailee

New York City Gyms

For all the fitness lovers out there and want something beyond what the FIT gym provides (it’s a great gym..do not get me wrong), I’m here to help!  There are plenty of gyms in the Chelsea area, but not all gyms are created equal!  From equipment, classes, shower facilities, and of course…price, there are a lot of things to take into consideration!

  • Blink Fitness: With two locations conveniently located near FIT, it’s a big win-win.  They have all of your standard cardio and weight machines as well as showers.  There aren’t any classes, so this is a great place for someone who can work out independently.
    • Cost: $25 per month
  • 24 Hour Fitness:  The prime FIT location located at 26th St and 5th Ave, you’ll have a short walk from FIT to this beautiful gym.  Top of the line equipment, facilities, sauna, and locker rooms…and of course open 24 hours!
    • Cost: $80-85 per month
  • Equinox: The creme de la creme of fitness.  From yoga classes, apparel, spa services, and boxing, they’ve got it all at their location in the Flatiron district!
    • Cost: $210 per month
  • Crunch Gym: Nearly all the same amenities as Equinox, just with a little less elegance.  You’ve got a full service locker room, classes, a spin room, yoga classes, and Bliss products, the short walk from 23rd and 8th is a beautiful thing.
    • Cost: $96 per month
  • Planet Fitness: Dangerously located next to the infamous dollar slice on 27th and 7th, Planet Fitness is the least expensive gym in the city.  It’s a judgment free zone, which is perfect if you’re intimidated by hitting the gym for the first time in a while!
    • Cost: $10-20 per month
  • New York Sports Club: Located at 23rd and 8th Ave, it’s a short walk to fitness paradise.  With overnight lockers, towel services, and a sauna, it sounds like a great place to get out all of your finals week stress!
    • Cost: $40-70 per month

Happy exercising!

Ashley

Online Class Advice

If you are a typical FIT student, you probably have a million different things going on at once.  Between internships, jobs, commuting, family, friends, and enjoying your college years, FIT students have a lot on their plate!  With your crazy schedule, online classes may be perfect for you!  From my personal experiences, online classes provided me with the flexibility to “attend” class and get my coursework done on my own time.  Having that flexibility allowed me to work on the assignments in chunks, and not all at once in a single sitting.  However, with online classes, they can often be twice as hard and twice the amount of work, since you are teaching yourself in coursework you’d otherwise learn in class in addition to the homework that is assigned.  Here are my tips for surviving online classes:

  • If you can fit the “in person” class into your schedule…do it.  Online classes are often a last resort for when you need 2-3 days a week to work or intern.  If the in-person class meets during a time that fits into your schedule, opt for that form of learning instead!
  • Don’t look at the module’s coursework a day before it’s due.  This may seem self-explanatory, but you absolutely cannot leave your online coursework for the very last minute.  Often modules are set up 2 weeks at a time.  While that may seem easy and breezy, there’s a reason why you are given 2 weeks to do the work!
  • Go to the library.  At the library, you not only have the textbook resources, but you also have the additional computer resources.  I loved being able to work off of two screens while working.  I could use one computer for research and the other to access my coursework.
  • Communicate with your professor frequently.  Since you will never actually meet your professor, it is important that you voice any concerns that you have about the class, missing links and articles, and where you stand with your grades.
  • Stay organized.  While you should stay organized regardless of the method of teaching, staying organized with online classes is especially important.  Classes are often taught in chronological order, so if your binder is a mess, taking the midterm may be a mess as well!

Ashley