In the tragic event all over the news we all know what recently happened in Paris. Paris is in a state of emergency amid a deadly shooting, hostage situation and scary explosion that has left at least 127 dead.It has confirmed by France that this is an act of terrorism, as multiple shocking tragedies took place on Nov. 13. Several people were dead and wounded after a shooting at a restaurant in central Paris, and around the same time, an explosion allegedly occurred, which disrupted a soccer match between France and Germany. A second shooting took place at Paris Bataclan concert hall, where more than 100 were held hostage and a shootout took place between police and a target on the roof.
At this time in our community I send my prayers out to everyone, students, faculty, loved ones, family, friends. Regardless what your beliefs are I ask you all who are reading this to keep all these people in your thoughts and prayers. For those suffering at this time FIT has a lot of different services to help you, and many councilors for you to speak to.
Today, I finally headed over to the brand new UrbanSpace Vanderbilt located at East 45th St and Vanderbilt Avenue. UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is a permanent food hall with all your favorite restaurants that you usually see at the temporary food events from UrbanSpace Madison Sq. Eats and Broadway Bites. It is conveniently located right near Grand Central which is perfect for all of you Metro North commuters! The open space and abundance of options is perfect for a casual date spot, lunch or dinner on the go, or a nice place to unwind with some grub.
Some of the vendors include the classic New York City food icons such as Dough, Roberta’s, Ovenly, Sigmunds, and my favorite, Two Tablespoons. The endless options and menu items are perfect for picky eaters. UrbanSpace Vanderbilt is one of the first markets of its kind to give you so much variety in a condensed space. The vastness of markets like Chelsea Market can be overwhelming, with each store having their own seating and “store.” With UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, you get the feel of each individual vendor within a small market. If you would like to check out more information, visit in person or check out http://urbanspacevanderbilt.com/.
So recently I have come to a time in my FIT career where I am given the opportunity to work full time while I am finishing up my last few semesters. Being an ITM major I am given the opportunity to take majority of my classes online. Since I live in New Jersey and I waste about 10 hours a week back and forth commuting I thought it might be a great idea to only take online classes next semester.
So have taken a lot of online classes at school before I know what to expect but the question is do you? When choosing to take an online class you need to ask yourself a few questions:
Are you able to push yourself to do work when not in a physical classroom?
Do you learn better in groups or alone?
Even though you take an online class do you have enough time to devote to doing so, online classes tend to take the same amount of time if not more.
Are you able to self motivate?
Before fully committing to a fully online schedule I do suggest you take a class here or there to see if it is for you. I personally love them especially because I can work at my own pace and I often work ahead. So next semester will you be interested in taking an online class?
So this past week FIT showed its colors in the breezeway, while presenting FIT Pride Day. This day was one that is close to my heart. Having Friends, Family, and many loved ones who are gay, lesbian, whatever sexuality it may be, who are very close to me. I have seen there struggles, I have been there when they couldn’t tell there families, their heart break , the smiles on there faces when they realized there family didn’t look at them differently, My best friend when he finally went on his first date, the happiness in there eyes when they are finally free to let go and be themselves.
It is finally 2015 and I am proud to be apart of the generation that is more than accepting, times have finally changed. Where everyone is free to be themselves, same sex marriage was finally approved , and the world is becoming a much happier place. I love that FIT shows everyone support regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. So when deciding if you want to be apart of FIT ask yourself do you want to be apart of a family? Or just another student at a school. At FIT you are not just another number in a desk, you are known by name and are able to be apart of a very close knit family.
When entering your freshman year, you all of a sudden feel like a 5 year old child again, diligently following the rules and being paranoid that you’re going to get in trouble. You also feel like you need to buy EVERYTHING JUST IN CASE. But I’m here to help you swallow your nervousness and inform you about what you should invest time and money in so that you can succeed!
A sturdy umbrella. You may think that the rain won’t be that bad or you can just rush to where you’re going or stand under scaffolding. I’m warning you now…the rain will come and your $6 umbrella with polka dots from Target will not save you from the downpours. Get an umbrella that truly locks into place and go Mary Poppins on you with one gust of wind.
Shoes. I cannot stress this enough. You don’t think you’re going to walk that much, but you do. You’re going to want a pair of shoes for each type of weather and ones that are comfortable! Rain boots may not be the most fashionable, but they will keep you dry during the rainy and snowy months.
Socks. While this may sound silly, thick and warm socks are a beautiful gift. When winter rolls around and you’re waiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light up, you can thank Grandma for those knitted wool socks from 2012.
A locker. If you are a commuter student and going home for lunch in between classes seems daunting or impossible, get a locker! You can store your textbooks, personal items, and school supplies in there year round. Nothing is worse than forgetting something at home or wishing that you had somewhere to put something in a rush.
Portable Charger. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been running low on my phone battery and needed to charge it. While most people carry their cords with them everywhere, a portable charger is handy when you don’t have a plug, on the go, or don’t want to bug someone to use theirs.
Computer Software. If you are living in the dorms your freshman year, I highly recommend waiting to purchase all of the hefty software used for editing and designing until the library isn’t easily accessible to you. The library has amazing hours during the week and there is a 24 hour computer lab available as well. Every computer at FIT has the necessary software used in your classes. Save yourself the Creative Cloud debt and wait.
Textbooks & School Supplies. DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT buy your textbooks before classes start unless your professor has told you otherwise. Half of the textbooks and “required” supplies, I have NEVER used. I could’ve saved so much money if I had just purchased the items when I needed it.
EVERYTHING. Many stores whether they advertise it or not have student discounts. Just ask the cashier if they do and a lot of the time, you’ll get very lucky! Who says being a student doesn’t have its perks?