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Closest Places to Grab Good Coffee

 

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Hello there! If you are like me, coffee is basically your life. Since moving to New York, I have become a coffee addict. I can’t function in the morning without a good cup of coffee. I know a lot of students here at FIT feel the same way, but they often just go to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, because of the convenience and they can’t be bothered to walk far for coffee… Listed below are some of the best places to grab really good coffee, that are really close to FIT.

Stumptown (20 W 29th St) Best coffee in New York City. The coffee shop is in the Ace Hotel, so if you want to study you can go in their lobby, which is worth seeing. There are a lot of students that study there, so you won’t feel like an intruder and they have free wifi!

Seven Grams Caffé (275 7th Ave) Literally just in front of FIT. They have plenty of room if you want to sit down and do homework. They also have free wifi, which is always a plus. Beware because they bake their pastries in the coffee shop, which makes you want to eat everything.

A little Taste (148 W 28th St) Great coffee, but it’s really tiny inside, so if you’re looking for somewhere to sit down, don’t go there. It’s really close from FIT, so if you want to grab a quick coffee in between classes, it’s really convenient. If you like pastries, they have some really delicious options.

Birch Coffee (21 E 27th St) Really interesting layout, in the back of the coffee shop they have a library, where you can borrow books and read them. There is a lot of room to sit down and do homework. A lot of students go there to study, which is always nice, especially if you want to start a conversation. The staff is really friendly and they have free wifi.

Café Grumpy (224 W 20th St) This is my favorite place to do homework. They don’t have wifi nor allow laptops, but if you have to read or draw, it’s really cute and has a great ambiance.

If you have any other recommendations, I would love to know about them!

xoxo

Zorya

Exhibition: Vigée Lebrun

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Hey everyone,

If you are interested in the Rococo period or the Marie Antoinette era, I would highly recommend going to see the current exhibition on Vigée Lebrun taking place at the Met Museum. The exhibition is open until May 15th and is free with museum admission. A little tip, instead of paying the entire admission fee, just mention that you are an FIT student and that you would like to make a donation (the amount is up to you) and you still have access to the entire museum.

I went to see the exhibition this week, because I’m fascinated about Marie Antoinette’s life and I was really intrigued on learning more and seeing the paintings of Marie Antoinette’s personal portrait painter. There were some famous portraits and paintings everyone is familiar with, but there were also many of her earlier and later works after the French Revolution. It was interesting to see the difference in her style and the different subjects she decided to paint after the Revolution.

To get there the 6 line will bring you to 77st (if you coming from downtown) and then it’s a short 5 minute walk to the museum. After your museum tour you can take a little stroll in central park and enjoy the sun.

Let me know what your thoughts were on the exhibition!

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

Online Classes: Midterm Edition

Happy Midterms everyone!

So being that this is my first semester taking ALL online classes I thought I would give you some advice on what I do when midterms begin.

#1. Make sure you have been reading the lectures, watching the videos and participating frequently through out the class. I know some people don’t do this because they think it is an online course and it will be easy but trust me catch up now or by time the final comes around you wont know anything that is going on and you don’t want to fail.

#2. MOST ( not every)  online classes allows you to use your textbook and notes for your tests and midterms , so make sure you keep your notes organized and all the lectures printed out and up to date.  But double check you are allowed to use them!

#3. When taking the midterm make sure you are in a quiet place where the internet will not go out! Sometimes when I am taking them my internet at home goes in and out and I have no idea why so instead of getting kicked off the test and not being able to go back I go to Starbucks. Most of the time places like that or libraries have a very strong internet connection because of how many people are using it.

#4. Remember your being timed and if you exit out or change browsers you will be kicked off the test! Some teachers allow you to take breaks and go back and finish but not always so make sure you read the directions before you start the test.

#5. Lastly, make sure there are no short answers or essays. Sometimes you will only get an hour to finish a test and there are 40 questions and two short answers, you want to make sure you have notes before hand on what to write for the short answers to help you save time and be allow you to go back if you need to.

Online classes are great and defiantly help you work and go to school but you have to remember they are still a class and you need to devote the right amount of time to them!

GoodLuck!

Kailee