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Best Ways to Get Your Textbooks

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Hello!

Every semester it’s the same struggle, when having to buy your textbooks… You end up with questions like where do I buy my books? Why are they so expensive? Do I really need them? In this post I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks I’ve accumulated throughout my 4 semesters here at FIT. It’s something I would get really frustrated with, because I had to buy all my textbooks from my own pocket (like a lot of students here at FIT), and I would end up spending hundreds of $ on textbooks I would barely use!

My number one tip, before buying any textbooks is to wait after your first week (because you rarely use it the first day of class) of school to get them, because it happens so many times that the teachers don’t like the books and won’t use them during the semester or they will hand you out their handouts, with the most important information.

If after the first week the teachers insist for the textbook then get them and you are someone like me who needs to have a physical copy of a book in order to learn and highlight, here are some alternatives to buying or renting them at Barnes & Nobles:

  • Join the FIT class of 2018 facebook group, students are always selling their old books on there at great prices (because usually we want to get rid of them).
  • RENT or buy them on Amazon. I usually try to rent them if I can, because they are so much cheaper and then I’m not stuck with a book at the end of the semester.

If you are someone who doesn’t need a physical copy of a book and really don’t have any money to spend on textbooks, and reading them online or reading scans isn’t an issue for you then you can go to the school library and they have all the textbooks there. You can take pictures of the chapters and pages with your phone, or scan them, or you can read them at the library and take notes.

I really hope this post was helpful for you and if you have any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

xoxo

-Z

How to survive your first day

Starting college is a nerve racking experience. Most people find the first day to be filled with anxiety because they don’t know anyone and there is so much going on, but I promise you will make it through!

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The first thing you should do before your classes start is explore campus! Make sure you know where your classes are , where the bathrooms, cafeteria, computer labs, and extra help are located. Just walk around take it all in and get ready to be an official college student.

Next, make friends in your classes! Especially your liberals , they are mixed with tons of different people of all different majors, and grade levels. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone random, trust me they want to make friends just as badly as you do. But if you don’t make any friends right away don’t worry there is plenty of time to join a club, get involved, or introduce yourself to someone out and about other then in class.

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One thing that is a must let your parents fuss over you. I know your a college student now but your a college student at FIT and your parents are so beyond proud so embrace It and thank them for encouraging you so much. You will be thankful by your senior year I promise!

Another is pack head phones and a snack for your first day. It is definitely overwhelming at first and you need some down time between classes or even just walking to class to listen to some music or watch a quick episode of something on Netflix. Give yourself a chance to relax and unwind, plus who doesn’t like snacks. Most people think my bag is filled with books, but they thought wrong I have snacks on snacks (haha).

Lastly, wear something your comfortable in. I made the mistake of wearing heels my first day freshman year and my feet were killing me by my second class and I had to get up and introduce myself. I must have looked ridiculous wobbling up to the front of the class. You want to be able to be cool, calm and collected.

Any other suggestions for the first day?

Best of Luck,

Xoxo

Kailee

Camping or Glamping?

Hey Everyone,

So as we only have a little less then two weeks left to enjoy our summer. I took one of my last trips before its time to buckle down.

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About 10 of me and my friends went camping down the Delaware water gap. If you haven’t been I highly suggest it. We took canoes about 8 miles down the water gap and found a spot to camp out for the night. The water was as clear as can be. ( For me that’s a big deal , because I will not go in water that I cant see, Haha).

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First thing I would suggest though if you go in the summer.. wear sunscreen. I made the mistake of not doing so and I got burnt to a crisp. Second thing bring something that you can sketch with or paint with. The natural beauty on this trip was breath taking and I wanted to capture every aspect anyway I could.

Sun RiseThis was what I woke up to, I think I sat on a log just staring at this until the sun fully immersed itself into the sky. It was breath taking, you never know what you can discover in your own backyard. So before the summer ends , get out, explore!

What have you done this summer? Any Fun plans before it ends?

Xoxo

Kailee

FIT Food Staples

Compared to any university in NYC, FIT has one of the best locations, centrally located in Manhattan, steps from Penn Station and Port Authority, and a quick walk to the Hudson River.  Thankfully, with our amazing location, there is always somewhere to eat!  Here are some of the resources and restaurants available to you, all within a 3 block radius!

  1. The Dining Hall
    The Dining Hall located in the Dubinsky Student Center has great options from salads and sushi, to pizza, omelettes, fruit, and sandwiches.
  2. Starbucks
    Also located in the Dubinsky Student Center is our very own Starbucks.  This Starbucks accepts FIT declining balance, cash, and credit cards so you’ll always be prepared to get your morning fix of caffeine! 
  3. FIT Express
    FIT Express is located in the Marvin Feldman Center lobby and is your quick stop to picking up some fruit, a light snack, or a space to eat before your next class.
  4. Brooklyn Bagel
    Something that I ALWAYS tell anyone that is visiting or coming to NYC for the first time is that they have to go to Brooklyn Bagel located on 8th Ave & 25th St.  With an array of cream cheese spreads and hand rolled bagels, I can promise you that you’ll be back for more!
  5. Chipotle
    Yes, I know, we are in New York City, and it seems absurd for me to recommend Chipotle, but honestly, it’s incredibly conveniently located (7th Ave & 26th St), quick, and satisfying.  What more could you ask for?
  6. Fresh & Co
    Located right across the street from FIT on 7th Ave, Fresh & Co offers create your own salad and pasta, or choose from several soup and sandwich options.
  7. Whole Foods
    Located at 7th Ave and 25th St, Whole Foods is a great resource for lunch!  They have incredible options from their hot bar, sushi section, or create your own salad.  Special bonus is that you can always get some light grocery shopping done while you’re there.  (Be mindful of the prices of groceries.  Trader Joe’s/Fairway is a more affordable option)

Ashley

First Week at FIT

Looking back on my first week at FIT, I can remember how absolutely terrified I was.  I was in a new city, it was my first time at a university, I knew very few people, and I was already homesick.  The first week can be daunting and it is the easiest and the hardest to go through.  If you are a brand new student, your first week may be the hardest on you mentally, only because you may be anxious, stressed, and nervous about your classes, but rest assured, your first week will be one of the smoothest weeks of your semester!  Your professors will most likely go over the syllabus, what textbooks you need to purchase, potentially a little bit of material and then release you for the day.

Your first week gives you the opportunity to go explore!  I highly recommend going with your roommates or friends that you made at orientation/classes and going to a new restaurant, a movie night, or hunting down the best donuts in NYC!  Try to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and go celebrate a new chapter in your life!  Remember how hard you’ve worked to get to where you are and that the best is yet to come!

Ashley