Its only been 17 days and I’ve been spending my days getting used to my new university and apartment. During this adaptation time I have been able to appreciate FIT in a whole other aspect. Here I have compiled a brief list of things I never noticed and can’t seem to stop missing, for those that say small things don’t matter its all about perspective.
Vending Machines that accept Credit/Debit Cards: here if you don’t have exact change you will starve or die of thirst (guaranteed).
Escalators: my legs are so sore because in Italy the first floor is actually the second so as you can see on top of my morning hike I have no choice but to keep on going (iron thighs coming up).
Mail/Package Notifications: getting those e-mails were sometimes the best part of my day (unexpected surprise), now I have to go to school and check on this archive under my last name through everyone else’s papers to see if I got something.
Weight room: as long as it is free you can get yourself weighed at the Health Center, unfortunately I had to buy my own scale and in kilos ( it does cut my official number in half so haha it might not be thaaat bad).
Gym classes are included in your tuition: we have such variety back home that having to pay 90 euros just for yoga (no offense yogis) once a week drives me absolutely crazy.
Massages & Acupuncture: you might not believe it but it is also included in your tuition 12 sessions of your preference one on one with a specialist. This is just not happening here.
Angel: While I always complain about it (every single semester, yes I’m sorry they need to make this better) I can check my grades daily and get constant updates. In this case I guess I will find out after my midterm and just be completely sure when the semester is over.
On the side, my birthday was this week and it was just amazing. Auguri to me on my 23rd birthday! I share some photos because even though I miss some things others are just way better here (gelatto, pizza, wine, nutella and the list goes on).
The Happiness of a cake completely covered in Nutella
We were pretty excited to be at The Pantheon for my bday!
So let’s talk about stress. It’s one of those necessary evils that we all experience. Actually, research shows that it can be helpful, it propels us to get moving, to accomplish goals, but too much and it becomes detrimental. With all the resources at/ near FIT, there’s absolutely no reason to be a victim of chronic stress.
The health center is well equipped to handle all of your de-stressing needs. There is free counseling, a nutritionist ( during high stress periods people tend to the wrong food or don’t eat at all). Not to mention the masseuse who also does acupuncture. She only comes twice a week and her schedule for the entire semester fills up pretty fast, so you have to sign up early to ensure a spot. There’s also a yoga club and a plethora of other free events offered around the Chelsea area. During the summer there are free classes for yoga and fitness training in the park. I have ventured to the park for one of these free work outs. It was way more intense than I had anticipated. Since I never work out, I certainty felt healthy afterwards, even that lady knocked all the wind of me. She had us running laps around the park and jumping hurdles and other craziness. It was feel my body in motion, but it was rather embarrassing that some of these free events. A quick web search will prove just how easy it is to find all of these free classes.
As important as it it maintain a healthy body, it is equally as important to maintain a healthy mind and spirit. I always on the move, either on the train, or in class, or working but I try to make living a balanced life a top priority of mines.So, once a week I try to make it out to (free) meditation. There are several places where free meditation is offered as well, but the place nearest FIT is at the Chelsea Studio, located just one block over.
Stress is an inescapable part of reality, especially being a student. Trying to escape stress is not the goal, the goal is responding to it healthy manner. There’s no reason to be stressed when there are so many (free) options at your disposal.