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You’re Here, Now What?

You’ve made it to New York!! Tall buildings, bright lights, how exciting! …Now what? All your friends and family are back home. Your roommate is kinda cool, but you two don’t exactly “click”. Despite New York’s reputation as one of the loneliest cities there are many ways to meet cool people!

If you are missing being an athlete and bonding with a team, you can look for inter-city sports teams. If venturing off-campus is a little too daunting for you, FIT also has classes anyone can attend including yoga, spin, kickboxing and open gyms for basketball.

A fantastic way to meet people and give back to your new home is by volunteering. Believe it or not, this megalithic city doesn’t just run itself. The City has a program set up to match volunteers with types of organizations they are interested in working with, like the environment, community/neighborhoods, health, education, etc. Volunteer Match is another organization that finds opportunities close to you (but you can also sort based on your interests).

New York is a city full of artists. If you want to expand your creativity or be inspired by others there are ample opportunities to see artists at work. A fun and safe environment to overcome stage fright is The Open Mic Downstairs – a great place to meet other actors, comedians, singers, etc. It is also only $3 if you want to just see talented people letting themselves go. If spoken word (with some comedy) is more your style “Bareburger Unplugged” is a place also meant to be a safe environment for artists to experiment, and they have some of the best organic burgers on the island. Another fun way to meet people is to go to a paint night.  Located all over the city, and almost every day, this is no pressure studio time (the paintings they give as the sample are more like guidelines I say).

It can be kind of awkward to start a conversation with a random person out of the blue, so the easiest way to do it is to have something to talk about right away, like something you have in common. The best way to have this is to attend events that are centered around shared interests. New York Comic Con is one of the biggest and most famous example, although tickets can cost hundreds of dollars and sell out within minutes. Meetup facilitates meetings of people with similar interests, and extend all through New York City, not just Manhattan. These groups are incredibly diverse with runners, a Capella singers, “foodie couples”, and Jewish parents of Astoria (I don’t know if that last one would apply to anyone reading this, but hey, FIT has an incredibly diverse student body!). The coolest “meetup” idea I’ve seen, which I totally want to try ASAP, is meal sharing. Eat With puts up times that chefs in your area are hosting dinner parties or cooking classes. Not only is it a great way to have a fantastic, authentic  meal, but it is an awesome resource for students who cannot get home for the holidays, but still want to have a group meal.

For even more ideas try Time Out NY. Do any of you have suggestions?


How to Get Away with Finals

Hi Everyone,

Today is first day of the rest of my life (post-college). What I’m trying to say is, I’M DONE WITH FINALS! I just realised this means, no more homework, no more all-nighters, no more finals EVER (well at least until I do my Masters lol). What am I going to do with my life? (uhm I can think of a million things honestly). For starters I already signed a lease (wow growing up real quick) and went on one job interview (please keep your toes crossed). Seems like im settling down, right? I shall keep you guys updated with this breaking story (haha).

In the meanwhile for those of you, who still have some finals to go or have just started the first round of finals in your FIT lifecycle I have some words of wisdom I’d like to share. This post is mostly about how FIT helped me survive this week and how I myself nailed it.

1. Need some stress relief? Go to PET Therapy! Yes, you heard right puppies that will play with you and help you forget about everything (I just love FIT). Little fluff balls pouncing around waiting for a treat greeted you at the library. It was seriously a very popular event (I mean the line was 45 mins long) but completely worth it. Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 9.36.15 PM


2. Treat yourself after completing that ridiculously long exam. What better than retail therapy, with a purpose? This year for the second time we launched the holiday pop-up shop made by VPED 3rd semester students in collaboration with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s thrift shop. Last year we raised $35K in just five days, this year we MUST break the record.




3. Just add water, literally haha. This week marks the special care package week where we students receive love from our parents and family in the form of food. The perfect survival kit in a box, for those moments when you just need to study. If you are loved you got one of those blue boxes, if you didn’t don’t fret there is always canned tuna salad in the vending machines (yeah, NO judgments allowed here).3676733c132e1f1158b4518a74dea28b


4. Holiday Lights will remind you it is ALMOST Christmas. That moment when you feel your head is about to explode, just walk out and get lost in the lights. There is something about these blue twinkly lights that promises there is light at the end of the tunnel.


5. And my personal favorite is, study hard but be real. Whatever you didn’t learn in the past 4 months will not come magically to you overnight. Do study, but don’t die in the process. Sleeping is equally as important, because if you miss the alarm because you were too tired all that studying was just time lost.

Good luck with what’s left. And remember above all, have fun:10394782_801228603267000_6866632826051398557_n

Carpe Diem,


Amazing Memories

This winter break was the best break I have had at FIT thus far. It really helped me get focused and ready to go back again. I had so many adventures with friends and family, that I will always cherish. This was also the first time I didn’t take an online class over break, which was definitely why I relaxed just a little bit more. The beginning of break you saw my adventure blog posts, I went to Atlantic City ( won some money), and hang out with some friends. SO much more has happened since then.

afefaeMy best friend turned 21!( She is in the red dress) so for her birthday we went to PACHA in NYC. It was one of the coolest places I have had the pleasure of going to. There was two floors, a basement, all kinds of entertainment, and guest appearances. PACHA was actually very safe and well monitored. We had a blast, keep in mind if you want to go out for the night it can be a little pricey. Also you have to be over 19 to get in.

wdlHere is another picture of us before we got there. My two best friends Nadia ( next to me) and Ashvini ( birthday girl on the opposite end). They live at an apartment on campus. They all go to Rutgers, which is a few short minutes away from my hometown. Definitely one of the best memories I made over break.





naOne of the biggest things that happened over break was my best friend wasn’t aloud to go back to her school for the semester because she failed a class. This is a very devastating time in your life if it happens to you. It has happened to me, and many of my friends. Not as bad as not going back to school, because each school is different. But it definitely messed up my schedule the past two semesters. But hey, it is ok and you will get through it. Your not alone, I promise. It may seem like your world is ending, but failing at something just means your going to be ten times better at it the next time, or maybe not but that’s fine too. You just have to find yourself and what works for you. But on the plus side I now have my best friend home for the semester ( so I will have some great stories :) )


I also met up with my old friend Elliot, who I used to work with a long time ago. He really motivated me at the gym, and is a jujitsu fighter so he taught me a couple things. You always need to know how to defend yourself in the city, especially girls remember that. Sadly we only started hanging out towards the end of break, and now I’m back at school. But who knows there might even be a little love interest there:) You’ll find out soon, keep reading!



I even made some money over break. I worked like crazy, because we all know back to school can be expensive. ( the picture only has about 9 dollars in it haha). But I made more then that trust me. All and all I had a great winter break, with lots of laughter, adventures, and great memories. I’m going to miss everyone back home but I’ll be home. It’s never the same though ,once I’m back at school… But this semester hold a lot of crazy adventures and actives ,so stay tuned!

Xoxo Kailee




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Happy New Year! I hope this 2014 is full of great adventures (remember only bad decisions make good stories haha)!

The App Inside

This is how it looks once you have signed in (same FIT username&password)

I wanted to dedicate this post to the one of the most important things that made my New Year’s eve literally, end with a bang. (Drum-roll please…) It is the FIT App also known as, Ellucian Go. I’m pretty sure most of you have no idea this app exists and trust me, once the FIT website doesn’t work properly on your mobile device, this app will be your new bff. FIT APPI discovered it through Carmen (Senior RA in Co-Ed and best friend) who was having the same issues I was trying to get my updated grades from my phone. Little did I know that you can find Ellucian Go (interesting name selection) just like that on any app store and then select Fashion Institute of Technology. Here you will be able to see your grades, your schedule, pay your bills, refill your campus card (pretty much everything). Go ahead and have fun poking and discovering this fab app.

All I know is that once I downloaded it on the last day of the year, I looked through my posted final grades and I was the happiest and most accomplished person ever. I had 21 credits, 7 classes, 2 jobs, had time for fun and still got 7 A’s! (BANG!)two champagne glasses and cellphone with grades

This past Fall ’13 semester I got a scholarship and I personally think that according to the app, I have been a great ROI (Return on Investment, for those of you who don’t minor in Economics haha or care). So needless to say, I started celebrating early. Hope you guys can accomplish anything you set your heads to.

Carpe Diem,



Notes from the 6 Train: Creating New Traditions

College, for many, is the first time that they may spend the holiday season away from their family. However, this not mean that the feeling of the season should simply disseapper! This is the perfect time of year to create new, exciting traditions tailored to your interests. For students who may not be able to travel home, ( like international students, or working students who can’t miss work, etc.), it’s the perfect time to start the holiday tradition you may have always wanted as a kid, but never had! Like a pink tree or eating pizza for holiday dinner.

For me, it was to create a safe space for my friends and I during the holiday season. Having lots of family around can be joyful, but being under the scrunity of prying family members can also be stressful. This is especially true for young queers. My solution was to create a safe haven, if only for a few hours. This was the original idea behind the annual “Queer- Friendly, Ugly Christmas Sweater Potluck.” A place for us all to congregate to eat, drink and be merry, with no uncomfortable table talk about relationships or other topics many students don’t want to discuss during the holiday season (grades, plans after graduation, etc.). This year will be our fourth potluck and every year it grows. It’s become a tradition that I’m asked about every year, and grows annually. It’s amazing to see that this event has picked up a life of its own and is apart of my holiday traditions.

Remember, family comes in many forms. For some, immediate family is really important, and others find family within their friend group. The holidays are what you make them.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Tis the season for the Flu

Across New York a number of cases of the flu have been popping up, over 19,000 have been reported thus far. So the governor put us in a “public health emergency”. While everyone should get the flu shot it’s especially important for people with asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease,Pregnant women, and People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older.

Personally I can’t get the flu shot because I am allergic to eggs. The flu shot is grown in chicken eggs which would cause me to get an allergic reaction. About 1 in 66 people are allergic to eggs and can’t get the flu shot, causing them to get the flu. But recently they came out with a new flu shot without eggs called the FLUBLOK Vaccine.  This is a Cell-based flu vaccine production systems which usually is genetically engineered viruses to produce vaccine ingredients basically pieces of flu virus, not live virus itself. I recently got it and had no side effects or allergic reactions, since this is the first year of getting it I’m not quite sure how well it will help with not getting the flu ( But ill keep you posted).

Side Effects: Some effects that may occur after you get the shot is soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given,Fever (low grade),Aches, and Toughness and itching where the shot was given.If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last one to two days.

Where can I get the Flu shot?! For anyone reading this if your not at FIT you can get the flu shot at Walgreens, CVS, Target, Basically anywhere with a pharmacy. I know for a fact Walgreens carries the new FLUBLOK vaccine, you just have to ask for it and if they don’t have it they can get it in within a few days. Flu shots can typically cost anywhere from 20-45 dollars if you don’t have insurance. But if you do have insurance it most likely wont cost you anything. At FIT right now you can get a flu shot for free when you go to the health services room, usually you can just walk in. But getting closer to the holidays I would suggest making an appointment so your not waiting a long time.

Make sure you keep healthy for the holidays!

Xoxo -Kailee

Thanksgiving goodies

Hello all! Happy Holidays! Even though thanksgiving was yesterday there’s so much that happened, and so much to be thankful for. Today of course was black Friday and like the nut that I am I went out at 11 last night and waited in a line for ….. KATE SPADE! My absolute favorite store in the entire world. I went to the Jersey Shore outlets, which had amazing sales.. but I didn’t even get close to the door because I wasn’t waiting all day long. So now I am going to do Cyber Monday! ( this is my first one) I don’t have any tips yet but I will once I experience it.

So back to thanksgiving I had quite an interesting one, usually my family and I stay at home and my mom cooks everything, YUM! But this year I had the pleasure of being able to go to this beautiful thanksgiving lunch at an old mansion in Shrewsbury, NJ called the Shadowbrook.

Walking up to the doors I literally felt like royalty. As I approached the doors they drew me in, I couldn’t even open them at almost 10 feet high they made me feel like I was a baby again looking up at a door that I couldn’t open. Then I was able to walk through this beautiful area filled with all kinds of fall things like flowers and leaves and pumpkins, it could have taken your breathe away ( You weren’t aloud to take pictures though:( ). But I found one online. So  then they took our coats and directed us to the table at which we were sitting next to this beautiful view of the garden where they normally host weddings. Sitting there I couldn’t believe at one point someone actually lived in this mansion , this place was so big for the forty people sitting in there let alone only four. The walls all filled with beautiful antique wood and guided mirrors. The tables were dressed with the most beautiful flowers and silverware that you could ever imagine ( I truly felt like a princess). As we proceeded to settle in they then directed us to the buffet, which had everything and anything you could think of. Huge shrimp, the biggest pieces of ham and turkey I think I have ever seen in my life, all kinds of seafood and even sushi all freshly made. My mouth was watering I didn’t know what to go for first, I didn’t want to look like I never experienced this before. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw the DESERT ROOM, I think I nearly passed out! haha Deserts are my absolute favorite so I quickly filled my plate and rushed back to the table to eat, I was stuffed but I needed to experience that desert room! I think i was the first one finished and I didn’t want to be rude so I went up again for seconds, but I ended up just pushing food around to make it look like I was eating. Then it was time to go for desert there was everything pumpkin pie, chocolate covered everything, Ice cream, and just about every pie you could ever imagine, I pretty much grabbed one of each thing. I ate and ate till I nearly threw up, but it was totally worth it and I would do it again in a heart beat.

But suddenly it was time to go and see my family, my fairy tale was coming to an end. We quickly drove about 30 minutes on the parkway back to my house to meet with my brother, sister in law, mom and dad to have our dinner. Every year my mom makes this sweet potato casserole that is the best thing I ever tasted in my life I wait for it every year all year long. I was so embarrassed to bring my friend to my house after that extravagant outing with his family , but sometimes home made is better. We arrived a little late and my mom was about to bring out the food when we got to my house, we said our hellos and got right to eat, I tried so hard to eat all my moms food after all that food I just ate but I couldn’t do it! Thinking about it now even though our thanksgiving was small and just at our dining room table it made me realize what I am truly thankful for and that’s my family and my amazing friends that I surround myself with. I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am without them. Sometimes just being at home with those few people mean more to you then anything else ever could. So I guess what I’m trying to say is Happy thanksgiving :) What are you thankful for? Do you have any traditions you follow every year? Did you do anything different?

And yes every year for every holiday my dad needs a hat, so here’s this years stay tuned for the Christmas hatt!

Happy Holidays!- Kailee


Thanksgiving Break To-Do List

With being from Michigan, plane tickets get incredibly expensive around the holiday time.  With winter break being just a mere 4 weeks away, I figured that it would be better if I stayed here for Thanksgiving rather than go home for 4 days.  Since I was all by my lonesome self, I decided that I’m not going to let being alone in New York City, of all places, stop me from having a good time.  If you happen to be here next year around Thanksgiving, here are some fun activities that you can do:

  1. Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation – the Wednesday afternoon/evening before Thanksgiving Day.  You get to be up close and personal with all of the balloons seen in the one and only Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the following morning. Unfortunately, it was very rainy, so I recommend bringing an umbrella just in case, as well as gloves and a warm jacket.  It’s lots of fun and puts you in the holiday spirit!  And if you enjoyed it that much, you don’t necessarily have to go to the parade!

Interviews with Channel 7 at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation

The Kool-Aid Man balloon at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation2. Go Black Friday shopping!  It may seem daunting and exhausting, but it’s a great way to get your holiday gift shopping done.  The crowds are crazy but it wouldn’t be Black Friday without it!  You can experience Black Friday without the early bird crowds…just go at 10 am on Friday.

3. Get ahead on your work!  Finals start next week so this is the perfect time to get in some early studying and paper-writing.  Peace and quiet.

4. Sleep in!  No one is stopping you!

Happy Holidays!