It came to my attention, that a lot of students (especially new students), weren’t aware of our Student Volunteer Community Services (SVCS). Many think it’s to volunteer for food bank, pet shelters etc. But it offers much more volunteer opportunities than that. For example if you wanted to volunteer for NYFW, SVCS are the ones that take care of it. If you haven’t signed up to SVCS, you will never be informed about various dates and opportunities to volunteer for really great events. It costs you absolutely nothing to fill out the SVCS Personal Information Form and like that you will be sure to be informed by email about any events that are offered to FIT students. Last year for example students could sign up to volunteer and be part of Kanye West’s fashion show!
As you might know I’m a coffee junkie, and cannot go a day without my trusty latte. I’m almost sure I’ve try most of the coffee shops in New York city. But recently I discovered a new coffee shop not too far from where I live, which has become the best discovery of 2017 (for sure). This isn’t your typical grab and go coffee shop. This is a full on coffee experience. It’s called Coffee Project New York, and as you can see from the picture above, they have the most interesting coffee concoctions I’ve ever seen or heard of. This place is really one of a kind and if you love coffee you definitely need to add this to your bucket list. The coffee shop is located on 239 E 5th Street and is open all week. I would suggest bringing a friend with you, it makes it just a little more fun and you can both order different drinks and share. That’s what I did anyways…
If you went, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
A 15 minute train ride and across the Hudson River lives the city of Hoboken, New Jersey. I moved to Hoboken back in May and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only is it an easy commute to school, but Hoboken has some incredible restaurants! I highly recommend taking the quick PATH train over and trying one of these spots:
Tony Boloney’s: Known for their crazy pizza slices and Atlantic City-inspired food. From loaded fries to chicken and waffles pizza, this place is sure to make you salivate!
Honeygrow: A healthy hot spot where you can create your own salad, stir fry, or healthy Honeybar dessert made from fruit, honey, and toppings!
Crepe Guru: The famous French crepe made right in front of you and ready to eat! With a Peanut Butter and Nutella crepe on the menu, how can you say no?!
Fiore Deli: Known as one of the best deli’s in town, you have to hit up this famous eatery! Old school meets delicious food!
Carlo’s Bakery: The famous home to the Cake Boss! Tons of different desserts and treats lighting up from behind the glass. One of the most famous Hoboken tourist attractions, but well worth waiting in any long line!
Karma Kafe: The top notch Indian restaurant in Hoboken with massive portions and a cozy atmosphere to match. They recently reopened after a fire that occurred in February. The customers of Hoboken have been patiently waiting!
With an incredibly long winter break, the first instinct may be to make a mental list of all of the shows that you’re going to watch on Netflix. While break is a great time to relax and unwind, it is also a time to reflect and plan for your future. Here are some of my recommended activities while you’re back in your hometown for a little while:
Read books that interest you
Try out a new recipe and find your signature dish that you’ll be able to wow your roommates with once you get back from break
Meet with your accountant/financial planner to see if you’re in good standing with academic payments and post-graduation
Get in all of your mandatory appointments – dentist, general check up, etc.
Have a movie and cookie decorating night with all of your friends from your town
Explore a different area of your hometown
Try out a new restaurant in your local area
Back up all of your documents and photos from the semester
Clear out your email inbox with unnecessary emails and newsletter subscriptions
Volunteer at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen
I really wanted to share my experience working at the HBC Global Art Collection I went to on Tuesday. Out of the blue a girl I met through connections, texted me and asked me if I would be interested in helping at the gala event. Obviously they were going to pay, well they were paying really well $60/h, so I couldn’t really refuse. I once again want to stress how important it is to start networking, and start building up your contact list. You don’t know how many times, I got to incredible opportunities, through random people.
The event was at Saks Fifth Avenue downtown in HBC brand new headquarters. I was never there, but the building was brand new and looked incredible, you should definitely check it out! Anyways they bring me up to the art exposition, and tell me that I’m going to be the art specialist, which basically means that if anyone has questions about the art they ask me. Obviously they thought I knew stuff about the art exposed there, but it was the first time I’ve ever seen it. Just to give you a visual the Guggenheim has 50’000 square feet of hanging space, and they had 500’000! My friend told me not to worry, that she was going to give me a tour of the art exhibition and there shouldn’t be a lot of people asking questions. While she’s giving me the tour, the two art curators come and join us and start explaining to me details about each photos. It was great I felt like I had a general idea of what each painting entailed. The cocktail party started at 6 and finished at 9. Everything went really well, a few people asked me questions, but were so kind to me and always told me I was doing a great job, which help boost my confidence a little.
Anyways moral of the story is that don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it can be scary at first, but it pays at the end, because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me this was the most terrifying thing that could of ever happen to me, but I made the best out of it, I showed my passion and interest for art and looking back I’m so glad I went. Not only that, the art curators for HBC were so impressed that they want to keep in touch with me, for future opportunities.