I’m coming up on graduating from FIT in a matter of a few weeks and I decided this would be a good platform to reflect on what I learned.
Say thank you to the security department. Often underappreciated, it’s important the the security department gets recognized for their hard work. Understand that there is someone inside of every single building 24/7 to ensure that the students are safe. That is no easy feat.
The best opportunities are the ones you create yourself. If you wait around for an opportunity to knock, you may succeed, but there’s something that is even more rewarding when you succeed because you made it happen for yourself.
Not all internships are created equal. It is okay if you like or dislike a certain aspect of your internship or job. Internships are about learning and experiencing different sides of the industry to see what you would ideally like to be doing once you graduate.
Make time for yourself. Outside of internships, class, homework, and working, it’s tough to actually make time for yourself but it is important to get enough sleep and enjoy your college years.
Never procrastinate laundry. One of the biggest annoyances of a college student is doing laundry in the dorms, but the longer you delay it, the more irritating it is.
Always carry cash. Whether you need an emergency cab ride home or adding money onto your laundry card, it’s crucial to have cash on you whether you think you need it or not.
Treat every class as a building block for your future job. There are many classes that I wish I listened more intently because those skills would better serve me as I enter into the workplace.
Don’t fear the unknown. These past 4 years contained a lot of mystery, new opportunities, and new challenges that I had never faced before. If I ran away from these “scary” situations, I would never grow into the adult I am today.
Over this last week, FIT’s Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend group had their reunion. Leadership Weekend is a retreat of a group of up to 100 FIT students for the purpose of developing the students strengths in group work. I had the amazing opportunity, along with about 50 other FIT students of all grade levels, to attend the Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend Retreat at Star Lake Camp in Bloomingdale New Jersey. This retreat was everything I ever needed. The Leadership Ambassadors and the FIT faculty that set up the event really put effort into making a weekend for building relationships and communities with fellow students. From ice breaker activities on the bus ride to Star Lake Camp, to big and small group activities such as creating and presenting our very own imaginary country, Leadership Weekend was a creative community builder from start to finish.
The magic behind Leadership Weekend is that students and faculty alike are ready to participate in a weekend designated to getting to know each other and getting to know themselves. That’s where the leadership part came in. Each student was required to take a test to find out what their top five strengths are, and over the course of the weekend, understand how these strengths play a role in their life and make them who they are. There was an overwhelming realization that the strength test really got to the heart of who people are, and it lead to a lot of self-discovery. I came away from Leadership Weekend with an understanding of where my actions are derived from, what I want FIT to look like for other students, and an amazing network of newfound friends.
I would HIGHLY recommend attending a Leadership Weekend retreat as an FIT student. It’s a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City living, and it’s an all-expense paid trip. You make many close friends, and have a fun all weekend long. The only flaw, you’re only allowed to go one time! Unless you sign up to be a Leadership Ambassador that is.
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!