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!
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