Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited! As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT! Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.
It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation. I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family. I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.
After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St. I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation. The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all. After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.
Being from the midwest, New York has changed me for the better. Before coming to FIT or New York City, I would have never taken risks or stepped outside of my comfort zone. I would have never been able to walk into an interview or even get offered said position. I’m not afraid to speak my mind or stand up for what I believe in. I have gained confidence above all. New York can make you grow up really quickly. Not grow up in a way that you’re looking at retirement plans, but growing up in a way where you figure yourself out. You start to know what you want and what you don’t. You now have that sense of freedom and independence. People may say that you gain those things just by going to college, but New York is a different ball game. Prepare yourself to begin an entirely new book in your life. New York is the place where you become the person that you are meant to be.
“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” — Dylan Thomas
Very literally…welcome to New York. It’s been waiting for you.
So I have officially been living in my new apartment for about a month and a half and I’m in love. I was skeptical at first and I was nervous about coming back to New York after being home for a week but I’ve fallen back into the swing of things and all is well. I have some advice as far as apartment planning and the things I did right and the things I did wrong.
You don’t have to buy all your furniture at once. When you are making that trek out to IKEA for the first time to get all of your furniture, get the essentials such as a bed and a place to put things like clothes and a TV. You don’t need a couch and a table and chairs right away. If you wait a little while, you’ll have more money in your pocket and it’ll be less of a financial burden.
Buy toilet paper and paper towel in bulk. No one wants to make a special trip to buy several rolls of toilet paper or paper towel, so see if your parents or someone that is helping you move can bring a good ol trusty pack from Costco or Target.
Why didn’t I buy a vacuum?! I am in desperate need of one, especially being on hardwood floors. You don’t think you need it, but you do. Dust galore.
A good roommate will make or break your apartment experience. I am thankful enough to live with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier. We already know how each other live and we don’t have to tiptoe around each other to try to live normally. We are like minded in our organizational habits and our lifestyles. A good roommate truly makes all the difference.
Ask questions ahead of time. How do you pay for rent each month? If there is an issue with the apartment do I call the super or outside maintenance and how much will it cost? When will the rent checks be cashed each month? How will I know if you received my payment?
Hope this helps you on your apartment adventures!
Now that the school year has officially ended, it’s time to look ahead towards brighter days! I’m staying in the city this summer and interning. I was only able to see my family and be at home for 9 days and now I won’t see them until winter break. It’s going to be really tough but I just have to focus on school and interning and bettering myself. With that in mind, I figured I’d share some of my goals for this summer!
Have a successful internship and learn from my experiences.
Explore New York City! I have a massive list of places that I want to see, restaurants that I want to try, and fun locations to visit.
Step outside of my comfort zone whether it’s at my internship, a new food, or just in everyday life.
Continue to stay active and improve my health.
Relax and have fun. This one is going to be very difficult for me, which I know sounds weird. I spend my entire year completely focused 24/7, rarely spending time away from my desk or photo studio, so now is the time.
Educate myself. There are plenty of skills that are applicable to my major but I am not allowed to take as part of my curriculum here at FIT. So I am going to be using FIT’s resources and lynda.com – an online video portal with hundreds of videos that teach you about your desired topic. I’m going to educate myself on Adobe Software such as InDesign and Illustrator as well as marketing strategies and how they’re applicable to photography.