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Mariano’s Survival Guide: LA-NYC

Being bi-coastal has it’s pros and cons. Winter Break is ironically a breeze, but Summer Break sure does bring on the heat when it comes to bringing everything back home. Here are a couple of tips I recommend if you’re far, far, away from NYC.

1. Get a storage unit:

Manhattan Mini Storage has great deals for students. Getting a unit will save your live come summertime when you are left to travel with ALL of your belongings back home on a 6-hour flight, say bye to that extra luggage fee.

2. Change the way you pack:

Simply organizing your things differently will help you stuff some more things into your luggage. Start with shoes at the bottom and work your way up the body. Keep clothes ROLLED not folded and make sure all of your liquids on carry-on are not over 3.4oz!

3. Prepare for the weather back home:

New York has bi-polar weather, just like it’s counterpart Los Angeles, however, when it blazing hot here it can be a rain-fest over there, and vice-versa! Keep up with the weather updates when travelling and try to wear easy layers on flights to ensure weather protection!

Living in NYC: Dorm Hacks

Living in NYC can be quite an experience, but it is truly what you make it. Here is a 5 helpful dorm hacks/tips that I have found helpful over my last two years dorming at FIT!

1. Make a chore list:

It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but you need one. Things will get messy, and if chores aren’t given to certain people, roomies will end up feeling bitter and angry. Although you can choose your roommates, you never know what type of person they REALLY are!

2. Change the way you fold:

Anyone ever tell you that rolling shirts makes a difference in small spaces? Well… it does! Rolling your clothes makes more space in the little space that we have… and honestly, it looks kinda cool!

3. Keep extra money on your laundry card:

Yes, yes, yes, laundry at FIT isn’t free… it’s $2.50 for a wash and dry. Nonetheless, sometimes things happens, machines don’t work to their full function, or you accidentally spilled something on your favorite sweater and since the card machine only takes $5, $10, or $20 bills keeping it ready for any fashion-mergency is a must!

4. Utilize the workrooms:

Each FIT housing residence has a workroom with light-tables, open space and room for students of all majors to work on anything, at any time. Working on campus can be nice, but if you’re ever in need of a quick location to get things done, just head downstairs to your workroom!

5. Be nice to security:

One great thing I will always say is to be nice to anyone and everyone because it can help you out! Saying hello or good morning can get you a open gate in Kaufman when you’re struggling with all of your bags to get your ID out.

Exploring Outside FIT: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The New  York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s oldest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762, yes, before America was America! The first parade was a group of Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. Wearing green was a sign of Irish pride, but was banned in Ireland. In the 1762 parade, people spoke Irish, wore green, sung Irish songs and played the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.

Today, the parade marches up 5th Avenue and is reviewed from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. This tradition of marching past St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been the same. Go out and enjoy the parade along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade can also be watched live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17. Throughout the day along the parade route, millions of spectators come to celebrate.

This year is the Ireland 2016 Centenary Year. Senator George Mitchell is the Grand Marshal, of a celebration scheduled to have about 200,000 people marching up 5th Avenue!

Find out more information about the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade here!

Making Your Voice Heard at FIT

It feels like it’s been forever… and unfortunately, yes, yes it has! But nonetheless I am back, and surely this year has already been a whirlwind of new experiences, emotions, and preparation for the future that will all be written about! Enough of my personal babble, let’s talk… ELECTIONS!

After the mess of the presidential campaign, I find the Student Government Association’s elections to be an enjoyable process that enables the students of FIT to ACTUALLY get their voices heard. If you are a prospective student, this is a great read to know how you can get involved in school in the near future!

Here’s the scoop! Every Spring, the Student Gov’t Association (SGA) searches for the next year’s executive board. Informational sessions start at the beginning of the semester, leading into an announcement party in which the election committee handles. Out of the positions ranging between 22-24 depeneding on the year, nine (9) are able to be voted on by YOU, and the rest are conducted through an interview process. These positions are extremely important roles that can shape the following years events, activities, etc.

These are the nine (9) positions that are up to you to vote on:

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Executive Secretary
  4. Director of Communications
  5. Director of Finance
  6. Director of Programming
  7. Director of Student Advocacy
  8. Director of Student Organizations
  9. Director of Sustainability

The following are the other positions you could interview for in the future:

  1. Coord. of Graphic Design
  2. Coord. of Digital and Social Media
  3. Coord. of Alumni Engagement
  4. Coord. of Athletics and Wellness
  5. Coord. of Commuter Affairs
  6. Coord. of Residential Affairs
  7. Coord. of Campus Diversity and Inclusion
  8. Coord. of Campus Day Events
  9. Coord. of Campus Evening Events
  10. Coord. of Off-Campus Events
  11. Coord. of Seventh Floor Events
  12. Programming Secretary/Treasurer
  13. Treasurer

Why vote you may ask? The FIT SGA is the voice of the 10,000+ students on campus. They are direct middle-men/women of the student body to faculty and administration, and uphold the power to make a difference on campus! They are here for YOU, so make YOUR voice heard!

Current FIT students, make your voice heard now by voting here, the polls close on March 17th, 2017 at 12pm. For prospectve students or current students looking to get involved next year, find out more information here!

For more information on this year’s candidates, check out W27’s Election Issue, out now on campus, and available online here!

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Roommate

We all wondered if roommate horror stories are true, and the reality is, they can be! Here are a few tips to get all of you prospective students prepared for selecting a roommate…

1. New/entering students are able to choose from our three residence halls on 27th street: Alumni, Coed, and Nagler. Research the halls, and figure out which one best fits your preferences.

2. Selecting roommate(s) increases the chances of choosing your preferred accommodation. It is to your advantage to have the roommate with the earliest selection date/time choose a room type. So don’t be afraid to reach out on Facebook after you are confirmed for housing!

3. Once a room type is selected, all mutually selected roommates will automatically be assigned. Students eligible for room selection can use Advanced Roommate Search to find other students seeking roommates. Use of this feature is strongly encouraged as there is an advantage to selecting roommate(s). If you do not choose a roommate, one will randomly be assigned.

4. Be sure to completely fill out your MyHousing assessment that will gather information about your living preferences to help find a right match for you.

5. Don’t be afraid to get social – we all have have had to get used to new surroundings, don’t let your shyness get in the way of making connection with people during your roommate search! FIT