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Midterm Aftermath: Ways to Prevent Sickness

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With some of us still conquering midterms and some facing the repercussions of red-eyed late nights, it is important to put your health first and take care of yourself during such a stressful time. Our immune systems can slack off sometimes but it doesn’t mean you should too. Here are my tips:

 1.  Vitamin C 

This has been constantly drilled into our minds by our mothers and goes to show she knows best! A vitamin C tablet or two a day will definitely help keep the common cold away.

 2. Wash Your Hands 

Not just after you go to the bathroom, but EVERYWHERE — when you leave the library, store, classrooms, or pretty much anywhere public where you can bring in foreign bacteria into your body.

 3. Keep Stress Levels Down

Sounds like the impossible, right? No stress during finals week? Well if you get sick it’s going to be 10x more stressful; try to keep stress levels down by relaxing during study breaks, going to exercise in between errands and getting enough rest.

 4. Catch Some Z’s 

Sleep is so important in keeping your immune system at its best during this stressful week. No matter how much time you plan on spending on late night study hours, be sure to get a good amount of sleep so that you and your immune system can be at its best.

 5.  Quarantine

It seems that everyone gets the plague during finals week or any week that is extremely important and it spreads like wildfire, so try your best to stay away from the germs. Take hand sanitizer with you everywhere, stay and study in your room and only come out when its safe.

With just a few precautions and changes in routine, you can avoid getting sick this season. Good luck to everyone and their immune systems during this hectic month of exams!


Healthy Snacking for Fall Stashing

As Fall is in full force, the colder the weather gets, the more everyone eats. Fall is a perfect season for getting your diet on track, especially to get you through midterms. Here are some money-conscious healthy snacking tips, great for college students always on the go.

Snacking from Scraps

Sometimes you might have a lot of bits and bites floating around in your fridge. I usually have peppers and ends of cheese. I made a great snack by toasting a couple thin slices of laying around bread and topped them with the peppers and mozzarella. Hummus is another great snack if you have some sitting in your fridge, great with any veggie! Healthy snacking is a mindset, so get creative and feel strong!

Always Keep Snacks on Hand

Store carrots and celery sticks in water in the fridge as crunchy snacks. Keep some dips handy to liven up the vegetables. Nibble on low-calorie quick fixes to take the edge off of your hunger to prevent the temptation to overeat at dinner.

Eat a Fruit + Protein

Pairing a fruit with a protein is a hunger-fighting combination. Eating just fruit will have satisfied, but after you eat that banana, you’ll be hungry an hour later. Add a handful of peanuts to the banana, though, and you’ll go for hours on about $0.65.

Nuts for Nuts

Nuts get a bad rap because of the misconception that they are expensive and high in fat. Though they may be expensive per pound, an 1½-oz serving will fill you up, unlike three servings of chips. Remember, there are good fats and bad fats. Nuts are a source of good fat!

Notes From the 6 Train: When the Body Talks, Listen!

With everyone diving head first into midterms, it’s important to remember this cardinal rule. I, for one, ignored this earlier today while bleaching my hair and burned my skin a bit. (Ow) I’ve bleached my hair a million times, but I got a new haircut this way and didn’t realize it was on my skin. Though, I felt it burning (but bleaching hair always feels like burning, so I couldn’t tell the difference), but this minor experienced reenforced how we must pay attention to out bodies!

This clicked for me yesterday while I was in a fitness class and the instructor began by saying “be gentle with yourself. This is not the same body it was yesterday, and it will not be the same tomorrow and has different needs and wants.”


Now, we can think about that on a metaphysical level, or we can think about it on a very scientific level, we lose and regenerate thousands of cells daily. To take it to the next level, every seven years all the cells of our bodies have regenerated from every organ, it’s basically a different body.

Literally, we are not the same people we were yesterday.

After hours of studying, if you’re tired, take a power nap. Power naps are my secret weapon. I do twenty minutes at the most. If you’re in the middle of working on a project and are becoming distracted, take ten minutes to meditate and refocus.

If worries are plaguing your mind, upon waking up create a “worry list.” You release your worries by writing them here, so you can get back to the project at hand. You can add to it throughout the day if need be. You will feel so relieved once your worries are “somewhere else” instead of plaguing you.


Once you go home, if you’re still worried about these thoughts you can create a plan of action so they are less stressful and distracting. (Granted, some of them may not be easy fixes, but we also like to make bigger deals out problems that can be easily solved.)

What about your body? Do you pay attention to the messages your body sends you? How do you respond?

Notes From the 6 Train: Hedwig & The Angry Inch

You can always tell when midterms or finals have arrived because a) the blog becomes un-characteristically barren or b) the few posts are information heavy and not about fun stuff. But, now that this time of the semester is over, we will all be back! Yay!

Hedwig & the Angry Inch Belasco Theatre

I want to talk about the incredible show I saw a few weeks ago. I got the pleasure of seeing Hedwig & The Angry Inch for 20 bucks, thanks to FIT and their student priced tickets. If you don’t know what this is, I’m sure you’ve been subjected to the one of a million posters that are posted throughout the MTA. This is, by far, one of the best perks of being a student in NYC. If you’ve been following the blog for a while you will remember that I got to see A Raisin In the Sun (starring Denzel Washington) last semester. Hedwig & The Angry Inch is a Tony award winning musical playing on Broadway, starring Michael C. Hall. Michael plays an East German transgendered singer whose the vocalist for a rock band. Everything about the show was phenomenal. The plot was fresh (what better time to have seen this then in October, which is LGBT month), the music ranged from rock ballads to nearly screamo, but every song was performed flawlessly. The set the musical was constantly changing and kept the audience engaged. Finally, the hair, makeup and outfits were spectacular.


I really enjoy going to plays via FIT because I am usually sitting next to another FIT student, so I get to meet new people that I have something in common with. And we know meeting people organically, create the strongest relationships.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Notes From the 6 Train: Breaking Up With Heartbreak

( Don’t take Wiz Khalifa’s advice!)

Between midterms, applying for scholarships and summer internships/ jobs, working on honors project, and the million other things most FIT students are doing, it’s easy to become a bit scattered brained. Not to mention something I hadn’t planned for, a very abrupt ending to an three & half year experience ( ranging from relationship, to friendship and many complicated middle passages) with someone I really cared about, of which I was informed through a text message. Usually, I don’t get personal on this blog, but as a writer, I am committed to to telling the truth, whatever that means. And I know that this is not just my truth, because breakups are a universal experience. They happen, usually at the most inconvenient times, ( what is a “convenient time,” though) and, if you let them, have the ability to completely throw you off. Here’s a mini list of things I’m doing while in this transitional period in my life.

You can’t control what people do, but you only how you respond. Be sad. After putting you’re all into something and it doesn’t work out, you’re allowed to be sad. Trying to ignore what you’re feeling isn’t healthy, and you’re doing a dishonor to yourself. But don’t let the sadness consume you. Give yourself a prescribed amount of time to be sad, a week, a month, three months, whatever that may be and then, begin to move on.

Reach out to your support system. I am fortunate to have an amazinggg support system. Unfortunately, we’re scattered across the globe, but despite that I’ve received love from all over. My sister queen in LA even sent me an inspirational video of her dancing around. Another friend, this one located in NYC, brought me so magical Indian food, (I’m totally a believer that food holds healing qualities) and just hung out with me. If you don’t have anyone in New York, and just need someone to talk to, that’s what the health center is for. Sometimes you just need a good cry, in a private place, between classes and that’s what the FIT therapist’s offices are for.

Spoil yourself. Sometimes when we become accustomed to other people treating us well, we stop doing it ourselves. Breakups are the universe’s little reminder that you always deserve to be treated well. So, spoil yourself, whatever that means. Whether that means that extra piece of cake or getting those shoes you’ve been eyeing. Hey, you know they’ll never leave you. For me, that meant going to acupuncture ( at FIT for free) which is super relaxing, eating veggie burgers all weekend (which I’ve discovered is my comfort food) and NOT running all over New York, for once. Allowing myself to relax, if only for a week, is a treat in it’s self.

There are lots of other tasks I have taken up during this growth period but there’s no way I can list them all. I think that most important is remembering to be happy. Happiness is definitely a choice. I am coming to peace with my past, all the good and the bad, and am excited about what’s next. Everyday I wake up and remember “you’re young, you’re living in New York and this is all to prepare for whatever greatness lays ahead.” I hope you tell yourself the same.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.