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.
For those who may be new to the blog, I’m a huge workout fanatic. I’m constantly looking for new classes and new workouts…especially if they are free! I’m happy to inform you that Nike offers classes in New York that are completely free! There are many different types of classes such as running training with their Nike Running Club and agility and speed based training with their Nike Training Club. The locations of the classes vary for each class but each are unique and offer some incredible views such as Pier 40, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Niketown’s rooftop (yes they have a roof).
I attended the evening GridIron – Fit class and it was an amazing way to end my day. I highly recommend all of the classes because they are a fun way to challenge yourself. You have to make sure that you are online right at 3:00 pm on Sunday’s when the schedule for the week comes out. The classes fill up fast so you have to be on top of your game…seriously. Hope to see some of you there!
With this crazy summer heat and the non air conditioned subway cars, sometimes all we need to cool down is some delicious ice cream. There are two places here in New York that have a special place in my heart.
Chloe’s Fruit: (E 17th St between 5th and Broadway) Being health conscious but also ALWAYS craving ice cream, Chloe’s truly saves the day for me. Their soft serve is gluten, dairy, and fat free and absolutely delicious. The dark chocolate and banana flavors are my favorite and there’s no way possible that you can leave there without getting peanut butter drizzle on top. I can’t wait to try their newly added breakfast items!
Chloe’s Fruit Soft Serve
Big Gay Ice Cream: (West Village – Grove St and 7th Ave, East Village – E 7th and Avenue A) What started as an ice cream truck has turned into a character of NYC. I’ve only been once but the next time I’m feeling a cheat meal, I’ll definitely go there. I got the Rocky Roadhouse when I went for the first time and I’m very thankful that they have GLUTEN FREE CONES! I highly recommend that you look at the menu online in advanced because it can get busy on a hot summer day.
New York is known for its great food. You could spend your entire life going from place to place trying out every food that New York has to offer. Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have a ton of food sensitivities, my food exploration adventure gets cut a little short. Thankfully, more restaurants offer gluten free options and you will often come across places like Hu Kitchen (78 5th Ave (14th and 5th). Hu Kitchen’s menu is entirely gluten free and the ingredients are truly fresh and you can taste it. The atmosphere of the place alone is incredible (see photo below). It is very inviting with some of the nicest people working there. I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you try any of their chocolate bars or their almond banana smoothie. The next time you have a lunch break, be sure to stop by and give it a try. You can thank me later.
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.