So this past week FIT showed its colors in the breezeway, while presenting FIT Pride Day. This day was one that is close to my heart. Having Friends, Family, and many loved ones who are gay, lesbian, whatever sexuality it may be, who are very close to me. I have seen there struggles, I have been there when they couldn’t tell there families, their heart break , the smiles on there faces when they realized there family didn’t look at them differently, My best friend when he finally went on his first date, the happiness in there eyes when they are finally free to let go and be themselves.
It is finally 2015 and I am proud to be apart of the generation that is more than accepting, times have finally changed. Where everyone is free to be themselves, same sex marriage was finally approved , and the world is becoming a much happier place. I love that FIT shows everyone support regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. So when deciding if you want to be apart of FIT ask yourself do you want to be apart of a family? Or just another student at a school. At FIT you are not just another number in a desk, you are known by name and are able to be apart of a very close knit family.
From rain to snow and all in between, winter in New York City can be horrifically beautiful; and like Ashley said make sure to get an umbrella! Flooded curbs and pouring rain won’t stop the city that never sleeps, therefore it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your day!
Here are a couple of things to do in NYC on rainy day!
Chelsea Market: Take a gastronomic tour of the world at Chelsea Market. Shop at Buon Italia for the best homemade ravioli and imported olive oil and linger over cappuccino in their cafe. Try Thai cuisine, shop for rugs at Imports from Marrakesh.
Museums, Museums, Museums! : New York City is home to a mind-boggling line-up of world-class museums and institutions. You could spend all day dry and cozy inside admiring masterpieces of art and design or marveling at the wonders of the natural world, and with an FIT
Madame Tussauds: Walking through the bright lights of Times Square with crowds of people all around you is an incredible experience — except when it’s raining. If you see the skies start to darken as you’re walking along 42nd Street, dart into the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds for an entertaining afternoon of snapping selfies with your favorite celebrities and other famous folks like Rihanna and Katy Perry to President Obama.
Grand Central Terminal: Classic architecture, a gourmet market, boutiques and quality food — Grand Central is the perfect hideaway for a rainy day afternoon. And, if you decide to escape the city, this is where you can pick up trains that fan out north of NYC. Upon entering, gaze up at the famous astrological ceiling and then head down to the Whispering Gallery, which has this distinct attribute.
One World Observatory: New to NYC, the One World Observatory is a perfect rainy day get-away with an amazing view! Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit. With a sky-high restaurant to dine at while looking upon a gloomy and beautiful cloud-filled cityscape, it’s an activity that can be done year-round!
When entering your freshman year, you all of a sudden feel like a 5 year old child again, diligently following the rules and being paranoid that you’re going to get in trouble. You also feel like you need to buy EVERYTHING JUST IN CASE. But I’m here to help you swallow your nervousness and inform you about what you should invest time and money in so that you can succeed!
A sturdy umbrella. You may think that the rain won’t be that bad or you can just rush to where you’re going or stand under scaffolding. I’m warning you now…the rain will come and your $6 umbrella with polka dots from Target will not save you from the downpours. Get an umbrella that truly locks into place and go Mary Poppins on you with one gust of wind.
Shoes. I cannot stress this enough. You don’t think you’re going to walk that much, but you do. You’re going to want a pair of shoes for each type of weather and ones that are comfortable! Rain boots may not be the most fashionable, but they will keep you dry during the rainy and snowy months.
Socks. While this may sound silly, thick and warm socks are a beautiful gift. When winter rolls around and you’re waiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light up, you can thank Grandma for those knitted wool socks from 2012.
A locker. If you are a commuter student and going home for lunch in between classes seems daunting or impossible, get a locker! You can store your textbooks, personal items, and school supplies in there year round. Nothing is worse than forgetting something at home or wishing that you had somewhere to put something in a rush.
Portable Charger. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been running low on my phone battery and needed to charge it. While most people carry their cords with them everywhere, a portable charger is handy when you don’t have a plug, on the go, or don’t want to bug someone to use theirs.
Computer Software. If you are living in the dorms your freshman year, I highly recommend waiting to purchase all of the hefty software used for editing and designing until the library isn’t easily accessible to you. The library has amazing hours during the week and there is a 24 hour computer lab available as well. Every computer at FIT has the necessary software used in your classes. Save yourself the Creative Cloud debt and wait.
Textbooks & School Supplies. DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT buy your textbooks before classes start unless your professor has told you otherwise. Half of the textbooks and “required” supplies, I have NEVER used. I could’ve saved so much money if I had just purchased the items when I needed it.
EVERYTHING. Many stores whether they advertise it or not have student discounts. Just ask the cashier if they do and a lot of the time, you’ll get very lucky! Who says being a student doesn’t have its perks?
With restaurants everywhere you turn in New York, it’s hard to get to them all, especially the great ones! I’m here to tell you that By Chloe, located in Greenwich Village should be put at the top of your list! The brand new restaurant that features dishes that are all VEGAN! When you first hear that, you may think…how is that possible and do they only serve salads? Despite what you think, By Chloe serves everything from burgers and french fries to avocado toast, pancakes, and mac and cheese. They even have cold pressed juice, an AMAZING bakery section, and for a bonus…dairy free ice cream! You don’t have to be vegan to eat here, but it sure is a vegan’s paradise.
If you are gluten free, you are in luck as well! Many of the dishes are gluten free or can be prepared gluten free. Be sure to ask to ensure that you don’t have any reactions. If you’re coming in on a weekend, I highly recommend arriving early to get a seat, as you order at the counter. If it’s a beautiful day, the lovely Washington Square Park is right around the corner so feel free to take it to go and enjoy the fresh air. If you are patient enough, by Chloe is opening ANOTHER location right near FIT in the Flatiron District in the spring of 2016. New York City is known for their food, so be sure to take advantage of it!
I recently won a free month membership to the UFC gym down in Soho! I am incredibly excited to try out all of the different classes that are available! I’m here to tell you all about the perks about having a membership at UFC Soho! (This is my honest opinion!)
Memberships to the gym INCLUDE classes! A lot of the time, gym memberships charge you for you classes in addition to your regular membership. Not at UFC!
You can walk into any class…no signing up required! No more tedious accounts, registering for classes, or worrying that someone is going to take your spot. You can attend what classes work for you!
Over 50 classes available each week for you to take!
Don’t like group fitness classes? UFC still has you covered with a fully equipped gym and trainers ready to help you one on one.
It’s a 24 HOUR GYM Monday-Friday and 8 am – 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Your gym time on your own time!
UFC Soho is fully furnished with a locker room and showers, but be sure to bring your own lock or purchase one at the front desk.
Want to rep UFC Soho from head to toe? They have a shop at the front desk with products ranging from wraps and gloves to water bottles and tshirts!
Everyone is incredibly friendly, despite the UFC stereotypes. Everyone is down to earth and happy to help you!
Not sure if you want to commit to the gym? Get your free gym pass here!