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College Hacks!

While I was away from the blog this summer, a thoughtful blog reader sent a package to the Admissions Office addressed to me. I wasn’t able to pick up the package until a few weeks ago and I was very excited to see what was inside!

I was mostly surprised to hear that a package was addressed to…me! And that it was sent from a mysterious reader of the FIT Admissions Blog! The gift inside was a book called “College Hacks: Any procedures or actions that solve a problem, simplify a task, reduce frustration, and make college totally awesome” by Keith Bradford. What a perfect book! I’m in college, I love useful tips and tricks…it’s like this person knew me so well ūüėČ

College Hacks by Keith Bradford

College Hacks by Keith Bradford

It was an extremely thoughtful gesture, and something I never expected to happen while being a blogger. I shared the book with my fellow bloggers and we hope to all pick up some new “hacks”¬†from the wealth of information¬†filled inside. If you are the person who sent this book, or happen to know who did, please comment below! I would love to give a personal thanks and put a name to this mysterious gifter :) If you prefer to stay anonymous, please know that I love the book and will definitely be putting these tips to use!

Whether you’re in high school, entering college, or in college, many of these tricks could be applied to your life. I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips listed in the book. Remember, all “hacks” were thought up by author Keith Bradford. Enjoy!!

  1. Can’t afford Microsoft word? Get OpenOffice. It’s the same thing except it’s free and has a lot more features.
  2. Writing down your worries before taking an exam has been proven to actually boost your test scores.
  3. Late for class and need to tell your professor a believable lie? Include an embarrassing detail about yourself. Nobody will doubt a story that makes you look dumb.
  4. Study your notes within one day of taking them. Retention rates are 60% higher then.
  5. Dorm room a little stinky? Put dry tea bags around your room. They will absorb the unpleasant odor.

I could go on and on – this book is great! I hope these help! :)

Last First Day

Hello readers!!

It is so great to be back writing for the FIT Admissions Blog after a wonderful summer. What did I do you ask? Worked, worked, vacationed, and worked some more! And I enjoyed every second of it.

How was your summer? Did anyone make a trip to FIT? Take classes? Vacation somewhere cool?

Throughout the summer, at various family events, I would be asked, “So, you’re entering your senior year, huh?”

To which I smiled and reply, “Yeahhh, I can’t believe it’s finally here, but I’m ready.”

(But seriously, wasn’t it just yesterday that I was a freshman moving into Coed dorm?!?! Where does time go??)

There was no sarcasm, no lying behind a smile. I am ready for my senior year, and excited as ever. And I credit FIT for that. Each year as a returning student, you feel more and more prepared for what’s yet to come. What else FIT’s courses, professors and classmates have to offer you; what other adventures New York City has in store. You look back on the experiences and knowledge you’ve gained the year before and apply it to the road ahead.

Of course a small part of me is nervous of what’s to come 9 months from now, after I walk across the stage at graduation. But I choose to be excited rather than nervous.¬†At this point, that’s all I can do. I’m not going to waste my energy fearing the “real world.” With the connections I’ve made while at FIT, I am confident I will be well equipped when entering the work force. For now, I will work hard, have fun, enjoy my senior year and the rest will fall into place.

So, as I walked back onto 27th street on my last first day of school, I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. I felt back at home. I know this block, I know this campus. I know which water fountain’s the coldest, which classroom has the best view. Which corner I like to sit in and read my book in between classes, which computer lab is usually busiest. I was back in my flow.


I was shocked at how many new faces there were, now that I’m the “big man on campus”¬†aka a Senior. The freshman look so young! Did I look that nervous on my first day? (The answer is yes)

In the sea of fresh-faced freshman, I found my fellow senior friends. We hugged, laughed, caught up on each other’s lives. I could see the comfort and sense of “home” in their eyes that only comes with time at FIT. First days aren’t as scary when you know your way around, and you’ve got friends by your side. We’ve made it three years together¬†at this school and we’ll make it through this last year.¬†Nothing can stop us now!

Get ready for a great year readers and fellow students! Please comment any questions or requests on blog posts you’d like me to look into!




Guide to Museums

If you aren’t aware of this already, New York City has some of the best museums in the entire world. ¬†We are in the hub of a major art scene and as students, we can fully take advantage of it! ¬†Be sure to bring your FIT ID when you visit these museums! ¬†The following is your guide to the Museums of New York City:

  • American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West & 79th St)
    • Price Type: Suggested
      • Amount: $17 (Student)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (5th Ave & 82nd St)
    • Price Type:¬†Suggested
      • Amount: $12 (Student)
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (6th Ave & 53rd St)
    • Price Type:¬†FREE for FIT Students when you present your ID!
  • Guggenheim (5th Ave & 88th St)
    • Price Type: Fixed
      • Amount: $10 (Until October 8th), Regularly $18
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (10th Ave &¬†Gansevoort St)
    • Price Type:¬†Fixed
      • Amount: $18
  • New York City Transit Museum (Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn)
    • Price Type:¬†Fixed
      • Amount: $7
  • The Frick Collection (5th Ave & 70th St)
    • Price Type:¬†Fixed
      • Amount: $10
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (5th Ave & 91st St)
    • Price Type:¬†Fixed
      • Amount: $9

Hope this helps you explore the city with ease!  Happy museum hopping!


Restaurant Review – Hu Kitchen

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.

Hu Kitchen interior

Hu Benny breakfast

Hu Benny at Hu Kitchen










” A Woman’s Role”

Hi everyone,

So as we all know for ages now a “women’s place” is supposed to be at home, or in a lower level of a job. But as of 2000 the amount of women with high salary jobs such as CEO’s managers, ect went up almost 15%. Women are taking over the work force with there professionalism, kind words of encouragement, and the it needs to be done right now attitude. Recently my cousin became a female officer, I couldn’t be more proud because for one being in the line of work is a very hard field especially for women. Also with all the bad media lately about law enforcement really scared me knowing that someone in my family would soon be out in it too.IMG_2016

But after having a conversation with her i didn’t realize that she does everything and more that a male officer would do while working. After really listening to her stories it really opened up my eyes to how little credit woman such as herself receive. Most people male or female couldn’t do the things she does on a daily basis. So now in 2015 there are more women in the work force then ever and more women are becoming police officers. So you can no longer say women are just in the kitchen making your sandwiches were on the street and in the office making a huge difference. So the week ladies i want you if you see a woman working hard and making a difference encourage her ! tell her you see her hard work, because it’s not always easy for us and we need all the strong women we can get in this world !


( She was trying so hard not to laugh, as i had to take a quick selfie as the proud older cousin i am haha)