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Where to Celebrate Midterms

Midterm week(s) are almost over so obviously it’s been a lot of all-nighters, coffee, and stress so you deserve a little TLC.  Here are my top 5 places to treat myself after a stressful week of school:

  1. Yogurtland, Off the Wall, 16 Handles, or Red Mango….so basically frozen yogurt.  Yogurtland and Off the Wall offer discounts for FIT students.  Once this brutal winter is over, you can expect to see me there very frequently.
  2. Brooklyn Bagel.  Yeah Panera is always delicious, but you haven’t had a true bagel and cream cheese until you go to Brooklyn Bagel on 8th Ave between 24th and 25th.  The assortment is unlike any other bagel place.  Take that Panera.
  3. Auntie Anne’s.  While the street vendor pretzels are delicious, the fresh and buttery ones at Auntie Anne’s don’t even compare.  Stop by their location in Penn Station and get your hands on one.
  4. Moe’s Southwest Grill – BEST QUESADILLAS EVER.
  5. Sleep. Because it’s necessary and you deserve it!

xx,
Ashley

The Day My Life Changed

March 17th, 2012 – St. Patricks Day of my senior year of high school. It was an unusually relaxing Sunday. My mother, sister and I had all gone for massages earlier on in the day. It was actually my first massage, and definitely not my last. My body and mind were feeling great. My two best friends and I drove into downtown Saratoga, got some coffee and chatted. You could say I was thoroughly enjoying myself.

It was one of those oddly warm March days, where you start to believe its already spring. You break out the light jackets, forgo the socks, and proudly don your favorite sunglasses. The drive home with my friends from downtown consisted of all windows down and blasting our favorite music. Ugh, it was a wonderful afternoon.

As we pulled into my driveway, I said my goodbyes to my best friends. We each complained about the amount of homework “we would be doing” later on that evening. We were seniors in high school with full blown senioritis, to be honest, that homework was probably never completed.

I walked into my kitchen and my mom was standing at the counter. She asked how my afternoon was, we talked, and then she went silent. I looked at her and she was holding an envelope out to me. It looked like junk mail, in one of those business letter envelopes. It wasn’t super big, it wasn’t too small. When I grabbed the letter and read where it was from, I stopped breathing. “Fashion Institute of Technology.”

This was THE letter. The letter that would make or break me. The letter telling me if I was going to college. The letter that determined if I was going to be leaving home in the fall or going to community college, seeing as I was too lazy to apply anywhere else. I wanted to go to FIT so bad I didn’t have my sights set on anywhere else.

But who get’s their college acceptance letter in a small business sized envelope?! I was picturing some big package, with the famous “Welcome to the Fashion Institute of Technology” red and black folder I had so often seen in my research on Facebook. If this small envelope had a big folder in it, I would be pleasantly surprised…but I wasn’t about to get my hopes up.

I began to laugh nervously, spouting out a hundred “Oh my Gods.” My mom and I stood in my kitchen, as I ran my thumb under the seal of the envelope. My heart rate was unhealthily high at this point as I unfolded the single sheet of paper in this business size envelope. My mom read the letter next to me, our eyes scanning immediately to the first sentence.

“Dear Brendan, ………Congratulations! You’ve been”

I’m pretty sure we each let out a big scream…and then immediately we both began crying and went in for a hug. I cry when I’m happy, I cry when I’m sad – something I definitely got from my mother.

I was beyond happy. My dreams were coming true! I would be moving to New York City. I would be studying at one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the WORLD. I would be taking the first steps in achieving my goals! I couldn’t believe it. Now I could take a deep breath, I knew I was going to college. The rest of my senior year would just be about having fun and enjoying life. No stress.

The reason my acceptance letter was so small was because I was accepted early, into a group of “exceptional students.” It was such a privilege to receive my acceptance letter so early. And don’t worry, a few weeks later I received that famous black and red folder I had been dreaming about…in a much bigger envelope!

My life changed that day. Its hard for me to remember life before NYC and FIT. But here I am, living in New York, working hard, having fun and still making my dreams come true.

I don’t think any other St. Patrick’s Day will ever be as special as that one. Maybe it was the luck of the irish that brought me that acceptance letter that day. Whatever it was, I am so thankful that it happened.

Be looking out for some exciting pieces of mail within the next few weeks! Your life could be changing too :)

xx, Brendan

 

 

My Dorm

Ciao ladies and gents,

Sorry I’ve been away (partly not that sorry, was having too much fun) , I had an amazing Spring Break in Belgium where I got to visit my friends and family from when I studied there in 2009. Now, I’m back to the real life (yeah, like living in Rome and traveling every weekend is the REAL life) and it’s time I catch up with you guys :)

My definite question right now is: to dorm or not to dorm? I’ve been living in the Residential Halls for 3 years now and even though it has been awesome experience (with some annoying twists parfois), I feel the time to become independent is upon me. Meanwhile, when I’m apartment hunting, I realize all the perks living in the dorms has. Aside from it being PRIME real estate in Chelsea, it is so amazing to just be able to walk or scooter (like I do) and be there in 5-7 minutes.

Without any further ado, I have become famous once again (yeah, right) with my past dorm-room coming in at minute 4:15 (although that is not my door, oops)  in the new Kaufman Hall video tour. I’m the bed with the green lizard, and it’s my orange computer in the dining room table (with my mid-day break cooking show Mazola Academy), and the beautiful roses my boyfriend sent me.

Enjoy with caution (I’m already tempted to move back in) !

Deadline for Online Application: April 2, 2014

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

Seeing vs. experiencing

If you read an interview with any photographer almost all will say that the biggest difference between shooting film versus digital is the immediate editing. Digital cameras let you take infinite number of pictures while film rolls have less than 50 exposures each. Many photographers say that this has changed the psychology of taking pictures because with film each shot had to be “worth” it and would therefore require more thought, while digital allows you to snap away to your heart’s content and just delete later on the computer (or more likely hoard all of them in a folder on your desktop never to be looked at again).

I’ve noticed this applies to how we experience life as well. We constantly want to prove we have done something, even if it is just to ourselves, and constantly being able to take pictures makes it so easy. But is it too easy? As someone who has been lucky enough to travel as much as I have, I have definitely realized the strongest memories that survive are not ones seen in photographs, but rather the ones where I was just hanging out and experiencing the moment fully.

I’m not saying “don’t take pictures”, obviously you want to have something to look at to remind you of amazing things you have done, I just think it is important to put your camera or iPhone or whatever away and just sit and be. Don’t let an amazing experience slip by because you were too busy seeing it through a screen.

–Emily–

Junior Day 2014- March 30th

Well hey everyone! This past weekend I was given the pleasure of meeting some of you, it was Junior day. Junior Day is for perspective students of FIT, of ALL majors. They will take you on tours, you will be able to meet with the dean and the president of the school, and you can meet some of the bloggers (exciting right? A REAL LIVE PERSON). I had the pleasure of presenting my portfolio to perspective art and design students along with our other blogger Ashley. Both of us being from two very different majors was definitely fun to see. Ashley is a photography major while I am an interior designer.

When they asked me if they could use my portfolio pieces from when I first entered school I said “UMMM do you have to?!” , because my work has improved so much just from the past two years. Looking back at that work it looked horrible to me and I would prefer that no one saw it again. But everyone insisted I showed it. After the presentation I was lucky enough to meet a few perspective interior design students, it reminded me of how I felt exactly two years ago. Nervous, anxious, and in complete aw of the big city. It’s crazy how your feelings and mindset change so quickly. New York to me now is still exciting, just not as big as I originally thought it was and interior design still has me in aww I’m just not as nervous.

During this session I offered a few students some direction and guidance from me, and I actually had one text me pictures for her portfolio, and I’m more than happy to help. Who better to help you then the person actually in the program right? Trust me in coming students I was just as nervous too, and I turned out great.

One question that really stood out to me was from a father with his daughter and he asked “How does commuting affect your social life?” and I replied ” I have 3 jobs, time for friends, homework and my boyfriend so not much”. Yes commuting does affect your life greatly but if you love what you do that time you put in doesn’t matter much now does it? I love every single one of my jobs I wouldn’t trade them for the world, so no matter how tired I am I am always happy to go, school is the same way. You have to be willing to sacrifice things sometimes to get what and where you want to be.

unnamedThis was the room we presented in, I had to post a picture of it. ( My love for commercial furniture is just too much).

unnamedThat’s my mom back in the corner, it was her FIRST time to NYC and FIT ever, crazy right? So what better time then when her daughters talking (haha).

 

If any of you have more questions feel free to ask me, or come to the next Junior Day on March 30th, I will be speaking again from 11-1:00pm in the Dubinksy Building 8th floor. I hope to see you all soon, I really do love seeing perspective FIT students!

Xoxo

Kailee

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The Big Game

This past weekend I attended the 2014 Fusion Fashion Show at Parsons: The New School For Design. The Fusion Fashion Show has been around for 15 years now! What is it you ask? Well, its an intense, talented competition between the two best fashion schools in the country – Parsons and FIT. Fifteen designers from each school create 5 outfits, cast models, style them accordingly, and put on a runway show! And to top it off, some of the fashion industries best choose a winning designer from each school and a Best Overall school!

This just sounds like a reality show in the making…I mean, yes, there’s Project Runway, but something about college level fashion design students competing head to head paired with behind-the-scenes drama get’s me excited. Get on that Bravo!!

There are pros and cons to going to FIT (which is a whole other blog post) but one con for me is that I find it hard to feel “school spirit” here. Yes, I knew coming into FIT that its very different from most colleges out there. For one, we lack prestigious sports teams. I’m not a huge football fan, but I find myself sometimes envious when I see pictures of college football games, all students proudly donning their schools jersey. Everyone is extremely passionate about their school and team!

But when I was sitting in the auditorium waiting for the Fusion Fashion Show to start, I had a realization. The Fusion Fashion Show is my school’s “big football game.” FIT is MY school, Parsons the opposing team. Passionate fans from FIT and Parsons filled the seats to support not only the talented designers but to support their school! When the MC would ask the audience who was there to support FIT, I cheered as loud as I could. It wasn’t just me cheering, there were lots of other FIT students cheering along as well ;).

The show itself was SPECTACULAR! These students from both schools are so talented, and most are either freshmen or sophomores! Past years designers have included Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang. It was so cool to think I could be watching the next Wang premiere their first show!

It was hard not to be completely biased the whole show, rooting for only FIT designers. But there were some very talented designers from Parsons. Overall, the show was so creative and inventive. There were beautiful gowns, intricate handmade knits and even a jacket made entirely out of Furby’s!

BUT guess which school won Best Overall………FI-FRICKEN-T!!!

I think they totally deserved it ;) Everyone did a fantastic job but I couldn’t help to smile when I read that FIT won. It was like my school’s football team won the big game. Except our players are all super fashionable, talented, creative, unique people. And definitely not as as smelly…

 

 

Upcoming Events!

There is so many fun events that go on every week at school. A lot of people dont read there emails so they dont know about them ( i do that a lot of the time too) but my favorite email i look out for is the student sucess “FIT this week for students”.

Actually if your reading this i will be attending the FAT TUESDAY: Make beaded necklaces and Mask making from 12:00- 2:00 in A739. Usually the events i do attend at school are on tuesday or thursday from 12-2.

Also I am going to buy my ticket right before that for MAMA MIA, because they are ONLY $20 for this Friday March 7th. What a cute idea to do for your parents or even a nice night out with friends or even thaqt special someone. untitled

FIT deals are going on like crazy and you dont want to miss out! So also tonight from 6:00-6:30 you can get ranger box tickets for only $50!! Snacks and soda will also be provided. You cant get a better deal then that anywhere unless its free. You can find these tickets being sold in A734 also.untitled

I know a lot of people are very relgious and as am I, I went to catholic school all my life and I actually wasnt going to come to school this Wednesday morning so I could get ashes. But i recently found out that John Riordan, the FIT chaplin will be distributing them in A734 from 8:30-9am then again from 12-1 and from 4-5. I think this is a magificent then FIT is doing and I cant wait to meet all of you there!untitled

Then on thursday they are having “make stuffed animals” in A739 from 1:00-2:00 , every year when they have this event i try to go. I have a collection of my little FIT bears in my car, which i personally think is adorable. Then also on thursday WENDY WILLIAMS IS COMING TO SCHOOL. Thats right i said WENDY WILLIAMS, I’m a huge fan if you couldnt tell. This even is from 6:30-8:30 but you must RSVP before hand. This is in honor of Women’s history month, WENDY I’M COMING!! ( haha)imagesCAY5C1MG

Have a great week everyone, can’t wait to see you all at these fun events!

Xoxo Kailee

 

 

Student Of the Month

Like I mentioned in earlier posts I am going to be featuring at least two students a month, one that is in my major or major related area and another that i will randomly pick when i am around school.

For the first post I decided to pick one of my friends from first semester Melissa Guglielmo. She is a fourth semester interior design student, with an great passion for this program. Besides being in the interior design program Melissa also works 3-4 days as a bartender back home in Long Island. She is a commuter student that is always striving for something better in life. Melissa also attended community college before coming to FIT, she really enjoyed there program in interior design also and she felt like it helped a lot when coming to FIT. When she isn’t at school she enjoys her time with friends and family and anything that is fun and adventurous.

One thing that i can say from knowing Melissa is that she is a very hard worker, she will work then stay up all night to get her projects done. Her great work ethic is going to make her go far in life. Melissa is going to stay at FIT for her bachelors in Interior Design so one day she can become a certified interior designer.

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I’m on the look out for some more students! Look out FIT im here to get to know you!

Xoxo Kailee

Fernanda De Superwoman

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There are a lot of amazing, hard working, inspired people you can meet at FIT. I am constantly wowed at the passion for success that flows throughout the student body here. I think anyone who goes to FIT will say that if you are not prepared to work and really put in the time above and beyond what is required, you should think about attending another school.

Despite the high standard of work ethic here, there are, of course, those who seem to effortlessly out-do everyone else. And I mean that literally. Fernanda De Souza “out-does” probably everyone at this school. We met while playing tennis for the school team, of which she was named team captain for her senior season. Fernanda is also a member of the Presidential Scholars and consistently included on the Dean’s List. Beyond her academic achievements, Fernanda is also currently the editor-in-chief of FIT’s newspaper W27. Yet, somehow she still finds time to work as a nanny, write for The New York Observer, keep up an active amateur photography hobby and have a normal social life! (Can you believe I’m lucky enough to be friends with her? Me neither.) She even had the time to answer some questions I thought would be good insight for current or potential students:

E: You do a lot of stuff. I mean, Pres scholars, tennis, W27, you’re writing for the Observer now, plus your nanny job, not to mention regular school work – how do you find enough hours in each day and not want to jump off the roof of your apartment building?

F: When you put it that way, I realize I do so much. I’m not quite sure HOW I find time every day to go from school, tennis, Pres. Scholars, newspaper, internship, babysitting + working at Ralph Lauren on occasional weekends. I heavily rely on my Moleskine planner, it’s my Bible. I had a very scary spell though where I landed myself in the hospital from a severe anxiety attack because all this stress had built up and I finally couldn’t do it anymore. I’m learning to take better care of myself and pace myself during my day-to-day activities so I don’t drive myself back in the hospital. Thankfully, I have a great team behind me (especially at the newspaper) to help me. My time management’s horrific actually but I somehow manage. I’d rather be busy than sitting at home watching Netflix all day. I’d weight about 500lbs if I weren’t involved in everything I do.

E: How much of your time is devoted solely to W27?

F: W27 is draining. I can’t tell you an exact amount of time that is spent on it because it is ongoing. We have meetings for an hour every week which I’m leading, I’m constantly keeping in touch with the writers, editors, photographers via email and phone, then I’m dealing with the publisher and of course, our edit weekends where me and my art team come in once a month and sit there Saturday through Sunday getting the paper together. I also end up writing one or two articles each issue. It’s a lot of time and you’d think I’d get paid for this but it’s very rewarding in the end when it all comes together.

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E: Hopefully all that time is worth it; does  your position at the newspaper relate directly to what you eventually want to achieve in your career path?

F: Yes, exactly what I do for W27 is what I want to do when I’ve graduated. I want to work in publishing, newspaper or magazine, and potentially, write my own stuff (short stories mostly). I love to edit people’s work, I LOVE to write, I love setting up a nice page layout that is pleasing for the eye (of course, with the help of my amazing art team!). The dream has always been to work at the New York Times as an editor or columnist–we’ll see! Definitely can’t be an editor in chief of any publication anytime soon, always have to start at the bottom, unless I end up starting my own publication, which I would love to do sometime in the future. They say the newspaper/magazine industry is dying, I beg to differ, I think it’s just changing is all.

E: Your own publication! That’s so exciting! Did you know you were going to be named as the next editor-in-chief? And do you like being in charge?

F: I was a candidate to be editor in chief of W27 two years ago actually. I backed out from the running because I wasn’t sure I could handle it my junior year because I knew I would be extremely busy. I was also not mentally prepared. So Caroline Nelson became editor in chief last year and I was her deputy, second in command. And from there, it only seemed like I was following this line straight to the EIC position. So I sort of knew I would land there eventually–I had been with the newspaper for four years and risen from an inferior writer to being in charge. Being in charge is great, having what you say go, but it’s also very dangerous. If you take this power to an extreme, it can really screw with your head.  I try to be the best editor in chief by accommodating my staff but still remaining a strict (but fun!) environment.

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E: You have been known to be very vocal about your disinterest in fashion. Do you think it is worth coming to FIT if you don’t have any interest in the subject?

F: You’re right, I have no interest in fashion. I came to FIT thinking I’d be working for Anna Wintour at VOGUE eventually but that dream was quickly shot down the minute I came to FIT and realized that I was in for it. I think my biggest disinterest in fashion comes from the people who work in the industry. I’ve met some really horrible people and I go, “WHY must you act like that? There’s no excuse and you take yourself way too seriously.” I think FIT is a great school even if you don’t have an interest in going into fashion, because professors make sure to cover things BEYOND fashion. We are talking about businesses going public or bankrupt and political issues in the Middle East. A great range of subjects are covered in the courses at FIT but the major courses are very good with focusing on a career in each respective major that entails more than just fashion.

E: So do you think FIT’s student body has helped you in any way?

F: Being around the FIT student body has helped to reassure me of who I really am. We are all different here at FIT, not one of us is like the other. There are so many different characters at this school, which is great, variety is fantastic. But I can definitely tell you I don’t feel like I fit in AT all under the “FIT student” role. What I can say is that FIT students are go getters and hard working so being surrounded by this sense of competition pushes me to better myself in my work.

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E: Speaking of competition, you have helped the woman’s tennis team here to many triumphant successes. What are the best and worst parts about being a student athlete?

F: The worst part about being a student athlete is your weekends get taken away–completely. We were at matches every weekend, sometimes we were gone Thursdays-Sunday for tournaments. Your social life suffers a little. Best part was actually being active daily and being with on a team with women who were so dedicated to this sport, in every which way. Plus, staying at hotels and getting free food and tennis courts (which cost $200 an hour in NYC!) -it’s a treat. We work hard for all those things though.

E: Do you have a favorite professor or class from your time at FIT?

F: Best professor hands down was Michael Hyde. I had him for fiction writing class (also my favorite class at FIT) and I felt such a strong connection with him that he and I created an independent study for me to embark on the following semester. It was an advanced fiction writing course where I wrote longer stories and a novella + had short stories and two novellas to read each week. He has pushed me and my work beyond what I thought I was capable of, he’s inspired me in multiple facets of my life, and we remain good friends, even though I do not have any classes with him anymore. He has become a mentor, really, and I consult him with anything I’m writing presently. The best thing I ever did at FIT I think was do an independent study-I created the syllabus and chose what I wanted to learn and we went at our own pace. I recommend it for any student looking to have a more intimate connection to their work and have a professor RIGHT there at your disposal without 26 other people to compete for his/her attention.

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E: Do you have any more advice for incoming freshmen?

F: Incoming freshmen–how do I put this? Don’t come to FIT thinking you’re hot shit. Don’t come to FIT thinking you know everything and are the most fashionable yadda yadda. You’re in for a rude awakening. Absorb what’s around you, listen to your professors, respect New York (and it will respect you back) and utilize it as inspiration every day-don’t take it for granted. Don’t sit at your dorm on the weekends, EXPLORE! Don’t just go clubbing at night because you get bottle service-EXPLORE! And give FIT and the city a chance–they both grow on you.

E: So with that in mind, what is the best spot in NYC BESIDES Bushwick? [Ed. note: Anyone who knows Fernanda knows she is absolutely in love with her new Bushwick digs and talks extensively about how great her neighborhood is.]

F: Absolute best spot in NYC besides Bushwick–that’s a very difficult question – haha. Brooklyn is my hood and I love everything about it. BUT if I must choose, I’d say the Rose Main Reading Room inside the main public library at Bryant Park. Great place to people watch and unwind from the rest of New York.

E: And a more interesting question – what is the weirdest thing you’ve seen while living here?

F: Weirdest thing I’ve seen in NYC is this performance artist, if you can even call him that, who dresses up in the worst rag clothing and plays with his puppets on the subway platforms (normally on Bedford Ave.). He wears a cape sometimes and makes obscure noises and when the train pulls up he runs inside really fast making said noises and runs back out. He’ll never get a dollar from me.

E: Ok, well I’ll just avoid Bedford Avenue from now on haha. Lastly, just cuz we’re both literary nerds, what is your must read book of the moment?

F: Must read book at the moment is an anthology collection called Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. This book is a collection of stories by writers who lived in New York City and their experience there. It was inspired by the famous Joan Didion’s 1967 piece, “Goodbye to All That”. Quick, fast, and interesting read, great for FIT students who moved to New York.

E: Ah, I’ll have to read it! And pretty appropriate for you considering you’ll be graduating soon! Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask if you know what you’re doing after college, I’m sure you’ll be fine no matter what!

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–Emily–

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Athletics

Waking up at 5 am with 21.5 credits, an internship and a job is simply impossible (at least for me). I remember when the women’s soccer club became a team and this was how early I had to get up to practice. Prioritizing being able to go through the day awake rather than playing soccer competitively left me with a void in my heart.

Here I am, a year and a half later (pounds heavier) but with only 12 credits, incredibly long weekends, no job or internship (just volunteering) and in Rome. There could have not been a better timing to go back to the sport I once loved. So say hello, to Sade’ (this is how they spelled out my name on my uniform LOL)  a current AUR She-Wolf playing Calcio Femminile. Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.20.37 PMAlthough I’m quite missing our tiger (which I was once) I’m happy to be howling before matches. Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.24.01 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 4.24.14 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back home at FIT, we have 14 different teams that hold try-outs at the beginning of each semester. This semester I’m trying to get in shape so when I come back I will be able to try-out for our amazing soccer team (and hopefully make it). For more info you can check out our Athletics & Recreation website, where you will find an outline and more details about Women’s & Men’s sports (yes we DO have men at FIT, despite what Cosmo says).

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Ultimate Warrior Elite Challenge Spring ’13

If you are more into individual working-out we have two gyms available to students (which are included in your tuition) with PTs helping you figure out the machines and the weights. If you are like me and need extra motivation from people around you, join some of our recreation classes (I highly recommend our signature class FIT Workout Nation-It’s not a Game!).

Work Hard, Play Hard!

Work Hard, Play Hard!

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If you are just thinking of avoiding it all-together (I have a surprise for you) your AAS degree requires students to complete 2 courses in Health, PE, and Dance (ranging from ballet, personal defense, fencing to Stress Management). So before you pout, walk away and decide to not apply to our school, I will kindly remind you that “75 minutes of brisk walking per week equates to an extra 1.8 years of life expectancy as opposed to staying sedentary.

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So, cheers to staying alive!

Carpe Diem,

Sadie