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Stress Tips + Tricks

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It’s that time of year again where your hard-earned money is blown on Starbucks and getting a solid 8 hours of sleep is a distant memory. Trust me, I’ve been there — in fact, I am there now. With never-ending midterms and finals/final projects right around the corner, it is easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated. Although it’s crunch time and it’s important to finish the semester strong, it’s important to keep your sanity too! Take a breather and de-stress with these tips and tricks:

  1. Music: Take a break during common hour at one of FI T’s student lounges, close your eyes and pop your earphones in. Music has the powerful ability to transport the mind and relax the soul. Whether some soulful Sam Smith or Amy Winehouse to get your foot tapping, music is an effective getaway during a busy school day.
  2. Exercise: Take advantage of the gyms at FIT to release feel-good endorphins into your bloodstream. Not only will you tone up your body but you will feel a major pick-me-up in your mood and spirit. Exercising is a great way to blow off some steam and release the tension built up from stress.
  3. Powernap: A solid 20-30-minute nap is all you need to reboot and continue the rest of the day strong. Try not to sleep longer than 30 minutes or layer on the blankets; excess warmth can make you oversleep. Set an alarm clock so your refreshing 20-30-minute nap doesn’t go too long and endanger your sleep that evening. Also, drink a cup of coffee before your nap. It takes about 35 min for caffeine to influence you; therefore, you’ll wake at the right time and feel refreshed.
  4. Pastimes: Your favorite leisurely activities will ease your mind during this stressful time. Lose yourself reading an interesting fiction novel, shop calming aromatherapy products or watch a rom-com on Netflix. Do something you enjoy to balance out all of the hard work you have put forth this semester. In other words, treat yo’ self.
  5. Organize: Whether 10 minutes or a full day of planning, it is important to prioritize assignments/projects to execute them in a timely fashion. It’s okay to plan more than you work – that way, you can bang out assignments left and right and get the ball rolling. Take as much time as you need to prepare, because not only will it keep your work in order, but most definitely your mind.

Always remember to take a breather during difficult times, because it’s important to put yourself first.

I hope these tips and tricks help!

Meli B.

Snug Up With A Good Book

Winter means temperatures are dropping and the only thing you want to do is to stay in doors, probably in bed with a good movie. But try switching it up and instead of Netflix, you might want to try snuggling up to a good book. Here are some of the books that are on my Winter to read list:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles It’s the story about this man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life in the attic of a luxury hotel, as Russian history is unfolding outside his widow. It takes a look at the man’s emotional discovery, throughout the years.

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Although I’ve read the two first ones, I love the era it’s set in. If like me you love the middle ages, stories about Kings and Queens, power, wealth, and war. You will love this trilogy. It’s based on the real life of Queen Eleanor, and her very tumultuous life in the French and English court.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho It’s the story about this boy who travels from Spain to the Egyptian dessert to find a treasure. Along the way he meets several people who point him to the direction of his quest. It’s ultimately a story about the importance of listening to our hearts.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Ever since I’ve seen the movie You Before Me, I’ve been wanting to read one of Jojo Moyes stories. This one sounded the most interesting, because it’s the story of how a painting holds memories of lost loves. Although the two main female characters are separated by centuries, they are united because of their determination to fight for the thing they love most.

If you have any book recommendations, feel free to leave them down below!

xoxo

Zorya

Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is among us, which means it’s a great time to explore the city looking for the best activities and spots for gifts!  Every single year, New York lights up with holiday cheer and anticipation for the big New Year festivity.  Here are some of my favorite spots to feel the excitement of the holiday time:

  • Rockefeller Center: While this can be incredibly busy, overwhelming, and filled with tourists, it is a truly iconic symbol of the holiday time in New York.  If you haven’t witnessed the beauty of the tree and the excitement of the vast skating rink, it is definitely a spot that you have to check off your bucket list.
  • Winter Village at Bryant Park: This spot is a New York classic, only second to Rockefeller Center.  The Winter Village at Bryant Park not only has a beautiful ice skating rink, but about 100 shops and eateries to delight your tastebuds and find the perfect gifts for families and friends.
  • STORYThis is far from your usual shopping experience.  STORY is a retail store that changes “themes” or “stories” every few months, rotating out inventory that fits with the theme of the store at that time.  This winter’s story (now – December 31st) is “Home for the Holidays” which has all of the unique holiday gifts you could ever ask for.  It truly is one of a kind and you could easily do all of your holiday shopping in the single store.
  • Union Square Holiday Market: This market is hands-down one of my FAVORITE markets in all of New York.  Not only is it easily accessible and conveniently located in Union Square, it radiates the joy and excitement of the holiday time.  It is packed to the brim with stores and small restaurant booths.

Happy holidays!

Ashley

Illustration on 28th Street

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It’s that time of year again! Illustration students have taken to the streets, turning FIT’s dull, concrete walls into works of art.

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Chalk FIT, an annual project, allows students to create individual illustrations on the exterior walls along 7th Avenue and 28th Street. 

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This time around, Chalk FIT pays homage to our neighborhood Chelsea, the lively and eclectic campus our college calls home. Chalk FIT adds a colorful touch to Manhattan’s landscape. Make sure to support the work in progress by checking out all of the creative art from start to finish!

Melinda

PayScale.com Ranks FIT #1

PayScale, which links individuals and businesses to the largest salary profile database in the world, ranks FIT first in the nation among community colleges for alumni mid-career salaries ($74,600) in the 2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report. PayScale collects data through an ongoing online compensation survey. The site ranked 1,388 colleges and universities in total, with an average sample size of 325. This salary figure represents an increase of 3.5 percent from last year. PayScale ranked 371 two-year colleges.

This is the second year in a row FIT ranks number two out of 100 schools for alumni holding bachelor’s degrees in art, with a mid-career salary of $90,300. FIT also ranks 110th overall for mid-career salaries among all 983 colleges and universities that grant bachelor’s degrees, with a median salary of $93,100. Among bachelor-degree-granting schools in New York State, FIT came in 17th. Among public colleges and universities nationwide, FIT’s rank was 35th.

So exciting to see that FIT graduates are going on to successful careers throughout the creative industries and have incredible earning potential!

Melinda