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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.

Thanks so much Melissa for the short interview!unnamed

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

Xoxo Kailee

Snow Snow go away

So in New Jersey right now we have over a foot of snow, crazy right? It looks like we are getting more this weekend too. So I thought I would give everyone some tips to stay busy.

Obviously you can sit around and watch movies all day or do homework but that’s not fun. To me it is a waste of the day, of course I had to shovel my house and cars out with my dad for half the day but when I got inside I needed something to keep me occupied. SO I went on Pinterest and looked up recipes and workouts ( Yes, I said workouts) .

kkThis is a great exercise for your legs and your abs, you don’t even need to use the free weights. I did about 100 of these and did I feel the burn. After shoveling and doing this I felt like I couldn’t move anymore.

bytThis is another awesome leg/ butt workout, I started by watching a movie on TV and on every commercial I tried to do as many as I could before the movie came back on. I did almost 600! It doesn’t feel hard at first but after a while you will definitely feel it.

lolThis is great for sculpting your abs and butt, remember anyone can do these exercises you just have to get motivated. It maybe snowing but summer and spring beak is right around the corner!

I also found a great recipe for a chocolate peanut butter smoothie, the healthy version!

This chocolaty smoothie is made with Greek yogurt and chocolate soy milk, both of which are rich in calcium, which is great for your bones in this cold weather. There’s also spinach, bananas and cashews, which helps all the ladies with cramps and relieves bloating! Then throw in some avocado and your ready to go! This was the best smoothie I ever had in my life, the ingredients don’t sound the best but just trust me on this one and try it!

So as you can see I’m still maintaining my healthy life style even on the snowiest of days! You can too, just think of how much more energy you will have for school! What are you doing on this snowy day? Anything fun?

Xoxo Kailee

First impressions – living

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Well now that we’ve gotten food out of the way, we can talk about Italy as a whole. There’s a lot to get through so I’ll just stick to my living situation for now. My two roommates (who are also from FIT) are living in an apartment in the center of Florence, right near Santa Croce. The location is ideal for food, getting to the important sights in Florence as well as close to school. The apartment itself is pretty nice. It’s a perfect size for us three and has a lofted second floor. Stairs! Like a whole staircase! Whaaaat? That would never happen in New York. I mean we ran into a few normal first apartment problems like noisy neighbors and broken wifi but like the adults we are, we got it all worked out.

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Florence is definitely a walking city. There is no subway system and there aren’t really any cabs. There are taxis that take you to and from the airport, but that’s about it. You don’t really see anyone hailing a cab like in New York. There is a bus system but I have yet to bother to learn the routes or buy a bus ticket. It’s just better to walk, everything is within twenty minutes at the longest. The only hard part of walking is that Florence still follows its Medieval city plan so all the streets twist and are small and sometimes change names right in the middle and don’t appear on maps and are generally pretty difficult to navigate. It’s kind of like the West Village but the whole city is that way. I appreciate the historical quality of this plan, but I also want to, you know, get places quickly.

Living in an apartment is not too different than living in the dorms. We actually have more room, and since I always lived in a suite at FIT I am used to cooking and going to the grocery store and doing my own laundry, etc. The only part that is a little annoying is that Italians don’t use dryers so it takes about two days for my clothes to dry on the drying racks. Also we can have wine, like whenever we want (which is all the time, let’s be honest). And if anyone has ever lived in the dorms, they know that the ability to have friends come in and out as you please is amazing.

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Honestly, living in Italy isn’t that different than living in New York City, it’s just way older and more cobblestone-y. Oh, and beautiful. It’s more beautiful.

–Emily–

Creative Dining Hall Ideas – Roommate Edition

Greetings to all! My name is Rachel and I am truly honored to be a guest writer on this fabulous blog that my roommate, Ashley, has so wonderfully put together.

So.  Let’s be honest.  The FIT dining hall is not the best – 5 star rating place to fill your stomachs, quench your thirst, grab some grub . . . whatever you wanna call it. So today, I wanna share some personal tips and tricks I have come up with while perusing the multiple stationed room for the past few months while on the meal plan to spark more of an interest to the cafeteria.

  1.  The Deli Delight (Hold the Deli)
    Do you ever go to the sandwich station and think, “This is pointless for me.  I don’t like more than HALF the things they put on a sub!” False.  Who ever said being simple is a bad thing? Here’s what I say. Ask for some pita, or whatever kind of bread you prefer, and ask them to toast it. While it’s getting to a perfect s’more golden brown, you get packets of peanut butter and a tasting cup (tasting cups by the ketchup from The Grill station) full of jelly, and BOOM. You got yourself a beautiful gourmet PB&J sandwich. Or, if you’re not about the PB&J life or maybe you’re just feelin’ a bit of a Middle Eastern flare on that day, ask for a side of hummus.  You can never go wrong with some pita and hummus.
  2.  Deli with your Own Twist
    Keeping with the same station, we don’t always see what we would prefer to be on our sandwich. So, here’s what you do. Go to the salad bar and pick out what you would actually like to have on your sandwich (in my case, mushrooms) and just ask to have the toppings put on the bread.  It’s as simple as that! Be creative while mixing and matching the stations!
  3. Sushi (Hold pretty much everything)
    Okay.  This one is might be a bit tricky to pull off.  If you like plain seaweed for a snack, like I do, kindly walk over to the sushi station and politely ask for just some seaweed.  Sometimes, they are generous and will get you some and sometimes, you just asked on a bad day. Definitely try it! Could be worth it.
  4. Yogurt Parfait
    This breakfast station is one of my personal favorites! This is a suggestion for those of you who can’t eat granola, don’t like it, etc . . . Go about your yogurt parfait like usual and if you still want that nice crunch to your yogurt, just substitute cereal in for granola! Rice chex is highly recommended.  ;)
  5. H20 To Go
    This trick is just a reminder and not all of it goes along with your meal plan.  If you are stuck in a kitchenless dorm room and cannot boil water, no problem! Take a cup of hot water (from the coffee and tea station) and use it for your own, previously bought oatmeal, ramen, whatever you need to make that requires hot water… and remember! Water is FREE. Yep, that means you don’t even need to swipe your cards and use up a meal, folks.

Good luck & good eats!
Rachel

 

First week fair (Part two)

There were so many great tables at the first week fair I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one post, so here is some more!

cvThe department of student life, they are always at the best things going on at FIT. This time they had a raffle going on!

k studyFIT’s study abroad program! All of the programs are listed there is you want to find out anymore information you can go to FITNYC.edu/studyabroad

tachTech Help! Having a problem with your computer? the internet? angel? Go visit them in the C building- room c307a. There hours are Mon- Friday, 8:30-10pm. You can call them also at 212.217.HELP or email them at techhelp@fitnyc.edu

syThe student association, such amazing people, vibrant and so much fun!

sustainabilty councilThe sustainability council at FIT. The eighth annual sustainable business and design conference people, planet, and prosperity: Measuring Our Impact. This will take place on April 8th from 8:30am to 5:30pm. More information will be posted at fitnyc.edu/sustainabilityconfence.

resResidential Life department, always have the best give aways at FIT events.

athFIT athletics and recreation. Keep in mind any events that you may attend at FIT you must have your FIT ID and proper attire.

fitableThe office of FITABLE- the office of disability services at FIT is available to help everyone and anyone no matter what!divJoin FIT diversity council!

There was so much to see and do at the first week fair, any events on campus that are coming up I highly suggest you take time out of your busy schedule to go! You may even bump into me!:)

Xoxo Kailee

 

FASFA TIME!

aWho doesn’t love this time of the year (NOT)…Well regardless of if we like it or not it has to be done. I know this is the time of the year when the most yelling occurs between me and my parents. Some of the questions my parents don’t even know half of the time. It can be very difficult if it is your first time and don’t have any help.

I claim that I am a dependent student meaning that my parents claim me and I have to provide all of there information. Also all of your information too. If it is your first time filling this out FASFA will ask you a series of questions to determine if your a dependent or independent student.

There is a few things you will need… your and/or your parents 2013 tax information. If you haven’t done them yet, that’s ok too! You can use the “income estimator” to help you speed up the process. You will also need to know what kind of taxes you file for (yes, there is more then two). Besides taxes your going to need your social security number and full name, how much is in your savings and checking, and same goes for your parents if they are doing this along with you.

When filling out FASFA if your applying to colleges for the first time ,and don’t know which you are going to yet you can list up to ten colleges to see how much aid you will get for each.

If you are applying for a summer session, contact the financial aid office at your college to find out which school year you should select when you complete your FAFSA.” HUGE TIP, I did not know this and once I accidently chose the wrong time frame and it messed up my entire FASFA, so make sure you have every bit of information correct!

Last but not least make sure you have your STUDENT AID PIN handy for the end, you will need this to sign the document at the very end. If you do this every year this process is a lot easier for you, FASFA usually saves all the information and you only have to put in a few key things. If this is your first time or second time, I wish you luck through this long treacherous process.

But hey it’s money!

Xoxo Kailee

Amazing Memories

This winter break was the best break I have had at FIT thus far. It really helped me get focused and ready to go back again. I had so many adventures with friends and family, that I will always cherish. This was also the first time I didn’t take an online class over break, which was definitely why I relaxed just a little bit more. The beginning of break you saw my adventure blog posts, I went to Atlantic City ( won some money), and hang out with some friends. SO much more has happened since then.

afefaeMy best friend turned 21!( She is in the red dress) so for her birthday we went to PACHA in NYC. It was one of the coolest places I have had the pleasure of going to. There was two floors, a basement, all kinds of entertainment, and guest appearances. PACHA was actually very safe and well monitored. We had a blast, keep in mind if you want to go out for the night it can be a little pricey. Also you have to be over 19 to get in.

wdlHere is another picture of us before we got there. My two best friends Nadia ( next to me) and Ashvini ( birthday girl on the opposite end). They live at an apartment on campus. They all go to Rutgers, which is a few short minutes away from my hometown. Definitely one of the best memories I made over break.

 

 

 

 

naOne of the biggest things that happened over break was my best friend wasn’t aloud to go back to her school for the semester because she failed a class. This is a very devastating time in your life if it happens to you. It has happened to me, and many of my friends. Not as bad as not going back to school, because each school is different. But it definitely messed up my schedule the past two semesters. But hey, it is ok and you will get through it. Your not alone, I promise. It may seem like your world is ending, but failing at something just means your going to be ten times better at it the next time, or maybe not but that’s fine too. You just have to find yourself and what works for you. But on the plus side I now have my best friend home for the semester ( so I will have some great stories :) )

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I also met up with my old friend Elliot, who I used to work with a long time ago. He really motivated me at the gym, and is a jujitsu fighter so he taught me a couple things. You always need to know how to defend yourself in the city, especially girls remember that. Sadly we only started hanging out towards the end of break, and now I’m back at school. But who knows there might even be a little love interest there:) You’ll find out soon, keep reading!

 

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I even made some money over break. I worked like crazy, because we all know back to school can be expensive. ( the picture only has about 9 dollars in it haha). But I made more then that trust me. All and all I had a great winter break, with lots of laughter, adventures, and great memories. I’m going to miss everyone back home but I’ll be home. It’s never the same though ,once I’m back at school… But this semester hold a lot of crazy adventures and actives ,so stay tuned!

Xoxo Kailee

 

 

 

The best of both worlds!( Life Hacks)

Hey everyone! Yes this is yet again another post about back to school, but I promise it is the best one of all. I bet you cant wait for another year of learning, along with cafeteria food ( YUCK, Actually FIT cafeteria food is pretty good) less than – the rich and famous housing and the occasional party or two. So here is a few tips to make dorm life and commuting a little more manageable.

fs#1. This one is for the dormers, with summer slowly ( very slowly) approaching. If your AC in your dorm is inadequate of just nonexistent this is the trick for you. You can cool your room down instantly by hanging a damp towel in a window. If your room has a fan set it to run counter clockwise. Which creates an updraft, for the best cooling experience.

#2. No- cook scrambled eggs! Being a commuter student and I’m sure dorm students also, don’t always have access to the kitchen. So all you need is a microwave and a mug. Crack a few eggs, microwave for 90 seconds, remove, stir, microwave for another 90 seconds, the Bon Appetite!

ocee#3.Brew Coffee without a coffee maker! Don’t have a coffee maker or money for that oh so expensive Starbucks? Here is the trick… Use a disposable cup, filter and rubber band to make a one size fits all filter ,for your favorite mug! Just add some hot water and your ready to brew.

#4.College isn’t the best atmosphere to get a good nights sleep but fear not, the body’s natural sleep cycles are regulated  by exposure to light. So when its time for bed lights out or get a mask to cover your eyes ( because that pesky room mate always stays up all night).

Just remember spring break is just a few short weeks away, keep up the good work, stay healthy, and get some sleep!

XOXO, Kailee

 

 

Strengths and Weakness’

As the spring semester approaches we need to prepare ourselves to be mentally strong. We all have our break down moments durning the semester, but if we keep these few things in mind we will have a very calm semester!

1. Keep control. Don’t give away your power, your strong, intelligent, and most importantly unstoppable!

2.Embrace Change. Welcome new changes, it may be new friends or a new way your teacher suggests to do your project. Embrace it, it may change you for the better. Be willing to take calculated risks.

3.Stay happy. Don’t complain. Don’t waste your energy on things you cant control.

4.Be kind. Fair, and unafraid to speak up. Don’t worry about pleasing other people.

5.Be willing to fail. Don’t give up after failing. See failure as a chance to improve. Don’t resent others success, celebrate with them.

6.Expand your mental energy wisely. Don’t spend time on unproductive thoughts.

7.Reflect on their progress everyday. They take time to consider what they have achieved and where they are going.

8.Enjoy your time alone. Sometimes being alone helps us evaluate ourselves and grow. Don’t ever fear being alone.

9.Believe in “staying power”. Don’t ever expect immediate results.

10.Aceept your feelings- without being controlled by them.

Just keep in mind the past doesn’t mean anything now, it can’t control you. This semester is going to be a great one, so keep moving forward!

Xoxo- Kailee

Trying to Be an Adult

There are a lot of things adults do that I still don’t do, even after three years at college. Cooking nutritious meals is definitely one of these things. I don’t know if you could tell by my last post, but I don’t exactly have the best diet. This is what my Trader Joe’s basket typically looks like for example:

To be fair this was right before the last week of school and I was trying to only get the essentials. As you can see, my diet mainly consists of chocolate, pasta, cheese and chicken (not pictured). I am very aware this is not good for me, but I don’t really know how to cook anything, or how to manage food time. Managing food time is very different than managing work time. I’m great at managing work time. Managing food time is a whole different story. For instance, how long will it take me to prepare this meal? How long can I keep food in the fridge before it goes bad? Or the freezer? Do Ireallyneed this ingredient or is it more of a “suggestion”? See? I just don’t get it.

This is more of  “do as I say, not as I do” advice. Before you leave home, have someone teach you to cook meals that are actually good for you! Your body and taste buds will thank you, and your roommates will be simultaneously jealous and in awe of you.

Then come teach me.

–Emily–