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Mariano’s Survival Guide: LA-NYC

Being bi-coastal has it’s pros and cons. Winter Break is ironically a breeze, but Summer Break sure does bring on the heat when it comes to bringing everything back home. Here are a couple of tips I recommend if you’re far, far, away from NYC.

1. Get a storage unit:

Manhattan Mini Storage has great deals for students. Getting a unit will save your live come summertime when you are left to travel with ALL of your belongings back home on a 6-hour flight, say bye to that extra luggage fee.

2. Change the way you pack:

Simply organizing your things differently will help you stuff some more things into your luggage. Start with shoes at the bottom and work your way up the body. Keep clothes ROLLED not folded and make sure all of your liquids on carry-on are not over 3.4oz!

3. Prepare for the weather back home:

New York has bi-polar weather, just like it’s counterpart Los Angeles, however, when it blazing hot here it can be a rain-fest over there, and vice-versa! Keep up with the weather updates when travelling and try to wear easy layers on flights to ensure weather protection!

Living in NYC: Dorm Hacks

Living in NYC can be quite an experience, but it is truly what you make it. Here is a 5 helpful dorm hacks/tips that I have found helpful over my last two years dorming at FIT!

1. Make a chore list:

It doesn’t have to be elaborate, but you need one. Things will get messy, and if chores aren’t given to certain people, roomies will end up feeling bitter and angry. Although you can choose your roommates, you never know what type of person they REALLY are!

2. Change the way you fold:

Anyone ever tell you that rolling shirts makes a difference in small spaces? Well… it does! Rolling your clothes makes more space in the little space that we have… and honestly, it looks kinda cool!

3. Keep extra money on your laundry card:

Yes, yes, yes, laundry at FIT isn’t free… it’s $2.50 for a wash and dry. Nonetheless, sometimes things happens, machines don’t work to their full function, or you accidentally spilled something on your favorite sweater and since the card machine only takes $5, $10, or $20 bills keeping it ready for any fashion-mergency is a must!

4. Utilize the workrooms:

Each FIT housing residence has a workroom with light-tables, open space and room for students of all majors to work on anything, at any time. Working on campus can be nice, but if you’re ever in need of a quick location to get things done, just head downstairs to your workroom!

5. Be nice to security:

One great thing I will always say is to be nice to anyone and everyone because it can help you out! Saying hello or good morning can get you a open gate in Kaufman when you’re struggling with all of your bags to get your ID out.

Useful AMC Website

Hello there! Hope you’ve all had a great week so far. As someone who hates procrastinating and always starts project in advance; something I do very often is ask my teachers if they have any useful tips or recommendations I could use for my projects/papers. Recently in my FM213 (Intro to Direct Marketing) class, my teacher recommended this website called Edited. At first I thought I would only use it in that class, so I decided to sign up. Turns out this website is so useful, I’m using it for my two other marketing classes.

Basically this website collects data about the fashion industry in real-time around the world. Anything you want to know about the retail market, you can look it up on Edited. It also has other features, like trends (my favorite), which shows you based on runways, blogs, retail etc. what the current trends are. You can literally find trends on any products you want.

If this sounds like something that could be useful to you here are the next steps to take to request an account:

  1. Email support@edited.com from your FIT email, stating the name of you major and graduation date.
  2. Once you have an account set-up, you’ll need to be on campus to gain access.
  3. You will find EDITED on the FIT’s Library Database list (under “E”).

xoxo

-Zorya

Weekend Travel to Boston

You’d be surprised how many places you can travel to on a budget and without a car.  A few weeks ago, I was able to visit Boston and I did not have a big budget going into the trip.  Here are some of my quick tips if you want to make a trip up to the historic city.

  • Take a Megabus from NYC.  I was able to take a $30 round trip megabus that drops you off near the financial district in Boston, located near metro stops, buses, and an easy location to take an uber to and from.
  • Set your budget beforehand.  If you know how much you can spend, stay within that limit.  Look up restaurants and attractions that you want to see and approximately how much those events will cost and factor all of that into your budget.
  • Pack snacks and entertainment.  It can’t be a long bus ride, especially with the not-so-great wifi available on the Megabus.  Download a movie beforehand, bring a book, and above all, bring snacks for the trip there and back to avoid paying absurd prices at the bus station.
  • Visit Quincy Market.  Located near the water, the indoor/outdoor market filled with shops, boutiques, LOTS of clam chowder and ice cream.  You’ll be sure to find something for everybody!
  • Give yourself extra time.   The streets in Boston are some of the most confusing roads to drive on.  Like New York, there’s almost always traffic, except this time, there’s no helpful grid.  Factor in at least an additional 15 minutes and if you’re driving, make sure you have enough gas in the tank!

Ashley

Library Resources

The FIT library is a great place to go for some quiet time, but it is also a fantastic place to receive help on research or thesis assignments!  Here are some resources that the library has that you as an FIT student can take advantage of:

  • PrintFx: PrintFx is FIT’s printing lab in which students and faculty have access to.  It is located on the 5th floor of the Pomerantz Center in D529A.  You are able to drop off orders or order online, and the services range from laser jet prints to printing on fabric, to bookbinding.  PrintFx has some of the least expensive prices in the city and is always of the highest quality.
  • Research and Instructional Services: If you have a thesis or research project that would like assistance in finding materials, the research services desk is happy to sit down with you, chat over the phone or email regarding your needs.  To find out more information about how to book an appointment, click here.
  • Rent books and movies: From the blockbuster hits to the fashion documentaries and novels, the FIT library has access to it all for your use.  Don’t see the title that you are looking for?  Inform the library staff and they are open to ordering it.
  • Historical Forecast Archives: FIT has access to historical forecasts from the 19th century – onward.  You must make an appointment to view by emailing libperiodicals@fitnyc.edu
  • Scan textbook pages: The professor may not require the book, but they may assign readings and assignments from the textbook.  Instead of purchasing the entire book and rarely using it, the FIT library has access to a majority of the typical textbooks used and they are available to scan so that you have access to the necessary pages.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about what the FIT library has to offer!

Ashley