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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

 

Top 5 Books to Help Motivate

While spring being around the corner is a great incentive to change your life around, sometimes you need to get your motivation from external sources.  My favorite way to get motivated is to watch documentaries about those that inspire me, listen to motivational music, or read a book that will make me think and drive me to do better.  The FIT library is filled with books, not just pertaining to fashion and the related majors here, but also motivational books.  Here are some of my favorite books that can be found in the FIT library:

  1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Purpose by Angela Duckworth
    Synopsis: Why do some people succeed and others fail?
  2. Own Your Future by Paul B. Brown
    Synopsis: How to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy
  3. No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith
    Synopsis: Finding your passion, creating your career plan, confronting your fears and excuses
  4. Smarter, Better, Faster by Charles Duhigg
    Synopsis: The secrets of productivity in life and business
  5. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
    Synopsis: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion

Happy reading and happy learning!

Ashley

Saving Money

College can be stressful enough between classes, homework, projects, and still trying to have a social life, but adding on additional living expenses can take a toll, especially when living in an expensive city like New York.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to spending a little less:

  • Grocery Hunt.  This may sound odd, but I highly recommend going to all of the local grocery stores and comparing the prices on what you typically by and making a note in your phone about where you should buy those specific products.  Whether it is a $3 difference or 50 cents, everything adds up over a long period of time.
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  BB&B has been one of the greatest go-to destinations for most of my shopping needs.  BB&B has toiletries, necessities, first aid, you name it.  Their sister store, Harmon’s, located on 22nd and 6th Ave has all of the toiletries and drugstore makeup products you need.  Added bonus, sign up for the emails and you get a 20% off a single item coupon every few weeks.
  • Plan your spending.  Plan with your friends what you want to do for that week/weekend.  If you know that you are going to a big event that costs money on the weekend, try to cut back from going out to eat or grabbing an expensive coffee during the week.
  • Coupons and Membership Cards.  This may sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much you can save with rewards programs and email coupons.  Every little bit helps and can make you feel better that you aren’t purchasing at full price.
  • Purchase store brand.  While you may live for the mornings where you can have Honey Nut Cheerios, I can guarantee that the cheaper Honey O’s from Trader Joe’s will be just as satisfying.

Best of luck!

Ashley

Getting Back Into The Flow

Hello there!

I know for me it’s always the struggle after almost a month of break to get back into the flow of school life. Some of you are have been in the city for a few weeks already, but most of us have just gotten in and might be starting internships, or new jobs, and are nervous about getting back into the flow of things, after such a long break. Don’t worry I’m in the same boat, but to calm my nerves I try to plan ahead. I love writing down a checklist of different things I have to take care of before everything starts. It helps me get a clear head and makes me get into the flow of things slowly. Below are other things I like to do or check before the semester starts, which might help you too.

Change your FIT password If you haven’t already, you might want to change your password, because you want to be able to log in to your account, and the last thing you want to have to do is go to IT to get it fixed.

Check your FIT email Check your school email! You might have professors that emailed you for books, or updates. The school also sends out emails of what’s happening in the weeks to come, and there might be something you’ll want to go to or see. And sometimes there are last minute internship opportunities that are sent through your major, club, or honors program.

Go on Blackboard If you have online classes, I would highly suggest checking out your balckboard account, because professor tend to post on there directly and a lot of times your online courses have already started before the actual school start date, and you might have some deadline posted that you might want to write down and homework that is due.

 Buy a Planner and Notebooks This is really helpful to have before you start classes, because it’s something less to worry about and it’s great way to start taking notes already. Planners are my best friend, I know a lot of students use their phones, but I need a planner, I need to see what I’m doing, and having the satisfaction of checking off what I’ve done.

Login to ElucianGo App Great way to have a visual layout of how your weekly schedule looks like. Plus you have many other options, like for example looking up your professors info, campus map etc.

xoxo

Zorya