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12 Hour Days

It’s not uncommon, especially for an Art & Design student to have class from 9 AM – 9:30 PM.  Ever since I started here at FIT, I’ve had a 9-9:30 schedule at least once a week.  While this can be avoided if you don’t want to be in class all day, for commuters and students with jobs and internships, it’s sometimes necessary to condense your schedule into the smallest window of time.  While you’re typically pretty tired by the end of the day, I have some tips and tricks to help you get through the 12+ hour day!

  • Prepare: This may seem like common sense, but make sure that you have all of your supplies, binders, homework assignments, and notes that you need for the entire day.  If you pack everything up in the morning, you’re more likely to forget something in a rush.
  • Bring food: I highly recommend bringing your own snacks/lunch/dinner if you can!  This will not only save you some money, but if you pack a great meal, it’s something to look forward to after class!
  • Caffeinate: If you like your coffee in the morning or need some extra fuel, coffee can always help!  We conveniently have our own Starbucks located in the Dining Hall!
  • Don’t get ahead: While this may be the exact opposite of what you usually hear, having a 12 hour day is not easy.  While it’s tempting to get ahead on your next assignment, you may only have 1 hour in between classes and that 1 hour may be precious time to refuel, take a quick nap, or study for your next class.
  • Breathe: If you have small breaks in the day, take the time to not focus on your next class and enjoy your meal and time to yourself.  Those little moments in the day will help prepare you for your next class.

Best of luck on those long days!


Essential Discounts

Living in New York City is not cheap.  From wanting to explore all of the sites and try new restaurants, spending an arm and a leg on things like paper towel and shampoo.  I’m here to help you get the biggest bang for your buck on the everyday essentials without skimping out on quality!

  • Toilet Paper & Paper Towel: Home Depot (You’d be surprised!)
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash: Harmon’s or Bed Bath and Beyond (Sign up for their emails to get a 20% off one item once a month)
  • Produce: Trader Joe’s (You don’t pay by the pound, you pay by the number of items)
  • Groceries: Trader Joe’s or Fairway (Fairway for name brand/generic, Trader Joe’s for their own brand)
  • Cleaning Supplies: Harmon’s or Bed Bath and Beyond
  • School Supplies: Staples or the FIT Bookstore, depending on the product

My biggest tip is to try to stray away from places like CVS or Duane Reade, even though it’s convenient because their prices are often 2-3x what you’d pay elsewhere.  I hope this helped you save a few extra bucks!


Best Way to Get Your Textbooks



Every semester it’s the same struggle, when having to buy your textbooks… You end up with questions like where do I buy my books? Why are they so expensive? Do I really need them? In this post I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks I’ve accumulated throughout my 4 semesters here at FIT. It’s something I would get really frustrated with, because I had to buy all my textbooks from my own pocket (like a lot of students here at FIT), and I would end up spending hundreds of $ on textbooks I would barely use!

My number one tip, before buying any textbooks is to wait after your first week (because you rarely use it the first day of class) of school to get them, because it happens so many times that the teachers don’t like the books and won’t use them during the semester or they will hand you out their handouts, with the most important information.

If after the first week the teachers insist for the textbook then get them and you are someone like me who needs to have a physical copy of a book in order to learn and highlight, here are some alternatives to buying or renting them at Barnes & Nobles:

  • Join the FIT class of 2018 facebook group, students are always selling their old books on there at great prices (because usually we want to get rid of them).
  • RENT or buy them on Amazon. I usually try to rent them if I can, because they are so much cheaper and then I’m not stuck with a book at the end of the semester.

If you are someone who doesn’t need a physical copy of a book and really don’t have any money to spend on textbooks, and reading them online or reading scans isn’t an issue for you then you can go to the school library and they have all the textbooks there. You can take pictures of the chapters and pages with your phone, or scan them, or you can read them at the library and take notes.

I really hope this post was helpful for you and if you have any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below!



How to survive your first day

Starting college is a nerve racking experience. Most people find the first day to be filled with anxiety because they don’t know anyone and there is so much going on, but I promise you will make it through!


The first thing you should do before your classes start is explore campus! Make sure you know where your classes are , where the bathrooms, cafeteria, computer labs, and extra help are located. Just walk around take it all in and get ready to be an official college student.

Next, make friends in your classes! Especially your liberals , they are mixed with tons of different people of all different majors, and grade levels. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone random, trust me they want to make friends just as badly as you do. But if you don’t make any friends right away don’t worry there is plenty of time to join a club, get involved, or introduce yourself to someone out and about other then in class.


One thing that is a must let your parents fuss over you. I know your a college student now but your a college student at FIT and your parents are so beyond proud so embrace It and thank them for encouraging you so much. You will be thankful by your senior year I promise!

Another is pack head phones and a snack for your first day. It is definitely overwhelming at first and you need some down time between classes or even just walking to class to listen to some music or watch a quick episode of something on Netflix. Give yourself a chance to relax and unwind, plus who doesn’t like snacks. Most people think my bag is filled with books, but they thought wrong I have snacks on snacks (haha).

Lastly, wear something your comfortable in. I made the mistake of wearing heels my first day freshman year and my feet were killing me by my second class and I had to get up and introduce myself. I must have looked ridiculous wobbling up to the front of the class. You want to be able to be cool, calm and collected.

Any other suggestions for the first day?

Best of Luck,



Camping or Glamping?

Hey Everyone,

So as we only have a little less then two weeks left to enjoy our summer. I took one of my last trips before its time to buckle down.


About 10 of me and my friends went camping down the Delaware water gap. If you haven’t been I highly suggest it. We took canoes about 8 miles down the water gap and found a spot to camp out for the night. The water was as clear as can be. ( For me that’s a big deal , because I will not go in water that I cant see, Haha).


First thing I would suggest though if you go in the summer.. wear sunscreen. I made the mistake of not doing so and I got burnt to a crisp. Second thing bring something that you can sketch with or paint with. The natural beauty on this trip was breath taking and I wanted to capture every aspect anyway I could.

Sun RiseThis was what I woke up to, I think I sat on a log just staring at this until the sun fully immersed itself into the sky. It was breath taking, you never know what you can discover in your own backyard. So before the summer ends , get out, explore!

What have you done this summer? Any Fun plans before it ends?