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My Dorm

Ciao ladies and gents,

Sorry I’ve been away (partly not that sorry, was having too much fun) , I had an amazing Spring Break in Belgium where I got to visit my friends and family from when I studied there in 2009. Now, I’m back to the real life (yeah, like living in Rome and traveling every weekend is the REAL life) and it’s time I catch up with you guys ūüôā

My definite question right now is: to dorm or not to dorm? I’ve been living in the Residential Halls for 3 years now and even though it has been awesome experience (with some annoying twists parfois), I feel the time to become independent is upon me. Meanwhile, when I’m apartment hunting, I realize all the perks living in the dorms has. Aside from it being PRIME real estate in Chelsea, it is so amazing to just be able to walk or scooter (like I do) and be there in 5-7 minutes.

Without any further ado, I have become famous once again (yeah, right) with my past dorm-room coming in at minute 4:15 (although that is not my door, oops)¬† in the new Kaufman Hall video tour. I’m the bed with the green lizard, and it’s my orange computer in the dining room table (with my mid-day break cooking show Mazola Academy), and the beautiful roses my boyfriend sent me.

Enjoy with caution (I’m already tempted to move back in) !

Deadline for Online Application: April 2, 2014

how to apply

Carpe Diem,


Chelsea Galleries

FIT is located in one of the best places for artists in the country. Even within New York City, Chelsea is a hot bed for artists of all kinds, especially the fine arts. Galleries in Chelsea traditionally hold openings on Thursday nights that are open to everyone. It is a huge opportunity and resource to have these galleries literally at our finger tips. This weekend I visited many of the galleries to see the last shows before I headed back home for break. All the pictures I show below come from just one block (25th street between 9th and 10th). It was amazing all the pieces we saw in just one block of the neighborhood and was extremely inspiring despite the fact I am not a fine arts major. Do not let resources like this go to waste while studying in the most culturally rich city in the world.


Sushi Table

Sushi Night

There are those nights that you will never forget, and this was one of them for me. Truth is, when I picked FIT one of my decisive factors was its location. New York City is the fashion capital of the world and the city that never sleeps, hence it was perfect for Fashion Merchandising and there is always something to do. (ironic for someone who loves to sleep in) The best part was that it was only 4 hours away from home and anyone could visit me anytime, it’s not like saving to travel around the world to visit your friend, although you do have to board a plane. New York for Dominicans is like the Hampton’s for New Yorkers (weekend getaway) so my dorm has always been the guest house for all of my friends which by the way get the best tourist guide ever. So when I got the news, that one of my dearest friends was moving into the city I couldn’t help but picture all of the things we would do together.

Friend chefs

(Random fact: we have the same initials SFF)

Sarah and I booked an Amazon Local deal that got us a sushi class for two, all-inclusive for $39.5 each. It was the first time I learned how to make my favorite dish and in special company. (Everyone there was a couple except us haha) So as I mentioned before my favorite food is sushi (if you really took the time to read through my bio haha, if not well now you know) so finally learning all the ins and outs was very entertaining.

Cook & Go’s Chelsea location was our culinary studio, which was nicely decorated for us. Their whole concept is that you cook there and take it to go and eat elsewhere, so once again my dorm was our HQ. Our class was 90 minutes long and we got to make three different rolls, spicy mayo and ponzu sauce.

sushi rolls

My Rolls top to bottom: tuna, salmon and veggie

We also got to keep the bamboo mats used to roll.

Turns out making sushi is fairly easy (if I say it, believe it, I’m NO chef) and you can get all sorts of creative with the ingredients. I can tell you something if the Japanese knew how we are making sushi in DR they’d be appalled, but I love it. Finally, since I now know how to make my fave dish I will be inventing all sorts of rolls and hosting sushi parties at my house.

japanese sushi set

Got it at Amazon right after


Tips for sushi-making:

-Sushi rice does not react well to metal, so always keep it in a plastic or glass container.

-There is NO sushi grade fish, or sushi quality fish. The trick is to store it in the freezer for seven days and all the bacteria dies.

-Use the English cucumbers that come individually wrapped, less seeds.

-Wet your knife before cutting your roll, if not it will stick and you will have a mess.


Spicy Tuna Roll

About to Roll

Veggie Roll

Avocado makes everything better

Carpe Diem,

Sadie (The MASTER roll maker)

Me cooking

Notes From the 6 Train: Finding Peace In A Worldwind of Chaos

So let’s talk about stress. It’s one of those necessary evils that we all experience. Actually, research shows that it can be helpful, it propels us to get moving, to accomplish goals, but too much and it becomes detrimental. ¬†With all the resources at/ near FIT, there’s absolutely no reason to be a victim of chronic stress.

The health center is well equipped to handle all of ¬†your de-stressing needs. There is free counseling, a nutritionist ( during high stress periods people tend to the wrong food or don’t eat at all). Not to mention the masseuse who also does acupuncture. She only comes twice a week and her schedule for the entire semester fills up pretty fast, so you have to sign up early to ensure a spot. There’s also a yoga club and a plethora of other free events offered around the Chelsea area. During the summer there are free classes for yoga and fitness training in the park.¬†I have ventured to the park for one of these free work outs. It was way more intense than I had anticipated. Since I never work out, I certainty felt¬†healthy afterwards, even that lady knocked all the wind of me. She had us running laps around the park and jumping hurdles and other craziness. It was feel my body in motion, but it was rather embarrassing that¬†¬† some of these free events. ¬†A quick web search will prove just how easy it is to find all of these free classes.
As important as it it maintain a healthy body, it is equally as important to maintain a healthy mind and spirit. I always on the move, either on the train, or in class, or working but I try to make living a balanced life a top priority of mines.So, once a week I try to make it out to (free) meditation. There are several places where free meditation is offered as well, but the place nearest FIT is at the Chelsea Studio, located just one block over.

Stress is an inescapable part of reality, especially being a student. Trying to escape stress is not the goal, the goal is responding to it healthy manner. ¬†There’s no reason to be stressed when there are so many (free) options at your disposal.