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How to Get Away with Finals

Hi Everyone,

Today is first day of the rest of my life (post-college). What I’m trying to say is, I’M DONE WITH FINALS! I just realised this means, no more homework, no more all-nighters, no more finals EVER (well at least until I do my Masters lol). What am I going to do with my life? (uhm I can think of a million things honestly). For starters I already signed a lease (wow growing up real quick) and went on one job interview (please keep your toes crossed). Seems like im settling down, right? I shall keep you guys updated with this breaking story (haha).

In the meanwhile for those of you, who still have some finals to go or have just started the first round of finals in your FIT lifecycle I have some words of wisdom I’d like to share. This post is mostly about how FIT helped me survive this week and how I myself nailed it.

1. Need some stress relief? Go to PET Therapy! Yes, you heard right puppies that will play with you and help you forget about everything (I just love FIT). Little fluff balls pouncing around waiting for a treat greeted you at the library. It was seriously a very popular event (I mean the line was 45 mins long) but completely worth it. Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 9.36.15 PM


2. Treat yourself after completing that ridiculously long exam. What better than retail therapy, with a purpose? This year for the second time we launched the holiday pop-up shop made by VPED 3rd semester students in collaboration with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s thrift shop. Last year we raised $35K in just five days, this year we MUST break the record.




3. Just add water, literally haha. This week marks the special care package week where we students receive love from our parents and family in the form of food. The perfect survival kit in a box, for those moments when you just need to study. If you are loved you got one of those blue boxes, if you didn’t don’t fret there is always canned tuna salad in the vending machines (yeah, NO judgments allowed here).3676733c132e1f1158b4518a74dea28b


4. Holiday Lights will remind you it is ALMOST Christmas. That moment when you feel your head is about to explode, just walk out and get lost in the lights. There is something about these blue twinkly lights that promises there is light at the end of the tunnel.


5. And my personal favorite is, study hard but be real. Whatever you didn’t learn in the past 4 months will not come magically to you overnight. Do study, but don’t die in the process. Sleeping is equally as important, because if you miss the alarm because you were too tired all that studying was just time lost.

Good luck with what’s left. And remember above all, have fun:10394782_801228603267000_6866632826051398557_n

Carpe Diem,


Pet Therapy at FIT

Who let the dogs out?  FIT’s Phi Theta Kappa and the Counseling Center did!  With the stress of final exams and the year coming to a close, Phi Theta Kappa brought in dogs for students to play and pet with for what is called Pet Therapy.  The dogs were absolutely adorable and the line was completely out the door.  Phi Theta Kappa did a great job and I can’t wait to see the project grow in future years, hopefully with more dogs!

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day

FIT Pet Therapy Day









Where to Celebrate Midterms

Midterm week(s) are almost over so obviously it’s been a lot of all-nighters, coffee, and stress so you deserve a little TLC.  Here are my top 5 places to treat myself after a stressful week of school:

  1. Yogurtland, Off the Wall, 16 Handles, or Red Mango….so basically frozen yogurt.  Yogurtland and Off the Wall offer discounts for FIT students.  Once this brutal winter is over, you can expect to see me there very frequently.
  2. Brooklyn Bagel.  Yeah Panera is always delicious, but you haven’t had a true bagel and cream cheese until you go to Brooklyn Bagel on 8th Ave between 24th and 25th.  The assortment is unlike any other bagel place.  Take that Panera.
  3. Auntie Anne’s.  While the street vendor pretzels are delicious, the fresh and buttery ones at Auntie Anne’s don’t even compare.  Stop by their location in Penn Station and get your hands on one.
  4. Moe’s Southwest Grill – BEST QUESADILLAS EVER.
  5. Sleep. Because it’s necessary and you deserve it!


Midterm Tips – Memorization Edition

With the dreaded middle of the semester comes midterms.  Sometimes it’s a relief because there is so much anticipation for the actual exam that it’s good once it’s over.  But with some of my midterms, I just can’t get the information engrained in my head.  So here are some tips and tricks that I use to help memorize sequences such as dates, places, and artwork…aka Art History.

  1. Write things over and over again.  Studies show that this actually works!  If you write things down more than once, you are more likely to remember them.
  2. Come up with a jingle.  I’m no singer, but this definitely helps… Berlinghieri…St.Francis…1243…Tempera.
  3. Record yourself saying what needs to be memorized and listen to it on repeat while simultaneously saying it out loud.  I am definitely going to listen to the recording as I’m about to fall asleep (creepy…? weird? Whatever works!)
  4. Have your friends quiz you!  If you are friends with someone in your class, have a study date!  You are both helping each other out and you learn the material more when you are teaching someone else!


Winter Break Adventures- #1

My winter break so far has been filled with awesome experiences! My first one was last Tuesday, I went to Atlantic City ( In New Jersey, where I live). It was my first time ever there, it was an incredible experience. My mom had a Christmas party for work, so my sister in law decided to join her, but that day in New Jersey we ended up having a snow storm, basically closing down all the roads. So we waited it out then went way later on. Driving there was such torture, I was so excited to go and just see what I’ve been missing out on all this time, and we had to drive slow because of the snow and ice, it dragged on.

Finally we got there, my eyes instantly light up it was like the first time I ever saw FIT. There was so much to look at,  my eyes were going everywhere trying to take it all in. We pulled into the parking garage at the Tropicana tore off our coats and ran inside. First we got some dinner, we ate at HOOTERS ( My first time there too), cant say it was all I expected it to be, but the night went on. Then we decided to walk around the little shops and find some dessert, we found this little Italian place with these delicious looking desserts in the case. Tara ( my sister in law) and I looked at each other and just knew what we were getting. We found a little table and sat down and began to eat, as we were eating someone dropped money on the floor. We waited about 15 minutes to see if anyone would come back to claim it, but no one did! So I ran and grabbed it, it was only six dollars but it was more then we had before.

We finished eating our desserts , and we talked about going to gamble the free money we just found. ” Sure let’s try it ” I said to Tara as we cleaned up our table. I love my sister in law for the pure fact that she is so energetic and excited about everything, you could be eating an apple and she could make it exciting. So you can imagine our walk into the casino, well we were basically running going back and forth ” Kailee which do you want to play first” ” I don’t know just pick one ” ” No ! you pick!” . Finally after gambling away the dollar on the penny machines , we went to a Wheel of fortune machine. Tara put the money in and told me to hit the button, we patiently waited to see what would happen next.

… we won a SPIN! meaning you get a chance to win money. So we pulled the lever and we won not 100,, not 200.. not 300.. but 1,200. FIRST TRY! with the money we found! so we quickly cashed out and split the money between us. We figured we didn’t want to push our luck much more, but I was hooked, so I went back to the same machine to play once more and… we won again! this time only 32 dollars but hey it was still free money! By this point we figured its time to call it quits, don’t want to push our luck to much. The whole drive home the only things we were saying ” Can you believe that!?”  ” I cant believe we just won that much money!” ” I’m not going to work tomorrow” ” I cant wait to tell everyone!” all while calling my parents, my brother, my friends, we were so excited.

My winter break started off with lots of money, it was wonderful. How did yours start off? Have you ever been to AC? If you haven’t I highly suggest it, its an awesome place to go with friends. Its approximately  2 1/2- 3 hours from FIT. It isn’t bad, and you’ll make amazing memories I promise! ( But don’t forget to invite me! haha)

Happy Holidays everyone! xoxo Kailee