Even though I am very used to being away from home most of the year, as I’ve been doing it since I was 14, I still miss home every now and then (especially if I catch a glimpse of the view from my balcony #nofilter).
Don't get me wrong, I love New York with all my heart, but sometimes you just need to get away. It is always nice to be back at my real home. I go back every summer and Christmas, just for a few weeks, and sometimes I also get visits from family and friends, especially when my Dad is in town for business meetings.
My family actually group texts each other on a daily basis with our iPhones. I also have weekly FaceTime sessions with my mother to catch up with her about school and what’s going on at home, or just about anything. A 10-minute chat always turns into a three-hour FaceTime marathon.
I would say it really isn’t hard to adjust if you’re coming to NYC from another metropolitan city to study fashion. Sure, you need to get used to the transportation system and the city’s vibe, but it shouldn't be hard to catch up with the New York pace.
It will definitely be more challenging for anyone who has never lived in a big busy city. But you will soon be won over by New York City’s charisma. There’s nothing to be afraid of if you believe in yourself.
I’m not saying you can't miss your friends and family back home, but reminiscing about it 24/7 will just kill the potential of having the best experience in one of the world’s greatest cities. If you come to New York for a fashion degree, live in the moment and just enjoy one of the best times in your life.
Until next time… Xoxo Aaron
Here are some of my favorite spots to eat in NYC!
251 W. 55th St. New York, NY 10019
This Japanese-style barbecue restaurant is one of my favorite spots in NYC. They have great variety in their menu and you will be full before you can try everything once. It is perfect for a quick lunch or for satisfying late-night cravings with a couple of friends.
5 Carmine St. New York, NY 10014
One of the best places for sweet, icy treats in NYC. Pick a flavor of their gelato popsicle, then decide which kind of chocolate you want to dip it in for a crispy coating. You can even add different kinds of nuts for some extra texture.
14 E. 23rd St. New York, NY 10010
Right across from Madison Square Park, this is one of my favorite spots to enjoy rustic southern seafood. And if you like raw oysters, they’re only $12 per dozen during happy hour! Definitely the best deal in town.
6 W. 32nd St. New York, NY 10001
Everyone in NYC has been going crazy for the cronut recently, but I have a great alternative if you are not up for waiting in line for 3 hours. It tastes very similar to the original, but without the wait. This Korean bakery in K-Town has the most amazing pastries and sandwiches. It is one of my favorite Saturday morning breakfast stops.
Until next time… Xoxo Aaron
When you are going to fashion school in New York City, fashion internship opportunities are endless. Of course you have to put some effort in and go look for them, but there are so many choices all over New York City.
Everyone at this fashion school is always interning somewhere, which makes it easy to ask for reviews of experiences with different fashion companies. Fashion businesses are always looking for an extra set of hands -- and internships give you amazing hands-on experience in the fashion business. Not only can internships build up your résumé and help you learn more about the fashion industry itself, but they are also a great chance to explore, to see if are you interested in a particular field, and find out if you will be able to see yourself pursuing that field in the future as your full-time career.
I used to want to be a buyer, but my passion shifted when I learned what their true responsibilities are. I always had some interest in the field of public relations and having the opportunity to intern at Diane Von Furstenberg really increased that interest.
Since I’ve narrowed down my career interest to the PR field and tried it in a fashion house, I would now like to explore working at a fashion PR agency to see the differences. I am looking forward to interning again this coming spring and hopefully I can score an internship with a PR agency. Wish me luck!
Until next time… Xoxo Aaron
When I first came to LIM College, I lived in the residence hall just like most of the other freshmen. I had many years of living in dorms under my belt because I had gone to boarding school. By the end of freshman year I decided that after all those years I needed some privacy with my living situation.
Looking for an apartment in New York is a process, almost just as challenging as finding a perfect roommate. It was even more challenging because I wasn't even in the country when I needed to finally decide on an apartment. Though I did preview some apartments with my broker before I headed back home so that he could understand what I was looking for.
Although there are many challenges, the feeling of finally having your own space is just phenomenal. I currently live in Midtown East, a block from LIM College’s Maxwell Hall to be exact. The main reason I live here is obviously the distance from school. Convenience is quite an important factor. There are also a lot of great restaurants close by on Second Avenue, such as The Smith. Its classic American dishes are quite amazing and the portions are always generous. It's also a great spot for brunch.
My neighborhood is also very safe due to its proximity to many embassies and the United Nations. One of my favorite things to do is to take a walk towards the UN and just look at the nighttime views of the Chrysler Building and the lights stretching across 42nd Street.
I just signed on for another 2 years in my apartment this past August. I just fall more and more in love with this neighborhood.
Feel free to comment if you have any questions about housing while you are studying fashion in NYC!
Until next time… Xoxo Aaron
When I think about it, I’ve spent way more time in New York than I have at home in Hong Kong since I’ve been going to school here. Three out of four seasons to be exact -- and sometimes I wonder if my home city has feelings. Is it mad at me for spending so little time with it these days?
Hong Kong will always have a special place in my heart. There are quite a lot of similarities between my real home and my second home here in NYC. The shopping experience is sensational in both cities because they are both such fashion capitals. The food culture is sensational as well. I have always been such a foodie, and both NYC and Hong Kong offer extraordinary culinary opportunities -- from grabbing a bite on the street to dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
The only thing I have to complain about in New York City is how filthy and disturbing their notorious subways system is. I had always heard about this being a signature of New York, but it is nothing until you’ve actually experienced it. But after a while, we all just get used to it as part of the personality of New York. To some extent that’s a good thing, but it definitely makes me appreciate how remarkable the transportation system is back in Hong Kong.
I am just very thankful and happy that I get to go back and forth a couple of times a year between two of the most phenomenal and ravishing cities in the world, both of which have such rich culture and personality. Although I think it would be nice if I could spend an equal amount of time in each of them, just to be fair.
Until next time…
It feels quite surreal that I am a junior this year. I guess time really does fly by. This is also the third semester I am blogging as an international student.
My classes are definitely a bit more challenging this year. One of the classes I am taking this semester is Public Relations. If you read some of my blog posts from last semester, you might remember that I interned at Diane von Fursterberg as a public relations intern. That particular fashion internship really sparked my interest in the field of fashion PR and I’m actually considering that as my future career path because I really enjoy that particular line of work.
LIM College’s Public Relations course has given me a more in-depth perspective on this specific field, including learning about the ethics and regulations involved in public relations. I think it is important to have some real-life experience, but having basic academic knowledge is just as crucial. As fashion students, we won’t make it in the real world without either of these important components.
Until next time…
Here are a few more photos I took while riding around in a taxi in New York City.
Here are some photos I took while riding around in a taxi in New York City.
Summer is finally here and I have been thinking about what I should do for a while now. Many of my old friends from high school are actually going to work, intern, or both this summer. We just finished sophomore year and graduation will be here sooner than you think. Everyone is starting to think about their futures and careers. A few of them are even going to be in NYC for internships.
At first I planned to go home for a few weeks then come back to NYC and intern. As I was telling my mother what my plan was, she reminded me that I don't have that many summer vacations left and I should enjoy them while they last. Then I said to myself, I already interned at DVF this past semester and I am planning to intern for a fashion company again in the fall, so I might as well take a little break to recharge myself.
As soon as I heard about my parents' trip to Europe this summer, I told them I was tagging along. I will also go to Japan for a couple of weeks to visit one of my best friends from high school. We have talked about this trip for a while now and this is the perfect time to do it. So this is my summer plan so far. I will be back in NYC to continue studying fashion in early August.
So what is your summer plan? Comment below and let me know!
Have a blast this summer. Until next time…
Another semester has gone by, and this was the busiest one so far, with 19 credits worth of classes, hours of interning, and weekend after weekend staying at home doing projects and writing papers. Of course, the ever-lasting cold and gloomy weather definitely didn't help. However, I don't remember ever feeling this productive, so I guess it is good that I am always doing things instead of lying around on my couch, even though I would love that every now and then.
Classes this semester went surprisingly well, but I put quite a lot of work into them. I did schedule a few online classes so I could have more free time for myself, but the homework I did for these put me in work mode quite often. I actually like the online classes at LIM College quite a lot. They give you a lot more freedom, but definitely require some time management skills and self-control. I've already planned to take a couple of online classes again next semester, so wish me luck!
My internship at DVF took up a lot of my time. I usually went in two days a week and I definitely learned a lot about the fashion public relations field. I experienced many different aspects of fashion PR at this internship and learned some very valuable lessons. I found out that I like working in this field and I realize this could possibly be a career for me in the future. Internships are all about having new experiences and figuring out what role you want to play in this industry. This will benefit us so much in the future.
It has been such a crazy journey this semester. I can't wait to see what's in store for my junior year! But before that, I am going to have a blast this summer. I will let you all know about the details the next time I write.
Until next time…Xoxo