Ruby Munoz - Guatemala

How to Get a Social Security Number While at LIM College

Posted by LIM College on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

by Ruby Munoz


InternationalWhile living in New York City there are some legal documents that you should have that will help make your life easier during your years at LIM college. These documents are not obligatory and some international students don’t even get them. Personally, I’ve found that having them is very helpful and they have made my life easier, which is why I am sharing this information with you. 

The first document is a Social Security card. After living in New York for a while I realized that I needed a Social Security Number for almost everything I wanted to acquire. Phone plans, an apartment lease, cable, and wifi services are some of the things that I found hard to get because I didn’t have a SSN.

A Social Security Number is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary working residents and is authorized by the Social Security Administration. It has become a national identification number for taxation and other purposes, even though its main objective is to track individuals for Social Security purposes.

The best and easiest way to get you SSN is by working on-campus. Since we are intentional students and most of us came here with a student visa, we're not allowed to work off-campus if we haven’t been living here for at least a year. After that year, we are allowed to have paid internships only if we are enrolled in an internship class and if we are receiving credit for it. And, as international students we can only work a maximun of 20 hours a week.

Internships won’t help you get a SSN, but LIM will. After you apply for an on-campus job and get it, your employer will give you some legal paper work to fill out and then you’ll only have to go to the Social Security Administration department to get your SSN. The process is very easy and simple. You just have to bring the documents LIM will give you, your passport, and in less than 30 minutes you will have your SSN.

I encourage you to work on-campus because there are a lot of benefits. You’ll not only get real work experience to put on your resume, but your life will also get easier because you’ll have a SSN. LIM offers a wide variety of part-time jobs for students. Some of them only require ten hours a week or even less.

Right now I’m working four hours a week at the Institutional Research Office, but I’ve had three different jobs on-campus. I’ve been a math tutor, a research assistant, and now I’m a blogger. Being a blogger is the job I like the most because it is actually fun. I get to write and photograph my experiences at LIM, and at the same time help incoming international students with questions they might have.

In addition to getting an SSN, I recommend you also open a bank account with a debit and a credit card, and use the credit card as much as you can so you'll be able to start having a U.S. credit history which will also help you when leasing an apartment.

If you have any questions or concerns you can write a comment and I will answer you in the next few days. Hope you have a fabulous studying fashion at the best city in the world!

Topics: LIM College, international students, social security number, legal documents, working on campus

My Internship at Zac Posen

Posted by LIM College on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Spring 2015 started with some great accomplishments, which included being chosen as one of Zac Posen’s wholesale interns for the semester. Even though I’m working with the sales department now, eventually I’ll also work with other departments when they need my help.

Since the first day, the internship has been great. Everyone was really helpful showing and explaining how things at the showroom worked. I’ve also meet several new people and became friends with the other people interning at my department, and with the PR and design interns as well.

I’ve been gaining a lot of experience because I actually get to do real work tasks. Most of the time I’m working with Excel spreadsheets, updating all the buy orders and tracking the merchandise. I like that every day I get to do different tasks. As with seemingly every job in the fashion business, it is always changing and it’s never boring.

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Fashion Week was an amazing experience, I got to see Zac Posen Fashion Show as a guest, which was really awesome because I didn’t have to be working during the show.  I saw Rihanna and Katie Holmes, who were sitting two rows in front of me. Naomi Campbell closed the show with an astonishing dress. It was a perfectly well-planned ending.

After fashion week came the wholesale department busiest time of the semester: Market Week. During Market Week, buyers from different stores came to the showroom to choose the pieces they like the most out of the collections and make their orders. During that week we have to work extra hours because there where so many appointments throughout the day for the two collections, ZZP and Zac Posen.

The interns had to help models get dressed during each appointment, reorganize the merchandise and write whatever notes there were after each appointment was over. It was a tough week, but the experience I got out of it was extraordinary. 

Topics: internship, fashion, international student, 1760, Ruby Munoz, retail, Zac Posen, wholesale

Studying Abroad While Being an International Student

Posted by LIM College on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Every time I tell any of my friends about studying abroad, they look at me and say “but you’re already studying abroad!” I know, I know…it sounds kind of funny sometimes. Yes, I am studying abroad at LIM now, but since LIM offers many different opportunities to study abroad during your time here, I would like to take advantage of that opportunity and get to know a different culture.

LIM has opportunities in France, England, Australia, China, Italy, Spain, and every year they are adding more. One of the reasons I would like to study abroad is because I love to travel, and while studying abroad somewhere in Europe, I can travel to different cities during the weekends. I’ve also met students that have already studied abroad, and they all say they had an amazing experience. Life is all about experiences, and I like to experience and learn about new cultures, new people, new ideas, basically, a new everything.

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Studying abroad is something I really look forward to. I have learned more in one year studying at LIM and living in New York City than I have learned in my entire life. I have grown so much, and matured as well. It was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made in my whole life! So for the students that haven’t experienced studying abroad before, and for the ones that are planning to come to LIM as international students, I really encourage you to do so. You can’t imagine how much you will learn!

Topics: study abroad, internation student, Ruby Munoz, different cultures

Networking 101

Posted by LIM College on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 @ 10:49 AM

Networking on campus and getting to know people at LIM is really easy, even though for international students it may seem a little overwhelming at the beginning. I know coming to New York without knowing anyone may make you feel a little out of place, but let me tell you, you don’t have anything to worry about! Here are some tips on the different ways you can network and meet people on campus.

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If you want to meet people with your same interests, the best way to do it is by joining a club. LIM has a variety of clubs which you can choose from. I am sure that there is something for everyone. There is a Fashion Show Production club, a  Fashion Styling club, even an International Students Club (ISC), and many more. Just be curious and attend the introductory session to all the clubs at the beginning of each semester so you can get to know the different clubs and register all at once.

Living in the dorms the first year of college is another way to network. At the dorms you can meet a lot of people, starting with your own roommate or roommates, depending on how many people you are planning to live with. There are also several fun events going on every week, so don’t miss them and attend as many as you can. It is so easy to make friends while living at the dorms.

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Volunteering at fashion shows is another fun way to meet people. Usually when you volunteer, there will also be students from LIM volunteering at the same event. It is a fun way to spend a day off, plus you get to gain a lot of experience in the fashion industry.

So go out, volunteer, or join a club, and make as many friends as you can!

Topics: LIM College, networking, international student, Ruby Munoz

Favorite Spots on Campus

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

By Ruby Munoz

Very often when I talk about campus, I get confused because LIM’s campus is literally the city! It is so awesome and exciting! Having to walk up Fifth Avenue between classes is so unbelievable. Fifth Avenue is basically our hallway.  How crazy is that? We get to pass by Saks windows everyday, and see the latest collections that designers have to offer. Not to mention the other amazing and great stores on Fifth Avenue where you can get inspiration and stay updated with the trendiest fashion. Just walking from one class to another is definitely something I look forward to every single day.

munoz_122914One of my favorite spots on campus is a public park that is located just across from The Townhouse building, on 53rd and Madison. People gather there during lunch hour, or go by themselves to read a book or just rest. I like this park a lot because it has a flowing cascade and I love the sound of the water. I find it so relaxing. When it gets darker, the place becomes positively enchanting. The cascade lights are turned on and then, all of a sudden, it becomes a magical place. During winter I barely visit the park because of the cold weather, but in the spring I go there every time I have a break. It’s somewhere you have to go and spent at least some time. I am sure you will like it as I do.

The library is another one of my favorite spots on campus. Any fashion book you can imagine can be found there. Plus, you can find any fashion magazine published around the globe. The library also has a DVD rental section, which contains fashion documentaries, movies, and even TV series. Being fashion students in New York is so fabulous thanks to all the amenities LIM College has to offer, so be curious and make use of them!

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Topics: international students, NYC, Ruby Munoz, campus, student life

How to Avoid Becoming Homesick While Adjusting to a New Country

Posted by LIM College on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Living in New York can be one of the best experiences of your life. The city is so full of adventure and exciting things to do that you’ll never get bored. Studying fashion and having an internship while living in NYC will even make you feel as if you were starring in The Devil Wears Prada movie. Even though the city has so much to offer, sometimes you can’t avoid being homesick, which is totally fine. We are human beings and of course if we are living by ourselves for the first time, it is totally normal to miss home. In this blog, I will give you some advice about how to avoid becoming homesick.

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The first and most important thing you need to know to fight homesickness is to stay busy. If you are always doing something, you will hardly have time to miss home, in fact, you’ll barely have time for anything! Since you are in New York, which is a city full of opportunities, don’t miss out on them and try to experience things that will enrich you not only as a person, but also as a professional. Volunteering at New York Fashion Week, for example, is one of the unique things that you can do. If you are a freshman or if you just moved to the city and haven’t had time to look for an internship, you can always volunteer anytime of the year at a myriad of fashion events that are going on. LIM really helps you with networking and in Simplicity you can always find events which need volunteers.

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Another thing you can do to stay busy is to join a club. LIM has so many different clubs that I’m sure you’ll find the perfect one for you. Also, try to stay active by doing some sports, going to the gym, or just take a walk in the park. You can also play the tourist and explore the many amazing places the city has to offer. Most importantly, from day one, make as many friends as you can so you’ll always have someone to hang with, which will help you avoid being homesick.

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Topics: Fashion student, homesick, international students, NYC, Fashion Week, Ruby Munoz, Guatemala

First-Year Advice for Incoming Students

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 03:32 PM

Incoming students always wonder what their first year of college is going to be like – the truth is it is different for everyone.

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My advice to you is to make the most of it. You are only a freshman once, so make as many friends as you can in the beginning, because that is what is going to make the difference.

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Join at least one club. This will get you involved in the LIM community. You’ll have so much fun and you’ll make more friends.
If you can, live in the residence hall for at least the first year. As an international student I found living at 1760 really helpful, because I didn’t know anyone in New York City and I met a lot of friends in the residence hall, including one of my best friends, who just happened to be my roommate.
There are also many different types of events going on in the residence hall all week long, so you’ll never get bored (plus they usually have free food!)

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Make the most of your first year at LIM by making lots of friends, getting involved, and having fun!

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Topics: first year, freshman, clubs, LIM community, residence hall

Some Ideas for the Weekend in NYC

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 02:19 PM

New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and it’s absolutely true! There is always something going on. You can be completely sure that you’ll never get bored here. Below are some common things New Yorkers like to do on weekends.

Central Park is one of New Yorkers’ favorite places. There are many outdoor, healthy and fun activities you can do in Central Park. You could spend your entire Sunday there. You can go for a walk, have a picnic, watch a show, ride a bike, or just eat ice cream on a sunny day.

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You can also go sightseeing and be a tourist for the weekend. New York has a lot to offer. Going to places like the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Chelsea Market, and Coney Island, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, or taking a ferry across the Hudson River to New Jersey are just some of the options

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If you want to do something out of the ordinary, you can attend a show on Broadway, a football game, or even a fashion show.  (Since we are students at LIM, we have the opportunity to volunteer at several fashion shows all year long.)

So go out, enjoy the city, and have fun!

Topics: New York City, weekends, Central Park, sightseeing, Broadway

7 Signs You’re Acting Like a “Real” New Yorker

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 @ 03:51 PM

After living in New York City for a while you’ll start to do these things without even noticing.

  1. You will complain about tourists - and avoiding going to places that are too crowded with them (like Times Square).

  2. You will know the different neighborhoods that make up the City and what type of food, people, and entertainment you can find in each one.

  3. You will know where the major attractions are located and not need to use a map anymore.

  4. You won’t get lost in the subway and will know which track goes uptown or downtown. You’ll learn the stops and the different subway lines.

  5. You will walk in the street with your iPod, not paying attention to what’s going on around you.

  6. You will cross the street before the “walk” light turns on, because you already know it is going to turn on any second.

  7. You won’t have to move while walking on the street to let other people pass, because now other people will be the ones who move.
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Topics: tourists, neighborhoods, subways, 7 things NYC

LIM College Events

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

There is always something going on at LIM College. From guest speakers to fashion shows, you will always have something to do and you’ll never get bored. Workshops, field trips, parties, and career fairs are some of the many fabulous events LIM offers during the semester. Here are some pictures of events I attended last semester:

Annual LIM College Fashion Show

Annual LIM College Fashion Show

Multicultural Food Bite

Multicultural Food Bite

Celebrating LIM’s 75th Anniversary

Celebrating LIM’s 75th Anniversary

Guest Speaker: Arnold Karr, Senior Editor, Women’s Wear Daily

Guest Speaker: Arnold Karr, Senior Editor, Women’s Wear Daily

LIM has a lot of activities throughout the semester in which you can get involved, have fun, make friends, and improve your knowledge of the business side of fashion. Make the most of your time at LIM and attend as many events as you can!

Topics: Annual LIM College Fashion Show, Multicultural Food Bite, Celebrating LIMs 75th Anniversary, Arnold Karr