Aleksandra Woznik

Four of My Favorite Places in New York City

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

1. SoHo

SoHo is a beloved destination for those who travel to New York City from other countries as well as New Yorkers who want to hang out and shop without the chaos of Midtown. SoHo is the perfect place to spend long summer days walking the cobblestone streets and embracing the artistic side of the city.

LIM College - Soho

2. Central Park

There’s nothing like spending a warm spring day in Central Park. From going on a bike ride by the water, to lying out in the sun with a popsicle at Rumsey Playfield, nothing compares to its fresh grass and crisp breezes. Central Park is the perfect getaway.

LIM College - Central Park

3. Fifth Avenue

People come to New York from all over the world during the holidays just to stroll down Fifth Avenue. The beautifully decorated stores and their holiday displays (one of the Bergdorf’s windows is pictured on the right) as well as the lights and decorations make New York City one of the most joyous locations in the world to feel the spirit of Christmas.

LIM College - 5th Avenue

4. The High Line

New York’s famous High Line, one of my favorite places to relax in the city, runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street along the west side of Manhattan. It is a walkway with many sitting areas surrounded by greenery and breathtaking views, especially during sunset on a cool summer night.

LIM College - 5th Avenue

Topics: Favorite places in NYC, SoHo, 5th Ave., The High Line, Central Park

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Freshman Year

Posted by LIM College on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

5. Be yourself and get involved.

Even if you’re shy, try getting involved in something you’re interested in, like a club on campus or volunteering. You can just try it out and then decide whether or not you like it. You really never know until you actually go out and do it. Also, always be yourself and stay true to your own interests. That way you’ll find friends in the big city and get to know yourself even better.


4. Make time for yourself.

Balancing fashion business school, internships in fashion, and work can become extremely overwhelming. Always stay organized and try doing assignments in advance, which will help your stress level later on. Be old-fashioned and use a planner to write things down. Maybe do some yoga here and there and give yourself a day off once in a while to catch your breath.

 

3. Be independent and be wise.

Think about every choice you make. You have a lot of opportunities in New York and you have to really pick out the ones that will be best for you. Do your research when you choose to volunteer for fashion companies and try to make your experiences meaningful. This also applies to making wise decisions about when it is a good idea to save more money and when to go out with friends vs. when to stay in and catch up on work.


2. It’s perfectly fine to change your mind.

I’m not going to lie, I first began to consider fashion school in the hopes of becoming the next Whitney Port or Heidi Montag, flying between New York and LA and helping organize red carpet events. As I began to realize that I actually do have the skills for these jobs and also that LIM could bring me opportunities that would lead me to where I want to be one day, I decided to go for it. However, I realized many of the things I thought I wanted to do at first don’t interest me as much as some other new career fields I’ve learned about. I realized I’m not so much interested in fashion styling, but I am very interested in social media and event planning. You might decide at some point that fashion is not solely what you want to do anymore, but if you decide to stay at LIM, there are many more career options you can pursue besides careers in fashion, such as in PR, marketing and other areas of business.


1. College flies by. Enjoy it.

College is meant to be exciting and fun. It brings you into a new atmosphere and introduces you to many new people. Although it can get stressful at times, make sure you are doing what you love and what will eventually make you happy.

LIM College decorated graduation cap

Topics: 5 things, be yourself, balancing, time flies

Fashion and Business in the Classroom

Posted by LIM College on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 @ 03:58 PM

So what is the actual day-to-day life of an LIM student like in the classroom? Well, the courses available at LIM College are so much more than what you can imagine. Classes here offer more than just what you read in the course description.

LIM College sign

At LIM we have four undergraduate majors – Fashion Merchandising, Marketing, Management, and Visual Merchandising. Although your major determines many of the classes you will take, you are also required to take one class in each of the other fashion majors. For example, although I am a Marketing major, I took Intro to Visual Merchandising and learned the basics of Visual Merchandising. By doing this, students can explore other fields in the fashion business and possibly discover new interests.

This semester, the classes I am taking will be very useful for the future. I am taking a Spreadsheets class that is familiarizing me with Excel, which is critical for most business jobs in the fashion industry. I’m taking a Management course, which teaches me about the skills necessary to be in a leadership position in the business of fashion. I am also taking French II. It’s one of my favorite classes and it’s really exciting to be able to learn a new language.

In the past, I’ve taken classes such as Event Planning, which was a great experience because my professor has his own event production company in New York City and the class was very hands-on. He taught us what we needed to know about event production based on his own experience, rather than just a textbook. We have so many fashion industry professionals at LIM who have either been in the industry for a long period of time or are still working in the fashion industry, so there is so much to gain from the courses at LIM College.

Topics: day-to-day life, LIM courses, fashion majors, fashion professionals

Career Choices: PR, Event Planning, Social Media, Graphic Design?

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

Being young and having to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life is frightening. Not knowing is o.k., because even people who think they know exactly what they want often end up changing their minds. I’ve had a general idea of what fields I could see myself in since the very beginning of high school, but I am still not sure exactly what I want to pursue. I’ve always known I wanted to do something that involves celebrities and the media and pop culture, but I’ve always loved the fashion industry too. I’ve also always known that I want a career that will allow me to utilize my creativity.

LIM College has so many opportunities that help you learn about the fashion industry and get experience right away. When I started attending LIM, I quickly began to learn a lot about myself and my personality, as well as which aspects of the fashion industry I enjoy and which I don’t. I realized that some areas I thought I might be interested in actually don’t interest me that much. However, some of the experiences I had made me even more excited about what I am doing and reassured me that I am where I’m supposed to be.

LIM College - skyline

For instance, working backstage at fashion shows made me realize that I really enjoy the process of setting up and working a show, so I began to look into what it would be like to work for a PR company. One of my long-term goals is to be a celebrity publicist.

I am currently looking into getting an internship in social media, event planning, or graphic design, because these are such exciting and creative fields which I know I have the skills to work in. I love expressing myself artistically and I also love keeping up with pop culture -- and it would be more than ideal if I could find a career that incorporates the two.

Graphic design is something I have always been passionate about and do in my free time -- and I will continue to do it whether it turns into a career or not. PR, social media and events all go hand-in-hand in today’s world, and I believe that they could all be amazing careers.

Topics: LIM College, career choice, internship, publicist, graphic design

NYC Subway System

Posted by LIM College on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 @ 02:52 PM

Did you know that an average of 4.9 million people ride the New York City subway each weekday? The subway system in New York City is quick and efficient, and it’s a very convenient form of transportation for everyone making their way through the big city, including LIM students. Although it may seem overwhelming and a bit confusing at first, the subway system is easy to get used to.

LIM College - Subway

First, if you have a smartphone, I recommend downloading one of the many available apps, such as NYC Subway, which has a map with all the routes and features that can help you figure out how to get where you need to go. This map shows you what train stops at what station, which helps prevent the mistake of getting on an express train when you should have taken a local.

Once you are in the correct station, there are signs that indicate exactly where each train is. Usually, you just need to look for the letter or number of the train you are taking and there will be arrows that point to which direction to walk in to get to the right platform, then you’ll see signs for uptown or downtown service.

Before you enter, you have to purchase a MetroCard, which you can obtain from machines located at every subway station. They take cash, credit and debit cards. A one-way ride on the subway costs $2.50. I would recommend getting a monthly subway pass. It costs about $100, but gives you unlimited rides for a 30-day period which ends up saving you a lot of money, especially if you use the subway instead of taking cabs.

If you are living in the LIM residence hall, getting to class is easy. You are just around the corner from the 6 train, which you take downtown to Grand Central. Grand Central is just a few blocks away from the Maxwell Hall and 5th Ave buildings.

Whether you’re using it to get to class or to explore the city for fun with your friends during the weekend, the subway is so useful and can get you anywhere in the city safely and quickly. Once you’re here studying fashion and business in NYC, you’ll be a subway pro in no time!

Topics: LIM and the subway, New York City subway, 6 train, Grand Central, 5th Avenue

Being a Commuter Student at LIM College

Posted by LIM College on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 @ 11:53 AM

It may come as a shock that a large number of us LIM College students – who, between classes, work, fashion internships and hanging out with friends, spend most of our lives in New York City -- don’t actually live in the city. We are commuters.

The thought of taking a train or bus every morning and evening might seem overwhelming. However, life as a commuter student is not all that bad. In fact, it has a lot of benefits.

While it may be rough getting up for class an hour or two earlier than everyone else and buying pricey monthly train tickets, you actually end up saving a lot of money over time because you don’t have to pay to live in the residence hall or stress about paying rent every month. You also get to come home to your own room and your own bed, which, believe me, you will appreciate much more on those days you feel you need some time away from hectic NYC.

In addition, the time on the train (about an hour for me commuting from Connecticut, but more or less for others) can actually be relaxing, and even productive. There aren’t too many exciting things to do while sitting in one place, so this can be a perfect time to get some studying done -- especially if you are one to procrastinate at home with all those distractions.

If you are from Connecticut, like me, or certain parts of New York State, you can take a Metro North train right to Grand Central, which is just about 2 blocks from LIM College’s Maxwell Hall and Fifth Avenue buildings.

LIM College - Grand Central

Of course, commuting is not for everyone, and it is perfectly fine to jump right into NYC life by living in the residence hall or getting a group of friends together and splitting the cost of an apartment. But if you choose to commute, know that you definitely won’t have to commute forever. You should do what you feel is best for you!

Topics: LIM College, commuting, Connecticut, Metro North