Lakshmi Gandhi

Lakshmi.Gandhi@metro.us

Want to energize your career in 2017? Think like a startup

When Anna Akbari received her Ph.D. in sociology in 2008, she felt like she was on top of the world. And then the Great Recession began.“As a lot of people did, I became acutely aware that the system that we had become used to seeing as a security blanket wasn’t something that we could rely on,”...

Friday, January 6, 2017, 5:05 PM

6 dance classes to make exercise fun again

As the days get shorter, getting motivated to exercise is harder than ever. We’ve rounded up six classes that promise to both get you moving in ways you'll be excited to go back to again and again, and are diverse as New York City itself.Bollywood FunkChannel your inner Bollywood superstar as lead...

Friday, January 6, 2017, 12:01 PM

How to ace a difficult work meeting

Picture this: You have just been scheduled to have a meeting with your boss about a difficult work project in two days. What do you do next?If you are like most people, the answer is worry and panic.“The first mistake people make is that they avoid preparing,” says Hal Movius, the author of the...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:36 PM

Your guide to the best TV of winter 2017

A new year always brings along a new crop of binge-worthy shows to go with it. Here’s what we’ll be watching in the chilly first few months of 2017.“Sherlock”Fans of the fictional detective will be celebrating the new year by tuning into to PBS for “The Six Thatchers,” the first of three new...

Monday, December 26, 2016, 12:00 PM

How to ace your college interview

Even for high school seniors who have perfected their applications and standardized test scores, the college admissions interview is often a nerve-wracking experience.“I tell students, as far as the nervousness goes: The subject of the conversation is you,” says Ian Fisher, director of educational...

Monday, December 19, 2016, 3:30 PM

4 tips for writing a college application essay that really shines

There’s a reason Janine Robinson named her site devoted to guiding students through the college essay application process Essay Hell.RELATED: The new trend in college admissions is digital portfolios“It’s the most dreaded piece of writing people do in their lifetimes,” says Robinson, a former...

Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:30 PM

The power and legacy of black fashion designers

While designers like Ann Lowe, Willi Smith and Jon Weston dazzled fashionistas at the heights of their careers, their names and works are slowly being forgotten today. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is putting them back in the spotlight with their latest exhibit, Black Fashion...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:00 PM

Get involved with Giving Tuesday

We’ve all heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about a day devoted to giving back to the communities all around us?Giving Tuesday has been doing just that since 2011. First started at the 92nd Street Y as a way to encourage people to donate to nonprofits and community organizations,...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4:13 AM

How to break into the world of fashion

Aspiring fashionistas looking to break into the world of design need more than a good eye and a fantastic sense of style.“Everyone who picks out a button thinks they are a designer these days,” says George Simonton, a longtime fashion designer and a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology...

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 3:52 AM

Never be intimidated by a rockstar professor again

During his 30 years of teaching at New York University, James P. Carse saw it all: eclectic students, fiercely competitive faculty members and the inner workings of a major university.“The university is the noblest creation of Western civilization,” says Carse, a retired professor of history and...

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 1:54 AM

What every woman entrepreneur should know

When Grace Bonney began conducting the interviews that would result in her new book “In The Company of Women,” she knew that she didn’t want to write a book that only spotlighted the good parts of being an entrepreneur.“I don't learn something from seeing someone’s highlight reel,” Bonney, who...

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12:01 AM

Should you consider a 3-year degree program?​

It’s college-application season, which means students and parents around the country are having sometimes difficult conversations about college costs and student loans.As a result, many educators and students are wondering: Does college need to be four years long? A recent report from the New...

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:50 AM

Dreading SAT math? Here's some advice from a pro

For students who have always feared math class, preparing for a standardized test is the stuff of nightmares.“It’s something we hear about all the time talking with students and their families,” says Cailin Papszycki, Kaplan Test Prep’s New York area director of SAT and ACT programs. “A lot of...

Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:39 PM

Fall TV Preview: Meet your new addiction

In this new golden age of television, picking the perfect show to watch each night or binge over the weekend can be overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to help you find the perfect show for your personality.You need more strong women in your life‘Pitch’Imagine the media frenzy if a young woman made...

Friday, September 9, 2016, 2:30 PM

How to finish your degree after a long recess from college

As students across the country head back to college in the coming weeks, some may be surprised to learn that fresh-faced high school grads aren’t the only group entering universitites this fall. Students 25 and older made up roughly 40 percent of all college and graduate students in 2009, and by...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 9:48 PM

How to deal with a toxic employee

It’s every manager’s worst nightmare: one of your team members has suddenly turned toxic.“I define a toxic employee as somebody who is very unhappy in their career and is often angry and frustrated at work,” says Michelle Mazur, a communication consultant based in Seattle. “That person can then...

Monday, August 29, 2016, 8:28 PM

'Quantico' fans felt betrayed when Lenny Platt seemed to go bad

Among television dramas, “Quantico” is the new “24.” Tuning in each week to watch Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra attempt to get to the bottom of the terrorist plot unfolding inside the FBI is not for the faint of heart.Turns out it’s even more harrowing for the actors who make up the show’s...

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 11:56 PM

‘Quantico’ recap: Season 1, Episode 7, “Go"

Before we begin of our official recap, we have to note that we’ve been looking forward to this episode — in which the twins are front and center — since this season began. And thankfully for fans everywhere, the episode did not disappoint.We start in the midst of extreme danger. Our beloved twins...

Monday, November 9, 2015, 10:29 AM

‘Quantico’ recap: Season 1, Episode 6 ‘God’

This week’s episode begins with surveillance footage of our heroine Alex Parrish being splashed all over right-wing cable news, complete with banners proclaiming her ‘Jihadi Jane’. In it, Alex is seen carrying a cardboard box into a building. She hisses to Shelby that it was an innocent delivery...

Monday, November 2, 2015, 10:02 AM

How you (and your cat!) can find your dream apartment

Cats are, by far, the most popular pet in the United States, with over 88 million felines living in American homes across the country. Despite the fact that their owners are fiercely loyal to them, landlords and property owners don’t always think so kindly of our feline friends, making apartment...

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:13 PM