Finals Tips & Tricks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….FINALS!  This isn’t the most exciting or least stressful part of the year, however it is a time where you can look back and appreciate how much you have learned in a single semester.  Before you panic, take a moment to appreciate that you have gotten this far in your education!  Being enrolled in college is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud.  In dealing with finals, it is best to take a calm approach.  Panicking, stressing, and cramming will not do you any good, so hopefully by the time you are reading this, you are at a point where you can prepare in advance!

  • Don’t wait until the review.  The final exam review is typically 1 week before the exam, which doesn’t leave you much time to study among all of your other classes, projects, and assignments.  If you write out a study guide or key topics that you discussed in class prior to the review, it will help to refresh your memory and help guide you for the exam prep.  We often forget the information that we learned during week 1, so try your best to review those old notes.
  • Take study breaks.  If you begin studying in advance, you will allow more time to gradually learn and absorb all of the information.  With that, you should allow yourself to take a break from studying to go get ice cream, take a shower, order dinner, or watch an episode of television.
  • Put your phone volume on, but put it across the room.  It may sound ridiculous to keep your phone volume on, but I’ve noticed that I always want to check my phone to see if I got any notifications.  By turning your volume on, you’ll know when someone is trying to reach you rather than constantly being worried if you missed a text or call by having it on silent.
  • Study with friends.  Like all successful business partnerships, your partner will usually possess skills that you do not have.  The same thing applies to study partners.  They may understand a section that you need extra help on and the same can be said vice versa.  By teaching a topic, you are also helping yourself reassure your knowledge and awareness on the topic.

Happy studying!

Ashley

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista

FIT Awarded Environmental Excellence Award 2016

Environmental Excellence Awards Union College

FIT’s Karen Pearson, Suzanne McGillicuddy, and William Rossi are congratulated by DEC’s chief of staff Peter Walker

FIT has been awarded one of eight 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  The awards were announced during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 15, at Union College in Schenectady, NY.

The Environmental Excellence Awards are given annually in recognition of outstanding, innovative, and sustainable projects or programs and unique partnerships that are contributing to a healthier environment and economy and serving as models of excellence. Since 2004, DEC’s Environmental Excellence Awards have honored 72 businesses, schools, municipalities, governments, and organizations achieving outstanding environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability.

FIT was recognized for sustainability initiatives throughout the college, including its:

  • Green Roof System – 17,000 square feet installed, diverting an estimated 300,000 gallons of runoff from the sewer system each year
  • Carbon dioxide emissions reduction of 43 percent, plus a commitment to reduce FIT’s total carbon dioxide emissions by a full 50 percent by 2020 from the 2005 baseline, in support of the United Nations Climate Negotiations
  • Winning the 2016 Biodesign Challenge, a competition in which teams of students from nine leading U.S. colleges and universities created projects that envision future applications of biotechnology
  • Minor in Ethics and Sustainability
  • Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference
  • Annual Sustainability Awareness Week
  • Summer Sustainability Institute
  • Campus-wide recycling
  • Water bottle refilling stations
  • Student-led:
    • Rooftop Natural Dye Garden – established and maintained to promote sustainable and eco-friendly dyeing practices
    • Cotton Muslin Composting – an initiative in which FIT’s cotton muslin is composted and transformed into nutrient-rich material for the dye garden
    • FIT Hives – an initiative to establish a beehive at FIT in order to foster education across many disciplines and majors about bees and their role in the environment

“This honor recognizes the myriad steps, large and small, that FIT has taken to become an example of environmental stewardship in action,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. “FIT’s success in sustainability is due to the work of many people from all corners of the campus who are continually creating unique and industry-specific ways to conserve, reuse, recycle, and innovate.”

Way to go green, FIT!

Melinda Batista

Here Come Finals/Projects!

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but my finals have already started creeping up on me. For some reason this semester I’ve had the most projects I’ve ever had. Literally in every class I have a project due (I’m taking 7 and I have 5 projects due). On top of projects, we also have final exams, just thinking about it makes my head want to explode. If you should know anything about me is that I’m not a procrastinator, and start everything in advance. I just cannot stand pushing things from week to week, it messes with my brain and starts giving me anxiety, and the only thing I can think of is what I haven’t done yet. Below are tips and tricks on how I survive finals:

Write Study Guides! I’m someone who’s very visual, I always need to write down all my assignments and what is due when. Once I’ve written down everything, I tape the piece of paper in front of my desk so that everyday I see what is due, and don’t fall behind. There’s also so satisfying about checking  off work. I just love seeing how my assignments diminish day by day:)

Start Early! I like starting early with my projects, because I like to show them to my teachers and ask them about my progress and what I can do better. It also shows the teacher that you are committed and want to do good in the class. The worst thing for me is finishing a project and it not being what the teacher wanted.

Be in Charge! If I had to choose between individual and group projects, I would always work individually. I don’t like being dependent on others, which makes me really frustrated when group members don’t work on the project. If you feel that way to start being in charge! I was always afraid of being in charge, because I didn’t want to make mistakes or be judged, but trust me every group needs a leader! And why not let it be you, who are the most invested. If you show your enthusiasm, it will encourage the group to follow (anyways that’s how it went in my group) and the teacher sees it.

Don’t study at home! I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I cannot study at home or in my room. I need to go out or study at school. There’s something about being at home, that makes me lazy. Where I’m the most proactive is when I go to a coffee shop (with wifi), order a coffee and work till I drop (lol). There’s something about being in a different environment that keeps me focused.

Study in the morning! No one can study all day without having a headache. I found out that I’m the most productive in the morning/afternoon, so that’s why I always wake up early on the weekends, go to the coffee shop, study until about 3-4pm and after 4pm, is when I dedicate that time to catch up on my netflix shows etc. If you’re someone that works best in the evening, just reverse the routine, and have your break in the morning and study in the afternoon/evening.

Good luck with finals!

xoxo

Zorya

 

Helping at HBC Global Art Collection

Hello!

I really wanted to share my experience working at the HBC Global Art Collection I went to on Tuesday. Out of the blue a girl I met through connections, texted me and asked me if I would be interested in helping at the gala event. Obviously they were going to pay, well they were paying really well $60/h, so I couldn’t really refuse. I once again want to stress how important it is to start networking, and start building up your contact list. You don’t know how many times, I got to incredible opportunities, through random people.

The event was at Saks Fifth Avenue downtown in HBC brand new headquarters. I was never there, but the building was brand new and looked incredible, you should definitely check it out! Anyways they bring me up to the art exposition, and tell me that I’m going to be the art specialist, which basically means that if anyone has questions about the art they ask me. Obviously they thought I knew stuff about the art exposed there, but it was the first time I’ve ever seen it. Just to give you a visual the Guggenheim has 50’000 square feet of hanging space, and they had 500’000! My friend told me not to worry, that she was going to give me a tour of the art exhibition and there shouldn’t be a lot of people asking questions. While she’s giving me the tour, the two art curators come and join us and start explaining to me details about each photos. It was great I felt like I had a general idea of what each painting entailed. The cocktail party started at 6 and finished at 9. Everything went really well, a few people asked me questions, but were so kind to me and always told me I was doing a great job, which help boost my confidence a little.

Anyways moral of the story is that don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, it can be scary at first, but it pays at the end, because you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me this was the most terrifying thing that could of ever happen to me, but I made the best out of it, I showed my passion and interest for art and looking back I’m so glad I went. Not only that, the art curators for HBC were so impressed that they want to keep in touch with me, for future opportunities.

xoxo

Zorya