While many dread the planning and prep and stress of registration, I LOVE IT. I love being able to schedule my life and know how my following semester is going to look. I thrive on planning and organizing so registration is my Christmas. While I have made a post on registration every time it rolls around, there are important points to reinforce and introduce (and who wants to dig through thousands of posts):
Talk to your academic advisor
Make an appointment with your academic advisor even if you know what classes you have to take. It is comforting to have your schedule and courses solidified by those who know best. Also, for those who don’t know, not all courses are available to all majors – including liberal arts. Therefore, it is best to make an appointment before you register! Here is the link to make an appointment: http://www.fitnyc.edu/13575.asp
Plan Ahead Once you have the classes that you are planning on taking, make up your schedule. Map out a tentative schedule and plan out your biggest/most important/longest classes first and revolve your classes around that.
Write down the CRN codes The CRN codes are the first things that you can type in to register for all your classes. If you have all the CRN codes for your classes, you type them in when it’s your registration time, hit submit and you’re all set.
Be flexible This one isn’t the easiest, especially for me. Sometimes you won’t get the classes you want so you have to be prepared to move your schedule around.
Don’t stress Registration is exciting because that means you are one semester closer to graduating. Keep your chin up and know that winter break is soon!
For most of you, midterms are done this week or next week and that is the exact reason why you deserve to celebrate. There is no better way to celebrate than with some shopping (We are FIT after all). The following is a pretty accurate narrative of the struggle and anxious-excitement that are midterms GOSSIP GIRL EDITION:
When your professor tells you that your midterm is next week
The night before the exam
Right before the exam is passed out
When you receive the exam it’s either:
When you’ve finished the exam
When your professor keeps you after you take your midterm exam
Being a student aide in the Student Life offices has really opened my eyes to all the events that are constantly taking place on campus. The Student Life offices are located on the 7th floor of the Dubinsky Student Center. Here are some perks of visiting the Student Life offices:
Movie tickets are sold 2 for $16 to any AMC movie theatre
Broadway show tickets are sold every couple of weeks. Be sure to check those weekly emails!
There is a Breast Cancer walk this Sunday! Here is the link if you want to sign up: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=38287345&fr_id=62564&pg=personal
We are distributing tickets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2 to when Girl Code (YES the MTV show) comes and does a show here at FIT!
We can provide contact information if you want to join a club!
There is almost always an event happening in The Center and it usually involves free food.
We have a massive game room that is basically any kid at heart’s dream world.
Going from Nagler Hall to Kaufman, I was clueless as to where to grocery shop, where the cheapest food was, the healthiest food, the closest location, etc etc. I was so used to my meal plan and occasionally going to Fairway for a few snacks and breakfast bars. Now that I’m a full fledged dorm with a kitchen and without a meal plan, I quickly learned the dynamic and food demographics of each of the lovely grocery stores around the area.
Trader Joes – my personal favorite. Your one stop shop for all things healthy, organic, and reasonably priced. They have a phenomenal produce section. While they don’t have the name brand snacks and goodies but they have their private label brand that is just as good if not better. A slight hike from Kaufman but a nice stroll from 27th located at 675 Avenue of the Americas between 22nd and 21st. MUST TRY: Way More Chocolate Chips Cookies
Whole Foods – aka Whole Paycheck. If you want the healthy, high end, organic food, make your way over to Whole Foods on 250 7th Ave between 24th and 25th. MUST TRY: Whole Foods Peanut Butter
Fairway – the holy grail of amazing prices and your one stop shop for name brand with a side of healthy. Stray away from their produce however (speaking from personal experience). Their organic section is phenomenal and if you are a lover of protein and nutrition bars, Fairway is the place for you. Located at 766 Avenue of the Americas between 26th and 25th. MUST TRY: Anything Annie’s Organic
Gristedes – all the food, all the brands! You can find all your typical, savory indulgences at Gristedes. The prices are a little steep so head to Fairway before you head to Gristedes. It is the most convenient out of all the other shops on the list located at 307 W 26th and 8th ave. IMPORTANT: THEY HAVE PILLSBURY HOLIDAY SUGAR COOKIES IN STOCK.
Ideal Market – convenient for the Kaufman folks, but the selection isn’t all that great. If you are in desperate need of eggs or craving some cookies and don’t want to trek out to 6th ave, Ideal Market is there for you in times of need. There is an FIT discount, but it is very slight. MUST TRY: They have an amazing bakery section.
If you are an Art & Design Major, PrintFx will become your very best friend. For those who don’t know, PrintFx is FIT’s premier digital output lab located in D529. The options are truly endless at PrintFx. You can print a simple image for an assignment, print a poster sized image, bind a book, and even print on fabric. That’s right…FABRIC. I will never fully understand how that is even possible, but the people in PrintFx are obviously experts. The services offered at PrintFx are Laser Prints, Inkjet Sheet Prints, Inkjet Poster Prints, Fabric Inkjet Prints, Specialty Media Inkjet Prints, Laser Color Copies, Large Format b/w Copies, Large Format Scanning, and Bookbinding.
You truly CANNOT beat the prices offered and the pay method is so simple. Just add money onto your FIT ID at a PHiL station in the library on the 5th floor or CC15, or add money on your laptop or mobile device by accessing this link: https://fit-sp.blackboard.com/eaccounts/AnonymousHome.aspx. Not only is PrintFx inexpensive, the turn around times are like no other. If you drop off your desired project/assignment before 1pm, you’ll be able to pick it up the SAME DAY, but always plan ahead!
If you don’t have time to go into PrintFx and drop off your desired project/assignment, you can submit it online and pick it up when it’s ready using this link: http://www.fitnyc.edu/10915.asp! The icing on the cake is that PrintFx hours exceed the usual 9-5 hours. They are open Monday-Thursday 9 am – 7 pm and Fridays 9 am – 6:30 pm. FIT is all about using your resources, so take advantage of PrintFx!
For all my fitness junkies out there or anyone that wants to mix up their weekly workout routine, check out Tone House! With a large studio space, amber lights, and top of the line equipment, you won’t be disappointed. Tone House offers various classes such as Lower Body/Core, Upper Body/Core, Core Focus, Total Body, and Conditioning. Each class is an hour long that is filled with non-stop movement and hard core training that will push you to your limits. As my instructor said throughout, “We are breaking boundaries here.” The classes are for any fitness level, but let it be known that they are INTENSE. From the moment that the class starts, you feel like a family and a team. Everyone is cheering you one and encouraging you to finish what you started. For the first class, the cost is $20. I tried out the Total Body class and man am I going to be sore but I am going to go back and make myself become stronger. Check out the video below from The Sweat Life to see what Tone House is all about!
Hi everyone and welcome back to a brand new school year at FIT! If you’ve been keeping up with the blog since day 1, welcome back! If you are just joining us, welcome to the family! Some of you may know that last year I was in Nagler Hall on 27th St. This year, as a sophomore I chose to go to Kaufman Hall over getting an apartment. You truly cannot compare Nagler to Kaufman because they are worlds away from one another but Nagler made me truly appreciate what Kaufman has to offer.
Besides Kaufman being only a few blocks away, the view regardless of what floor or side you face is really nice, especially with the light coming through the windows in the morning (Ideal photographic lighting). The dorms in Kaufman are HUGE and I mean HUGE. Not just NYC huge, actually real life, middle of no where huge. Each dorm room varies in square footage so freshmen, be sure to ask someone who lives in the dorms for a tour before you pick which floor/room you want.
The dorms are air conditioned, they are safe, there are tons of washers and dryers, AND THERE’S A KITCHEN IN EACH ROOM (Alumni and Nagler people rejoice). The list goes on and on. Let me know if you have any questions about Kaufman in the comments below!
Who let the dogs out? FIT’s Phi Theta Kappa and the Counseling Center did! With the stress of final exams and the year coming to a close, Phi Theta Kappa brought in dogs for students to play and pet with for what is called Pet Therapy. The dogs were absolutely adorable and the line was completely out the door. Phi Theta Kappa did a great job and I can’t wait to see the project grow in future years, hopefully with more dogs!
Obviously New York City has a lot of perks. The industry, the city, the people, the center of all things relevant and happening are here. With that, you’ll never miss a concert tour stop, a famous restaurant, or in this case, a meetup with your favorite YouTubers. Today, I had the luxury of meeting Meghan Rosette and Lauren Elizabeth from YouTube. Both girls have a huge follower base and they are in NYC for business. Last minute (yesterday), they decided to have a meetup in Times Square in front of the Forever 21 for all of their subscribers that could make it. I thankfully don’t have classes on Monday, so when I found out that I COULD MEET THEM, I screamed, danced around my dorm room, and deliberately picked out an outfit that would be picture worthy. Both girls were so incredibly nice and hilarious. I gave them both Psst…Hey You… cards (http://blog.fitnyc.edu/admissions/2014/04/18/psst-hey-you-read-this/) and got to take pictures and hang out with the rest of the subscribers that showed up. I met some other subscribers that go to FIT and various schools throughout New York. It was incredible to meet them and it wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t go to school in New York City. What a day. What a small world.
Did that get your attention? I sure hope so! Upon moving to NYC for college, I started a project called “Psst…Hey You…”. I give out cards (see picture below) to people that I find beautiful inside or out or someone who needs a pick me up. From there, the person instagrams a picture of the card of where they received it in the background and they upload it onto Instagram with the hashtags #PsstHeyYou and #YouLookBeautifulToday. On the backside, the recipient writes when and where they received it and then they pass it on to someone that they find beautiful. I then repost the Instagrammed picture on the Psst…Hey You… instagram @PsstHeyYou and the Psst…Hey You… blog.
This project has been really near and ear to my heart. The cards have been floating around FIT so please be sure to instagram and tweet and pass them on if you received one. First stop…FIT…next stop The Ellen Show? Maybe someday! Be sure to follow Psst…Hey You… on instagram and twitter! http://instagram.com/PsstHeyYou & https://twitter.com/PsstHeyYouCards