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How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Great Volunteer Spots in the City

Hello there!

Always looking out for new finds in the city (for free), I came across a list of volunteer spots I’ve never heard of before, which spiked my curiosity. For the past three years I’ve volunteered at a number of organizations from Food Kitchens to various social events. However I’ve never really heard or seen around FIT (or city) organizations revolving around art. If you are an art lover and want to help an Arts Organization below is a long list of various non-profit organizations in the city. I’ve never realized how many there were until now, they range from books, music, painting etc. I’ve linked all the websites so you can go on them and contact the organizations for more information or volunteer work. 

The Art Therapy Project 

Artists Talk on Art

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

BWAC

The Center for Book Arts

CITYarts

Delivering Good, Inc. 

The Field

FREE ARTS NYC

Groundswell 

Materials for the Arts 

Museum of Chinese in America 

No Longer Empty 

Residency Unlimited

Sing for Hope

Studio in a School

Time In Children’s Arts

xoxo

-Z

Free Museums

Hello there!

As a honor student we have to complete three extra curricular activities per semester, which means after being in the honors program for a few years we run out of ideas… As a result we often receive emails giving us suggestions on activities to do. As a huge fan of museums I love doing them as my extra curricular activities, but I really don’t want to spend money on any of them. Recently, I have been introduced to this website that shows you all the museums in the city that are free, as well as museums that have special days where admission is free. Honestly, I wish I had known about this website sooner, it’s so helpful! If you are new to the city and want to do fun free activities you might want to check out the link below!

https://www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish

Do you know of some helpful tips? Let us know!

xoxo

-Z

NYFW: Volunteering For Sies Marjan

Hello there!

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, like most FIT students I waited in line to get a chance to volunteer for NYFW. Thankfully I got a spot and it was for Sies Marjan, a designer I’ve never heard of, but I wasn’t going to let it dissuade me from going. This was a completely new volunteer experience for me, nothing like I’ve done previously. It was a rehearsal, so I wasn’t going on the actual show day, but a few day prior. Basically what they had me and 22 other volunteers do was pretend to be the model and walk the catwalk, so that they could time us, and see how long it would take on the actual day and see if all the models would have enough time to walk the finale. I wasn’t expecting that at all, but I really enjoyed pretending to be a model for a few hours. It felt really weird at first, because everyone was watching us and video taping, so I felt a little self-conscious, but after the 4th time walking it was better. We helped from 6pm to 8pm and walked about 6 times, but after each walk we had to run these stairs to get to the 2nd floor, so we could get back to the start, without interfering with the other girls walking. It was a good two hour workout! At the end they were really sweet and gave every volunteer a gift. The gift was a clothing item from the designer (not sure if it was from the actual collection). All in all I had a really great experience with them and never knew how much I would enjoy walking a catwalk.

xoxo

-Z

The Center for Communication

Hi there!

I hope everyone is slowly getting back into the flow of things… I thought I would mention a website one of my teachers in my Brand Management class told us about. It’s called the Center for Communication, and it offers students the opportunity to attend free seminars and panels with some amazing speakers in the media world. All events are free for students and are focused on the media industry and how the business is evolving today. These are great seminars for AMC students especially, but also anyone who is interested in this specific area. I would highly suggest looking at the website, because a lot of the events have a limited number of seats. I’ve already booked to attend the seminar on the Brave New World of Journalism, so I’ll definitely write a blog post on my experience and thoughts on it.

Website: http://www.centerforcommunication.org/

Were you already familiar with this website? What was your experience like?

xoxo

-Z