As a freshman, I was completely overwhelmed with the proper classes that I needed to take. I thought that everything had to be done in a certain order, no exceptions. I didn’t think that I had many options to choose from and on the other hand, I wondered what my options were. If you are an incoming freshman or new student and you have no idea what classes you are supposed to take, reach out to academic advisement. Your academic advisor is somewhat the equivalent of your high school guidance counselor. They’re there to help you with your academic lineup for your time here at FIT. You should be receiving the contact info of your academic advisor, and I highly recommend reaching out to them regarding all of your class-related needs. While you may think that you just have to take 6 credits of English (hypothetical), that doesn’t mean that you can take any 3 2-credit classes. There are certain courses that aren’t allowed to be taken by certain majors/don’t count towards graduation for certain majors, so why waste your time and money by taking a class that doesn’t count towards graduation? Here are some sample questions that you should ask your Academic Advisor:
If my high school AP scores transfer over, should I still register for those classes?
What courses can I get ahead on?
What courses do you recommend for a new student’s workload?
What options do I have when it comes to my liberal arts and what classes don’t count towards graduation?
What are some of the minors and how do I declare a minor?
What are some of the classes that I should be taking during the spring incase a certain class/section fills up?
Should I only be concerned about my associates graduation requirements or my bachelors as well?
Now that the school year has officially ended, it’s time to look ahead towards brighter days! I’m staying in the city this summer and interning. I was only able to see my family and be at home for 9 days and now I won’t see them until winter break. It’s going to be really tough but I just have to focus on school and interning and bettering myself. With that in mind, I figured I’d share some of my goals for this summer!
Have a successful internship and learn from my experiences.
Explore New York City! I have a massive list of places that I want to see, restaurants that I want to try, and fun locations to visit.
Step outside of my comfort zone whether it’s at my internship, a new food, or just in everyday life.
Continue to stay active and improve my health.
Relax and have fun. This one is going to be very difficult for me, which I know sounds weird. I spend my entire year completely focused 24/7, rarely spending time away from my desk or photo studio, so now is the time.
Educate myself. There are plenty of skills that are applicable to my major but I am not allowed to take as part of my curriculum here at FIT. So I am going to be using FIT’s resources and lynda.com – an online video portal with hundreds of videos that teach you about your desired topic. I’m going to educate myself on Adobe Software such as InDesign and Illustrator as well as marketing strategies and how they’re applicable to photography.
Having a good professor can make or break a class. There are certainly a range here at FIT, as anywhere else. I have found most of my professors as extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and interesting. I will admit to checking sites like ratemyprofessor.com as soon as teachers were announced, and I’m sure you will too.
However, you have to be careful with websites like this. First of all, ratings are not necessarily the best indicator of what a teacher will really be like. Many times people just use rating sites to complain when they did not get along with a professor, or feel like they were not being treated fairly whether it is true or not. Hopefully the teacher will have many reviews and you can judge for yourself if they seem reliable.
I think feedback for the professors and the school is a great tool if said feedback is honest and sincere, and I encourage students to rate their teachers (fairly, of course). I just went back and rated every teacher I had for my bachelors degree. That being said, these comments are not guarantees and I have often found my experience with a teacher to be completely opposite of what most people wrote, for better or worse.
Do you use ratemyprofessor.com or other sites like it? What experiences have you had with them?
With all the devastating occurs happening all around the world recently one that hasn’t been publicized as much as the Baltimore riots but should be is the earthquake that affected the people in Nepal. You may have seen it on Facebook recently that you can donate to the people there. Did you realize a lot of our students and staff at FIT are affected by this tragic event?
Coming from a small town in New Jersey you don’t always realize how many different people from all over the world you surround yourself with everyday when you are at FIT. More and more i have been noticing this walking through the hallways, sometimes you become so wrapped up in your own situation you forget that the people around you may be hurting.
So in the upcoming days i would like you to take a minute and think of a way you could help. It could be the smallest gesture by just saying a prayer or donating a dollar to the relief fund, or even giving someone who you see often in class some kind words of encouragement.
As for me i will be donating to UNICEF who vow to help the children of Nepal before, during an after this crisis.
“A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes and infrastructure. Some 1.7 million children require humanitarian assistance, and UNICEF is on the ground working to provide critical aid to children and families.” You can donate today too! Just follow my link below.
There is less than one month left in the school year, so it’s that time again; the time when all the graduating students work is put on display. It can catch some people off guard as the displays go up intermittently around the school, and as everyone is so focused on finishing up their own projects, but when you finally stop to look at all of them it is really inspiring. Over 800 students are represented from both the AAS and BFA programs. To see where each major will be located click here! Just another reason to come to FIT to check out the school.
The AAS Photography display in the main lobby of the Feldman center
Most Art & Design majors have their work displayed throughout the school as well as a “senior show” where industry professionals along with friends and family can see a collection of work that was created over our time here.
The AAS Fashion Design (apparel) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)
The AAS Fashion Design (illustration) presentation (from when I graduated in 2013)
The most famous “senior show” is the bachelor’s Fashion Design show. It is attended by lots of influential industry people, as well as the designer critics who worked with all of the students. This year’s is happening this Thursday (4/30/15) and can be livestreamed! I saw the presentation of all the work in the Great Hall a few weeks ago, and couldn’t be more proud of my peers who did the AAS with me! Definitely watch the show to see the critics and people’s choice winners work the runway.
The “wall” as it’s called in Fabric Styling
My major (Fabric Styling) has one wall that the entire major works together to create. It’s a huge undertaking, but is a nice way to show the work of the entire group as one piece. We also have a senior show coming up (along with the Textile/Surface Design kids) where we each get a table to display our portfolios and any other work we have done. I’m hoping lots of people show up!