If you just recently submitted your application for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are most likely squirming in anticipation in your hometowns right about now. Let me rewind to 3 years ago in 2013 when I was in the exact same position that you are. As seniors in high school, we are all terrified and excited about getting into our dream schools, leaving the comfort of our homes, and venturing out into the college world. We all know that if we don’t get into our dream schools, such as FIT, we will most likely be devastated, feel as though it’s the end of the world, our careers, and our success. However, looking back on my time here at FIT, you can make your college experience as successful or unsuccessful as you want it to be. You can CREATE opportunities for yourself anywhere that you go, instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.
Regardless of what school you end up getting accepted into and/or attending, college is all about what you make of it. If you aren’t happy with the school that you are attending, you can always transfer, you can always switch your major, you can always make FIT a part of your life in some way. Some of the most successful students are transfers that get their liberals out of the way, some of the most successful students are international students, and some of the most successful students have never taken a class related to their major in their life. Success can be measured in so many different ways, so until you hear back on April 1st, take this time to remind yourself that you will be okay, you will succeed, and you will end up at a school that is right for you!
For all the fitness lovers out there and want something beyond what the FIT gym provides (it’s a great gym..do not get me wrong), I’m here to help! There are plenty of gyms in the Chelsea area, but not all gyms are created equal! From equipment, classes, shower facilities, and of course…price, there are a lot of things to take into consideration!
Blink Fitness: With two locations conveniently located near FIT, it’s a big win-win. They have all of your standard cardio and weight machines as well as showers. There aren’t any classes, so this is a great place for someone who can work out independently.
Cost: $25 per month
24 Hour Fitness: The prime FIT location located at 26th St and 5th Ave, you’ll have a short walk from FIT to this beautiful gym. Top of the line equipment, facilities, sauna, and locker rooms…and of course open 24 hours!
Cost: $80-85 per month
Equinox: The creme de la creme of fitness. From yoga classes, apparel, spa services, and boxing, they’ve got it all at their location in the Flatiron district!
Cost: $210 per month
Crunch Gym: Nearly all the same amenities as Equinox, just with a little less elegance. You’ve got a full service locker room, classes, a spin room, yoga classes, and Bliss products, the short walk from 23rd and 8th is a beautiful thing.
Cost: $96 per month
Planet Fitness: Dangerously located next to the infamous dollar slice on 27th and 7th, Planet Fitness is the least expensive gym in the city. It’s a judgment free zone, which is perfect if you’re intimidated by hitting the gym for the first time in a while!
Cost: $10-20 per month
New York Sports Club: Located at 23rd and 8th Ave, it’s a short walk to fitness paradise. With overnight lockers, towel services, and a sauna, it sounds like a great place to get out all of your finals week stress!
The new semester can be TERRIFYING! Regardless of what year or semester you are in, the start of something new is absolutely daunting. As a junior entering my 5th semester this Monday, I am filled with anxiety. The idea of starting over again with new professors, new coursework, and higher expectations isn’t something that I easily cope with. The anticipation is the scariest part, I’ve come to realize. Even though I’ve had this realization, the same way of nervousness hits me 2 times a year. You may be wondering, “Why is she telling us this?” I’m telling you to prove to you that you are not alone. At 20 years old, an upperclassman, a commuter student, a junior, and a BFA student, I still get scared. If you are a new student, perspective student, or transfer student, please know that you’re not the only one!
I find comfort in talking to others about what I’m going through. Whether it’s calling my mom 10000 times a day or texting my friends to see how they’re doing, surrounding yourself with loved ones, even if it is over the phone, can help you find peace. If you need to speak to someone professionally, the FIT Counseling Center is a great resource as well. Discover your happy place, whether it is going to the gym, going out to eat, or watching Netflix on the couch. Find a positive task that blocks the noise and nerves for the first few weeks of the semester. Just remember that everyone is typically feeling what you are feeling. You are never alone at FIT!
If you are a typical FIT student, you probably have a million different things going on at once. Between internships, jobs, commuting, family, friends, and enjoying your college years, FIT students have a lot on their plate! With your crazy schedule, online classes may be perfect for you! From my personal experiences, online classes provided me with the flexibility to “attend” class and get my coursework done on my own time. Having that flexibility allowed me to work on the assignments in chunks, and not all at once in a single sitting. However, with online classes, they can often be twice as hard and twice the amount of work, since you are teaching yourself in coursework you’d otherwise learn in class in addition to the homework that is assigned. Here are my tips for surviving online classes:
If you can fit the “in person” class into your schedule…do it. Online classes are often a last resort for when you need 2-3 days a week to work or intern. If the in-person class meets during a time that fits into your schedule, opt for that form of learning instead!
Don’t look at the module’s coursework a day before it’s due. This may seem self-explanatory, but you absolutely cannot leave your online coursework for the very last minute. Often modules are set up 2 weeks at a time. While that may seem easy and breezy, there’s a reason why you are given 2 weeks to do the work!
Go to the library. At the library, you not only have the textbook resources, but you also have the additional computer resources. I loved being able to work off of two screens while working. I could use one computer for research and the other to access my coursework.
Communicate with your professor frequently. Since you will never actually meet your professor, it is important that you voice any concerns that you have about the class, missing links and articles, and where you stand with your grades.
Stay organized. While you should stay organized regardless of the method of teaching, staying organized with online classes is especially important. Classes are often taught in chronological order, so if your binder is a mess, taking the midterm may be a mess as well!
Coming back from a VERY long winter break can be daunting. Your mind isn’t necessarily in the same place that it once was at the end of last semester, so it’s easy to forget the school essentials. I’m here to help you remember what you need to get together before January 25th comes around:
Textbooks: If your professor has already specified the exact textbooks that you’ll need and the level of use for them, then go ahead and RENT them from chegg.com or the FIT bookstore. If you don’t know yet, don’t make any purchases!
FIT ID: If you are a returning student, be sure to give yourself enough time on the first day to get yourself a brand new sticker for the semester. Nothing is worse than running late on the first day! If you are a new student, you’ll get your fancy student ID and sticker at orientation!
Agenda/Planner: I could not live without my planner. It is truly my guide for everything that I do. If you have never used one, I highly recommend it! It can help aide you in staying organized and on top of your life, both in and out of school.
USB/Backup: These two go hand and hand, but if you have not backed up your USB from last semester, do it now! If your USB is full from last semester, clear some documents off, or get a new one, but be sure to write your name and phone number on it in case it gets lost!
Supplies: This may be self explanatory, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget a notebook and a pen on the first day. Unless you know how the class is going to run, be sure to take notes on what type of supplies you’ll need during the first week.