We are in the final stretch of the semester which means winter break is only a few short days away! It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of finals, packing, traveling, and saying goodbye to friends for a few weeks, but make sure that you don’t forget the following as you depart New York:
Return your textbooks!
Check out of the dorms/inform your RA (if living in the dorms)
Don’t forget to lock your apartment/dorm door (you’d be surprised how many people have forgotten)
Turn off your heat while you’re away so that you don’t run up a huge bill
Double check that you have your wallet, ID, and passport
Bring your winter coat with you even if you’re traveling somewhere warm. You’ll need it once you travel back to the city
Don’t forget a portable charger for your travels and be sure to always have snacks!
Clean out your fridge/pantry and dispose of any perishables
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.
Now being a 7th semester college student, I’ve had my fair share of classes and professors across several departments. This semester, I am enrolled in a social science class called Sex Roles, Marriage, and Family taught by Professor Rosen. This was a class that I had wanted to take since I started here at FIT, but it typically fills up incredibly quickly at the time of registering for classes. This semester, I was fortunate enough to get one of the coveted slots in class and I have not been disappointed. Not only do we discuss the typical curriculum of the class, but we also relate what we learn to current events, pop culture, and how it pertains to our own personal lives. The conversations that we have in class are usually very eye opening and has helped me realize how different and unique everyone’s opinion can be. Professor Rosen is incredibly encouraging, supportive, and friendly throughout her teaching and has always provided us with interesting and helpful resources and assignments. I highly recommend taking this course if it fulfills your graduation requirement and having Professor Rosen as your educator!
The holiday season is among us, which means it’s a great time to explore the city looking for the best activities and spots for gifts! Every single year, New York lights up with holiday cheer and anticipation for the big New Year festivity. Here are some of my favorite spots to feel the excitement of the holiday time:
Rockefeller Center: While this can be incredibly busy, overwhelming, and filled with tourists, it is a truly iconic symbol of the holiday time in New York. If you haven’t witnessed the beauty of the tree and the excitement of the vast skating rink, it is definitely a spot that you have to check off your bucket list.
Winter Village at Bryant Park: This spot is a New York classic, only second to Rockefeller Center. The Winter Village at Bryant Park not only has a beautiful ice skating rink, but about 100 shops and eateries to delight your tastebuds and find the perfect gifts for families and friends.
STORY: This is far from your usual shopping experience. STORY is a retail store that changes “themes” or “stories” every few months, rotating out inventory that fits with the theme of the store at that time. This winter’s story (now – December 31st) is “Home for the Holidays” which has all of the unique holiday gifts you could ever ask for. It truly is one of a kind and you could easily do all of your holiday shopping in the single store.
Union Square Holiday Market: This market is hands-down one of my FAVORITE markets in all of New York. Not only is it easily accessible and conveniently located in Union Square, it radiates the joy and excitement of the holiday time. It is packed to the brim with stores and small restaurant booths.
While Thanksgiving is still a few short weeks away, it’s never too early to plan for your travels. I won’t be able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family back home but I’m fortunate enough to have one of my friend’s welcome me into their home each Thanksgiving. Even though I do not have to travel very far to get to my friend’s home, we are among the masses traveling after the workday is over. Here are some of my tips and tricks to travel smoothly and safely:
Buy your tickets in advance: This may be self explanatory but buying your ticket right before you get on a bus, train, or plane can be more frustrating and costly (depending) rather than if you purchased it prior to arrival at the station/terminal. Typically, lines at the station are out of control and you may be running late from work/school to get to your destination, so be sure to plan ahead!
Pack light: This can be incredibly difficult sometimes depending on your trip, but the lighter you pack, the less you have to worry about excess luggage, your arm hurting from carrying the load, or lack of space on the plane/bus/train.
Bring snacks: You never know what the weather is going to be like when you’re traveling and if it’s going to cause hefty delays. Not much is worse than being delayed, waiting impatiently AND being hungry. Like Snicker’s commercials say…”you’re not you when you’re hungry.” Bring snacks!
Bring something to do: Whether it’s downloading a movie for your travels, listening to music, reading a book, catching up on work, or just simply taking a nap, having something to do will help pass the time.
Relax: Holidays are a time for loved ones, good food, and relaxing on the couch. By this time, we’re nearing the end of the semester, right before final exam stress arrives so take this time for yourself, unwind, and spend time with good company.