While most of us are currently on spring break and enjoying our time off, we cannot neglect the fact that registration for next semester is happening in the next couple of weeks! For me, it is the most wonderful time of the year because I get to plan ahead! Nothing makes me more excited than knowing what my future semester is going to look like. While that may sound ridiculous, there is a certain level of ease that comes over me once I see that I am ready to go and move forward with my education. If registration time freaks you out, I’m here to give you a few tips to put yourself at ease.
Visit your academic advisor! I covered how to make an appointment with your advisor here. Your advisor will help guide you and tell you what classes you can take and need to take. Not every class is available to your major or counts towards graduation. Make sure that you don’t get behind and talk to your advisor about your concerns!
Prepare for the big day. While I have never heard of any student doing this, don’t pick your classes AS you’re registering. Classes fill up FAST, so if you aren’t prepared, you may not get the classes you prefer at your desired time. Plan out what classes you want to take and make a mock schedule based on the availabilities. You can view the classes and times that they are being offered on your myFIT account!
Write down the ISBN numbers. So you got your registration time and you’re panicking because you’re at the same time as everyone else in your major. To ensure a speedy registration, write down the ISBN numbers associated with the class section that you want to take. When it comes time to register, you can type in the ISBN numbers, rather than going to search for each individual class.
Have a backup plan. While you may have followed the previous bullets to a T, you may not get the classes you want. Make a secondary schedule in case something falls through. While it may not be likely, you want to be as prepared as possible!
If you are currently a student at FIT, you may be in severe panic mode. It’s about 2 weeks until spring break which only means one thing…midterms. The beautiful, yet horrifying time of the semester where we all lose sleep and our patience. If you are reading this 2 weeks before spring break, then you are still able to properly plan! Midterms don’t have to be a week of craziness and all-nighters if you make a proper schedule in advanced! Here are some of my tips to surviving midterms:
Look at a calendar. While this may seem ridiculous, you’d be surprised at how little or how much you know your schedule and when your professor is giving you a midterm. If you are an art and design student, you have a project due on a certain day or an exam on the other. Some professors may offer their midterm after break, but you’ll never be able to relieve any stress until you look at a calendar and write everything down!
Establish a schedule. Once you have written everything out, focus on the midterm that comes first and then the one that you’re most nervous about. From there, make a study or work schedule to break apart the materials you’ve learned in the past 6 weeks. Don’t try to cram a semester’s worth of material in a few days. If you break up your studying and material days, it’ll make everything go much smoother.
Plan that reward. Everything must come to an end, which means that you will SURVIVE midterms! Decide on a special treat that you’ve been wanting to treat yourself to the entire semester. Whether you’re going to get a pedicure or the insane milkshakes from Black Tap, you deserve that indulgence!
As we approach the halfway point in the semester (TIME FLIES), we should not only take the time to reflect on how the semester is going so far, but we should also decide how we want the rest of the semester to pan out. Are there events that you have been wanting to go to but haven’t had the chance? Have you skipped the Saturday morning brunch because you didn’t manage your time well? Actively make changes to improve in these final 8 weeks.
I highly recommend that you don’t just think about what changes you want to make, but write them down! When you write something down, you feel more accountable for your actions. Are there rewards that you can give yourself as you progress towards your goals? Outside of school, what lifestyle changes do you want to make for yourself? Are you content with your current sleep schedule or do you wish you had a few extra hours to snooze? Talk about your goals with some of your friends and see if they have any goals for themselves. If you find that you have a common interest or goal, see if you can achieve it together! Document your journey and you’ll feel great working with your friends to improve your life! Whether you want to lose weight, get better grades, or walk into a room more confidently, your goals and dreams are valid.
The new semester can be daunting and picking your classes isn’t easy by any means. I highly recommend seeing your Academic Advisor prior to registration each semester. The curriculum surprisingly changes from year to year and you want to make sure that you are on track for graduation, right? There is nothing wrong with double-checking to make sure that you are good to go!
You should have received an email from the Registrar or Academic Advisement telling you who your advisor is. If you have misplaced that email, feel free to Academic Advisement a call at 212 217.3080 or visit them in C402 in the Feldman Center. Your advisor will be able to tell you what courses you still have remaining, inform you if you are eligible for any minors, and can answer any questions that you may have about your academic/graduation status.
To make an appointment, click here and select your advisor and preferred meeting time. The Academic Advisement Center is one of the most helpful offices in the entire school. Why not take advantage of it?
While we have definitely had a mild winter, there are many days where we just don’t want to leave our rooms because of the brisk wind outside. As a result of staying in for the night, sometimes we are at a complete loss of what to do. I’m here to help! Here are some of my favorite ways to stay in during the cold winter months:
Movie Night – this may be self-explanatory but I highly recommend getting all of your friends together and putting on a classic film that you all loved from when you were 12. It may be incredibly cheesy, but nothing beats cozying up in bed and spending time with your friends.
Home cooked Dinner & Baking – whip out Pinterest on this one and pull up all of the yummy desserts and dinners that you have itching at the chance to try! Go grocery shopping with your roommates prior to the evening and split the shopping between dinner and dessert. Bonus points if you add in a movie night too!
Friend Potluck – You are most likely going to be hanging out with your friends and roommates anyways, so why not make it fun and have everyone bring a food with them to your room. It can be a themed dessert night depending on what show you are going to watch or just fun appetizers! Just make sure that no one has any allergies
Relaxation – Before you know it, midterms and finals will be here and all you want is to relax and crawl into bed, but you won’t be able to. Take advantage of the time now and spend the night treating yourself to a face mask, some refreshing fruit, and an early bedtime.
Game Night – You can easily find someone who owns Cards Against Humanity…a classic college staple. Gather up your friends or people on your floor and see if anyone can teach you all how to play a new game!