It’s that time of the year again to register for classes for next semester! For some students, this is a dreaded time to try and pre-manage your time with internships, jobs, and life outside of school. I have some tips and tricks to help make registering for classes a breeze!
Meet with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor can tell you what classes you have left to take and inform you if you are on track to graduate as scheduled! If you know what classes you need to take, it is helpful to make an appointment regardless so that you are at ease when you go to register. Make an appointment here!
Look up the classes and CRN numbers in advance. Registering for classes can sometimes be a battlefield. With small class sizes, spots can get taken fairly quickly. By writing down the CRN numbers, you can quickly input them into the slots when you go to register at your designated time.
Have a backup plan. If you have several electives to choose from, prioritize your first, second, and third choices in case the spots have filled up.
Know your registration time and check your status. Make sure that you are all squared away as far as any outstanding payments that you may owe, or anything that is overdue that may prevent you from registering. Your academic advisor is able to inform you of your registration time, but you can also check your time and status by looking under MyFIT, under Online Information System/Student/Registration.
One of the great things about FIT is its location! Being located in Chelsea, we have access to some of the most renowned galleries right in our backyard. While the galleries are making a slow shift to the Lower East Side, a majority of the art galleries are still located in Chelsea. Your professors will most likely give you an assignment to visit the galleries or take you on a field trip, especially if you’re a Fine Arts or Photography major, however even if your professors don’t give you an assignment to visit any of the galleries, I highly recommend it!
From West 19th St spanning up to West 28th St, between 10th and 11th Ave, you’ll find the heart of the art gallery scene. If you don’t know where to start, Chelsea Gallery Map is a great resource to find out additional information on the different types of galleries, the artists, hours of operation, and more! Gallery exhibition openings typically take place on Thursday’s, however you can visit most galleries from Tuesday-Saturday. It’s a great way to get inspiration, have a fun evening with friends, or just to see what the art world is up to.
If you are applying to FIT in the Art & Design school and your application requires a portfolio, I HIGHLY recommend attending a National Portfolio Day. For those who may not be familiar, National Portfolio Day (NPD) is a day in which you have the opportunity to meet with representatives/admissions counselors from the schools you wish to apply/attend (FIT, of course!) and review and discuss your portfolio, talk about the program and university, and also answer any questions that you may have!
It is a golden opportunity to go straight to the source to receive advice and put your worries to rest. The great thing about NPD is that representatives are traveling to different cities and states, so you don’t have to make the trip out to New York City if you aren’t local! The NPD season has just begun, so you’re likely to still make it to a NPD near you! For a full list of the 2016-2017 schedule and the participating schools, you can click here. To anyone that cannot attend a NPD, do not stress, as attending a NPD is not required, however it is very helpful! When I attended NPD in 2012, it was very productive and useful to hear what the representatives had to say about my work.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year because Mad. Sq. Eats is back in Madison Square Park. For those who have yet to experience the joy that it is Mad. Sq. Eats, it is a food “market” in which some of your favorite restaurants and eateries set up a stand and sell food items from a condensed menu. It is not a permanent food fair and is only here for the fall until October 7th and is open 11 AM – 9 PM daily.
If you have any picky friends, it’s impossible to disappoint them here! Some of the vendors include Ice & Vice, Inday, Melt Kraft, Gotham Poke, Melt Bakery and so much more! It is a perfect spot if you want to treat yourself with some friends, celebrate after a big exam or project, or even a great date spot. The great thing is that everyone can order what they want and you all come together to eat.
Be sure to soak up all of the good eats before it closes on October 7th! Bon Appetit!