Looking back on my first week at FIT, I can remember how absolutely terrified I was. I was in a new city, it was my first time at a university, I knew very few people, and I was already homesick. The first week can be daunting and it is the easiest and the hardest to go through. If you are a brand new student, your first week may be the hardest on you mentally, only because you may be anxious, stressed, and nervous about your classes, but rest assured, your first week will be one of the smoothest weeks of your semester! Your professors will most likely go over the syllabus, what textbooks you need to purchase, potentially a little bit of material and then release you for the day.
Your first week gives you the opportunity to go explore! I highly recommend going with your roommates or friends that you made at orientation/classes and going to a new restaurant, a movie night, or hunting down the best donuts in NYC! Try to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and go celebrate a new chapter in your life! Remember how hard you’ve worked to get to where you are and that the best is yet to come!
Applying to any university can be absolutely terrifying. From the deadlines, fees, essay questions, and portfolio submissions (Art & Design only), you’ve got a whole lot on your plate! Here are some tips that I wish someone would have told me prior to applying to FIT or any university:
Your most recent work may not be your best work. This applies to art and design students only, but sometimes the work that you created last minute for your portfolio submission may not be the best work that you’ve ever done. It is best to take time and start your portfolio compilation early so that you can execute your craft to your full potential.
Choose a school that is best for YOU. While this may be self explanatory, don’t choose a school that you FEEL like you should go to based on your friends and comfort. Choose a school that speaks to you and feels right for your career, academic, and lifestyle goals. College is the time to find yourself and go outside of your comfort zone. Don’t settle!
Start early. You may have already heard this from your parents and I’m sure you don’t want to take time out of your summer to work on your applications, but the sooner you get them done, the less stressed you will be! Set a deadline for yourself and take it day by day.
Ask questions. If you are confused about any part of the application, get in touch with the admissions office (212-217-3760). Everyone in the office is there to help you! While they won’t be able to tell you what piece you should submit or if your essay sounds good, they can help you if you have any confusion about the application process or due dates.
Make a checklist. Outside of the general application for FIT, there is a SUNY application, fees, and deadlines that you need to follow. Write everything down and make a checklist of all of the tasks that you need to accomplish in order to ensure that everything is in on time.
Welcome back to the Admissions Blog! To anyone that may be coming across the site for the first time, I’m Ashley and I am a senior photography major and art history minor! If you are an incoming student, returning student, or anyone that is interested in applying to FIT, let us know if you have any questions or any topics that you want discussed! We are here to help!
With the new semester upon us, I always try to think about what I want to accomplish over the next 15 weeks, whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom. Here are some of my goals for my 7th semester here at FIT:
Be proud of the photographic work that I create
Create work for myself
Make time to ensure that I still get to hang out with friends and take time for myself
Go to a pumpkin patch
Try at least 4 new restaurants
Volunteer at an obstacle race, marathon, etc
Explore a new part of the city
Take advantage of the 2 for $20 movie tickets sold in Student Life
Breathe and remind myself that any stress that I am feeling is temporary
What are some of your semester goals? I am looking forward to blogging and updating you all about life here at FIT!
In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan. Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either. I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!
Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things. I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck. Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received. Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck. Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists. Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list. Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!
Now that the semester is officially over, most students have moved out of the dorms, gone home for the summer, or got an apartment in the city to take on some city dreams for the summer! For me, I’m leaving Manhattan. I currently have an apartment In Manhattan but with my lease being up, I decided to look elsewhere. Manhattan is an incredible and beautiful place. With great accessibility to school and everything at my fingertips, you’re probably wondering why I’d leave. Not only is it less expensive to live outside of Manhattan, I’m able to live two separate lives; social and school/work. When I come into the city, I’m often overwhelmed by the tourists, constant whirlwind, and pressure. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things as well, but being constantly surrounded by it from the moment you walk out of your door, when do you get the chance to clear your head? I will miss the accessibility and convenience of living in the city, but I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life where I can finally feel like an adult. This is a big step and a big move for me as I enter my senior year. I don’t know what the future holds and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, but these are the times in your life where you find yourself, become truly independent, and start anew!