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How My Country (Switzerland) Votes

Hello there! I’m guessing most of view watched the presidential debate that took place yesterday, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As an international student from Switzerland, I’m not very familiar with the political system in the United States (although I did take a Business Law class), and to be completely honest was never really interested in the political elections. But in my Principles to Public Relations class, our assignment was to watch the presidential debate and write a two page essay on how each candidate attempted to reach the target audience they are having trouble connecting with. This was finally an excuse for me to get familiar with the candidates and understand a little better what was happening in this election.

Coming from a country that does not have a president, and no debates, it was really weird watching possibly future leaders of a country get at each other throats so aggressively. You see in Switzerland, Swiss citizens have the right to have their say at all three levels of state, and can therefore have a considerable influence on political matters. We have a direct democracy, which means we can decide on policy initiatives. We can launch an initiative, request a referendum, or submit a petition. So it was really confusing, because it seemed to me that the majority of voters were for Clinton, so why is Trump not far behind Clinton in electoral votes? I finally understood! Basically US citizens, when they vote, are actually electing persons (electoral college) who will then elect the president. So even though they might be for the democrat party, the electors have the final vote and might vote for the republican party after all. Which to me coming from a country, where my vote actually makes a difference, doesn’t make any sense.

What did you think of the presidential debate?

xoxo

-Z

Best Apps to Have

Hello there! Just a quick post about some of the apps that have been super helpful for me and that are great if your a student or living in the city. As a student we juggle so many different things, so having an app that can save us a little time and money is always a plus. My favorite apps are:

EllucianGo (free) If your a student at FIT and struggle to remember which class room your in or at what time your class starts, this is the best app ever, it shows you your course schedule and you can click on the class and it gives you details about the teacher etc. I honestly couldn’t live without it. It also has other informations about the campus, grades, important number etc.

Mint (free) If you struggle to keep a budget. This app is great. It helps you keep a budget and shows you what you spend your money on. It helps you have a visual of where all your money is going…

Citymapper (free) Lifesaver if your like me and don’t understand the subway system. It has a full map of the subways and the different stops, and it gives you the times when it arrives at the station. It also shows you the map for busses.

Venmo (free) If you live with roommates or go out often with friends and always struggle with who has to pay you back or don’t have cash, this app connects to your bank account, and makes it really easy for your friends (and you) to pay people back, collect money, pay bills, and much more.

TED (free) If you don’t know what to write about or what topic to talk about in class, or just need some inspiration, this app is great. It shows you videos of some really interesting people giving conferences (all over the world) and it’s great to listen to in your free time, because you can learn a lot from them (I have).

NYTimes /  The Wall Street Journal (free) Keep up to date before class! These two apps are essential if you are in a business major at FIT. Just looking through the most recent and important news, will always come in hand for one of your classes (trust me).

Checkout51 (free) Buy groceries and get cash back. You also have coupons and many different things on this app that will help you save money. And the great thing is that you get new deals and offers every few days.

Hope this was helpful! What are your favorite apps to have?

xoxo

-Z

 

Commuting Tips

Going to a school in New York City, you’ll find that a majority of students commute to school every single day.  Between subway and bus delays, general traffic, and the dreaded rain on too narrow of a sidewalk, commuting can often be unpredictable.  While I may not have a long commute, I have a few tips and tricks to help your day go by a little smoother.

  • Show up early. While it’s easier said than done, try your best to take the earlier train, even if it is 10 minutes, just to ensure that you make it to class on time.  While this may be difficult for students commuting from Long Island, if you are within the city, this is definitely a helpful tip!  Nothing is worse than the conductor saying “We are being held momentarily.  Thank you for your patience.”
  • Bring your own food.  Commuting can be EXPENSIVE.  The unlimited monthly metrocards and passes aren’t cheap, so there’s no reason why you should have to spend $15 on a salad.  If you bring your own food, it will save you time, energy, and money.
  • Get a locker.  Talk to your department head to see if your major offers lockers for commuters.  For Art and Design students, you especially want to consider this because you typically have a lot of supplies.  It will also be a huge lifesaver in the winter when you don’t want to carry around your big puffy coat.
  • Bring a phone charger.  This is most likely a staple in anyone’s daily life, but if you have a long commute, your battery may already be at a low percentage by the time you get to school.  I highly recommend having a portable charger as well just in case there isn’t an accessible outlet.
  • Carry the essentials.  From gum to chapstick and band-aids, to hand sanitizer and deodorant, you’ll never know when you’ll need your emergency stash, especially once you get off the train.
  • Wear comfortable shoes…or bring a spare.  Depending on your commute and where you get let off, you may still have to walk a ways to get to campus.  Wearing uncomfortable shoes may result in serious blisters upon arrival (another reason to always have bandaids).

Best of luck commuting!
Ashley

Academic Tutoring to the Rescue

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This is just a friendly reminder that you are not alone! As semester classes begin to get more challenging, it doesn’t mean you have to struggle. One of great things about FIT is that they offer an Academic Skills Tutoring Center, located in the Dubinsky building, room A608B.  The Tutoring Center is a free service for all full-time and part-time students enrolled in credit bearing and remedial courses for the current semester, offering a variety of tutoring options in a wide range of disciplines. This service provides all FIT students who are registered in credit and remedial courses with the tools they may need in order to be successful in their classes.

Accommodations can be arranged for individual and group tutoringwalk-in servicesworkshops and disability support services as well.

Hours for the Tutoring Center include:

Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 7:45 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 6:45 pm
Friday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 4:45 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2:45 pm (Saturday hours begin the fourth week of the semester)

For more information and details, please visit https://www.fitnyc.edu/tutoring-center/

Good luck on classes this semester and make sure to get the help you need!

Melinda

Health + Fitness for Busy People

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Chances are that if you attend FIT, your whole week consists of a maximum of 21 credits of classes, internships, work-study, clubs/associations, leadership activities, meetings, events etc. Being in a creative yet business-oriented environment 24/7 can influence you to take on more than you can handle – which is important to realize. Regardless of the goals we set for ourselves and the social standard we choose to accept, it is crucial we put ourselves first – specifically our health. Whether running to Brooklyn Bagel on 25th and 8th during a class break or inhabiting Starbucks the whole day, squeezing in fitness into a busy schedule is the least you can do. Here are some fitness tips for busy people on the go:

  1. Take the Escalator/Stairs: Believe me, I KNOW how tempting it is to take the elevator everywhere you go, but taking the stairs or escalator can make a big difference. Avoiding the tremendous influx of students trying to make it to class on time beats wasting time in a sea of people. Burn some calories by climbing the steps to your next class and you’d be surprised to see the results in your toned calf muscles.
  2. Utilize Time Between Classes: The best piece of advice I can give is to use your time wisely! Those couple of hours’ in-between classes are VITAL. After class, get your work-out on by heading down to the fitness center in the basement of the Dubinsky building for a few hours. Prepare in advance by bringing a gym bag with a water bottle and a change of clothes for your next class. Going to class and working out in-between is a great stress-reliever and motivation to maintain your physique.
  3. Time Yourself: Depending on where you live, it may be simple stroll or a struggle to get to school every day. Most recently, I have discovered it is possible to get to school under 10 minutes from Kaufman Hall, FIT’s upperclassmen dorms on 31st I encourage everyone to put their phones to good use and motivate themselves by using a stopwatch. I time myself when speed-walking to school as a fun challenge that focuses on my lower extremities and core at the same time. That way, I am working on my fitness and getting to class on time, at the same time!

When it comes to not having the luxury of free time, I believe in making time. Push yourself to the limit and test yourself with personal challenges and utilizing your free time to the fullest. Your body will thank you in the long run.

Melinda