Category Archives: Campus Life

Fall 2015 Goals

With the start of the new semester, I get to have a whole new set of resolutions for the semester.  The beginning of the school year can bring on a lot of anxiety but it can also provide a way to start anew.  There are a lot of things that I want to accomplish before 2015 ends and now is the perfect time to start.

  • Relax.  Easier said than done, but I need to make sure that even with my heavy workload, I take time for myself to do what I want.
  • Get certified.  I want to get my group fitness instructor certification so that I can teach classes and improve lives.
  • Explore.  We are in NEW YORK CITY and I haven’t fully taken advantage of all the sites and places that I should and now will explore.
  • Sleep.  This goes without saying…
  • Speak up.  I want my voice to be heard this semester.  I’m not going to sit back in the classroom anymore.  If we are discussing a topic in class and I have an opinion about it, I’m going to speak up and make that connection in class.
  • Leave.  This contradicts my ‘explore’ bullet, but I think it’s also important to leave NYC every once in a while.  The hustle and bustle can sometimes really get to you and it’s important to clear your head and step away from all of the stress.

How will you embrace the start of a new semester?

Ashley

Orientation Experiences

Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited!  As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT!  Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.

It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation.  I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family.  I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding.  I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.

After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St.  I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation.  The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all.  After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.

To view the orientation Fall 2015 Orientation schedule: https://www.fitnyc.edu/files/pdfs/EMSS-NSO-Fall2015-081215.pdf

Ashley

Nike NYC

For those who may be new to the blog, I’m a huge workout fanatic.  I’m constantly looking for new classes and new workouts…especially if they are free!  I’m happy to inform you that Nike offers classes in New York that are completely free!  There are many different types of classes such as running training with their Nike Running Club and agility and speed based training with their Nike Training Club.  The locations of the classes vary for each class but each are unique and offer some incredible views such as Pier 40, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Niketown’s rooftop (yes they have a roof).

I attended the evening GridIron – Fit class and it was an amazing way to end my day.  I highly recommend all of the classes because they are a fun way to challenge yourself.  You have to make sure that you are online right at 3:00 pm on Sunday’s when the schedule for the week comes out.  The classes fill up fast so you have to be on top of your game…seriously.  Hope to see some of you there!

Pier 40 Nike Class

Pier 40 Nike Class

Ashley

A Hike Away

This past weekend, my friend invited me to join her and her friends to hike up Bear Mountain, a state park near Rockland County along the Hudson River.  Until this past weekend, I had yet to leave the city this summer and now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.  The hike alone was one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever been on, but the view at the top was incredible.  It was so nice to get away from the craziness of the city and be back in genuine fresh air.  A lot of the time I find myself so wrapped up in what I’m doing with school and my future career to the point where I don’t take time to take a breath.  I highly recommend to somehow get away from your current environment when things get too crazy, as difficult as that is.  With Bear Mountain only being an hour away from the city, take the drive if you have access to a car.  (3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Woodbury, Parking $8 per car)

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park View

Bear Mountain State Park View

Ashley

How to Handle Being Sick

While being sick on its own isn’t fun at all, add on school, work, and internships AND being away from home, and it can seem like a hopeless recipe for disaster.  I for one, hate missing class or a day of work or an internship and even worse, I hate letting my boss or professor down.  Sometimes you just get really really sick because you are human and you have to take a day to get better and not get everyone around you sick.  I have some tips for when you have to make the dreaded call about missing an important days’ work.

  1. Let your professor or boss know as early as possible.  While you may only wake up 10 minutes before class starts, let your professor know immediately.  If you tell someone in your class to tell your professor, that can come off as irresponsible.  The professor may not check their email until later but it’s important to be as professional as possible.
  2. Find out what you missed if you’re missing class.  If it is a class where you MUST ask the professor what you missed, then so be it, but most of the time it’s much easier and less of an annoyance for your professor if you ask a responsible friend.
  3. Just because you missed class, that doesn’t mean that you have an excuse to not have something done on time.  If you missed more than one day of class, then you have an actual excuse, but if you missed one day because you were feeling under the weather, you still have six more days to get your work accomplished before next week’s class.
  4. Don’t miss exam days unless you’re incredibly ill or if it’s an emergency.  Sometimes the professor may not let you make up an exam or they may give you a harder exam (doesn’t always make sense).  If you have a cold and a headache and feel crummy, it’s best to get the exam over with and crawl back into bed.  With this being said, isolate yourself from other people to prevent others from getting sick.  While it is slightly selfish to go anywhere while being sick, it will cause greater stress for your professor and yourself if you have to take an exam at a later date or not at all.
  5. Thank your professor or boss for being understanding.  Most of the time, your boss or professor will understand your circumstances and be accommodating if missing class is unlike your behavior.  If you go out of your way to thank them, they will appreciate it even more, especially since you were just bedridden for a couple days.  A little kindness goes a long way.

    Ashley

Academic Advisement Help

As a freshman, I was completely overwhelmed with the proper classes that I needed to take.  I thought that everything had to be done in a certain order, no exceptions.  I didn’t think that I had many options to choose from and on the other hand, I wondered what my options were.  If you are an incoming freshman or new student and you have no idea what classes you are supposed to take, reach out to academic advisement.  Your academic advisor is somewhat the equivalent of your high school guidance counselor.  They’re there to help you with your academic lineup for your time here at FIT.  You should be receiving the contact info of your academic advisor, and I highly recommend reaching out to them regarding all of your class-related needs.  While you may think that you just have to take 6 credits of English (hypothetical), that doesn’t mean that you can take any 3 2-credit classes.  There are certain courses that aren’t allowed to be taken by certain majors/don’t count towards graduation for certain majors, so why waste your time and money by taking a class that doesn’t count towards graduation?  Here are some sample questions that you should ask your Academic Advisor:

  • If my high school AP scores transfer over, should I still register for those classes?
  • What courses can I get ahead on?
  • What courses do you recommend for a new student’s workload?
  • What options do I have when it comes to my liberal arts and what classes don’t count towards graduation?
  • What are some of the minors and how do I declare a minor?
  • What are some of the classes that I should be taking during the spring incase a certain class/section fills up?
  • Should I only be concerned about my associates graduation requirements or my bachelors as well?
  • Is there a way that I can graduate early?

You can find out more information about Academic Advisement at https://www.fitnyc.edu/22232.asp

Your academic advisor is here to help you!

Ashley

Notes From The 6 Train: Honoring The LifeWork of Adam Gray

Wow. As I’m still processing this, I don’t really know what to say, but it’s something I do think needs to be adressed.

Adam Gray, assistant director of the FIT writing center, (where I work as a writing tutor) unexpectedly passed away two days ago. He was one of my favorite faculty members at FIT. He was super smart, present and aware in ways most people just aren’t. He was just a really special person.

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Below is what I wrote to go to into a booklet that’s being sent to his parents.

“I don’t know if you know, but your son was a quiet revolutionary.

As a black women from the south, and member of the queer community, I often struggle to find to people to connect with, especially within the hierarchal system of academia. Yet, we established a special connection, that did not merely transcend or ignore our plethora of different life circumstances, and experiences, but instead used those differences to build a more dynamic and full relationship.

He valued truth, in all forms it came in, from the disenfranchised, the unheard and marginalized, he brought this into his practice, his work, and our community. It was obvious, from the books he suggested, language he used, and topics he studied, he cared about the voice & story of people that most usually don’t. Those voices being inner-city black and brown kids coming from working class backgrounds, such as myself, who speak, think and perceive the world differently.

As our society has more and more visible acts of rage and violence, one of the most revolutionary, and most challenging, acts anyone can do is listen to people who are different from them. And that’s what Adam did, listen, and spent his time here at FIT, investigating ways to better equip tutors and students to own their voice, and by doing so, their story, their experience, their purpose.

His work is done, nor his voice is not lost. He can be found in notes, quotes and suggestions scribbled in my notebooks, emails and the energy of our writing community. I hope our words help illuminate the indescribable impact your son had in his work, at FIT and on us all.”

Notes From the 6 Train: College Week Live.

So I did my first webcast yesterday! Yay.

I think it went really well. I hope everyone who tuned found it helpful. If you weren’t up yet (it was 10:30 am) or if you want to review the webcast, you can create a profile on collegeweeklive.com. I just found about this website while doing the webcast. This is unfortunate, because it’s a really helpful tool for learning about schools.

The website it divided into a few different parts. There are live chat sessions in which you can talk and pose questions (via text boxes, think AIM 5 years ago) to people who work there (like the admissions counselors & I.) If you are interested in learning about different schools, you can look the website schedule and it shows all the upcoming webcasts from schools nationwide. After the webcast happens, it then lives on that particular’s school website forever in case you want to review again the future.

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In addition to the webcasts, College Week Live has a list of resources to help plan (college admissions 101, essay writing, etc.) & paying for college (other scholarships, FAFSA, work-study programs, etc.) College Week Live also hosts a $1,000 monthly scholarship that doesn’t require an essay.

If you’re still making decisions or planning, I’d definitely advise this website as one to check out. Here’s the link. https://www.collegeweeklive.com

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Yes, It Was My Way

 Yesterday I took my last final ever. It was probably my last day of school ever as well. It’s kind of crazy how fast college has gone by, and a little scary to think about such a huge change. However, I am happy with my four years here. These mixed feelings are hard to sum up, so I’ll just let Frank help me explain (yes, it’s cheesy, but just be glad I’m not using the “as we go on, we remember all the times we had together” song):

 

I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway; And more, much more than this, I did it my way

I think the most important aspect of my college career was that I tried everything I could and got to experience as much as possible. Salsa club, film critique, tennis, study abroad in Italy, walking the Camino de Santiago, fashion design, fabric styling, field biology, french conversation in Paris, the list can go on. This allowed me to meet so many interesting, lovely people and become excited about things I otherwise would not have even known about.

Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption

I think people are most successful when they put their all into something, whether it be a project or an outfit. Sure, there may be some failures along your road, but I’ve heard some of the most accomplished people say they were not successful until they had their first huge failure. Failure is not something to be ashamed of, as long as you didn’t go down passively. If you’re going to fail, fail with all your might.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew, when I bit off more than I could chew. But through it all, when there was doubt,  I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall;  And did it my way

Personally, I viewed my biggest “failure” as when I realized I couldn’t keep doing the Fashion Design program, and that what I grew up thinking was my future was in reality not going to happen. At the time it seemed like the end of everything – my ambition, my dreams and goals – however, looking back now I am glad I switched out of Fashion Design. It was too much stress for me and I cannot imagine where I would be now mentally if I had stayed on. Deciding to switch majors was one of the hardest choices I had to make so far, but I’m glad I continued to my Bachelor’s and found a new path.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve had my fill; my share of losing. And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing

FIT has certainly brought me a fair share of laughter and tears. I have made some of the craziest, silliest, best friends in the world over the past four years, and done some ridiculous and completely unforgettable things. On the flip side, if you ask my mom, I’m sure she could regale you with stories of late night crying phone calls and exasperated, endless discussions about my future, but looking back now it’s hard to remember those bad times. I would say don’t stress so much about making decisions and going crazy over little upsets, but it is hard to realize that in the moment.

For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels; And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows – And did it my way!

You just have to do work that you can be proud of, and put your all into it. There are going to be obstacles and mistakes along your journey, I can guarantee it, so don’t worry about if it is going to happen, just know it is so important to not let those hardships stop you. And don’t be afraid of change, because change is not the end, it is not failing.

If you are a graduating senior in high school or college, I hope you feel as fulfilled as I do as you look back on your time thus far. And if you are facing a new chapter in your life, I hope my cheesy quote-advice will help reassure you as you begin a new path on your adventure.

 Thank you so much for reading my posts for the past two years!

–Emily–

Professor Beware

Having a good professor can make or break a class. There are certainly a range here at FIT, as anywhere else. I have found most of my professors as extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and interesting. I will admit to checking sites like ratemyprofessor.com as soon as teachers were announced, and I’m sure you will too.

However, you have to be careful with websites like this. First of all, ratings are not necessarily the best indicator of what a teacher will really be like. Many times people just use rating sites to complain when they did not get along with a professor, or feel like they were not being treated fairly whether it is true or not. Hopefully the teacher will have many reviews and you can judge for yourself if they seem reliable.

I think feedback for the professors and the school is a great tool if said feedback is honest and sincere, and I encourage students to rate their teachers (fairly, of course). I just went back and rated every teacher I had for my bachelors degree. That being said, these comments are not guarantees and I have often found my experience with a teacher to be completely opposite of what most people wrote, for better or worse.

Do you use ratemyprofessor.com or other sites like it? What experiences have you had with them?

–Emily–