The internet has so much control over our daily lives in today’s technologically drive era. We use it for school, careers, finding business reviews, but maybe most predominantly, for social media. It is our job to make the internet a safe space for all to use.
FIT is a contributor to creating cyber awareness, which includes ideas such as knowing how to personal information safe online and ending cyber bullying all together. Classes taken by FIT students, along with their campaign workshop, brought about the event taking place this Tuesday, April 17th in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. A Special Events Marketing class, taught by Associate Chair Lorettas Volpe of Advertising Marketing and Communications and a Video Studio Production class, taught by Professor Michael Cokkinos, were some of the courses that helped contribute to the students’ cyber bullying initiative. Some of the activities at the event will be presentations, panels, and training, all pertaining to being safe and civil on the internet. The slogan of this event, fittingly so, is “Be Aware of What You Share.”
Students created other slogans and campaigns, such as “Don’t Be Mean Behind the Screen,” and “Don’t Roast Me, Boast Me,” which is the title of one of a few video series. This one in particular discusses the concept of replacing negative comments online with positive ones. There will even be a movie night for the movie Cyberbully. Stay tuned for all the events geared toward taking positive steps forward so you too can get involved!
Did you know that FIT has 25 different minors to choose from? Most classes a student has to take will revolve around major related courses; minoring is the perfect opportunity to specialize in another interest or something that is related to major-level work. It is even possible to declare a double minor! In order to declare a minor, you must take five related courses that count as a credit under the minor of choice. With maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher, anyone is able to add a minor.
As an Illustration major, art history was the perfect minor choice for me. My major required credits in art history, so many of the classes I took counted toward my minor. Not only was I able to declare a minor, but I was able to explore courses that branched outside of my major and peaked my interest. Art history has always been a subject I have loved learning about, so I was so grateful to have the opportunity to declare it as a minor and make it part of my education.
Wednesday, March 14th in the Feldman Center Lobby from 12pm-2pm, there will be an Academic Minor Fair. Here coordinators can speak with you to discuss options that work with your interests and major. Be sure to check it out to see if declaring a minor could be the right choice for you!
One thing I am most appreciative about during my experience attending FIT is the new places I have been exposed to. Being from Long Island, I’ve been to Manhattan plenty of times before college. However, FIT has introduced me to so many new places that I never thought I would visit, let alone that were located right in New York City.
Recently, I have visited a few new places because of the honors course I am taking this semester: HA 394-History of New York Architecture. Along with learning about the history of New York’s development, the professor takes the class out on walking tours around the city to see some of the historical sites that we have learned about. One place we visited was the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, which houses the National Museum of the American Indian. Ironically, I had previously visited this building because of the honors course I took last semester: HA 395-Studies In American Indian Art and Culture. This museum is located right at Bowling Green and is free admission to the public. While my New York Architecture class taught me about the history of the building, the American Indian Art class taught me about the different artifacts and works located in the museum.
Another place I was introduced to from my NY Architecture course is the Morgan Library & Museum. This museum is located right in midtown on 36th and Madison. Inside is the study and library of J.P. Morgan; the library has three story shelving that looks like something right out of a Disney movie! Inside there are some exhibitions, including letters to and from Alexander Hamilton and part of Morgan’s collection. Without this class I would have never stepped outside of my “Big Apple” comfort zone and explored new places I never knew existed!
What are some places you have been to off your “beaten path?”
Until next time,
At the end of this Spring semester, I will have officially completed my Associate’s degree at FIT. I am very excited for this accomplishment and look forward to continuing on with my Bachelor’s degree. As most of you know, FIT’s programs work on a “2 + 2” system, and at the end of your associate’s degree, you must re-apply for your bachelor’s. I’m going to go through the graduation process, this re-application process and how to confirm your spot within your bachelor’s program once you get accepted.
Graduating with your associate’s:
In order to continue onto your bachelor’s, you must officially complete and graduate from your associate’s degree. This is an easy process. In the student tab of MyFIT, under “Online Resources” is a link that reads “Graduation Application“. It’s super simple and super quick to fill out.
Applying for your bachelor’s:
Next step is to officially submit an application into your bachelor’s program. Again, in the student tab of MyFIT, in the “Online Resources” section is a link that reads “Admissions Application Status“. This again is very simple and quick to fill out. It shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes to fill out. Once this is completed, you will have officially sent in your application and will just need to wait for your acceptance letter. Internal applicants will hear of their decision by March 1st while external applicants will hear of their decision by April 1st.
Confirming your bachelor’s acceptance:
Once you receive your bachelor’s acceptance letter, you will be told that you need to make a deposit in order to secure your spot. Your acceptance letter should have all the details regarding how to make a payment but make sure to send everything in by the deadline on the letter, otherwise, it could go to someone else on the waitlist.
YAI & FIT are hosting a networking event for students and young professionals in the New York area to help promote the agencies awareness as well as raising money for their incredible MAC program.
What is YAI?
YAI is a network of agencies, dedicated to providing innovative services to empower the people of the intellectual and developmental disabled (I/DD) community, that was founded in 1957. They support over 20,000 people in the I/DD community through their programs that include day services, residential support, employment training and support, as well as opportunities for recreation and socialization along with many other programs. What makes YAI different is they do not just support the people in the I/DD community they empower them; they guide them toward achieving the fullest life possibly by creating opportunities for living, loving,working and learning.
YAI’s communication department reached out to my event planning class at FIT. Together YAI and my class will be spending the next two months planning and ultimately hosting the Toast to Spring Event. This event will help raise money to cover expenses that prevent a number of participants who otherwise could not afford to attend the camp this summer. Our ultimate goal is to have a successful event that not only raises the programs awareness, but inspire a wide range of young individuals to get involved in making a positive difference.
Fundraising for MAC
Mainstreaming at Camp (MAC) is a program run by YAI in partnership with Frost Valley YMCA that offers kids and teens in the I/DD community the opportunity to go to sleep aways camp each summer. The summer camp provides valuable experiences for the kids in an inclusive and supportive environment. Each session runs for two weeks, during that time the children stay in the residential housing within the MAC village and participate in various activities within the larger Frost Valley community. These activities include hiking, rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and arts and crafts; each day is ended with a nightly campfire which brings all the campers together.
More information about the event will be available as we plan! Stay tuned.