Category Archives: First Week

How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Vote AlgiKnit Team in “Chasing Genius” Competition

Hi all,

I hope your semester has been productive thus far!

To keep the new-semester momentum rolling, help FIT’s Team AlgiKnit win National Geographic’s Chasing Genius Challenge!

Team AlgiKnit has been selected as a finalist in the National Geographic Chasing Genius Challenge for creating sustainable textile materials. WOO! They are the proud winners of the 2016’s Biodesign Challenge for developing a yarn out of algae and fungi.

Today is the last day to help AlgiKnit win a Chasing Genius People’s Choice award by voting for the team’s initiative. Here’s how:

Team AlgiKnit is also in the running as one of 15 finalists in the Sustainable Planet category. Your vote will also help AlgiKnit win the People’s Choice award worth $25,000.

Support sustainability projects and the brilliant *FIT* brains behind them!

MB

Volunteer at New York Fashion Week!

Hi there!

The fall semester is an exciting time for fashion students, because it means fashion week season! A lot of us want to volunteer but often don’t know how or don’t have the connections to do so, especially if you are a freshman. I was in the same boat when I started at FIT. Fortunately, FIT’s Student Life offers students the opportunity to volunteer through the school. Every fall there is a signup where you are randomly placed (based on your availability) to volunteer for a designer. Some are luckier than others, but it’s still a great experience to have. Below are the dates and time when the signups will take place this semester. I would highly recommend going there as early as possible, because the lines can get very long.

The SVCS Fashion Week signups are on Tuesday, August 29 from 12 to 5pm in the Haft Auditorium and on Thursday, August 31 (time TBA) in the Haft Theater.

Click the link for further information and events taking place at FIT: https://www.fitnyc.edu/student-life/department-of-student-life/week-of-welcome.php

xoxo

-Z

Welcome Back!

Hello there! The fall semester is about to start in less than a week and most of us are probably not ready… There is so much to complete and do before the semester starts, which is why I thought I would give you a little guide to make it a little easier for you!

  1. Check you FIT email You want to make sure you haven’t gotten any email announcements from your professors. Some might already want you to do something before class (buy textbooks, homework, projects etc.), you never know… but better start off the semester prepared.
  2.  Log In to Blackboard Always log in to your Blackboard, a lot of times professors make announcement there at the start of the semester. They post the syllabus, policies, tips etc.   Again they might want you to do something before class starts, and it will be there under announcements. Just check it to make sure.
  3. Check that you are Registered I would make sure you are registered to all your signed up classes. This semester one of my classes got canceled, so I had to make sure I replaced it, which can take a some time, especially if you already have your schedule planned. You can check under you MyFIT -> Student -> Registration -> View Student Schedule
  4. Start looking for good deals A lot of professors want you to purchase the textbook before class starts. I wouldn’t, usually you don’t event tend to use it on the first day. But I would start researching good deals on amazon, facebook, thrift stores etc. because your probably going to have to purchase it at some point.
  5. Download Elucian GO If you are new and don’t know where all you classes are or want to be able to see you class schedule, I would highly suggest downloading Elucian Go. With this app you get an overview of your classes and can get detailed information on the class, like which classroom, professor details, time etc.
  6. Buy a Planner This is personal, but I need a physical planner, I don’t like electronic planners. If you are like me, don’t forget to buy one so you can start planning your semester.
  7. Get the Fall 2017 sticker On your first day of class don’t forget to get there a little earlier so you can get your fall 2017 sticker put on your ID. You will need it to get into the buildings.

Hope this was helpful. Good Luck!

xoxo

-Z

Getting Back Into The Flow

Hello there!

I know for me it’s always the struggle after almost a month of break to get back into the flow of school life. Some of you are have been in the city for a few weeks already, but most of us have just gotten in and might be starting internships, or new jobs, and are nervous about getting back into the flow of things, after such a long break. Don’t worry I’m in the same boat, but to calm my nerves I try to plan ahead. I love writing down a checklist of different things I have to take care of before everything starts. It helps me get a clear head and makes me get into the flow of things slowly. Below are other things I like to do or check before the semester starts, which might help you too.

Change your FIT password If you haven’t already, you might want to change your password, because you want to be able to log in to your account, and the last thing you want to have to do is go to IT to get it fixed.

Check your FIT email Check your school email! You might have professors that emailed you for books, or updates. The school also sends out emails of what’s happening in the weeks to come, and there might be something you’ll want to go to or see. And sometimes there are last minute internship opportunities that are sent through your major, club, or honors program.

Go on Blackboard If you have online classes, I would highly suggest checking out your balckboard account, because professor tend to post on there directly and a lot of times your online courses have already started before the actual school start date, and you might have some deadline posted that you might want to write down and homework that is due.

 Buy a Planner and Notebooks This is really helpful to have before you start classes, because it’s something less to worry about and it’s great way to start taking notes already. Planners are my best friend, I know a lot of students use their phones, but I need a planner, I need to see what I’m doing, and having the satisfaction of checking off what I’ve done.

Login to ElucianGo App Great way to have a visual layout of how your weekly schedule looks like. Plus you have many other options, like for example looking up your professors info, campus map etc.

xoxo

Zorya