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First Week at FIT

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!

Ashley

Back to FIT Tips

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Hi everyone,

Yes, the anticipation is almost over. School is right around the corner and there is so much to look forward to! FIT is top-ranked, creative and so much fun to be a part of. With that said, there are also things to keep in mind as you prepare for your departure.

  1. Pack Early: The last thing you want to do the week before you go back to school is stress about school! Run errands (food, clothes, school supplies) now more than later, set aside personal items you are planning to take with you for the fall and organize your stuff in a compact and orderly fashion — you won’t be sorry. That way, you can enjoy the last week of summer.
  2. Prioritize Funds: Groceries won’t be a concern to freshman with required meal plans, but returning students/transfer students should set aside some money for necessities like food shopping. For all students: specific funds for school supplies (especially if you are in the design school), textbooks, etc. would be in your best interest to plan ahead.
  3.  Don’t Buy Your Textbooks: Yes, some classes you will require students to have the class textbook, but other classes won’t even crack it open. Ask your professor the first day of class to rule this out. Although it is highly encouraged, you don’t always need it (plus, you’ll save hundreds of dollars!)

If you have any recommendations for more blog posts, please leave a comment below. I hope this helps!

Melinda

#FallGoals

Hey everyone,

With each post , the fall semester is getting closer and closer. For me this will be my last “first day” of school. I am beyond excited but I have a lot of things I would like to accomplish before my last day.

1. Get straight A’s the whole semester. I am taking 15 credits , which is a lot less than I normally do. All of my classes are online except one so I will be in school once a week.

2. Get involved. It is my last semester and the last chance ill have to go to all the great things FIT plans constantly so I want to take full advantage.

3. Get promoted or start a new job. At my current job I am trying to decide if I should take a promotion or look for a new job since I am fresh out of college. I guess we will see once it is closer to December.

4. Find my Niche. Being an ITM student I have so many different directions I could go with my career and as I finish my last few classes, I hope I will find more out about which area I want to go in.

Last but not least

Number 5. Graduate! I feel like it was just yesterday it was the summer of 2012 and I was at school for accepted students day with my day. They gave me a class of 2016 shirt and I felt like that was so far away. My life in college and out has changed so much since that moment. But FIT has molded me into a fantastic business woman and I couldn’t be more proud to say I am going to soon be an alumni.

My best advice for this semester is take it slow, enjoy being in college because before you know it, it will be your last first day too.

Xoxo

Kailee

NJ → NY: New York Transplant Tips & Tricks

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Hi everyone!

My name is Melinda and I am one of the newest additions to the Admissions Blog! I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful platform to share my experiences as an FIT student with you all.

As the title suggests, I am a New York transplant. What does this mean? I was born and raised outside of the metro area and found my way into the Big Apple. I grew up in Central New Jersey and moved to New York City to study Advertising and Marketing Communications, which is part of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at FIT. For starters, the transition from high school to college is not an easy one. Although the city is not foreign to me, since my parents are native New Yorkers, I learned very quickly that the transition from suburbia to an urban setting also requires getting used to. Here are my top 3 tips and tricks to ease your transition to New York City:

1. Learn Mass Transit: When I moved to Chelsea, I had a fear of the subway because I didn’t know how to use it; as a result, I walked EVERYWHERE. Although navigating on foot is doable, it is not the most efficient. Take advantage of the off-campus tours during New Student Orientation, like group trips to Times Square, Soho and the Brooklyn Bridge, to feel-out what it is like to travel like a New Yorker. Also, download transit apps like Moovit for subway/train/bus directions or utilize the MTA website for additional schedules and services. (The 1 is the 7th avenue local train, which you will use frequently!)

2. Plan and Prioritize: Making a personal schedule for classes, appointments, events etc. and to-do lists for homework assignments each week will save you stress and time wasted. Purchasing a planner prior to classes will also prevent procrastination and force you to stay organized (especially if it’s super cute!) My suggestion is to complete classwork the day of or day after class to check-off assignments from your list that are fresh in your head.

3. Get Involved: You are not alone; every new student at FIT is in the same boat. Meeting new people, adjusting to classes and balancing a social life with an academic life is heavy on everyone’s plate. Here are some options to further immerse yourself in the FIT community:

  • Clubs: There are 50+ clubs on campus that cater to student’s majors and personal interests. Plan to attend the club fair that will take place a couple of weeks into school. This is an easy way to meet new people with shared interests. You can even create your own club too!
  •  Publications: WFIT (TV Broadcast/Radio), W27 (Newspaper) and Blush Magazine (Beauty and Fashion Magazine) all offer an insightful platform to share your voice with the FIT community regarding topics related to FIT, social issues, lifestyle etc.
  •  The Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS): This service, which is offered through the Department of Student Life, provides students with volunteer opportunities at Fashion Week, community events, etc. This is ideal to gain industry experience and to make a difference in your community.
  •  Leadership: Build leadership skills at Leadership Weekend or attend the Leadership Workshop Series to learn how to effectively communicate as a leader. Also, participate in Impact Day by giving back to local organizations in NYC. This is a great way to represent FIT and to learn and grow as a leader on campus.

Learning how to use mass transit, prioritizing and getting involved on campus has made my experience at FIT an amazing one. I hope these tips help as you transition into New York City.

Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are, as well as what you would like me to write about for my next post!

Always,

Melinda

The Keys to Commuting.. successfully

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As a commuter student from New Jersey for the past 4 years I have learned a lot about how to prepare for the hour and fifteen minute train ride. But before I tell you how to deal with the spare time you need to figure out, no matter where you are coming from what type of transportation you are using. Are you walking? Taking the train or subway? Riding a bike? Driving? Taxi? and can you use this time to be more productive?

Well I have some great news ,you can! Two hours and thirty minutes is a lot of time to lose from your day, not to mention if you work besides going to school, you need every second you can spare. So this is what I learned:

  • Commuting can be stressful, listen to calming music, it tends to help drown out the noise of the guy snoring next to you or the person typing away really loudly.
  • Get a Wi-Fi hot spot ( this is a must) If you have this you can be more productive on your commute , doing homework, reading, whatever it may be.
  • Close your eyes, sometimes you don’t realize what that can do for you. Put your phone aside and your laptop and just unplug for a while.
  • Read a good book or magazine, I could finish a book in a week and it passes the extra time quickly.
  • Plan your week ahead, Figure out when things are due and when you have extra time to do them. Monday mornings I get on the train plan my week, study for a little or do some homework. Then I unplug for the rest of the trip. Then for the train ride home I usually take that time to do the work I was just assigned in my class.

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Commuting can be a lot, There was a point where I was commuting an hour and fifteen minutes to school then another forty minutes to my internship by subway. But as long as you know how to manage your time and pass it quickly you will be fine.

I’ve been asked would I consider moving to NYC due to my commute? Well since I am used to it now probably not, but in the beginning I would have done it in a heart beat. So if your a freshman just starting out or a transfer student just give it some time you will get adjusted!

Happy Travels,

Kailee