Category Archives: First Week

Life Hack: How to be an Optimist

As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.

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First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.

Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.

Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.

Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Stay Positive!

Xoxo,

Kailee

A Message to the Stressed

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Yes, the first week can be very overwhelming. Between keeping up with first-week tasks and assignments, buying textbooks and finishing up homework, it is easy to find yourself in a stressful situation. On the other hand, this adjustment period is only temporary until you get into the swing of things. It important to remember that all of your hard work will pay off in the end, and most importantly, why you’re here.

You are officially attending one of the top 10 fashion schools globally! That is a huge accomplishment in itself. Whether you are business or design, you are going to learn a wealth of information in two semesters that you will carry with you forever. This is the turning point of your education. You are finally going to school for what you want to make a career out of and that is an amazing thing. There are rough patches along the way, but pretty soon the things you are struggling with will come naturally to you.

Always remember to keep your head up through stressful situations and that hard work truly pays off. Never give up and show them who is boss!

Melinda

 

Best Way to Get Your Textbooks

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Hello!

Every semester it’s the same struggle, when having to buy your textbooks… You end up with questions like where do I buy my books? Why are they so expensive? Do I really need them? In this post I wanted to share with you some of the tips and tricks I’ve accumulated throughout my 4 semesters here at FIT. It’s something I would get really frustrated with, because I had to buy all my textbooks from my own pocket (like a lot of students here at FIT), and I would end up spending hundreds of $ on textbooks I would barely use!

My number one tip, before buying any textbooks is to wait after your first week (because you rarely use it the first day of class) of school to get them, because it happens so many times that the teachers don’t like the books and won’t use them during the semester or they will hand you out their handouts, with the most important information.

If after the first week the teachers insist for the textbook then get them and you are someone like me who needs to have a physical copy of a book in order to learn and highlight, here are some alternatives to buying or renting them at Barnes & Nobles:

  • Join the FIT class of 2018 facebook group, students are always selling their old books on there at great prices (because usually we want to get rid of them).
  • RENT or buy them on Amazon. I usually try to rent them if I can, because they are so much cheaper and then I’m not stuck with a book at the end of the semester.

If you are someone who doesn’t need a physical copy of a book and really don’t have any money to spend on textbooks, and reading them online or reading scans isn’t an issue for you then you can go to the school library and they have all the textbooks there. You can take pictures of the chapters and pages with your phone, or scan them, or you can read them at the library and take notes.

I really hope this post was helpful for you and if you have any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

xoxo

-Z

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