Category Archives: FIT Resources

Best Apps to Have

Hello there! Just a quick post about some of the apps that have been super helpful for me and that are great if your a student or living in the city. As a student we juggle so many different things, so having an app that can save us a little time and money is always a plus. My favorite apps are:

EllucianGo (free) If your a student at FIT and struggle to remember which class room your in or at what time your class starts, this is the best app ever, it shows you your course schedule and you can click on the class and it gives you details about the teacher etc. I honestly couldn’t live without it. It also has other informations about the campus, grades, important number etc.

Mint (free) If you struggle to keep a budget. This app is great. It helps you keep a budget and shows you what you spend your money on. It helps you have a visual of where all your money is going…

Citymapper (free) Lifesaver if your like me and don’t understand the subway system. It has a full map of the subways and the different stops, and it gives you the times when it arrives at the station. It also shows you the map for busses.

Venmo (free) If you live with roommates or go out often with friends and always struggle with who has to pay you back or don’t have cash, this app connects to your bank account, and makes it really easy for your friends (and you) to pay people back, collect money, pay bills, and much more.

TED (free) If you don’t know what to write about or what topic to talk about in class, or just need some inspiration, this app is great. It shows you videos of some really interesting people giving conferences (all over the world) and it’s great to listen to in your free time, because you can learn a lot from them (I have).

NYTimes /  The Wall Street Journal (free) Keep up to date before class! These two apps are essential if you are in a business major at FIT. Just looking through the most recent and important news, will always come in hand for one of your classes (trust me).

Checkout51 (free) Buy groceries and get cash back. You also have coupons and many different things on this app that will help you save money. And the great thing is that you get new deals and offers every few days.

Hope this was helpful! What are your favorite apps to have?

xoxo

-Z

 

Academic Tutoring to the Rescue

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This is just a friendly reminder that you are not alone! As semester classes begin to get more challenging, it doesn’t mean you have to struggle. One of great things about FIT is that they offer an Academic Skills Tutoring Center, located in the Dubinsky building, room A608B.  The Tutoring Center is a free service for all full-time and part-time students enrolled in credit bearing and remedial courses for the current semester, offering a variety of tutoring options in a wide range of disciplines. This service provides all FIT students who are registered in credit and remedial courses with the tools they may need in order to be successful in their classes.

Accommodations can be arranged for individual and group tutoringwalk-in servicesworkshops and disability support services as well.

Hours for the Tutoring Center include:

Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 7:45 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 6:45 pm
Friday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 4:45 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2:45 pm (Saturday hours begin the fourth week of the semester)

For more information and details, please visit https://www.fitnyc.edu/tutoring-center/

Good luck on classes this semester and make sure to get the help you need!

Melinda

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

Settling In: Kaufman Hall

Leaving 27th Street hasn’t been that bad, “Kaufman Hall is located in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, an area of Manhattan which is currently undergoing some significant construction that will result in a vibrant and exciting new community of shops, restaurants, and a large central landscaped plaza open to the public in the coming years.

Kaufman Hall is a 320,000 square foot, 15-story building, offers one-, two-, three-, and four-bed loft-style suites. FIT’s 27th Street campus is just a short walk away.

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Kaufman Hall is home to returning residents. The new air conditioned hall which opened in 2006 houses approximately 1100 students. All of the apartments have private bathrooms and kitchens. Kaufman Hall also has a workroom and computer lab with high-speed internet connection and a fitness center.” – FIT Residential Life

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The building is fully equipped with it’s own basement with a computer lab workroom and laundry room. The walk is a nice refresher as you are on the way to start the day! Living in Kaufman gives you a greater sense of independence. The tall ceilings give an apartment living feel, with good views if you are as lucky as I was!

 

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