Category Archives: Kailee

Life Hack: College student Edition

Hey guys,

So for me it’s getting down to the nitty gritty, I graduate in one more semester! It’s so exciting but there are something’s I wish I knew before I started.

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#1. When I started FIT I was an Interior Design Student, I loved it, it was everything I could have imaged for my real job. But the truth is I got my first actual job in the field and realized it wasn’t for me. So I switched majors, to ITM or international trade and marketing. I currently have my first job in marketing and its awesome, but nothing like what I expected (what a surprise). So life lesson number one, you major isn’t your career!

#2. Being a full time student is hard enough without thinking about working. But regardless if it’s full time or part time experience is always great. The more experience you get throughout college, the more opportunities and networks you will have for after college. This is one way you will know what they say about college students isn’t true, you will find a job!

#3. Lastly take Professor Landman’s English class! It helped prepare my resume so much. I have a lot of experience and am great at different things but I didn’t know how to put it all on paper. This class taught me so many things that I will use in the work place.

Regardless of where you are in life things might not always turn out how you planned and that’s okay. This was something I had a hard time adjusting to in the beginning. But work hard, it pays off and if you’re at FIT we both know you’re a hard talented worker already!

Xoxo

Kailee

 

Summer classes’ Do’s and Dont’s

Almost every semester now I have taken a summer class, although they have only been online they really instilled a good work ethic in me. My personal advice is if you can take summer classes’ online do it, best decision I made. If you want to travel and work you have more flexibility to do so. This summer session I am taking two classes, one online and one at the college. So here are a few things I do to prepare myself:

Do:

  1. Get an agenda, keep everything super organized.
  2. Get to know your professor, summer classes go quickly and are a full class packed into a few weeks, so you never know when you will need help.
  3. Only take 1-2 classes per summer session, it is a lot to take in.
  4. Check when your class starts, usually it’s only a short period of time after your semester ends.
  5. Register to classes early, summer gets full quickly.

Don’t:

  1. Don’t wait till the last minute.
  2. Don’t try to write your papers or assignments at the beach, bringing your laptop or wok isn’t always the smartest idea.
  3. Take a bunch of classes at different colleges to try and get the most of your summer classes, trust me stick to one to two.
  4. Don’t wait till your semester ends to register, most people do this in case they fail they have a backup but always register as soon as you are allowed.

Do you have any tips for summer classes? Do you prefer online or in class? Let me know!

Xoxo

Kailee

 

A Day in the life of an Online Student

Hello everyone!

This past semester has been truly different for me, it was the first semester I took all of my classes online and didn’t go to school physically at FIT. Everyone thinks online classes are really easy or some even think they are really hard and require a lot of work but neither of which are completely true.When you take an online class you need to devote at least 4-6 hours per module, meaning to read everything, do the discussion’s, take tests, ect.

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This semester I took 8 online classes, most of which were ITM based while a few were liberals. So a typical day in my world starts a little something like this..

It’s 6:00 am I hear my alarm on my phone going off , I reach down to turn it off but suddenly realize its not near my bed because it has fallen on the floor over night, forcing me to get out of bed. I quickly get dressed and hop in my car to go 15 minutes down the street to the gym, I run and workout quickly because I have to be home by 7:15 to get ready on time. It is now 8:15 I have gotten ready for work and I am about to eat breakfast  as well as pack my lunch for the day.  Once I have driven to work it is 9:00 I finally sit at my desk for the first time today, check my emails, check in with my boss and start with my daily work. By 1:00 it is my lunch break but I don’t leave work, I sit at my desk and do my school work for an hour until I need to start other things. 5:00 rolls around and it is now time to go home, but my day doesn’t end here. I get home to eat and get changed by 6:00 its time to get back to my online classes, each night I tend to work anywhere from 3-4 hours on all my projects, tests, readings, and discussions. Then I slowly crawl into bed and fall asleep to only hear my alarm going off at 6:00 am and it is the next day.

When choosing to be an online student you choose it for many different reasons, work, children, personal matters. But your classes go on everyday if you are focusing on them or not. For me being an online student at FIT , doesn’t make me feel like your typical college student but it really works for me!

Xoxo,

Kailee

What FIT taught me for my first job

Hey Everyone,

So as we approach the end of the semester with just about a month left , I started to think about what I have learned throughout college that I have actually used in my actual everyday job.

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The first and most important thing I learned was to be humble. When you are fresh out of college or even starting a new job some people tend to jump right in and act like they know everything when in reality they know nothing yet. It is not a bad thing to admit you don’t know much that’s what life is all about. FIT has always encouraged me to ask questions and learn, take in as much as you can, and if it is your first day don’t act like it is your 500th day. Being humble is also realizing you need start somewhere , that can be as an intern, a secretary, whatever it may be but one day you will work your way up the ladder, I promise!

Next, don’t take criticism to heart. For every Art and Design student you know what I am talking about. There will be people who love your work ethic or work while others do not. If they don’t work harder and do your best. Don’t dwell on one person giving you a hard criticism.

  • Network, regardless if you think your doing it now you are. Making connections with your peers and professors is a great way to start!
  • Communication, emails and daily contact around the office are apart of everyday life. You email your friends, teachers, bosses. But please remember not to email your coworkers or bosses like you do with your friends or call your boss girl or dude ( unless that’s the kind of place it is) everything varies but FIT taught you to know the differences in settings!

Lastly, Time management sometimes you will be given a task at your job to work alone on. Projects and deadlines have prepared you for this! The task may be given a certain amount of time to be done in. Say its the 1st of the month and its due the last day of the month. Do not sit at your desk and wait till the second to last day to complete it , finish it at a good pace. Don’t go to fast and miss things but do get it done as soon as possible and ask for more work. In college we do learn time management but sometimes we slack and wait till right before its due.

FIT has taught me a lot and has made me think in a different way then some of my other colleagues, a more creative way at times.  But it doesn’t mean I still cant learn more everyday from someone new or with more experience.

What has FIT taught you that you apply in your work place?

Xoxo

Kailee

Transfer Credits

Hey everyone!

So I recently ran into a problem and I thought this might be a problem for most people. I currently work full time and have a part time internship so I take all of my classes online so I have enough time for everything . Commuting  to NYC it takes about 2 1/2 hours out of my day. So if I have a class from 9:00-12:00 I have to get on the 12:45 train and then wont get home till 1:50-2:00 then I cant get much work in from 2:00-5:00 when my job is open.

So as you can see why I need to take all my classes online but as I went to register for my last semester there was a math class I needed to take , and the online section was full. I figured I could do one of two things try and take the class somewhere else over the summer or take a chance and see if someone will drop the online math class next semester.

Instead of taking the chance I went to my local community college which is also down the street from my job. But since I live in New Jersey I need to make sure the credits will transfer, and your in luck because there is a way you can get the course approved before taking it and wasting your time!

How to make sure your course is approved:

First thing is first you need to look at FIT’s description of the course and the college of your choices description and see what matches best. Next you need to fill out the “course equivalency” form  http://www.fitnyc.edu/registrar/forms/reg-courseequivalency.pdf. Then either email it to Fit_Registrar@fitnyc.edu or Visit them in C158 with the form and a copy of the course syllabus from the other school.

This process takes about 5 days before they respond to you . Then you will find out if you are approved or not and once you are just go sign up at the other school ! It is actually really simple!

As much as I would love to take all my courses at FIT sometimes you need to go elsewhere to graduate on time or take a class that isn’t offered in the summer or winter because of work, other classes, ect. I am still waiting to hear back to see if my classes are approved , but hopefully I will get my class in this summer and graduate in time!

Xoxo,

Kailee