Category Archives: Online Classes

Online Class Advice

If you are a typical FIT student, you probably have a million different things going on at once.  Between internships, jobs, commuting, family, friends, and enjoying your college years, FIT students have a lot on their plate!  With your crazy schedule, online classes may be perfect for you!  From my personal experiences, online classes provided me with the flexibility to “attend” class and get my coursework done on my own time.  Having that flexibility allowed me to work on the assignments in chunks, and not all at once in a single sitting.  However, with online classes, they can often be twice as hard and twice the amount of work, since you are teaching yourself in coursework you’d otherwise learn in class in addition to the homework that is assigned.  Here are my tips for surviving online classes:

  • If you can fit the “in person” class into your schedule…do it.  Online classes are often a last resort for when you need 2-3 days a week to work or intern.  If the in-person class meets during a time that fits into your schedule, opt for that form of learning instead!
  • Don’t look at the module’s coursework a day before it’s due.  This may seem self-explanatory, but you absolutely cannot leave your online coursework for the very last minute.  Often modules are set up 2 weeks at a time.  While that may seem easy and breezy, there’s a reason why you are given 2 weeks to do the work!
  • Go to the library.  At the library, you not only have the textbook resources, but you also have the additional computer resources.  I loved being able to work off of two screens while working.  I could use one computer for research and the other to access my coursework.
  • Communicate with your professor frequently.  Since you will never actually meet your professor, it is important that you voice any concerns that you have about the class, missing links and articles, and where you stand with your grades.
  • Stay organized.  While you should stay organized regardless of the method of teaching, staying organized with online classes is especially important.  Classes are often taught in chronological order, so if your binder is a mess, taking the midterm may be a mess as well!

Ashley

Only a week away

So this semester is the first time I will be taking all my classes online , all 8 of them. Although I have taken many classes online before I usually have one or two that I am at school for. I currently have two jobs and will be going to school full time, as well as commuting almost an hour and twenty minutes to Trenton for my internship. I am going to be honest I am pretty nervous, its a lot to take on. I have taken on more in the past but this internship could really be my job right out of college and I would love to work there. So I want to give it my full attention and dedication.

Throughout my years at FIT I learned how to become a very organized multitasker, you could give me 10 projects and tell me to finish them in a week, I may not sleep but you will have all of them by that deadline if not sooner. FIT instills in you to be driven and a hard worker, because being a student here isn’t what everyone thinks. Whenever I mention I go to school at FIT they always assume that I go for fashion and that’s so easy I must barely go to classes, and I sit around in the city like Carrie Bradshaw on the weekends. But my life at FIT has been far from that, extremely amazing, but I haven’t gotten to this point with slacking off. I worked hard everyday, studied, barely slept, and had actual jobs and internships while doing it, sometimes all at the same time. I have had very little downtime to hang out with my friends or do typical college student things but that was my choice and I think when you decide FIT is the college for you, you know that your going to work just as hard if not harder then any of your friends.

College is what you make of it, and regardless if your a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, you will find what drives you to make your future brighter.

Good Luck this semester,

Kailee

2016 Goals

Hey everyone,

So as the holidays are quickly leaving us already the new year approaches us. This year I decided its a year about me , I am going to travel, I am going to work harder then ever at my job, I am going to get straight A’s , oh and did I mention travel?! So far I have planned/ in the process of planning 5 trips I have been saving for this forever and I simply cant wait.

My first trip in January is Killington Vermont.

killington-grand-resortBesides loving to snow board and ski I was also born not to far from here and love visiting. I have family there and even though I have lived in New Jersey longer then I did there it will always feel like home when I return. I will be venturing on a three day ski trip with friends while staying in a hotel right on the mountain.

Then in February… its a girls trip to…. NEW ORLEANS !!

untitledMy two best friends and I are venturing our way to Mardi Gras the day after that is. Mardi Gras never seems to die down here and its ten times cheaper if you leave the day after. So we are staying for two days to immerse ourselves in rich new Orleans culture.

Then for my 22 birthday in June we are going to…. you guessed it, VEGAS

The Strip at night, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America - getty creative

I have always wanted to go here not just to gamble but to see all the attractions and different architecture that you cant find anywhere else.

Lastly I am planning a cruise with a bunch of my friends for graduation, even though I graduate in December everyone will be graduating next semester. ( Man time flies) So we decided to have one last trip before we all go off to our real jobs and cant take off time for a while.

2016 is going to be such an amazing year , and this is only the beginning of it!

What are your plans?

Kailee

Notes From the 6 Train: Summertime Hustle

So, I’m not sure when/ how/ where I signed up for this opportunity, but last week I was invited to assist Style Coalition at an event held at Milk Studios. Now, nearly everyone knows Milk, during fashion week many events take place at Milk. It’s funny because twice in the past I’ve tried to volunteer at Milk and heard nothing back. And this time, I was asked, without even applying, with pay, to work an event there. (Little story in how things work themselves.)

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The event was a collaboration with Loreal Feria + Style Coalition to showcase Feria’s new hair dyes. Helen Castillo (who was super sweet by the way) from Project Runway, debuted five pieces inspired by the new dyes, & Elliphant & Astr performed.

There was of course, an open bar & food, hair consultations for attendees, free hair dye and makeup.

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Helen’s pieces

I spent majority of my time in the hair and makeup room & then checking people in at the front door. It sounds simple enough, but with over 250 attendees, I was on my feet the whole time. I was there with a few other FIT students as well. I talked to another girl who was working the event and mentioned that she has worked with this organization several times.

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As soon as the event concluded, I sent a thank you email to the organizers, so hopefully now that I’ve worked with them, they will contact me for future opportunities!

if you’re interested in attending free events in the future, I think all you have to do is sign up at Style Coalition to be put on their list serve.

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Professor Beware

Having a good professor can make or break a class. There are certainly a range here at FIT, as anywhere else. I have found most of my professors as extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and interesting. I will admit to checking sites like ratemyprofessor.com as soon as teachers were announced, and I’m sure you will too.

However, you have to be careful with websites like this. First of all, ratings are not necessarily the best indicator of what a teacher will really be like. Many times people just use rating sites to complain when they did not get along with a professor, or feel like they were not being treated fairly whether it is true or not. Hopefully the teacher will have many reviews and you can judge for yourself if they seem reliable.

I think feedback for the professors and the school is a great tool if said feedback is honest and sincere, and I encourage students to rate their teachers (fairly, of course). I just went back and rated every teacher I had for my bachelors degree. That being said, these comments are not guarantees and I have often found my experience with a teacher to be completely opposite of what most people wrote, for better or worse.

Do you use ratemyprofessor.com or other sites like it? What experiences have you had with them?

–Emily–