Hello there! The fall semester is about to start in less than a week and most of us are probably not ready… There is so much to complete and do before the semester starts, which is why I thought I would give you a little guide to make it a little easier for you!
Check you FIT email You want to make sure you haven’t gotten any email announcements from your professors. Some might already want you to do something before class (buy textbooks, homework, projects etc.), you never know… but better start off the semester prepared.
Log In to Blackboard Always log in to your Blackboard, a lot of times professors make announcement there at the start of the semester. They post the syllabus, policies, tips etc. Again they might want you to do something before class starts, and it will be there under announcements. Just check it to make sure.
Check that you are Registered I would make sure you are registered to all your signed up classes. This semester one of my classes got canceled, so I had to make sure I replaced it, which can take a some time, especially if you already have your schedule planned. You can check under you MyFIT -> Student -> Registration -> View Student Schedule
Start looking for good deals A lot of professors want you to purchase the textbook before class starts. I wouldn’t, usually you don’t event tend to use it on the first day. But I would start researching good deals on amazon, facebook, thrift stores etc. because your probably going to have to purchase it at some point.
Download Elucian GO If you are new and don’t know where all you classes are or want to be able to see you class schedule, I would highly suggest downloading Elucian Go. With this app you get an overview of your classes and can get detailed information on the class, like which classroom, professor details, time etc.
Buy a Planner This is personal, but I need a physical planner, I don’t like electronic planners. If you are like me, don’t forget to buy one so you can start planning your semester.
Get the Fall 2017 sticker On your first day of class don’t forget to get there a little earlier so you can get your fall 2017 sticker put on your ID. You will need it to get into the buildings.
As Fall registration approaches this midterm season, things can get a bit hectic. Whether you’re cramming for multiple exams in one day or you’re just not getting enough sleep, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. It’s a stressful time. With that being said, it is important to stay organized and set yourself up for success the following semester. Here is my advice to prep for registration:
CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION ASSIGNMENT TIME: The first step in preparing is knowing when you are available to begin! After successfully logging on to MyFIT, under Online Information System, select Registration to see your status. See step-by-step instructions here.
REVIEW YOUR DARS + SEE ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT:
Run your degree audit (DARS) to see what classes you need to take the following semester and make an appointment with the Academic Advisement Center to meet 1-on-1 with an advisor, located in the Feldman Center, room C402. Click here to make an appointment with an academic advisor.
SEARCH FOR CLASSES:
Make a mock schedule and go to Class Search from MyFIT for the most up-to-date offerings and important course information. Clicking on a course title in Class Search will pop up useful information like schedules, restrictions, prerequisites, co-requisites, and other details.
Good luck with the rest of midterms and the kick-off to Fall registration!
It’s that time of the year again to register for classes for next semester! For some students, this is a dreaded time to try and pre-manage your time with internships, jobs, and life outside of school. I have some tips and tricks to help make registering for classes a breeze!
Meet with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor can tell you what classes you have left to take and inform you if you are on track to graduate as scheduled! If you know what classes you need to take, it is helpful to make an appointment regardless so that you are at ease when you go to register. Make an appointment here!
Look up the classes and CRN numbers in advance. Registering for classes can sometimes be a battlefield. With small class sizes, spots can get taken fairly quickly. By writing down the CRN numbers, you can quickly input them into the slots when you go to register at your designated time.
Have a backup plan. If you have several electives to choose from, prioritize your first, second, and third choices in case the spots have filled up.
Know your registration time and check your status. Make sure that you are all squared away as far as any outstanding payments that you may owe, or anything that is overdue that may prevent you from registering. Your academic advisor is able to inform you of your registration time, but you can also check your time and status by looking under MyFIT, under Online Information System/Student/Registration.
It has been quite a while since I have been at FIT on campus, it was a great feeling to be back. I really missed New York , the lights, the sounds, the people, all of it. This semester is a weird one for me because mostly everyone I know has graduated so there is not many faces I know around campus. Walking towards FIT for the first time in almost a year gave me goose bumps. I remember like it was yesterday how scared I was walking up to campus for the first time. I was wondering if I was gonna make friends, if I was going to do well in college, what would happen next. Then before I knew it , I’m standing here three years later wondering where my life is going to take me next. Wednesday is my only day in the city I have French conversation till 12:00 , and then I have off from work the rest of the day . For French I have this great new teacher , I can already tell I am going to learn a lot. My online classes this semester as very active , posting more then once a week which is getting a little difficult with my starting of a new job.
But I also found out what my travel assignments are for my first few weeks with my new job! I am going to Copenhagen, Denmark and Vegas! So I am going to be away for two weeks but ill be posting tons of pictures and experiences of my first time out of the country! This is a very exciting semester for me , I am starting a new portion of my life and ending one all at the same time.
This is for all the international students, who are freaking out, because they don’t know what to do next! When I first got accepted to FIT, it was such a stressful process, because since I was an international student it meant I had so many extra steps to take into consideration. It made me so nervous. I was so scared of misunderstanding something, that I would call the school 3 times a day (I had a lovely phone bill at the end of the month). Here are a few helpful steps to make it easier for you, when you have to go through that process:
Pay your tuition deposit You want to make sure you secure your spot!
Start your visa application Once you got accepted you will have to fill out the ISFS (International Student Financial Statement) and send it to the school. They will then send you a confirmation with your I-20, which will then allow you to apply for an F-1 visa at the US consulate in your country.
Get all the vaccines required That was a really long and tough process, because they wouldn’t accept my translation of the vaccines, they needed my doctor to translate everything in english and then sign it (he didn’t speak english).
Book your flight ticket Once my visa was accepted, I bought my flight ticket straight away. It’s cheaper to buy your plan ticket earlier, so I didn’t waist a second, since I knew I was going to that school.
Decide where to live Do you want to have your own apartment or dorm? I would dorm, if it’s your very first time in New York. It helps you settle down with less stress and you have time to get used to the city. If you are considering dorming don’t wait to apply, because the spots get taken really quickly.