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Student ID Card

Hello there Newcomers,

As you start crossing out things from your Checklist for New Students, you will soon find out that you need a student ID Card to access any FIT Building. FIT is obsessed with security (and I mean it) and in order to enter campus buildings your ID cards must be clearly (and I mean in the security guards face) for them to let you in. tumblr_inline_mkm1lltt4x1qz4rgpParents sure do love this top-notch security, but as I (repeatedly say on my tours) it gets annoying for us students. Anyways I’m not here for that, you will notice that on your own haha.

Your photo ID cards are issued at the beginning of every semester (usually during orientation they have a set schedule for you) or if you are smart enough and live near FIT you can just show up on campus now with proof of registration (this means your Fall 2014 schedule, which can be printed at the Registration Center, Business & Liberal Arts Center Room B103 for FREE) and avoid lines. These ID cards identify you as members of the FIT community  (so remember to give us your best smile) and can be great conversation starters at any cafe, or the subway and even in different countries (FIT is world-renowned). Every semester after you need to get your ID card validated with a colorful sticker that you obtain from Campus Security during registration (you need a valid class schedule, same process as the beginning).unnamedTo get your ID card you (by now know you need your schedule) must bring identification to the Photo Id Center located in in room D-404 (the D building is Pomeranz Center located on the corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue). They are open Mondays-Fridays from 10am – 9pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. Some of these times might vary during holidays so please go ahead and contact the Photo ID Center: fitcard@fitnyc.edu – 212 217-7777, just to double-check. Oh, and before I forget, administrative offices are closed from Friday-Sunday during the summer (this means you wont be able to get your schedule printed out).4b690fa88258a84567c3c484f140997bd8379578430ecaa00307e78e6a030ae1Since I saved the best for last, I think you should now every visitor is required to enter campus via the Marvin Feldman Center lobby. They will then be required to show a photo ID to security in order to obtain a visitor’s pass. If by now you are thinking argh so tedious, keep in mind all this is just to keep you safe and sound. tumblr_lq8l7ydnS81qlw0qxo3_400BTW, just in case you have cool parents (mom in my case) if they would like to sit in for one of your classes, just have your professor write-up a letter and take it to security when you go get their visitors pass.

Summer is almost over, remember CARPE DIEM!

Sadie

PS: Don’t lose it, or you’ll have to pay for a new one (why, GOD, WHY?!)

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Money on My Mind

Hi there,

Since we are approaching our fall tuition deadline I decided to write (more like copy some info from the FIT website, which lets face it, students barely read) a post about the payment options and resources FIT offers. For those of you who JUST realized the deadline is coming up soon and have no idea when that is I’m here to save your day, and your wallet (you can thank me later).

Payment Due Dates:

  1. Degree Students: Fall Semester is due August  4, 2014 or at time of registration after August  4, 2014.
  2. Non-degree Students in credit-bearing courses: Fall Semester is due August  4, 2014 or at time of registration after August  4, 2014.
  3. Non-degree Students in non-credit bearing courses: You must pay all tuition and fees in full at time of registration for all semester.

For those of you who are new to the system or are not sure how to pay FIT allows you to pay your bill online (which I prefer because it is easy, convenient and paperless aka GREEN), by wire transfer, by mail, or in person. Our online system is on the Student Tab of MyFIT under Online Resources: Pay Student Account & View E-Bill. This link leads you to our Bill+Payment Suite that have the following services:

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  • convenient, secure online billing, statements, and payments
  • monthly payment plans
  • e-refund program that directly deposits refunds to your checking or savings account (this is pretty amazing specially when it’s unexpected!)
  • text messages alerting you to payment due dates (if you rarely check your account or email)Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 5.41.17 PM
  • third party payment, which allows parents to receive emails for payment due dates and access to student accounts (my mom has access but she conveniently always forgets the password and makes me be on top of my game, haha she calls it grown up responsibilities).

If you have any further questions and are in NYC you can go directly to The Bursar’s Office on campus: Business and Liberal Arts Center, Room # 127 or if you are far away like me you can email them at bursarhelp@fitnyc.edu.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. –Benjamin Franklin

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Carpe diem,

Sadie

Plan the Perfect Semester

Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law.

If questioned twice, I will deny this post ever existed (something along the lines of identity theft). Bearing that in mind I will proceed to share my secrets with you (hahaha).

Ciao incoming students,

As you plan out your first semester (and swear you are about to die, so stressed out) there are some things that have come in handy through the years when it comes to registering and choosing classes.

  1. You will be assigned a faculty adviser according to your last name, you can and you should email this person as soon as you receive the email. Later on, you will find out that you like a certain teacher better and you can request to change :). I got snowed in during my first week, so I had to assign myself my own adviser which turned out to be wonderful, because I chose someone who fit (no pun intended, well maybe a bit) me.
  2. Search for your curriculum at the FIT website. Home –> Academics–> Undergraduate Programs–> Fashion Merchandising Management–> Curriculum. This will help you have an idea of what the next two years of your life will look like. Minimum credits for a full-time student: 12, max credits per semester: 21.Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.18.17 PM
  3. Who doesn’t like ending the semester as early as possible to enjoy Xmas back with the family or just to explore NYC better (you nodding your head, pay attention NOW, will not regret)? As much as I love FIT, I am a metal to a magnet, I can feel the stronger pull to return back home early (long distance relationship, love of my life, target acquired) so I plan things to end early December. How? Well, (refer to the top quote haha) you look up the semester calendar. Look at what day is the last day, this fall the classes to end up the latest are Friday (sometimes can be Monday) classes, which means I plan my whole semester around NOT taking Friday classes (perks: long weekends, every weekend). Semester Calendar fall 2014
  4. Log in to MyFIT before your assigned date and time and look up at courses (use class search), days, time slots, availability and professor if noted (ratemyprofessor them). Create two mock schedules by u in excel and write down the CRN (course reference number, duh right :P ), this will make registering a one minute deal. You will log in, click on student tab, under online resources click Registration, choose semester, copy paste your CRN’s and done.Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.29.54 PM
  5. Check out what your major has to offer, I know International Trade & Marketing offers advisement tracks, where they suggest what courses you should take, depending on what your dream job is. Don’t be afraid to click around the website, or Google what you want to do after graduation (I know it seems far out and away, but better not let it take you by surprise).Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 6.33.59 PM
  6. Make an appointment with our (well now yours too, CONGRATS) Academic Advisement Center, they are happy to meet with you in person, online, or via telephone (convenient, yes!). They want to make your “academic experience as smooth and rewarding as possible” if that is not enough for you, at their front desk there is always free candy (no questions or comments just ransack the bowl haha).

Welcome to the beginning of an amazing chapter in your life! You will not regret this decision, so many doors will be opened for you that you will look back in hindsight and laugh at yourself ever even considering other options. Below, a peek into your great future: Greatness joke

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

The Day My Life Changed

March 17th, 2012 – St. Patricks Day of my senior year of high school. It was an unusually relaxing Sunday. My mother, sister and I had all gone for massages earlier on in the day. It was actually my first massage, and definitely not my last. My body and mind were feeling great. My two best friends and I drove into downtown Saratoga, got some coffee and chatted. You could say I was thoroughly enjoying myself.

It was one of those oddly warm March days, where you start to believe its already spring. You break out the light jackets, forgo the socks, and proudly don your favorite sunglasses. The drive home with my friends from downtown consisted of all windows down and blasting our favorite music. Ugh, it was a wonderful afternoon.

As we pulled into my driveway, I said my goodbyes to my best friends. We each complained about the amount of homework “we would be doing” later on that evening. We were seniors in high school with full blown senioritis, to be honest, that homework was probably never completed.

I walked into my kitchen and my mom was standing at the counter. She asked how my afternoon was, we talked, and then she went silent. I looked at her and she was holding an envelope out to me. It looked like junk mail, in one of those business letter envelopes. It wasn’t super big, it wasn’t too small. When I grabbed the letter and read where it was from, I stopped breathing. “Fashion Institute of Technology.”

This was THE letter. The letter that would make or break me. The letter telling me if I was going to college. The letter that determined if I was going to be leaving home in the fall or going to community college, seeing as I was too lazy to apply anywhere else. I wanted to go to FIT so bad I didn’t have my sights set on anywhere else.

But who get’s their college acceptance letter in a small business sized envelope?! I was picturing some big package, with the famous “Welcome to the Fashion Institute of Technology” red and black folder I had so often seen in my research on Facebook. If this small envelope had a big folder in it, I would be pleasantly surprised…but I wasn’t about to get my hopes up.

I began to laugh nervously, spouting out a hundred “Oh my Gods.” My mom and I stood in my kitchen, as I ran my thumb under the seal of the envelope. My heart rate was unhealthily high at this point as I unfolded the single sheet of paper in this business size envelope. My mom read the letter next to me, our eyes scanning immediately to the first sentence.

“Dear Brendan, ………Congratulations! You’ve been”

I’m pretty sure we each let out a big scream…and then immediately we both began crying and went in for a hug. I cry when I’m happy, I cry when I’m sad – something I definitely got from my mother.

I was beyond happy. My dreams were coming true! I would be moving to New York City. I would be studying at one of the most prestigious fashion schools in the WORLD. I would be taking the first steps in achieving my goals! I couldn’t believe it. Now I could take a deep breath, I knew I was going to college. The rest of my senior year would just be about having fun and enjoying life. No stress.

The reason my acceptance letter was so small was because I was accepted early, into a group of “exceptional students.” It was such a privilege to receive my acceptance letter so early. And don’t worry, a few weeks later I received that famous black and red folder I had been dreaming about…in a much bigger envelope!

My life changed that day. Its hard for me to remember life before NYC and FIT. But here I am, living in New York, working hard, having fun and still making my dreams come true.

I don’t think any other St. Patrick’s Day will ever be as special as that one. Maybe it was the luck of the irish that brought me that acceptance letter that day. Whatever it was, I am so thankful that it happened.

Be looking out for some exciting pieces of mail within the next few weeks! Your life could be changing too :)

xx, Brendan

 

 

Junior Day 2014- March 30th

Well hey everyone! This past weekend I was given the pleasure of meeting some of you, it was Junior day. Junior Day is for perspective students of FIT, of ALL majors. They will take you on tours, you will be able to meet with the dean and the president of the school, and you can meet some of the bloggers (exciting right? A REAL LIVE PERSON). I had the pleasure of presenting my portfolio to perspective art and design students along with our other blogger Ashley. Both of us being from two very different majors was definitely fun to see. Ashley is a photography major while I am an interior designer.

When they asked me if they could use my portfolio pieces from when I first entered school I said “UMMM do you have to?!” , because my work has improved so much just from the past two years. Looking back at that work it looked horrible to me and I would prefer that no one saw it again. But everyone insisted I showed it. After the presentation I was lucky enough to meet a few perspective interior design students, it reminded me of how I felt exactly two years ago. Nervous, anxious, and in complete aw of the big city. It’s crazy how your feelings and mindset change so quickly. New York to me now is still exciting, just not as big as I originally thought it was and interior design still has me in aww I’m just not as nervous.

During this session I offered a few students some direction and guidance from me, and I actually had one text me pictures for her portfolio, and I’m more than happy to help. Who better to help you then the person actually in the program right? Trust me in coming students I was just as nervous too, and I turned out great.

One question that really stood out to me was from a father with his daughter and he asked “How does commuting affect your social life?” and I replied ” I have 3 jobs, time for friends, homework and my boyfriend so not much”. Yes commuting does affect your life greatly but if you love what you do that time you put in doesn’t matter much now does it? I love every single one of my jobs I wouldn’t trade them for the world, so no matter how tired I am I am always happy to go, school is the same way. You have to be willing to sacrifice things sometimes to get what and where you want to be.

unnamedThis was the room we presented in, I had to post a picture of it. ( My love for commercial furniture is just too much).

unnamedThat’s my mom back in the corner, it was her FIRST time to NYC and FIT ever, crazy right? So what better time then when her daughters talking (haha).

 

If any of you have more questions feel free to ask me, or come to the next Junior Day on March 30th, I will be speaking again from 11-1:00pm in the Dubinksy Building 8th floor. I hope to see you all soon, I really do love seeing perspective FIT students!

Xoxo

Kailee

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Presidential Scholars

Joining Presidential Scholars is great and everyone should apply. Being accepted is based off academics as well as community service, but you can only apply before the freshmen and junior semesters.

Being part of the Presidential Scholars, or “Pres Scholars” as it more commonly known, requires you to go to about one meeting a month on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 pm. Every Pres Scholar also has to take one honors class each semester. I have taken Mayan Art and Culture, Art and Patronage in the Italian Renaissance, Sociology, and History of New York Architecture. These classes have been by far some of the best classes I have taken at FIT. Only Presidential Scholars and students who get special permission can take honors classes, so the size of the classes are not so huge. Also, the classes are specialized and the teachers are always amazing, often the most celebrated professors in the school. Taking these classes are helpful in finishing a minor if you choose to do so. I have recently finished my Art History minor and am in the process of finishing a Fashion Studies minor.

Irene Buchman

Irene Buchman

Irene Buchman, who is in charge of the Pres Scholars, is very focused on the liberal arts. Even though SUNY requires certain liberal arts in order to graduate, Professor Buchman really stresses the importance of broadening your horizons beyond fashion and business. Every meeting has a speaker who is a specialist in their field, but is never from the fashion industry. Buchman thinks we have enough fashion in our brains already, and she is probably right.

One of our colloquia last semester

One of our colloquia last semester

Pres Scholars also get some advantages in registration. Every semester students have to register themselves for the upcoming semester by getting up at an ungodly hour and praying they get the classes they want before all the slots fill up.  However, Presidential Scholars meet with Professor Buchman about two weeks before everyone else signs up, and chooses the block they want. This almost ensures not only you get the classes you desire, but also that you do not have trouble graduating because of unfinished SUNY requirements.

Pres Scholars in Panama!

Pres Scholars in Panama!

However, the best part of being in Pres Scholars is definitely our access to Professor Buchman. She knows everyone in this school, I mean everyone. If you ever have a problem with a class, or need a recommendation or anything like that she is a great resource. There have been many times Professor Buchman has graciously helped me when I turn up to her office unannounced and worried. Friendly, intelligent and incredibly generous with her time, Professor Buchman is the rock of the Presidential Scholars.

Oh yeah, the cookies are great too.

–Emily–

FASFA TIME!

aWho doesn’t love this time of the year (NOT)…Well regardless of if we like it or not it has to be done. I know this is the time of the year when the most yelling occurs between me and my parents. Some of the questions my parents don’t even know half of the time. It can be very difficult if it is your first time and don’t have any help.

I claim that I am a dependent student meaning that my parents claim me and I have to provide all of there information. Also all of your information too. If it is your first time filling this out FASFA will ask you a series of questions to determine if your a dependent or independent student.

There is a few things you will need… your and/or your parents 2013 tax information. If you haven’t done them yet, that’s ok too! You can use the “income estimator” to help you speed up the process. You will also need to know what kind of taxes you file for (yes, there is more then two). Besides taxes your going to need your social security number and full name, how much is in your savings and checking, and same goes for your parents if they are doing this along with you.

When filling out FASFA if your applying to colleges for the first time ,and don’t know which you are going to yet you can list up to ten colleges to see how much aid you will get for each.

If you are applying for a summer session, contact the financial aid office at your college to find out which school year you should select when you complete your FAFSA.” HUGE TIP, I did not know this and once I accidently chose the wrong time frame and it messed up my entire FASFA, so make sure you have every bit of information correct!

Last but not least make sure you have your STUDENT AID PIN handy for the end, you will need this to sign the document at the very end. If you do this every year this process is a lot easier for you, FASFA usually saves all the information and you only have to put in a few key things. If this is your first time or second time, I wish you luck through this long treacherous process.

But hey it’s money!

Xoxo Kailee

Future Schedule

With second semester upon us all, and winter break coming to a close, I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into my schoolwork.  I feel like I can better manage my time and schedule now after going through a semester here at FIT.  I’m looking forward to all of my classes, but there are some that I can’t wait to start.  I’m really looking forward to having Speech Dynamics in Group Communication which studies techniques of effective communication in the group process. I’m also looking forward to the Art & Practice of Self Defense. Yes, at FIT you do have to take a gym class, and if you are a photo major, you have to take two gym classes, but they can be tons of fun and a great stress reliever.  Notice how I discussed two liberal arts courses and not just photography major courses.  At FIT, there are very interesting and stimulating courses offered in liberal arts. They really break up the day and the week well and you get to have a break from the stresses of your major classes.  So liberal arts are in fact “good” for you, despite what you might hear.  What classes are you looking forward to taking in the future? Let me know down in the comments!

xx,
Ashley

Online Classes

I wasn’t completely able to escape classwork this winter break.  A few months back I chose to do an online winter course while I was home because I wanted to get a credited course out of the way so I wouldn’t be too overwhelmed my last semester in my associates.

I’ve never taken an online course, or a winter course through FIT, so this experience is completely new to me! It is really nice that FIT offers online classes every semester, because it accommodates different students lives and needs. I’m not on campus this winter break but I’m still able to work towards my degree!

The course I’m taking is Macroeconomics, honestly a class I was not looking forward to at all. I had heard horror stories about online classes, where you had to be logged in at a certain time each day, for a certain amount of hours. Already, I was getting nervous. I didn’t want an online class taking over my winter break! I have work to go to, and friends to spend time with.

The course started the week after Christmas and ends a few days before I head back for my spring semester. I like the fact that its a shortened version of a regular semester’s course, but with that comes many deadlines and due dates. I don’t know if it’s just the particular course, but I feel like there is so much to do. Everyday is a due date, which means every morning I’m waking up to work on macroeconomics.

It’s not like I didn’t sign up for this, I am taking an online course for god sakes. But it is cramping my “lazy style” this winter break. Maybe that’s a good thing…

Overall, I’m not sure how I feel about online classes. I don’t know if it’s just because Macroeconomics is a tough subject, but I don’t think I’m absorbing much information because I’m too worried about due dates and getting things in on time. I just want to get my credit and be done with it!

Have any of you taken online classes? If so, how did you like it? Let me know!

xx, Brendan

Something I wish i knew before I started FIT

Hey everyone! Sorry you haven’t heard from me much, I’ve had the flu the first time ever in my life. ( Its been horrible) Anyways when I look back at my last few semesters there are some things that I wish I knew before I started FIT.

#1. MONEY, I saved some money before coming to school and work a lot while I am in school.. but I have never have enough money. Between books, food, class trips, the train, the subway, ect. My advice for this is if you have the ability to take out  extra money in your loan for the year. At least 1,500 extra, don’t go crazy and spend it, whatever you don’t use give back!

#2. The Commute. I know this doesn’t apply to everyone but part of this will. The commute does take a huge toll on my health , sanity , and relationships. I get sick a lot easier then I normally would, it definitely makes your immune system weaker because it really makes you tired. My sanity ( haha ) the people on the train drive me insane, one day ill write a post on my crazy train experiences and you will completely understand why. My relationships both at school and at home suffer greatly. When I want to stay late at school and have fun or do stuff with people I realize I cant stay to late because my trains start coming less and less the later it gets. Then once I’m home I am way to tired to go out with my friends or family and I have way to much work to do. The only plus side of commuting is I have an hour and fifteen minutes to do work. I have a portable Wi-Fi and my laptop I take with me everyday.

#3.Transfer credits. Be careful with transfer credits, for a lot of people your coming from other schools. I know for me if I went to community college and transferred to FIT majority of my  credits would not be accepted. I came to FIT straight out of High school, and my AP credits did not transfer. So if you ever want to know if they will or not,  they have special forms at FIT that you can fill out and find out before you take the course or before you decide to transfer.

I think majority of these things most people should consider before going to any college, I know personally these issues were far from my concerns when getting into and deciding about college. I got accepted to FIT and it was more like ” OMG I NEED TO GO SHOPPING” or ” I NEED TO TELL ALL MY FRIENDS” or ” MOOOMMM IM GOING TO NYC RIGHT NOW”.  When you get accepted your just happy you rarely think about all the other stuff. What are some things you wish you knew before starting FIT or college in general? Let’s talk about it.

xoxo, Kailee