Category Archives: Resources at FIT

How to work when your tired

Hey everyone!

So I don’t know about your but there are already some days where I am to tired to accomplish anything. I work three jobs and take 8 classes, it is a lot but it can be done with a few easy tips

Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Make sure you have a clear goal of what you want to do with your day. Regardless if its go to work, make a snack, go to the gym, do one blog post , whatever it is have a set plan to get it all done.

Drink a lot of water. Most people don’t drink that much water when they are tired they end up drinking coffee, which will wake you up for a little but then you will crash and feel worse then before. When you drink water it helps hydrate you leaving you more energized.

Get Rid of distractions. Turn your phone off for an hour or two, don’t go on Facebook, and don’t do my worst habit of watching Netflix while trying to get work done. Go to Starbucks or the library somewhere with limited distractions.

Go to the gym, or just move around. When you start to move around it helps increase your energy. When your sitting in the same spot for to long it makes you sleepy leaving you with even less energy then before. Try to walk around for 5 minutes every 45 minutes it will make a huge difference.

Lastly I know its hard to do but try to get enough sleep at night an odd number of hours of sleep is better then even. So its better to take a snap for 3 hours instead of 2. To sleep 7 hours instead of 8. You tend to be in a deeper slumber in even numbers( I know which is weird). I know I have been extremely tired lately and all of these things have helped increase my productiveness.

-Kailee

New Semester Butterflies

The new semester can be TERRIFYING!  Regardless of what year or semester you are in, the start of something new is absolutely daunting.  As a junior entering my 5th semester this Monday, I am filled with anxiety.  The idea of starting over again with new professors, new coursework, and higher expectations isn’t something that I easily cope with.  The anticipation is the scariest part, I’ve come to realize.  Even though I’ve had this realization, the same way of nervousness hits me 2 times a year.  You may be wondering, “Why is she telling us this?”  I’m telling you to prove to you that you are not alone.  At 20 years old, an upperclassman, a commuter student, a junior, and a BFA student, I still get scared.  If you are a new student, perspective student, or transfer student, please know that you’re not the only one!

I find comfort in talking to others about what I’m going through.  Whether it’s calling my mom 10000 times a day or texting my friends to see how they’re doing, surrounding yourself with loved ones, even if it is over the phone, can help you find peace.  If you need to speak to someone professionally, the FIT Counseling Center is a great resource as well.   Discover your happy place, whether it is going to the gym, going out to eat, or watching Netflix on the couch.  Find a positive task that blocks the noise and nerves for the first few weeks of the semester.  Just remember that everyone is typically feeling what you are feeling.  You are never alone at FIT!

Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: NCPTW Conference

So these past two weeks are so incredibly hectic. I got to get a break from the city and went to Salt Lake City to present at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. I had such a blast!

My presentation was titled Art & Rhyme:
Understanding the Importance of Writing Centers in the Development of Female Artistry. I also got to write a semi-research paper *yay, who doesn’t enjoy research papers?* & interview dope women artists. I interviewed a former high fashion model turned fashion designer who works with Barneys, to a radical black/ queer performing artist, a circus inspired satirical burlesque performer who focuses on women’s identity in society, as well as jewelry designer and painter, and classically trained dancer.

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I asked them questions about how writing informs their art practice, how writing has helped find opportunities that have furthered their practice/ encouraged growth, (such as grants, residencies, etc.), if the idea of report talk vs. rapport talk *a theory about how women & men are socialized to communicate* factors into the way men and women artists communicate about their work, what tools/ support in writing centers would they want that would affirm & support women their work?

Our hotel that looked like The Shining

Our hotel that looked like The Shining

While I was working on this presentation, I have to admit, I felt a little overwhelmed. But, ultimately, I feel good that I did it. I introduced an important topic to a group of people who may not otherwise ever get this information, plus, my presentation was well attended and afterwards, several people told me about how much they enjoyed it.

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Plus, I got to bond with other FIT writing tutors and go in a trip that was all sponsored on FIT! (Who doesn’t want to do that?)

All Things Color & Love,
Aya Lane

Notes From the 6 Train: It’s Raining Research

Each semester at the writing center we choose a topic to delve into deeper in order to become tutors and writers, so we are more helpful for you all! This semester’s focus is research. I know this sounds super boring, but it is imperative while in school and incredibly important for artists. Many students loathe research because it’s time consuming and hard. It’s hard because many of students, including myself until last week, aren’t aware all of the resources that the FIT library has to offer for researching.

Artists who make are, without engaging in thorough research beforehand, and claim that they were “inspired” by another artist seems fishy. Without research and thoughtfulness, inspiration can quickly become copying.

Here are three ways the library can aid you in your research process (that you probably don’t know about):

1. You can instant message librarians!

You want to ask a pointed question such as “I am interested in researching trends of the 20’s, what are good resources to start research?

They usually answer quite fast. If they don’t respond immediately, they will email you probably within the next hour at the latest.

2. You can email them.

If you have a question at 2 am you can email them and you get a response in 24 hours (usually, much faster than that.)


3. You can text them.

Same deal. This way you can receive a response while on the go.

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In order to access these resources you simply go to the FIT library home page, click the “Ask A Librarian” tab and explore the researching possibilities!

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All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Orientation Experiences

Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited!  As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT!  Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.

It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation.  I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family.  I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding.  I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.

After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St.  I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation.  The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all.  After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.

To view the orientation Fall 2015 Orientation schedule: https://www.fitnyc.edu/files/pdfs/EMSS-NSO-Fall2015-081215.pdf

Ashley