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Finals Tips & Tricks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….FINALS!  This isn’t the most exciting or least stressful part of the year, however it is a time where you can look back and appreciate how much you have learned in a single semester.  Before you panic, take a moment to appreciate that you have gotten this far in your education!  Being enrolled in college is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud.  In dealing with finals, it is best to take a calm approach.  Panicking, stressing, and cramming will not do you any good, so hopefully by the time you are reading this, you are at a point where you can prepare in advance!

  • Don’t wait until the review.  The final exam review is typically 1 week before the exam, which doesn’t leave you much time to study among all of your other classes, projects, and assignments.  If you write out a study guide or key topics that you discussed in class prior to the review, it will help to refresh your memory and help guide you for the exam prep.  We often forget the information that we learned during week 1, so try your best to review those old notes.
  • Take study breaks.  If you begin studying in advance, you will allow more time to gradually learn and absorb all of the information.  With that, you should allow yourself to take a break from studying to go get ice cream, take a shower, order dinner, or watch an episode of television.
  • Put your phone volume on, but put it across the room.  It may sound ridiculous to keep your phone volume on, but I’ve noticed that I always want to check my phone to see if I got any notifications.  By turning your volume on, you’ll know when someone is trying to reach you rather than constantly being worried if you missed a text or call by having it on silent.
  • Study with friends.  Like all successful business partnerships, your partner will usually possess skills that you do not have.  The same thing applies to study partners.  They may understand a section that you need extra help on and the same can be said vice versa.  By teaching a topic, you are also helping yourself reassure your knowledge and awareness on the topic.

Happy studying!

Ashley

FIT’s First Youth Delegate to the United Nations

Gabriella Manduca, FIT’s first student delegate to the United Nations, is well on her way to make a difference in the world.

Manduca, a seventh-semester International Trade and Marketing student, became a youth delegate this fall through one such NGO partner, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to international education and cultural exchange. As one of two NAFSA youth delegates, she attends the U.N. briefings and summarizes them for the association’s blog. She also encourages other students, including her FIT classmates, to engage with the U.N.

The U.N. Department of Public Information partners with more than 1,300 nongovernmental organizations, which meet for weekly briefings at U.N. headquarters in New York City. These NGOs send delegates to report on the briefings, which cover hot-button issues such as education, poverty, and the refugee crisis.

Manduca is passionate about fighting the sale of counterfeit goods, which is connected to organized crime and human-rights abuses. A 2014–15 Museum at FIT exhibition, Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits, made her aware of this global problem, and her ITM classes galvanized her further. She applied to be a NAFSA delegate to broaden her understanding of the global stage.

“A lot of people making sustainable innovations don’t realize they can make a difference on the scale of the U.N.,” Manduca said. “I thought this could be an opportunity to start that conversation here at FIT.”

Congratulations to our fellow Tiger, Gabriella!

Melinda Batista

Favorite Class of the Semester

Now being a 7th semester college student, I’ve had my fair share of classes and professors across several departments.  This semester, I am enrolled in a social science class called Sex Roles, Marriage, and Family taught by Professor Rosen.  This was a class that I had wanted to take since I started here at FIT, but it typically fills up incredibly quickly at the time of registering for classes.  This semester, I was fortunate enough to get one of the coveted slots in class and I have not been disappointed.  Not only do we discuss the typical curriculum of the class, but we also relate what we learn to current events, pop culture, and how it pertains to our own personal lives.  The conversations that we have in class are usually very eye opening and has helped me realize how different and unique everyone’s opinion can be.  Professor Rosen is incredibly encouraging, supportive, and friendly throughout her teaching and has always provided us with interesting and helpful resources and assignments.  I highly recommend taking this course if it fulfills your graduation requirement and having Professor Rosen as your educator!

Ashley

Apply to Become a Leadership Ambassador!

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As a student leader, I cannot express how rewarding it is to serve the FIT community and positively create opportunities and change for students of all walks of life. Whether a prospective student or a current student, I believe getting involved on campus as a leader will give you the skills you need to become a successful business professional, scholarly student and a better person as a whole.

The overall vision of the Leadership Ambassador (LA) team of paraprofessionals is to work with the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life to create intentional opportunities for students to learn what it means to lead at FIT and in their community. Students with limited involvement seeking to get more involved are encouraged to apply, as well as students who have demonstrated a commitment to student leadership who would like to share their knowledge with their peers.

Some of the duties of a Leadership Ambassador include:

  • Assist with facilitating leadership education trainings and presentations as ambassadors of the Department of Student Life as needed.
  • Serve as Student Facilitators on Leadership Weekends (occurs in September and February).
  • Complete a leadership project based on personal interests in the New York City community and present to college.
  • Assist in the development of leadership events, service-learning initiatives, and civic engagement opportunities.
  • Advance communication and marketing efforts for Leadership Programs.  This may include the use of social media, websites, promotional tables, and personal communication.
  • Assist in the recruitment of future Leadership Ambassadors.
  • Report to the Counselor for Leadership Programs in the Department of Student Life at FIT, and attend all trainings, events, and meetings related to the position.
  • Support administrative tasks and planning for leadership programs.

It is important to note that the following requirements:

  1. Must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0.
  2. Must be in good standing in FIT Student Conduct System.
  3. Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at FIT for the duration of the 2017-2018 academic year.
  4. Prior attendance at a Leadership Weekend and at least two (2) Leadership Workshops in 2016-2017.

to learn more about the Leadership Ambassador position, click hereAPPLICATIONS are now live!  Apply by Friday, March 1st to be considered.

Go get em’, Tigers!

Meli B.

Stress Tips + Tricks

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It’s that time of year again where your hard-earned money is blown on Starbucks and getting a solid 8 hours of sleep is a distant memory. Trust me, I’ve been there — in fact, I am there now. With never-ending midterms and finals/final projects right around the corner, it is easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated. Although it’s crunch time and it’s important to finish the semester strong, it’s important to keep your sanity too! Take a breather and de-stress with these tips and tricks:

  1. Music: Take a break during common hour at one of FI T’s student lounges, close your eyes and pop your earphones in. Music has the powerful ability to transport the mind and relax the soul. Whether some soulful Sam Smith or Amy Winehouse to get your foot tapping, music is an effective getaway during a busy school day.
  2. Exercise: Take advantage of the gyms at FIT to release feel-good endorphins into your bloodstream. Not only will you tone up your body but you will feel a major pick-me-up in your mood and spirit. Exercising is a great way to blow off some steam and release the tension built up from stress.
  3. Powernap: A solid 20-30-minute nap is all you need to reboot and continue the rest of the day strong. Try not to sleep longer than 30 minutes or layer on the blankets; excess warmth can make you oversleep. Set an alarm clock so your refreshing 20-30-minute nap doesn’t go too long and endanger your sleep that evening. Also, drink a cup of coffee before your nap. It takes about 35 min for caffeine to influence you; therefore, you’ll wake at the right time and feel refreshed.
  4. Pastimes: Your favorite leisurely activities will ease your mind during this stressful time. Lose yourself reading an interesting fiction novel, shop calming aromatherapy products or watch a rom-com on Netflix. Do something you enjoy to balance out all of the hard work you have put forth this semester. In other words, treat yo’ self.
  5. Organize: Whether 10 minutes or a full day of planning, it is important to prioritize assignments/projects to execute them in a timely fashion. It’s okay to plan more than you work – that way, you can bang out assignments left and right and get the ball rolling. Take as much time as you need to prepare, because not only will it keep your work in order, but most definitely your mind.

Always remember to take a breather during difficult times, because it’s important to put yourself first.

I hope these tips and tricks help!

Meli B.