If you just recently submitted your application for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are most likely squirming in anticipation in your hometowns right about now. Let me rewind to 3 years ago in 2013 when I was in the exact same position that you are. As seniors in high school, we are all terrified and excited about getting into our dream schools, leaving the comfort of our homes, and venturing out into the college world. We all know that if we don’t get into our dream schools, such as FIT, we will most likely be devastated, feel as though it’s the end of the world, our careers, and our success. However, looking back on my time here at FIT, you can make your college experience as successful or unsuccessful as you want it to be. You can CREATE opportunities for yourself anywhere that you go, instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.
Regardless of what school you end up getting accepted into and/or attending, college is all about what you make of it. If you aren’t happy with the school that you are attending, you can always transfer, you can always switch your major, you can always make FIT a part of your life in some way. Some of the most successful students are transfers that get their liberals out of the way, some of the most successful students are international students, and some of the most successful students have never taken a class related to their major in their life. Success can be measured in so many different ways, so until you hear back on April 1st, take this time to remind yourself that you will be okay, you will succeed, and you will end up at a school that is right for you!
Valentine’s day is approaching us, for some of us its a dreaded day, others its the one chance to find there love or to express there love to someone. So I have a couple suggestions that I came across for singles this year in NYC, because I know how hard it can be to find the best thing to do in such a big city!
Katch Astoria was voted one of the “Best singles spots” in queens. They are hosting a “Nuts and bolts” Valentine’s Day singles party for those trying to meet someone. Everyone will receive half of two-piece nuts and bolts set upon entry and will be challenged to find its match to win a special prize!
For those of you who are trying to just forget completely that Valentine’s Day exists, which I know there are a lot of you because my friends are most of them. However, there is a sweet celebration all month at the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival. 3W 18th st, Flatiron
Another way to meet someone is going to the Valentine’s Day salsa Class at Alvin Ailey Dance in Midtown where couples will be encouraged to rotate and try new partners!
Lastly, for those who are just not about Valentine’s Day at all because we all have that one person that made us not like it anymore… There is the “Rejection Show: Valentine’s Day Heart break Haven”. Which is a comedy show at 8pm on the 14th at 14th 622 Degraw st in Gowanus.
Enjoy your day! Id love to hear what you plan on doing!
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.
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!
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!