If you’ve never heard of the Baker Scholars, we are a mighty group of Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology students who have been selected due to our academic prowess to receive a semesterly scholarship that lasts for the remainder of your time studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The Dean’s Forum – Each year the Baker Scholars help to plan and coordinate the Dean’s Forums, which bring industry legends like Calvin Klein and Martha Stewart to campus to speak with students in an open forum.
Community Service – We also participate in community-building activities. This year we have participated in supporting events including: Culture For One, Baby Buggy, and more!
Cultural Outings – As a privilege, we also enjoy access to exclusive cultural outings to build connections with each other, leaders at FIT, and business icons in the industry! Some of our outings this year have included: Broadway Shows (Aladdin), an Alumni Dinner, New York Rangers Hockey Game, and more!
Baker Newsletter – We also produce an annual newsletter highlighting personal insights from our scholars. This year Caitlin Kennedy and I created the newsletter that is available in the Dean’s Office in the Business and Liberal Arts Center!
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.
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!
As I get further into the semester, I begin to find that I have less and less down time. So when I do get time alone finally I tend not to enjoy it as much as when I am with others. It’s not an ideal reaction but it is truly a normal one.
One thing that has really helped me ease into alone time has been hobbies, the less time I spent with all my friends and whoever else the more hobbies I discovered I had. Use the silence to read, paint, knit, draw, whatever interests you. Recently I learned how to cook by just getting some random recipes’ online. Next, while you are doing these things do not check your phone. Checking it defeats the purpose of alone time overall. Everyone tends to get FOMO aka, Fear of missing out.
Also spending time alone doesn’t mean you need to spend time locked in your room or apartment, go for a walk, treat yourself to coffee, or go shopping alone. This still counts as alone time even if you aren’t really alone. I find that my taste in things tends to change with the people I am with so if I am alone I find more things that I love that maybe I wouldn’t think of before.
Lastly, enjoy the ultimate relaxation, when you’re not running around or doing things for others its quite relaxing. My favorite moments are once a week when I climb into a bubble bath with a book and some candles. So my suggestion is cancel your plans, put down the social media and texts and just hang out with yourself.
This is just a friendly reminder that you are not alone! As semester classes begin to get more challenging, it doesn’t mean you have to struggle. One of great things about FIT is that they offer an Academic Skills Tutoring Center, located in the Dubinsky building, room A608B. The Tutoring Center is a free service for all full-time and part-time students enrolled in credit bearing and remedial courses for the current semester, offering a variety of tutoring options in a wide range of disciplines. This service provides all FIT students who are registered in credit and remedial courses with the tools they may need in order to be successful in their classes.
Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 7:45 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 6:45 pm
Friday: 9 am – 2 pm and 3 – 4:45 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2:45 pm (Saturday hours begin the fourth week of the semester)