This has been a big week of organization for myself. At the beginning of the semester, I am always given a handful of dates to remember and assignments to be done. On top of work and daily routine, it can be a lot to keep track of. There are a few steps I like to take to make sure I stay organized and can tackle my projects bit by bit.
The first thing I always do is, whenever I am given an assignment with a due date, or just an important date to remember, I write it down in a weekly planner. Right after I mark it “to be done” in my planner, I mark the actual due date. This way, i already have a reminder in two different places! After, I may turn to my calendar and mark it up too. My calendar really plays the biggest role for me during finals week; being able to map everything out for the last few weeks allows me to organize my time accordingly. After I have the assignment documented somewhere, I start to decide how to plan the following weeks until it is due. Often, I’ll make myself progressional due dates. For instance, if I have a painting project due in a month, first I’ll plan when to do the sketch, then when I should have the first layer down, and finally the dates that I will work on the finish.
I often keep a couple of different “to do lists” as well. I’ll keep one list of everything I need to get done in a day so that nothing gets left until the last minute. Then, I’ll have a list of all the upcoming due dates so I do not miss a beat. If there is something I have to do on the same day every week, I’ll pre-set a reminder on my phone that reminds me on that day, every week. By keeping track of my daily, weekly, and monthly progress, I am able to plan my time efficiently, while still leaving time to relax and unwind.
How do you keep track of your busy scheduling and due dates?
Did you know that FIT offers honors courses that can meet liberal arts requirements? Typically, students in the Presidential Scholar Program sign up for these classes, as it is one of the program requirements. However, the honors courses are not limited to just students in the Presidential Scholars Program; any student who maintains a 3.5 GPA can take the honors courses offered at school. These courses can be substituted with a required liberal arts course.
What makes these courses so unique? The honors courses are not necessarily more difficult, but rather stimulating and inventive! Here are some examples of courses available to take:
HA 382 – Beauty: The Human Ideal in Visual Culture-
This unique course explores the theme of beauty throughout different works of art and social sources in various decades. Discover the way that the human body and beauty has shaped power and belief in society.
HA 394 – History of New York Architecture-
Explore New York City’s architecture by visiting different sites around Manhattan. This class allows you to explore outside of the classroom and learn first hand the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that molded The Big Apple’s architecture.
HA 395- Studies In American Indian Art & Culture-
In this art history course, learn about the art work of Native Americans from Alaska to the border of Mexico. In this class, you will dive into the different mediums of American Indian art, such as pottery, paintings, rituals and more. How did the artwork created and the native’s culture change and develop with Western contact? Learn about it all in this honors course!
These are just a few examples of the honors courses available at FIT. More information on courses is available here. Be sure to check it out!
Always looking out for new finds in the city (for free), I came across a list of volunteer spots I’ve never heard of before, which spiked my curiosity. For the past three years I’ve volunteered at a number of organizations from Food Kitchens to various social events. However I’ve never really heard or seen around FIT (or city) organizations revolving around art. If you are an art lover and want to help an Arts Organization below is a long list of various non-profit organizations in the city. I’ve never realized how many there were until now, they range from books, music, painting etc. I’ve linked all the websites so you can go on them and contact the organizations for more information or volunteer work.
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.