Category Archives: Academics

Aaaaannnd BREAK!

Hello Everyone,

It’s that time of the semester where we are granted a much appreciated week of (hopeful) rest and relaxation! Although I fully support taking time to decompress and catch up on your favorite TV shows… it’s always a good idea to use some free time to get ahead. Here are just a few helpful tips on how to stay ahead of the game when break rolls around!
Get Ahead of the To Dos: After a few days of unwinding, I always check my to-do list on while break. Not only do I check for what I had assigned over the break, but I like to see what projects I will have to tackle in the next few weeks. This helps me get a head start to the tasks I will have to take on. I can use my time to create my personal portfolio for job applications as well. In the end, I have more time to relax and feel less stressed completing my work.
Get Ahead of the Job Hunt: More recently as a final semester senior, I have been using my break and free time to consider my future (eep!). Whether it be an “end-goal” career or internship to get a foot in the door, it is always good to keep updated with positions currently listed in your field. Spending some of the free time I have to prepare for my post-college life has allowed me to explore my options and decide what I want to pursue after undergrad. Of course, FIT’s Career and Internship Center that is a useful tool for this process as well.
Get Ahead of the SLEEP! As silly as it sounds, I have been using my time to catch up on more than emails- break allows for the necessary recuperation time to finish the semester on a high note. I been able to enjoy time with family, friends, and map out a plan for my last weeks of college.
How do you spend your breaks? Hopefully some of you have been able to unwind, and maybe even hit the beach… I know that’s my first stop during summer for sure!

Best break wishes,
Annmarie x

Nearly Time: Graduation

Hey Guys,

And it begins! This past week, FIT held portraits with Thornton Studios for students who are graduating. The official FIT Commencement will take place at Radio City Hall this year- that’s right, Radio City Hall! The ceremony is on May 24th, and will be split into two portions. Students who are in the School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts are graduating at the 10am ceremony. The students of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology are graduating at the 3pm ceremony. Caps, gowns and tassels are now available for purchase here. The ceremony, which usually lasts about two and a half hours, is going to be here before we know it!

My journey at FIT has been a valuable and one full of learning and growth. Graduation has been something I have always looked forward to accomplishing, and I cannot believe it is nearly here. As I prepare for my final few months at FIT, I hope to reflect on my time here and look ahead to the new chapter of life. It is always rewarding to see hard work and perseverance pay off. Hopefully more graduation-prep updates to come on the blog! If you too are graduating, you can be sure to register here. Until next time, best of luck, soon-to-be grads!

Annmarie x

Graduation Stress:

For myself and many other FIT students, the next few months are going to be a whirlwind of emotions and to-do lists. Graduation, the next milestone in life, is in May at we are all freaking out extremely excited. Like other milestones in life, graduation can bring with it a lot of stress.

Here’s some advice I think is really good for keeping me calm as we near the day of cap tossing…

Explore different career and graduate school options and to utilize campus resources preparing students for graduation and a future career. Even if you might not have realized all the resources available to you.

Assess what’s important to you –  including skills, interests and values. Learn about or to research different careers so that you are making informed decisions about things that might be a good fit for those skills and interests.

Time management is crucial. Write a pre-graduation to-do list and start working on different tasks gradually, then check them off. The first step is to register for graduation (and know deadlines in general), and the next tasks all depends on your goal. Just remember to not overwhelm yourself with all these expectations at once. Think of what you want to do most and what would be best for you, not what everyone else expects.

At the same time, be realistic. Of course you need to find some way to support yourself after college, so start considering your options now and plan ahead. You might not get your dream job right away, and that’s OK!

Academic Minor Fair

Hello Everyone,

Did you know that FIT has 25 different minors to choose from? Most classes a student has to take will revolve around major related courses; minoring is the perfect opportunity to specialize in another interest or something that is related to major-level work. It is even possible to declare a double minor! In order to declare a minor, you must take five related courses that count as a credit under the minor of choice. With maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher, anyone is able to add a minor.

As an Illustration major, art history was the perfect minor choice for me. My major required credits in art history, so many of the classes I took counted toward my minor. Not only was I able to declare a minor, but I was able to explore courses that branched outside of my major and peaked my interest. Art history has always been a subject I have loved learning about, so I was so grateful to have the opportunity to declare it as a minor and make it part of my education.

Wednesday, March 14th in the Feldman Center Lobby from 12pm-2pm, there will be an Academic Minor Fair. Here coordinators can speak with you to discuss options that work with your interests and major. Be sure to check it out to see if declaring a minor could be the right choice for you!

Best,
Annmarie x

UNfamiliar Places

Hello Tigers,

One thing I am most appreciative about during my experience attending FIT is the new places I have been exposed to. Being from Long Island, I’ve been to Manhattan plenty of times before college. However, FIT has introduced me to so many new places that I never thought I would visit, let alone that were located right in New York City.

Recently, I have visited a few new places because of the honors course I am taking this semester: HA 394-History of New York Architecture. Along with learning about the history of New York’s development, the professor takes the class out on walking tours around the city to see some of the historical sites that we have learned about. One place we visited was the Alexander Hamilton Custom House, which houses the National Museum of the American Indian. Ironically, I had previously visited this building because of the honors course I took last semester: HA 395-Studies In American Indian Art and Culture. This museum is located right at Bowling Green and is free admission to the public. While my New York Architecture class taught me about the history of the building, the American Indian Art class taught me about the different artifacts and works located in the museum.

Another place I was introduced to from my  NY Architecture course is the Morgan Library & Museum. This museum is located right in midtown on 36th and Madison. Inside is the study and library of J.P. Morgan; the library has three story shelving that looks like something right out of a Disney movie! Inside there are some exhibitions, including letters to and from Alexander Hamilton and part of Morgan’s collection. Without this class I would have never stepped outside of my “Big Apple” comfort zone and explored new places I never knew existed!

What are some places you have been to off your “beaten path?”
Until next time,
Annmarie x