Category Archives: Academics

Presenting: Doneger Group/Accessories Council Classroom

Abbey Doneger, president and CEO, The Doneger Group; Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president, FIT; and Karen Giberson, president, Accessories Council, cut the ribbon to unveil the new lab

On Tuesday, December 13, the Doneger Group and the Accessories Council unveiled the new Doneger Group/Accessories Council Classroom at FIT.

Located in the Feldman Center in Room 615, the state-of-the-art classroom features movable desks and chairs that allow the room to be set up in any style—lecture hall, quad/group-work setup, or model-drawing studio. MacBook Air laptops stored in a charging cart are available for students to use in class; desk tops prop up to become drafting/drawing boards for traditional art classes; a printing and scanning station allows students to draw, scan, digitize, and print their work; and there are four Wacom Cintiq 24HD interactive creative pen display monitors with Macbook Pro computers, as well as a projector, LED HD TV, and a sound system for presentations.

Funds for the classroom, used by FIT Accessories Design students, were raised both by proceeds from the Accessories Council Hall of Fame, which honored Abbey Doneger, as well as the 2015 ACE Awards Tribute Edition Journal.

Excited for the Accessories Design program and the innovative resources for its students. Congratulations!

Meli B

Prepare for a Successful Semester

The start of the new semester is right around the corner!  Even though I am a senior, I still get nervous about the start of a new semester, but there are some tips and tricks that I use to help ease myself when entering a new chapter of the year.

  • Write down your goals.  There is something to be said about putting pen to paper and having that list hold you accountable.
  • Purchase a planner and write down all of the relevant dates seen on FIT’s academic calendar.  Having a planner allows you to stay organized and focused on the days to come and not overbook or overwork yourself.
  • Visualize yourself in class to put you at ease.  You already have at least one semester under your belt, so you know how your classes will typically operate.
  • Email your professors over break.  While you may not get a 24 hour response time, it is a good idea to check in with them to see if you will need to purchase the textbook in advance, that you’re looking forward to their class, and if there are any additional supplies or materials.
  • Schedule something fun with your friends at the end of the first week of classes.  Having an event to look forward to can help keep your mood and outlook positive!

Best of luck with the start of the new semester!

Ashley

Plan Over Break

With an incredibly long winter break, the first instinct may be to make a mental list of all of the shows that you’re going to watch on Netflix.  While break is a great time to relax and unwind, it is also a time to reflect and plan for your future.  Here are some of my recommended activities while you’re back in your hometown for a little while:

  • Read books that interest you
  • Try out a new recipe and find your signature dish that you’ll be able to wow your roommates with once you get back from break
  • Meet with your accountant/financial planner to see if you’re in good standing with academic payments and post-graduation
  • Get in all of your mandatory appointments – dentist, general check up, etc.
  • Have a movie and cookie decorating night with all of your friends from your town
  • Explore a different area of your hometown
  • Try out a new restaurant in your local area
  • Back up all of your documents and photos from the semester
  • Clear out your email inbox with unnecessary emails and newsletter subscriptions
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen

Enjoy your winter break!

Ashley

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