Category Archives: Academics

Snug Up With A Good Book

Winter means temperatures are dropping and the only thing you want to do is to stay in doors, probably in bed with a good movie. But try switching it up and instead of Netflix, you might want to try snuggling up to a good book. Here are some of the books that are on my Winter to read list:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles It’s the story about this man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life in the attic of a luxury hotel, as Russian history is unfolding outside his widow. It takes a look at the man’s emotional discovery, throughout the years.

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy Although I’ve read the two first ones, I love the era it’s set in. If like me you love the middle ages, stories about Kings and Queens, power, wealth, and war. You will love this trilogy. It’s based on the real life of Queen Eleanor, and her very tumultuous life in the French and English court.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho It’s the story about this boy who travels from Spain to the Egyptian dessert to find a treasure. Along the way he meets several people who point him to the direction of his quest. It’s ultimately a story about the importance of listening to our hearts.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Ever since I’ve seen the movie You Before Me, I’ve been wanting to read one of Jojo Moyes stories. This one sounded the most interesting, because it’s the story of how a painting holds memories of lost loves. Although the two main female characters are separated by centuries, they are united because of their determination to fight for the thing they love most.

If you have any book recommendations, feel free to leave them down below!

xoxo

Zorya

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

While Thanksgiving is still a few short weeks away, it’s never too early to plan for your travels.  I won’t be able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family back home but I’m fortunate enough to have one of my friend’s welcome me into their home each Thanksgiving.  Even though I do not have to travel very far to get to my friend’s home, we are among the masses traveling after the workday is over.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to travel smoothly and safely:

  • Buy your tickets in advance:  This may be self explanatory but buying your ticket right before you get on a bus, train, or plane can be more frustrating and costly (depending) rather than if you purchased it prior to arrival at the station/terminal.  Typically, lines at the station are out of control and you may be running late from work/school to get to your destination, so be sure to plan ahead!
  • Pack light:  This can be incredibly difficult sometimes depending on your trip, but the lighter you pack, the less you have to worry about excess luggage, your arm hurting from carrying the load, or lack of space on the plane/bus/train.
  • Bring snacks:  You never know what the weather is going to be like when you’re traveling and if it’s going to cause hefty delays.  Not much is worse than being delayed, waiting impatiently AND being hungry.  Like Snicker’s commercials say…”you’re not you when you’re hungry.” Bring snacks!
  • Bring something to do:  Whether it’s downloading a movie for your travels, listening to music, reading a book, catching up on work, or just simply taking a nap, having something to do will help pass the time.
  • Relax: Holidays are a time for loved ones, good food, and relaxing on the couch.  By this time, we’re nearing the end of the semester, right before final exam stress arrives so take this time for yourself, unwind, and spend time with good company.

Happy holidays!

Ashley

Illustration on 28th Street

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It’s that time of year again! Illustration students have taken to the streets, turning FIT’s dull, concrete walls into works of art.

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Chalk FIT, an annual project, allows students to create individual illustrations on the exterior walls along 7th Avenue and 28th Street. 

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This time around, Chalk FIT pays homage to our neighborhood Chelsea, the lively and eclectic campus our college calls home. Chalk FIT adds a colorful touch to Manhattan’s landscape. Make sure to support the work in progress by checking out all of the creative art from start to finish!

Melinda

PayScale.com Ranks FIT #1

PayScale, which links individuals and businesses to the largest salary profile database in the world, ranks FIT first in the nation among community colleges for alumni mid-career salaries ($74,600) in the 2016-17 PayScale College Salary Report. PayScale collects data through an ongoing online compensation survey. The site ranked 1,388 colleges and universities in total, with an average sample size of 325. This salary figure represents an increase of 3.5 percent from last year. PayScale ranked 371 two-year colleges.

This is the second year in a row FIT ranks number two out of 100 schools for alumni holding bachelor’s degrees in art, with a mid-career salary of $90,300. FIT also ranks 110th overall for mid-career salaries among all 983 colleges and universities that grant bachelor’s degrees, with a median salary of $93,100. Among bachelor-degree-granting schools in New York State, FIT came in 17th. Among public colleges and universities nationwide, FIT’s rank was 35th.

So exciting to see that FIT graduates are going on to successful careers throughout the creative industries and have incredible earning potential!

Melinda

Registration Time

It’s that time of the year again to register for classes for next semester!  For some students, this is a dreaded time to try and pre-manage your time with internships, jobs, and life outside of school.  I have some tips and tricks to help make registering for classes a breeze!

  • Meet with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor can tell you what classes you have left to take and inform you if you are on track to graduate as scheduled!  If you know what classes you need to take, it is helpful to make an appointment regardless so that you are at ease when you go to register.  Make an appointment here!
  • Look up the classes and CRN numbers in advance.  Registering for classes can sometimes be a battlefield.  With small class sizes, spots can get taken fairly quickly.  By writing down the CRN numbers, you can quickly input them into the slots when you go to register at your designated time.
  • Have a backup plan.  If you have several electives to choose from, prioritize your first, second, and third choices in case the spots have filled up.
  • Know your registration time and check your status.  Make sure that you are all squared away as far as any outstanding payments that you may owe, or anything that is overdue that may prevent you from registering.  Your academic advisor is able to inform you of your registration time, but you can also check your time and status by looking under MyFIT, under Online Information System/Student/Registration.
  • Breathe. 

Happy registering!

Ashley