Category Archives: Student Life

The Final Weeks

The final weeks of the semester can be daunting, but there are common things that we have to do before we head home for the holidays!  These sort of tasks may only take a few seconds but it’s crucial to make sure that you are good to go.

  • Return your textbooks.  You may think that this is common knowledge, but there have been people who have flown home and forgotten that they didn’t return a book.  Set a reminder in your phone and consider it the most rewarding post finals treat to yourself.
  • Check out of the dorms/apartment.  If you are in the dorms, your RA will walk you through what you need to do to ensure that you are accounted for.  If you are living in an apartment and going to be gone for the new year, make sure that you pay your rent early to avoid any crazy stress.  If it’s automatically taken out of your account, you’re good to go.
  • Clean your dorm/apartment.  Whether you’re going to be gone for 2 weeks or 6 weeks, your place can collect all types of nastiness, so scrub and mop to prolong the dust from collecting.
  • Clean out your fridge.  This is self explanatory but let’s not return back to an apartment with an odor.
  • Pay your tuition.  Tuition for next semester isn’t due until January 4th, but the sooner you turn it in, the sooner you can cross it off your to-do list.
  • Soak it all in.  Another semester accomplished, another semester down.  Congratulations!  One step closer to graduation!  Be proud of yourself!

Ashley

Keep Calm and Final On!

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Well the clock is ticking and finals are just starting or are about to start for most of us. Its the time of the year that you don’t know if you should give up and watch some Netflix or push yourself to study more. So as these tough times start to approach us I have a few tips for you.

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Don’t waste time watching Netflix and telling yourself it will help you prepare. Because before you know it you’ll be a whole season into a show and finals are the next morning. So get motivated to study. Don’t sweat the small stuff , students typically don’t have many concerns around this time such as eating habits, makeup, working out, are usually not a main priority and that is ok , your final grade is what you worked for all semester.

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Make a self created study guide , they are great tools when you rewrite the important information it helps you recall everything you went over this semester. Its also a handy thing to have to look over minutes before the exam. Finals do not have to be so terrible if you make good head way and are prepared. Study guides, study time, note cards and limited distractions are ideal in reducing the anxieties of finals week. Once in the study zone you may even enjoy it.

2357a300f4f67b166be6f3da9d682ec8Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Xoxo Kailee

Cyber Tips for Cyber Monday

Although we all dread the lines for Black Friday there is something much easier a few days later which is Cyber Monday. ( This is when I do all my shopping) . Over the years I have realized a few things that can help maximize your savings and minimize your time online.

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  1. Sign up for Newsletters and follow your favorite stores on social media. Mainly Twitter most brands don’t want to mark up their entire website so they only offer special offers to devoted fans.
  2. . When first getting on the website hit the view all button and start from the button up, while most are shopping there way from the top down.
  3. Although I don’t highly  suggest it use an auto fill tool for your credit card and shipping address. There is a site called RoboForm which remembers your passwords to certain sites which I actually use all the time, and is very safe.
  4. Lastly remember some deals will get better if you wait till closer to Christmas, unless you know its going to sell out then my opinion is just put it in the bag.

Happy Shopping!

Kailee

Free Events in NYC this December

Hey everyone!

I do not know about you but getting closer to the holidays I do not have a lot of extra money to spare so I am always looking for free events. I recently came across a few that I know everyone really enjoys and some that are brand new.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park –Midtown West – Until January 3, 2016

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings – Gagosian Gallery, Lenox Hill Until December 12, 2015

On view are paintings produced by Bacon during the last 20 years of his life. Bacon was known for his screaming popes and writhing figures, but his late-career paintings are somewhat more refined, with visceral brushwork giving way to spray paint, and brighter colors supplanting dark tones.

Rockafeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 2, 2015 – Midtown West

Proceedings start at 7:00pm, but you will want to get there as early as you can to secure a spot. The actual lighting takes place at the end of the program; most of the two-hour event is devoted to celebrity performances.

Target First Saturday – Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park – Saturday December 5, 2015

The revered Brooklyn institution stays open late and waives admission on the first Saturday of every month. Attendees can take in performances and lectures, go on guided tours or sip wine between gallery browsing

Medium of Desire: An international Anthology of Photography and Video- Soho, December 17, 2015 – March 16, 2016

Fourteen artists from nine countries bridges cultural differences with the unifying theme of desire.

Enjoy!

Kailee

Notes From the 6 Train: NCPTW Conference

So these past two weeks are so incredibly hectic. I got to get a break from the city and went to Salt Lake City to present at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. I had such a blast!

My presentation was titled Art & Rhyme:
Understanding the Importance of Writing Centers in the Development of Female Artistry. I also got to write a semi-research paper *yay, who doesn’t enjoy research papers?* & interview dope women artists. I interviewed a former high fashion model turned fashion designer who works with Barneys, to a radical black/ queer performing artist, a circus inspired satirical burlesque performer who focuses on women’s identity in society, as well as jewelry designer and painter, and classically trained dancer.

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I asked them questions about how writing informs their art practice, how writing has helped find opportunities that have furthered their practice/ encouraged growth, (such as grants, residencies, etc.), if the idea of report talk vs. rapport talk *a theory about how women & men are socialized to communicate* factors into the way men and women artists communicate about their work, what tools/ support in writing centers would they want that would affirm & support women their work?

Our hotel that looked like The Shining

Our hotel that looked like The Shining

While I was working on this presentation, I have to admit, I felt a little overwhelmed. But, ultimately, I feel good that I did it. I introduced an important topic to a group of people who may not otherwise ever get this information, plus, my presentation was well attended and afterwards, several people told me about how much they enjoyed it.

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Plus, I got to bond with other FIT writing tutors and go in a trip that was all sponsored on FIT! (Who doesn’t want to do that?)

All Things Color & Love,
Aya Lane