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How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Great Volunteer Spots in the City

Hello there!

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. 

The Art Therapy Project 

Artists Talk on Art

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

BWAC

The Center for Book Arts

CITYarts

Delivering Good, Inc. 

The Field

FREE ARTS NYC

Groundswell 

Materials for the Arts 

Museum of Chinese in America 

No Longer Empty 

Residency Unlimited

Sing for Hope

Studio in a School

Time In Children’s Arts

xoxo

-Z

Want To Volunteer?!

Hello there!

It came to my attention, that a lot of students (especially new students), weren’t aware of our Student Volunteer Community Services (SVCS). Many think it’s to volunteer for food bank, pet shelters etc. But it offers much more volunteer opportunities than that. For example if you wanted to volunteer for NYFW, SVCS are the ones that take care of it. If you haven’t signed up to SVCS, you will never be informed about various dates and opportunities to volunteer for really great events. It costs you absolutely nothing to fill out the SVCS Personal Information Form and like that you will be sure to be informed by email about any events that are offered to FIT students. Last year for example students could sign up to volunteer and be part of Kanye West’s fashion show!

Don’t wait and sign up now!

xoxo

-Zorya

Reminder for International Students

Hey there!

If you’re an international student (like myself) and are planning on having a non-credit internship next semester (Spring 2017), I would suggest you apply now for an OPT approval. It takes about 90 days to process, so make sure you do it before you leave for Winter break.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is go to the international student services on the first floor of the B (B103) building and request the form to apply for an OPT. Next you’re going to have to take two passport pictures and make a check for 380$ to the USCIS. Once you’ve done this, make sure you schedule an appointment with Erika Rohrback. I would almost suggest scheduling it, once you’ve gotten the form to fill out, just to make sure you get a meeting with her (since she is very busy). If she tells you everything looks good, you just have to wait for them to approve your OPT and you’re good start working!

Good Luck!

xoxo

Zorya

Goals For This Semester

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Hello there! I never used to be someone who set goals for myself. But recently I’ve found that they can be really helpful and can really challenge you in a positive way. This semester I’m starting a new chapter in my life, I’ve switched majors from Production Management to Advertising Marketing & Communications, and I’m starting my Bachelor’s Degree. I thought it only fitting to set myself a few goals, to help guide me in the right direction and hopefully make me feel like I’ve achieved something (even if it’s something really small).

  1. Higher my GPA – Last semester wasn’t my semester. I took so many different classes, because I had to take a lot of prerequisite classes for AMC. I ended up with classes that did not relate to each other, which was really stressful. But this my schedule looks much better and I love all my classes (which is always a bonus).
  2. Get more involved in school activities – FIT has great community service activities you can get involved with. I love interacting with other students and feeling like I’ve helped someone. This semester I really want to start helping and volunteering more.
  3. Start looking/applying for a Spring internship – I know it’s early, but I know myself and if I wait too long, I’m not going to do it. Also I don’t want to do it when I have all my exams, because I don’t want to have that extra stress on my shoulders.
  4. Stay on a Budget – I know I’m not the only one when it comes to spending less than what I make.
  5. Be more CREATIVE! 

If I can do it, you can do it!

xoxo

-Z