Hello there! Hope you all had a great week so far. Midterms are in full swing and I know how stressful that can be. But don’t worry you’ll get through it! Today I thought I would talk to you a little about your LinkedIn profile, because like most freshman I had absolutely no idea how crucial my LinkedIn profile was.
It never really occurred to me that companies actually look at your LinkedIn profile, till I was asked during an interview that they had researched me on LinkedIn. Since then I’ve updated my profile, and have been contacted by a few companies. Also I’m currently in the process of looking for a Fall internship, and when I met with my counselor one of the requirements was to update and work on my profile. Yes, companies do actually look at your profile, and some even require you to submit it in addition to your cover letter and resume.
How do I grow my connections? I know that was always something I was quite worried about. All my other friends had over 500+ connections, and I’m only at like 50… Don’t worry too much about that, because you’ll built it up by networking. Every time you network or meet people through jobs or internships make sure you add them on LinkedIn, they can be really helpful for the future. Also asking your professors at the end of the semester to connect on LinkedIn is a great way to built your connections.
Hope this was helpful! If you have any questions feel free to ask them down below.
You’d be surprised how many places you can travel to on a budget and without a car. A few weeks ago, I was able to visit Boston and I did not have a big budget going into the trip. Here are some of my quick tips if you want to make a trip up to the historic city.
Take a Megabus from NYC. I was able to take a $30 round trip megabus that drops you off near the financial district in Boston, located near metro stops, buses, and an easy location to take an uber to and from.
Set your budget beforehand. If you know how much you can spend, stay within that limit. Look up restaurants and attractions that you want to see and approximately how much those events will cost and factor all of that into your budget.
Pack snacks and entertainment. It can’t be a long bus ride, especially with the not-so-great wifi available on the Megabus. Download a movie beforehand, bring a book, and above all, bring snacks for the trip there and back to avoid paying absurd prices at the bus station.
Visit Quincy Market. Located near the water, the indoor/outdoor market filled with shops, boutiques, LOTS of clam chowder and ice cream. You’ll be sure to find something for everybody!
Give yourself extra time. The streets in Boston are some of the most confusing roads to drive on. Like New York, there’s almost always traffic, except this time, there’s no helpful grid. Factor in at least an additional 15 minutes and if you’re driving, make sure you have enough gas in the tank!
The FIT library is a great place to go for some quiet time, but it is also a fantastic place to receive help on research or thesis assignments! Here are some resources that the library has that you as an FIT student can take advantage of:
PrintFx: PrintFx is FIT’s printing lab in which students and faculty have access to. It is located on the 5th floor of the Pomerantz Center in D529A. You are able to drop off orders or order online, and the services range from laser jet prints to printing on fabric, to bookbinding. PrintFx has some of the least expensive prices in the city and is always of the highest quality.
Research and Instructional Services: If you have a thesis or research project that would like assistance in finding materials, the research services desk is happy to sit down with you, chat over the phone or email regarding your needs. To find out more information about how to book an appointment, click here.
Rent books and movies: From the blockbuster hits to the fashion documentaries and novels, the FIT library has access to it all for your use. Don’t see the title that you are looking for? Inform the library staff and they are open to ordering it.
Historical Forecast Archives: FIT has access to historical forecasts from the 19th century – onward. You must make an appointment to view by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Scan textbook pages: The professor may not require the book, but they may assign readings and assignments from the textbook. Instead of purchasing the entire book and rarely using it, the FIT library has access to a majority of the typical textbooks used and they are available to scan so that you have access to the necessary pages.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about what the FIT library has to offer!
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!
While spring being around the corner is a great incentive to change your life around, sometimes you need to get your motivation from external sources. My favorite way to get motivated is to watch documentaries about those that inspire me, listen to motivational music, or read a book that will make me think and drive me to do better. The FIT library is filled with books, not just pertaining to fashion and the related majors here, but also motivational books. Here are some of my favorite books that can be found in the FIT library:
Grit: The Power of Passion and Purpose by Angela Duckworth
Synopsis: Why do some people succeed and others fail?
Own Your Future by Paul B. Brown
Synopsis: How to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy
No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith
Synopsis: Finding your passion, creating your career plan, confronting your fears and excuses
Smarter, Better, Faster by Charles Duhigg
Synopsis: The secrets of productivity in life and business
Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Synopsis: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion