I hope everyone is slowly getting back into the flow of things… I thought I would mention a website one of my teachers in my Brand Management class told us about. It’s called the Center for Communication, and it offers students the opportunity to attend free seminars and panels with some amazing speakers in the media world. All events are free for students and are focused on the media industry and how the business is evolving today. These are great seminars for AMC students especially, but also anyone who is interested in this specific area. I would highly suggest looking at the website, because a lot of the events have a limited number of seats. I’ve already booked to attend the seminar on the Brave New World of Journalism, so I’ll definitely write a blog post on my experience and thoughts on it.
Hello there! The fall semester is about to start in less than a week and most of us are probably not ready… There is so much to complete and do before the semester starts, which is why I thought I would give you a little guide to make it a little easier for you!
Check you FIT email You want to make sure you haven’t gotten any email announcements from your professors. Some might already want you to do something before class (buy textbooks, homework, projects etc.), you never know… but better start off the semester prepared.
Log In to Blackboard Always log in to your Blackboard, a lot of times professors make announcement there at the start of the semester. They post the syllabus, policies, tips etc. Again they might want you to do something before class starts, and it will be there under announcements. Just check it to make sure.
Check that you are Registered I would make sure you are registered to all your signed up classes. This semester one of my classes got canceled, so I had to make sure I replaced it, which can take a some time, especially if you already have your schedule planned. You can check under you MyFIT -> Student -> Registration -> View Student Schedule
Start looking for good deals A lot of professors want you to purchase the textbook before class starts. I wouldn’t, usually you don’t event tend to use it on the first day. But I would start researching good deals on amazon, facebook, thrift stores etc. because your probably going to have to purchase it at some point.
Download Elucian GO If you are new and don’t know where all you classes are or want to be able to see you class schedule, I would highly suggest downloading Elucian Go. With this app you get an overview of your classes and can get detailed information on the class, like which classroom, professor details, time etc.
Buy a Planner This is personal, but I need a physical planner, I don’t like electronic planners. If you are like me, don’t forget to buy one so you can start planning your semester.
Get the Fall 2017 sticker On your first day of class don’t forget to get there a little earlier so you can get your fall 2017 sticker put on your ID. You will need it to get into the buildings.
Mothers. Living breathing magic. The women that have devoted so much of themselves to you, and without them, you wouldn’t be where or who you are today. This year, Mother’s Day is Saturday May 14th, just a week away. Here are some ways to show your mother some love.
A card that sums up your appreciation for your mother
Flowers to add some color to her day and remind her of you
Go to one of your mothers favorites spots, or somewhere she has been bringing up recently!
Has she been wanting to see a movie recently
Everybody likes to laugh. Take her to a comedy show maybe
Whats her favorite restaurant or cafe
Is she the kind that loves to go to book stores and read all day
Would a day trip to a park be something she would like
Animal lovers always enjoy trips to the zoo
Presents with Personality
A sure way to see some tears of joy from your mom is to give her some framed photos of your childhood with her
Have a nickname for your mom? Now’s the perfect time to get her a little token for that
Calling all design students! Create a piece that represents what you feel when you think about your mother
Any items your mom has been hinting to? Now is the perfect time to do a little research and find those deals
The MOST Important Piece
Say THANK YOU to your mother for everything she has done for you. This is the day you should smother your mother in love and affection. We take our mothers for granted so often, so make sure you take note of all the things your mother does for you.
After having moving in and out of the dorms several times at this point, I consider myself to be a professional. Moving out is no easy feat especially when you’re moving out at the exact same time as hundreds of other students, but here are some of my tips and tricks as to how to handle moving out like a pro:
Pack as much as you can into a suitcase. They’re easy to transport and they hold quite a bit, while still being compact.
Use your declining balance to buy snacks for the road and water for the security guards
Take a look at your wardrobe. Donate any clothes that you did not wear often throughout the school year.
Start taking down your room decorations prior to the move out date. It makes things so much easier when you aren’t in a time crunch to remove all of your string lights and posters.
Do your laundry before you move out. Try to have as minimal dirty clothes as possible, therefore you don’t have to keep things separate.
Get rid of your shower caddy for sanitation purposes.
Thank your parents or friends who are helping you move.
The end of the semester is here and with that comes beautiful weather, and sometimes a tendency to slack in the motivation department. Here are some of my tips and tricks for preparing for finals:
Study outside of your apartment. If you have a habit of studying on your couch and falling asleep, now is the time to kick that habit in the butt. Head over to the library, coffee shop, or a place best suited for zero distractions and quiet time.
Keep your phone on loud. This may sound counterproductive, however, I typically check my phone when I’m curious if I have a new notification or text message. If you keep your volume up, you’ll know when you’ve been notified, rather than constantly checking to see if someone needs to get a hold of you. If you’re studying in the library, put your phone on loud, but put headphones in.
Study with friends. If you’re in a study group, someone most likely has some insight on a topic that you aren’t 100% confident about, and vice versa. You become more knowledgeable about the topic when you have to teach it to someone else.
Plan out your schedule. Set deadlines for yourself and allow yourself to go out to dinner or plan a cafe visit so that you have something to look forward to.
Sleep. This step is often very neglected during finals weeks, but is so important that you are getting proper rest. You wouldn’t want to be under the weather the first week of summer, would you?