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Summer classes’ Do’s and Dont’s

Almost every semester now I have taken a summer class, although they have only been online they really instilled a good work ethic in me. My personal advice is if you can take summer classes’ online do it, best decision I made. If you want to travel and work you have more flexibility to do so. This summer session I am taking two classes, one online and one at the college. So here are a few things I do to prepare myself:

Do:

  1. Get an agenda, keep everything super organized.
  2. Get to know your professor, summer classes go quickly and are a full class packed into a few weeks, so you never know when you will need help.
  3. Only take 1-2 classes per summer session, it is a lot to take in.
  4. Check when your class starts, usually it’s only a short period of time after your semester ends.
  5. Register to classes early, summer gets full quickly.

Don’t:

  1. Don’t wait till the last minute.
  2. Don’t try to write your papers or assignments at the beach, bringing your laptop or wok isn’t always the smartest idea.
  3. Take a bunch of classes at different colleges to try and get the most of your summer classes, trust me stick to one to two.
  4. Don’t wait till your semester ends to register, most people do this in case they fail they have a backup but always register as soon as you are allowed.

Do you have any tips for summer classes? Do you prefer online or in class? Let me know!

Xoxo

Kailee

 

Step Outside Your Major

With 30 majors here at FIT and thousands of students, it can be very easy to get comfortable with your crowd within your major.  If you are in a smaller major like Toy Design or Cosmetic and Fragrance Marketing, you are most likely spending endless hours in class with the same exact people.  It is important to step outside of your major and not only meet people within the school, but also take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate.  FIT is truly seamless (no pun intended).  If you are a designer, you can collaborate with a photography major to have your pieces photographed…most likely FOR FREE.  If you are a photography major, you can reach out and have clothes, jewelry, and product to photograph….FOR FREE!  It’s a win-win situation all around!  Photographers should be collaborating with graphic designers who should be collaborating with AMC majors.  Every student can create a professional quality final product or project outside of the assignments that they are given by the professors.  Once we all graduate, there may be creative restrictions, a lack of budget, or a team premade for the company that you work for.  As a student, now is the time to take advantage of the resources that you have at your fingertips!

Ashley

Tackling Finals

Looking back on this semester, it truly flew by, but now the time is finally here…FINALS WEEK!  While some people absolutely dread it, I kind of enjoy it, but only because I plan ahead (and find joy in planning ahead).  As an art and design major, a lot of our finals are final projects, which means the earlier you get your final project done, the sooner you can check that class off your to-do list!  Isn’t that a beautiful thing?  Here are my top strategies to getting ahead on your final projects and papers:

  • Write out a list of all the remaining assignments and projects that you have left for each of your classes
  • Take that list and set dates that you would like each assignment to be completed by
  • Make a schedule of when you’re going to work on each assignment
  • Put your phone on the other side of the room, but with the volume on.  If someone needs to reach you, you’ll know…otherwise you’ll be too tempted to check it every 5 minutes.
  • Be in touch with your professor to confirm that the guidelines for the assignments haven’t changed.  There’s nothing worse than completing an assignment and putting in your all, only to have the professor change the guidelines completely.
  • Plan incentives/rewards for yourself once you finish each project.  Whether it’s a snack or a nap (my two choices), it helps to motivate you.
  • Rejoice in the fact that you have finished a semester!

Best of luck!

Ashley

A Day in the life of an Online Student

Hello everyone!

This past semester has been truly different for me, it was the first semester I took all of my classes online and didn’t go to school physically at FIT. Everyone thinks online classes are really easy or some even think they are really hard and require a lot of work but neither of which are completely true.When you take an online class you need to devote at least 4-6 hours per module, meaning to read everything, do the discussion’s, take tests, ect.

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This semester I took 8 online classes, most of which were ITM based while a few were liberals. So a typical day in my world starts a little something like this..

It’s 6:00 am I hear my alarm on my phone going off , I reach down to turn it off but suddenly realize its not near my bed because it has fallen on the floor over night, forcing me to get out of bed. I quickly get dressed and hop in my car to go 15 minutes down the street to the gym, I run and workout quickly because I have to be home by 7:15 to get ready on time. It is now 8:15 I have gotten ready for work and I am about to eat breakfast  as well as pack my lunch for the day.  Once I have driven to work it is 9:00 I finally sit at my desk for the first time today, check my emails, check in with my boss and start with my daily work. By 1:00 it is my lunch break but I don’t leave work, I sit at my desk and do my school work for an hour until I need to start other things. 5:00 rolls around and it is now time to go home, but my day doesn’t end here. I get home to eat and get changed by 6:00 its time to get back to my online classes, each night I tend to work anywhere from 3-4 hours on all my projects, tests, readings, and discussions. Then I slowly crawl into bed and fall asleep to only hear my alarm going off at 6:00 am and it is the next day.

When choosing to be an online student you choose it for many different reasons, work, children, personal matters. But your classes go on everyday if you are focusing on them or not. For me being an online student at FIT , doesn’t make me feel like your typical college student but it really works for me!

Xoxo,

Kailee

Myths of FIT

FIT is not your typical college by any means.  Located in the heart of Manhattan, FIT is far from your usual college experience.  I’m here to clarify and dispel any FIT myths that are out there!

Myth #1: FIT doesn’t have sports
This is far from true!  FIT has 15 sports teams (6 men, 8 women, 1 coed) and we are a part of the NJCAA Division III Conference.

Myth #2: FIT doesn’t offer housing
FIT has 4 residence halls, 3 of which are located right on 27th St. The dorms located on 27th St are for new students and the dorm located on 31st St and 10th Ave is for returning students.

Myth #3: Classes can be 3 hours long
This is actually very true!  As an art and design major, I have had classes that range between 2 hours to 8 hours long.  It is more common that classes will only meet once a week, which is preferable with the amount of coursework that we have.

Myth #4: FIT is basically an all girls school
While the demographic is predominantly female at 85%, more and more males are coming to FIT every single year!  Our male population is rapidly growing here at FIT.

Myth #5: FIT is a fashion school
Our most popular majors are Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, and Advertising and Marketing Communications.  Some of the coursework included in even our most popular majors can be unrelated to fashion.  There is a fashion focus, but we offer majors such as Toy Design, Photography, Entrepreneurship, and Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.  For example, you don’t have to shoot fashion in order to be a photography major at FIT!

I hope this helped to dispel the popular misconceptions about FIT!

Ashley