If you are a typical FIT student, you probably have a million different things going on at once. Between internships, jobs, commuting, family, friends, and enjoying your college years, FIT students have a lot on their plate! With your crazy schedule, online classes may be perfect for you! From my personal experiences, online classes provided me with the flexibility to “attend” class and get my coursework done on my own time. Having that flexibility allowed me to work on the assignments in chunks, and not all at once in a single sitting. However, with online classes, they can often be twice as hard and twice the amount of work, since you are teaching yourself in coursework you’d otherwise learn in class in addition to the homework that is assigned. Here are my tips for surviving online classes:
If you can fit the “in person” class into your schedule…do it. Online classes are often a last resort for when you need 2-3 days a week to work or intern. If the in-person class meets during a time that fits into your schedule, opt for that form of learning instead!
Don’t look at the module’s coursework a day before it’s due. This may seem self-explanatory, but you absolutely cannot leave your online coursework for the very last minute. Often modules are set up 2 weeks at a time. While that may seem easy and breezy, there’s a reason why you are given 2 weeks to do the work!
Go to the library. At the library, you not only have the textbook resources, but you also have the additional computer resources. I loved being able to work off of two screens while working. I could use one computer for research and the other to access my coursework.
Communicate with your professor frequently. Since you will never actually meet your professor, it is important that you voice any concerns that you have about the class, missing links and articles, and where you stand with your grades.
Stay organized. While you should stay organized regardless of the method of teaching, staying organized with online classes is especially important. Classes are often taught in chronological order, so if your binder is a mess, taking the midterm may be a mess as well!
So already being a week into the new year my life has been crazy busy. Between new jobs, New Years resolutions and my social life. One of my resolutions was to travel and see more things.
So I tried a new restaurant called EL Escondido in freehold, with the best food I have ever tried. I had a tropical enchilada with mangos, chicken, cheese, peppers.
But today is the best part. I interviewed for a new company which I have been dying to work for, and not even thirty minutes after my interview they called me… I GOT IT. I will only be an intern but I can really see myself working for them long term. I have honestly never been more excited to work for a company. Overall 2016 looks like its going to be a great year so far! How is yours going?
Coming back from a VERY long winter break can be daunting. Your mind isn’t necessarily in the same place that it once was at the end of last semester, so it’s easy to forget the school essentials. I’m here to help you remember what you need to get together before January 25th comes around:
Textbooks: If your professor has already specified the exact textbooks that you’ll need and the level of use for them, then go ahead and RENT them from chegg.com or the FIT bookstore. If you don’t know yet, don’t make any purchases!
FIT ID: If you are a returning student, be sure to give yourself enough time on the first day to get yourself a brand new sticker for the semester. Nothing is worse than running late on the first day! If you are a new student, you’ll get your fancy student ID and sticker at orientation!
Agenda/Planner: I could not live without my planner. It is truly my guide for everything that I do. If you have never used one, I highly recommend it! It can help aide you in staying organized and on top of your life, both in and out of school.
USB/Backup: These two go hand and hand, but if you have not backed up your USB from last semester, do it now! If your USB is full from last semester, clear some documents off, or get a new one, but be sure to write your name and phone number on it in case it gets lost!
Supplies: This may be self explanatory, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget a notebook and a pen on the first day. Unless you know how the class is going to run, be sure to take notes on what type of supplies you’ll need during the first week.
With the start of the new year, everyone is pushing the idea of resolutions and making overall change in your life. Thankfully for you as a student, you have 2 ways that you can start over. It is a brand new year and a brand new semester. If this previous semester was not your greatest, evaluate what you could have done differently. From there, write down goals that you have for yourself and think about the steps that you need to take to get yourself there.
We can get so caught up in the city and continuously moving and pushing ourselves and not realizing where the time went. When we stop to evaluate how we ar physically and emotionally and make changes to improve ourselves, that is when we see results. If you surrounded yourself with negative people and energy this past semester, focus on yourself and your success and break away from anyone that is holding you back. If you are interested in an internship or job that may be “out of your league,” apply for it anyways. You never know where and when opportunities reveal themselves, but take advantage of your time here in New York. Make this semester the semester that you hoped it would be, whether it’s your first semester, or your last. Best of luck!
As the holidays quickly surpass us one more year, I thought I would tell you a little about mine. For me Holidays mean spending time with friends and family I don’t really get to see. Christmas Eve I was able to spend some quality time with some amazing friends. We had prime rib and huge king crab legs that were the size of me, and even more delicious food that you can imagine. I watched my first Raider game and learned about football, which secretly I still know nothing about I was too busy eating dessert. Then on Christmas I spent more time with friends and family. I first had brunch at my house with my brother, mom, and dad. My mom made waffles and bacon and we had fruits and cookies, it was so perfect. Then we opened presents, I received tons of Kate spade stuff ( but I mean common did you expect anything else from me ) and books this year. I asked for so many books which is so hard now because I don’t know what to read first because they are all so good! So one day I start one then I start another and I go back and forth till I finish them. Then we spent the rest of the day at my grandmas and my friends. We laughed like crazy and ate more then any of us could fit. My cousin Justine got this pie game from one of my other cousins. So we tried to sit at the table and play roulette with this game and see who gets whip cream in the face but no one was truly willing to sit there. It was one of the best holidays I ever had. I barely ever get to spend time with all my family like that and to be all together made me extremely happy.
Oh and this is fluff my bunny in his ugly Christmas sweater, he loved all his presents as well. (Haha)