And it begins! This past week, FIT held portraits with Thornton Studios for students who are graduating. The official FIT Commencement will take place at Radio City Hall this year- that’s right, Radio City Hall! The ceremony is on May 24th, and will be split into two portions. Students who are in the School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts are graduating at the 10am ceremony. The students of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology are graduating at the 3pm ceremony. Caps, gowns and tassels are now available for purchase here. The ceremony, which usually lasts about two and a half hours, is going to be here before we know it!
My journey at FIT has been a valuable and one full of learning and growth. Graduation has been something I have always looked forward to accomplishing, and I cannot believe it is nearly here. As I prepare for my final few months at FIT, I hope to reflect on my time here and look ahead to the new chapter of life. It is always rewarding to see hard work and perseverance pay off. Hopefully more graduation-prep updates to come on the blog! If you too are graduating, you can be sure to register here. Until next time, best of luck, soon-to-be grads!
Did you know that FIT has 25 different minors to choose from? Most classes a student has to take will revolve around major related courses; minoring is the perfect opportunity to specialize in another interest or something that is related to major-level work. It is even possible to declare a double minor! In order to declare a minor, you must take five related courses that count as a credit under the minor of choice. With maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher, anyone is able to add a minor.
As an Illustration major, art history was the perfect minor choice for me. My major required credits in art history, so many of the classes I took counted toward my minor. Not only was I able to declare a minor, but I was able to explore courses that branched outside of my major and peaked my interest. Art history has always been a subject I have loved learning about, so I was so grateful to have the opportunity to declare it as a minor and make it part of my education.
Wednesday, March 14th in the Feldman Center Lobby from 12pm-2pm, there will be an Academic Minor Fair. Here coordinators can speak with you to discuss options that work with your interests and major. Be sure to check it out to see if declaring a minor could be the right choice for you!
This being my last semester of college, graduation is on my mind- with graduation comes the ever-so-fun job search. In the upcoming weeks, FIT’s Career and Internship Center is hosting an event for both students and alumni. On March 15th from 11am-2:30pm in the John Reeves Great Hall, there will be a jobs fair for available job and internship positions. A variety of companies are attending the fair, and are looking for current and graduate FIT students.
While this is a special event, the Career and Internship Center is open weekly, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. The center offers a variety of services to students, alumni, and even industry employers. Students may use the center in order to find an internship or job on their own time. They may even meet with the counselors to seek advisement, work on a resume, or help discover career goals.
The Career and Internship Center provides a job database for alumni, as well as a lifetime of job support and access to career counseling. Counseling can help with anything from resumes, to interview preparation, to career and freelance positions. Career counseling is available as both an appointment or walk-in. The walk in hours for Spring 2018 are as listed below:
All month, FIT has been hosting various events to promote healthy relationships. These events have included topics such as maintaining professional relationships, the One Billion Rising movement (the largest movement for ending violence against women), and STD and alcohol knowledge in relation to relationships.
This Thursday, February 22nd, the FIT Theatre Club is preforming “V-Day: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer.” In support of healthy relationships month, this performance will “shed light” on the issue of violence against women. The club is focusing on spreading awareness about women’s social issues, and working toward a positive change. Selections from “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer” will be preformed as well. The performance will be held at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at 7:30pm, and doors will open at 7pm.
The final event for the month will be held on Wednesday, February 28th by FIT Counseling Services. This event will be held in the Alumni Workroom, where counselors are available to discuss ending relationships in a healthy manner.
It is important to create awareness for issues such as these, and spread knowledge on how to maintain healthy relationships. Be sure to check out the Theatre Club’s V-Day performance, and you too can help spread awareness and work toward ending violence against women.
This has been a big week of organization for myself. At the beginning of the semester, I am always given a handful of dates to remember and assignments to be done. On top of work and daily routine, it can be a lot to keep track of. There are a few steps I like to take to make sure I stay organized and can tackle my projects bit by bit.
The first thing I always do is, whenever I am given an assignment with a due date, or just an important date to remember, I write it down in a weekly planner. Right after I mark it “to be done” in my planner, I mark the actual due date. This way, i already have a reminder in two different places! After, I may turn to my calendar and mark it up too. My calendar really plays the biggest role for me during finals week; being able to map everything out for the last few weeks allows me to organize my time accordingly. After I have the assignment documented somewhere, I start to decide how to plan the following weeks until it is due. Often, I’ll make myself progressional due dates. For instance, if I have a painting project due in a month, first I’ll plan when to do the sketch, then when I should have the first layer down, and finally the dates that I will work on the finish.
I often keep a couple of different “to do lists” as well. I’ll keep one list of everything I need to get done in a day so that nothing gets left until the last minute. Then, I’ll have a list of all the upcoming due dates so I do not miss a beat. If there is something I have to do on the same day every week, I’ll pre-set a reminder on my phone that reminds me on that day, every week. By keeping track of my daily, weekly, and monthly progress, I am able to plan my time efficiently, while still leaving time to relax and unwind.
How do you keep track of your busy scheduling and due dates?