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How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Design in a business major

Some might think that you don’t get to work outside your major while at FIT, however, they would be wrong. As a Production Management student in FIT’s business school, I will say a majority of my classes are either liberal arts or business courses, but not all. There is a mix of design classes as well. This semester, I am taking Object Oriented Database Management (fancy wording for Adobe Illustrator), and it is a welcomed break from my normal classes.

In the class, we get to create a Tech. Pack from scratch using a garment of our own. My favorite part about the project is that we are building our portfolio with necessary skills based on something that we come into contact with in our daily lives. It is nice being able to use a tool that a lot of the design students use because it gives you a glimpse at what they are doing and what their thought process is, rather than being kept in the dark about it all.

FIT gives students a mix of both sides of the fashion industry, both business and design. So weather you are in business or design, you’ll always get the big picture. I think that’s such a great part of FIT. Don’t you?

Want To Volunteer?!

Hello there!

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!

Don’t wait and sign up now!

xoxo

-Zorya

Open House

Hello there!

Just a quick reminder that Open House is coming up soon. It’s happening next week from the 10/08-10/09/16. If you’re planning on coming, I would suggest you start writing down questions you have and want answered. Open House is a great way to interact and talk to current students and ask them about their experiences at FIT, and if they have any tips for new students. It’s also great, because you get to meet future students  and  start creating new friendships.

If you’re unable to make it, feel free to ask me any questions you have about FIT down in the comments below!

xoxo

-Z

Stay Healthy!

Hello there! Hope you all had a great week. Just wanted to give you guys a few easy tips to keep in mind when your at school, because everyone knows how easy it is to get into bad habits.

 

  1. Walk to class. If you live not too far from school, walk to class. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Those are some easy tips to staying active, since in class your sitting down most of the time. Find easy ways for you to stay active, whatever it is.
  2. Drink Water (a lot). Hydration is key! Always carry a water bottle with you to class, it’s a great way of staying hydrated and awake during class.
  3. Get enough sleep. This is really important. This week I’ve been going really late to bed, and I’ve noticed how unfocused I was in class. Getting enough sleep helps your learning and memory.
  4. Healthy snacks instead of junk food. It’s so easy to get distracted by these vending machines. If your someone who knows you’ll get hungry, try bringing your own snacks, so you don’t get tempted by junk food.
  5. Have breakfast. Don’t starve yourself. Eat breakfast to start your metabolism. It helps helps you stay energized and focused. If you go to class with an empty stomach, trust me that’s the only thing that will be on your mind.
  6. Don’t overdo coffee. I know I fall into that category. When I’m in school I just forget about how much coffee I’ve had. It almost becomes a ritual before every class I need a cup of coffee, to help me concentrate. But that just isn’t the case. The more coffee you drink the less effect it has on your body. Try to keep you coffee intake at a reasonable amount.

xoxo

-Z