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.
So the end of the semester is coming pretty quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday where I was writing about my goals for this semester, where I thought I would be and my expectations for my classes.
I must say I learned so much this semester and my life has changed so much in these past few months. My classes were all amazing the one class I highly recommend to anyone is Business Communications which is an English class taught by Professor Landman. THE MOST beneficial course I have taken at FIT. It taught me how to write memos, fix my resume, and how to handle the work place in a much more professional manner. Don’t get me wrong it had its fair share of work but I believe it was beyond worth it. I apply the things I learned to my everyday job, which is very hard to say about a lot of things you learn in High school, College ,ect
I also became an official licensed insurance producer in life, health, home and auto, all while being a full time employee and student ! ( I’m not going to lie it is something I am extremely proud of, because I never thought I would get through it). I also bought my very first car all on my own as well. ( Which you can see above ) Life is going great as of right now, I made it through the semester with what looks like good grades so far ,working full time and you will soon be with my on my journey through only online classes next semester.
How was your semester ? Any struggles? How about recommendations to classes you took?
In the tragic event all over the news we all know what recently happened in Paris. Paris is in a state of emergency amid a deadly shooting, hostage situation and scary explosion that has left at least 127 dead.It has confirmed by France that this is an act of terrorism, as multiple shocking tragedies took place on Nov. 13. Several people were dead and wounded after a shooting at a restaurant in central Paris, and around the same time, an explosion allegedly occurred, which disrupted a soccer match between France and Germany. A second shooting took place at Paris Bataclan concert hall, where more than 100 were held hostage and a shootout took place between police and a target on the roof.
At this time in our community I send my prayers out to everyone, students, faculty, loved ones, family, friends. Regardless what your beliefs are I ask you all who are reading this to keep all these people in your thoughts and prayers. For those suffering at this time FIT has a lot of different services to help you, and many councilors for you to speak to.
So recently I have come to a time in my FIT career where I am given the opportunity to work full time while I am finishing up my last few semesters. Being an ITM major I am given the opportunity to take majority of my classes online. Since I live in New Jersey and I waste about 10 hours a week back and forth commuting I thought it might be a great idea to only take online classes next semester.
So have taken a lot of online classes at school before I know what to expect but the question is do you? When choosing to take an online class you need to ask yourself a few questions:
Are you able to push yourself to do work when not in a physical classroom?
Do you learn better in groups or alone?
Even though you take an online class do you have enough time to devote to doing so, online classes tend to take the same amount of time if not more.
Are you able to self motivate?
Before fully committing to a fully online schedule I do suggest you take a class here or there to see if it is for you. I personally love them especially because I can work at my own pace and I often work ahead. So next semester will you be interested in taking an online class?
When entering your freshman year, you all of a sudden feel like a 5 year old child again, diligently following the rules and being paranoid that you’re going to get in trouble. You also feel like you need to buy EVERYTHING JUST IN CASE. But I’m here to help you swallow your nervousness and inform you about what you should invest time and money in so that you can succeed!
A sturdy umbrella. You may think that the rain won’t be that bad or you can just rush to where you’re going or stand under scaffolding. I’m warning you now…the rain will come and your $6 umbrella with polka dots from Target will not save you from the downpours. Get an umbrella that truly locks into place and go Mary Poppins on you with one gust of wind.
Shoes. I cannot stress this enough. You don’t think you’re going to walk that much, but you do. You’re going to want a pair of shoes for each type of weather and ones that are comfortable! Rain boots may not be the most fashionable, but they will keep you dry during the rainy and snowy months.
Socks. While this may sound silly, thick and warm socks are a beautiful gift. When winter rolls around and you’re waiting to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree light up, you can thank Grandma for those knitted wool socks from 2012.
A locker. If you are a commuter student and going home for lunch in between classes seems daunting or impossible, get a locker! You can store your textbooks, personal items, and school supplies in there year round. Nothing is worse than forgetting something at home or wishing that you had somewhere to put something in a rush.
Portable Charger. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been running low on my phone battery and needed to charge it. While most people carry their cords with them everywhere, a portable charger is handy when you don’t have a plug, on the go, or don’t want to bug someone to use theirs.
Computer Software. If you are living in the dorms your freshman year, I highly recommend waiting to purchase all of the hefty software used for editing and designing until the library isn’t easily accessible to you. The library has amazing hours during the week and there is a 24 hour computer lab available as well. Every computer at FIT has the necessary software used in your classes. Save yourself the Creative Cloud debt and wait.
Textbooks & School Supplies. DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT buy your textbooks before classes start unless your professor has told you otherwise. Half of the textbooks and “required” supplies, I have NEVER used. I could’ve saved so much money if I had just purchased the items when I needed it.
EVERYTHING. Many stores whether they advertise it or not have student discounts. Just ask the cashier if they do and a lot of the time, you’ll get very lucky! Who says being a student doesn’t have its perks?