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?
It feels almost as if school just started and we just began learning, but that is far from the case. We are already at midterms , and large projects due, papers, ect. Before you know it school will be coming to an end once again and we will be another semester closer to graduating. College fly’s by especially when your stressed out from the amount of work all due at once. So I have some tips that will make it a little easier to calm down.
Check out “Beats for studying” radio on Pandora
I actually just found it today while I was trying to study on the train. I hate studying on the train due to all the noise so I try and drown it out with music which sometimes distracts me. (I will start signing along in my head and what not) So i decided to look into the genre section on Pandora and they have a whole studying section. “Beats for studying” is actually all the popular songs out right now just made in to soothing classical songs. It is amazing and I personally cant stop listening to it.
As crazy as it sounds exercising can really help ease your mind and body. I know there is little time in the day for it around these times, but even if its just ten minutes I promise you will feel better instantly!
3. Get some Fresh Air
Take a walk around the block or just sit outside for five minutes
4.Be Kind to yourself
Make sure to remind yourself how much of a great job your doing just being you! Stressful times will pass soon enough and you will be back to your self.
Remember FIT has so many resources if you need them. Such as the councilors and the tutoring center , don’t ever be afraid to reach out to someone. Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!
As the autumn and winter months are upon us, it is prime time to get sick and miss your family and friends back home. This stressful time with school alone can be enough to make you feel overwhelmed and getting sick on top of it all doesn’t help. If by chance you do get sick or stressed, there are plenty of resources for you to get back on your feet ASAP! If you aren’t local, making appointments at the doctors can be a daunting task, but I am here to help!
First things first, visit FIT’s Health Services located at A402. You can visit their offices on a walk-in basis or by making an appointment in advanced here. The fully certified staff is happy to help and will provide you with the necessities to feeling better soon! The FIT Health Services is available to students with the FIT health insurance as well as students who have their own health insurance.
If you are looking to make an appointment with a specialist such as a dermatologist, ENT, or cardiologist, I highly recommend using Zoc Doc. Zoc Doc is an online portal for finding doctors in your area. You can read reviews, see if they accept your type of insurance, and schedule an appointment that works best with your schedule! You can easily submit all of the annoying forms in advanced without taking out a pen or clipboard in the office. I am very thankful that Zoc Doc exists.
If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, the FIT Counseling Center in A212B is there for support. With readily available appointments, the Counseling Center can help you with any concerns that you have about your personal or academic well being. No problem is too big, no problem is too small! You’re never alone here at FIT. There’s always someone that wants to help.
Remember to wash your hands and keep your distance from the sneezers!