While it may only be Thanksgiving Eve as I am writing this, finals week(s) approaches quicker than it seems. With only 3 weeks remaining, the idea of finals and studying can seem especially daunting amongst all of the holiday cheer and excitement. There can be a lot of pressure to experience New York around this time because it is such a magical place. I think it is especially important to create memories outside of school but also not slack on homework and hard work, specifically towards the end of the semester. I highly recommend getting ahead on your work. While this may seem easier said than done, it is important that you enjoy life’s moments in general, but also enjoy them totally stress free!
If you are reading this prior to November 28th, you’re in the clear! If you’re reading this after November 28th, you’re not doomed either. But my biggest advice is to take this upcoming weekend and really kick the homework mode into high gear. Yes, you are most likely surrounded by family and friends for the holiday, but even if you have an hour or two to crank out some homework, DO IT! With the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd and the holiday markets and gift season in high gear starting December 1st, buckle down before the winter bug bites you! Even if you can finish ONE class’ coursework, you’ll feel so much better going into the final weeks. Since we don’t technically have an exam finals week, classes fluctuate in their last days. Even if you begin to make notecards for the exam you have in 3 weeks, you’ll feel so much more accomplished than if you waited until the last minute. You’ll be itching to go home and celebrate the holidays before you know it. Every little bit helps! Progress is progress!
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?
So this past week FIT showed its colors in the breezeway, while presenting FIT Pride Day. This day was one that is close to my heart. Having Friends, Family, and many loved ones who are gay, lesbian, whatever sexuality it may be, who are very close to me. I have seen there struggles, I have been there when they couldn’t tell there families, their heart break , the smiles on there faces when they realized there family didn’t look at them differently, My best friend when he finally went on his first date, the happiness in there eyes when they are finally free to let go and be themselves.
It is finally 2015 and I am proud to be apart of the generation that is more than accepting, times have finally changed. Where everyone is free to be themselves, same sex marriage was finally approved , and the world is becoming a much happier place. I love that FIT shows everyone support regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. So when deciding if you want to be apart of FIT ask yourself do you want to be apart of a family? Or just another student at a school. At FIT you are not just another number in a desk, you are known by name and are able to be apart of a very close knit family.
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!