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College Hacks!

While I was away from the blog this summer, a thoughtful blog reader sent a package to the Admissions Office addressed to me. I wasn’t able to pick up the package until a few weeks ago and I was very excited to see what was inside!

I was mostly surprised to hear that a package was addressed to…me! And that it was sent from a mysterious reader of the FIT Admissions Blog! The gift inside was a book called “College Hacks: Any procedures or actions that solve a problem, simplify a task, reduce frustration, and make college totally awesome” by Keith Bradford. What a perfect book! I’m in college, I love useful tips and tricks…it’s like this person knew me so well ūüėČ

College Hacks by Keith Bradford

College Hacks by Keith Bradford

It was an extremely thoughtful gesture, and something I never expected to happen while being a blogger. I shared the book with my fellow bloggers and we hope to all pick up some new “hacks”¬†from the wealth of information¬†filled inside. If you are the person who sent this book, or happen to know who did, please comment below! I would love to give a personal thanks and put a name to this mysterious gifter :) If you prefer to stay anonymous, please know that I love the book and will definitely be putting these tips to use!

Whether you’re in high school, entering college, or in college, many of these tricks could be applied to your life. I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips listed in the book. Remember, all “hacks” were thought up by author Keith Bradford. Enjoy!!

  1. Can’t afford Microsoft word? Get OpenOffice. It’s the same thing except it’s free and has a lot more features.
  2. Writing down your worries before taking an exam has been proven to actually boost your test scores.
  3. Late for class and need to tell your professor a believable lie? Include an embarrassing detail about yourself. Nobody will doubt a story that makes you look dumb.
  4. Study your notes within one day of taking them. Retention rates are 60% higher then.
  5. Dorm room a little stinky? Put dry tea bags around your room. They will absorb the unpleasant odor.

I could go on and on – this book is great! I hope these help! :)

SALT money



So I know I have spoken about SALT before in pasts posts, but vaguely. Recently I was put into a position where it was very difficult for me to pay for school. So I went to the financial¬†aid office and asked what I could do to make next semesters payment attainable. They were so helpful and gave me many options but one that really stood out to me was this website called www.saltmoney.com/fit. This website offers you a wide variety of options such as applying for scholarship’s, internships, how to write essays to receive a scholarship and so much more. After filling out the questionnaire I was paired up with over 112 scholarship opportunities for myself and my major. So far I have applied to over 15 in just one night. Some of the different scholarships require you to write a short essay, while others don’t require you to write one at all. It does take time and effort to apply for the different awards but who knows if you will end up being the next award recipient. Most awards take a few months after the deadline to confirm if you have won any money but it can always go to your next semester.

After I actually applied myself I highly suggest you taking a moment out of your day to try it. You do not have to be in college they accept high school students too, anyone that is willing to go through the applications is able to apply. A lot of deadlines are coming up soon so make sure you go check it out!

Have a great weekend,



Last First Day

Hello readers!!

It is so great to be back writing for the FIT Admissions Blog after a wonderful summer. What did I do you ask? Worked, worked, vacationed, and worked some more! And I enjoyed every second of it.

How was your summer? Did anyone make a trip to FIT? Take classes? Vacation somewhere cool?

Throughout the summer, at various family events, I would be asked, “So, you’re entering your senior year, huh?”

To which I smiled and reply, “Yeahhh, I can’t believe it’s finally here, but I’m ready.”

(But seriously, wasn’t it just yesterday that I was a freshman moving into Coed dorm?!?! Where does time go??)

There was no sarcasm, no lying behind a smile. I am ready for my senior year, and excited as ever. And I credit FIT for that. Each year as a returning student, you feel more and more prepared for what’s yet to come. What else FIT’s courses, professors and classmates have to offer you; what other adventures New York City has in store. You look back on the experiences and knowledge you’ve gained the year before and apply it to the road ahead.

Of course a small part of me is nervous of what’s to come 9 months from now, after I walk across the stage at graduation. But I choose to be excited rather than nervous.¬†At this point, that’s all I can do. I’m not going to waste my energy fearing the “real world.” With the connections I’ve made while at FIT, I am confident I will be well equipped when entering the work force. For now, I will work hard, have fun, enjoy my senior year and the rest will fall into place.

So, as I walked back onto 27th street on my last first day of school, I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. I felt back at home. I know this block, I know this campus. I know which water fountain’s the coldest, which classroom has the best view. Which corner I like to sit in and read my book in between classes, which computer lab is usually busiest. I was back in my flow.


I was shocked at how many new faces there were, now that I’m the “big man on campus”¬†aka a Senior. The freshman look so young! Did I look that nervous on my first day? (The answer is yes)

In the sea of fresh-faced freshman, I found my fellow senior friends. We hugged, laughed, caught up on each other’s lives. I could see the comfort and sense of “home” in their eyes that only comes with time at FIT. First days aren’t as scary when you know your way around, and you’ve got friends by your side. We’ve made it three years together¬†at this school and we’ll make it through this last year.¬†Nothing can stop us now!

Get ready for a great year readers and fellow students! Please comment any questions or requests on blog posts you’d like me to look into!




College Freshman

Although I am no longer a Freshman I have been there and conquered that year. So I thought I would give you all a few tips to help you get through it.


That was the biggest mistake I made, my first semester I probably spent over 500 dollars on books. ( which was totally not necessary) Most of your classes don’t even use the book the have on the syllabus, so before you go crazy buying them wait a week and see if you are going to use them. Until you get the book then you can go to the library and copy the pages that you need for the class. And ALWAYS remember¬†Rent, or buy used don’t ever spend 200 dollars on a textbook that you will never use again.

2. DO go to school events

And get involved as much as possible, even though FIT isn’t the typical college with football games and college avenue they have so many exciting and interesting things to get involved in.

3. Don’t think just getting a degree will get you a job

Experience, Experience, Experience! Internships and involving yourself in the business world is what will get you a job. Don’t get me wrong your degree does get you a job but having your degree and a ton of experience will make¬†you¬†more¬†valuable then the person that doesn’t.

4. DO leave campus once in a while

Were in the heart of NYC, although I don’t recommend going alone when your new to the area, explore ! take a citi bike somewhere, go to museums , shows, anything, the city is your oyster.

5.Do make friends with someone older then you

They will have the best advice and when you feel like no one understands and you cant move forward because your so stressed out. They will be there to talk to you because  they have been there and made it through.

Goodluck this semester everyone!

The First Week

As the first week of school officially comes to a close, let’s just say I’m relieved…that it’s over. ¬†For all new students reading this, you’re not the only one feeling overwhelmed. ¬†As a junior, I still have my biannual night before classes start nightmare and I always show up to class a good 30 minutes early JUST incase the professor declares 9:00 am the starting time instead of 9:10.

I think that it is important that we do get uncomfortable with our daily lives every once in a while.  Yes, a routine and feeling steady is a beautiful, beautiful thing, it is important that we challenge ourselves.  Being at FIT has challenged me every single day to step outside of my daily habits and outside of my usual realm of thinking.

Every semester, I feel uncomfortable with my schedule, daily routine, homework, projects, and expectations for a good 4 weeks. ¬†Until then, I have to remind myself that my uneasy feeling about school and my future is only temporary. ¬†It is very difficult to see past that especially when thinking about all of your assignments potentially make you want to lose hope. ¬†It does get better and the semester will continue regardless of your fear. ¬†Keep your head up and remind yourself that you are special and talented enough to get into FIT. ¬†You’re here for a reason.