If you just recently submitted your application for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are most likely squirming in anticipation in your hometowns right about now. Let me rewind to 3 years ago in 2013 when I was in the exact same position that you are. As seniors in high school, we are all terrified and excited about getting into our dream schools, leaving the comfort of our homes, and venturing out into the college world. We all know that if we don’t get into our dream schools, such as FIT, we will most likely be devastated, feel as though it’s the end of the world, our careers, and our success. However, looking back on my time here at FIT, you can make your college experience as successful or unsuccessful as you want it to be. You can CREATE opportunities for yourself anywhere that you go, instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.
Regardless of what school you end up getting accepted into and/or attending, college is all about what you make of it. If you aren’t happy with the school that you are attending, you can always transfer, you can always switch your major, you can always make FIT a part of your life in some way. Some of the most successful students are transfers that get their liberals out of the way, some of the most successful students are international students, and some of the most successful students have never taken a class related to their major in their life. Success can be measured in so many different ways, so until you hear back on April 1st, take this time to remind yourself that you will be okay, you will succeed, and you will end up at a school that is right for you!
The new semester can be TERRIFYING! Regardless of what year or semester you are in, the start of something new is absolutely daunting. As a junior entering my 5th semester this Monday, I am filled with anxiety. The idea of starting over again with new professors, new coursework, and higher expectations isn’t something that I easily cope with. The anticipation is the scariest part, I’ve come to realize. Even though I’ve had this realization, the same way of nervousness hits me 2 times a year. You may be wondering, “Why is she telling us this?” I’m telling you to prove to you that you are not alone. At 20 years old, an upperclassman, a commuter student, a junior, and a BFA student, I still get scared. If you are a new student, perspective student, or transfer student, please know that you’re not the only one!
I find comfort in talking to others about what I’m going through. Whether it’s calling my mom 10000 times a day or texting my friends to see how they’re doing, surrounding yourself with loved ones, even if it is over the phone, can help you find peace. If you need to speak to someone professionally, the FIT Counseling Center is a great resource as well. Discover your happy place, whether it is going to the gym, going out to eat, or watching Netflix on the couch. Find a positive task that blocks the noise and nerves for the first few weeks of the semester. Just remember that everyone is typically feeling what you are feeling. You are never alone at FIT!
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.
With finals and stress, you often think “why do I do this to myself,” or “why did I pick this school.” The anxiety of finals can put a lot of strain on our minds and thoughts and it’s very easy to give up. That is why I’m taking the time to reflect on why I chose FIT in the first place.
It is one of the most prestigious schools in the world
The professors at FIT have to work in the industry before teaching, therefore having real world experiences and connections to help students like you
The campus takes up a single block and doesn’t require travel time to get from class to class or building to building
There are high expectations of the school and the students that graduate
FIT is located in the greatest city in the world that is filled with endless opportunities
FIT is more affordable than any of the competitor schools located in New York City
FIT’s class sizes are small and can provide me with one on one attention from my professors
Once winter break hits, I know that all we want to do is sit around and watch endless hours of Friends, The Mindy Project, and Orange is the New Black. While these endless hours are much deserved, the second the spring semester rolls around, it only seems harder and harder to get back into the swing of things. Here are some of my tips that I’m going to follow this break so that I don’t fall into a slump:
Try to read 3 new books. With our winter break being exceptionally long (not complaining), there is enough time to pick up some of the best sellers of the season. Whether that means sitting in your local bookstore for a few hours every now and again or checking books out from your local library, it’ll feel good to keep your wheels turning.
Write down your goals. With all the high pressure of setting goals for the new year, you can easily say them outloud or think about them, but seeing your own goals in your handwriting makes all the difference. Set long terms goals, seasonal goals, and semester goals. Be realistic, but also push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Pursue a different subject. While this can easily be applied to #1, learn about subjects that you are interested in outside of your major. It is easy to get caught up in the craziness of school, but learning outside of your major can help you understand your relevant subject more easily or look at it from a different, newfound perspective.
You’ll be good to go once January rolls around! Happy winter break!