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?
The final weeks of the semester can be daunting, but there are common things that we have to do before we head home for the holidays! These sort of tasks may only take a few seconds but it’s crucial to make sure that you are good to go.
Return your textbooks. You may think that this is common knowledge, but there have been people who have flown home and forgotten that they didn’t return a book. Set a reminder in your phone and consider it the most rewarding post finals treat to yourself.
Check out of the dorms/apartment. If you are in the dorms, your RA will walk you through what you need to do to ensure that you are accounted for. If you are living in an apartment and going to be gone for the new year, make sure that you pay your rent early to avoid any crazy stress. If it’s automatically taken out of your account, you’re good to go.
Clean your dorm/apartment. Whether you’re going to be gone for 2 weeks or 6 weeks, your place can collect all types of nastiness, so scrub and mop to prolong the dust from collecting.
Clean out your fridge. This is self explanatory but let’s not return back to an apartment with an odor.
Pay your tuition. Tuition for next semester isn’t due until January 4th, but the sooner you turn it in, the sooner you can cross it off your to-do list.
Soak it all in. Another semester accomplished, another semester down. Congratulations! One step closer to graduation! Be proud of yourself!
Well the clock is ticking and finals are just starting or are about to start for most of us. Its the time of the year that you don’t know if you should give up and watch some Netflix or push yourself to study more. So as these tough times start to approach us I have a few tips for you.
Don’t waste time watching Netflix and telling yourself it will help you prepare. Because before you know it you’ll be a whole season into a show and finals are the next morning. So get motivated to study. Don’t sweat the small stuff , students typically don’t have many concerns around this time such as eating habits, makeup, working out, are usually not a main priority and that is ok , your final grade is what you worked for all semester.
Make a self created study guide , they are great tools when you rewrite the important information it helps you recall everything you went over this semester. Its also a handy thing to have to look over minutes before the exam. Finals do not have to be so terrible if you make good head way and are prepared. Study guides, study time, note cards and limited distractions are ideal in reducing the anxieties of finals week. Once in the study zone you may even enjoy it.
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.