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A Day in the life of an Online Student

Hello everyone!

This past semester has been truly different for me, it was the first semester I took all of my classes online and didn’t go to school physically at FIT. Everyone thinks online classes are really easy or some even think they are really hard and require a lot of work but neither of which are completely true.When you take an online class you need to devote at least 4-6 hours per module, meaning to read everything, do the discussion’s, take tests, ect.

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This semester I took 8 online classes, most of which were ITM based while a few were liberals. So a typical day in my world starts a little something like this..

It’s 6:00 am I hear my alarm on my phone going off , I reach down to turn it off but suddenly realize its not near my bed because it has fallen on the floor over night, forcing me to get out of bed. I quickly get dressed and hop in my car to go 15 minutes down the street to the gym, I run and workout quickly because I have to be home by 7:15 to get ready on time. It is now 8:15 I have gotten ready for work and I am about to eat breakfast  as well as pack my lunch for the day.  Once I have driven to work it is 9:00 I finally sit at my desk for the first time today, check my emails, check in with my boss and start with my daily work. By 1:00 it is my lunch break but I don’t leave work, I sit at my desk and do my school work for an hour until I need to start other things. 5:00 rolls around and it is now time to go home, but my day doesn’t end here. I get home to eat and get changed by 6:00 its time to get back to my online classes, each night I tend to work anywhere from 3-4 hours on all my projects, tests, readings, and discussions. Then I slowly crawl into bed and fall asleep to only hear my alarm going off at 6:00 am and it is the next day.

When choosing to be an online student you choose it for many different reasons, work, children, personal matters. But your classes go on everyday if you are focusing on them or not. For me being an online student at FIT , doesn’t make me feel like your typical college student but it really works for me!

Xoxo,

Kailee

What FIT taught me for my first job

Hey Everyone,

So as we approach the end of the semester with just about a month left , I started to think about what I have learned throughout college that I have actually used in my actual everyday job.

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The first and most important thing I learned was to be humble. When you are fresh out of college or even starting a new job some people tend to jump right in and act like they know everything when in reality they know nothing yet. It is not a bad thing to admit you don’t know much that’s what life is all about. FIT has always encouraged me to ask questions and learn, take in as much as you can, and if it is your first day don’t act like it is your 500th day. Being humble is also realizing you need start somewhere , that can be as an intern, a secretary, whatever it may be but one day you will work your way up the ladder, I promise!

Next, don’t take criticism to heart. For every Art and Design student you know what I am talking about. There will be people who love your work ethic or work while others do not. If they don’t work harder and do your best. Don’t dwell on one person giving you a hard criticism.

  • Network, regardless if you think your doing it now you are. Making connections with your peers and professors is a great way to start!
  • Communication, emails and daily contact around the office are apart of everyday life. You email your friends, teachers, bosses. But please remember not to email your coworkers or bosses like you do with your friends or call your boss girl or dude ( unless that’s the kind of place it is) everything varies but FIT taught you to know the differences in settings!

Lastly, Time management sometimes you will be given a task at your job to work alone on. Projects and deadlines have prepared you for this! The task may be given a certain amount of time to be done in. Say its the 1st of the month and its due the last day of the month. Do not sit at your desk and wait till the second to last day to complete it , finish it at a good pace. Don’t go to fast and miss things but do get it done as soon as possible and ask for more work. In college we do learn time management but sometimes we slack and wait till right before its due.

FIT has taught me a lot and has made me think in a different way then some of my other colleagues, a more creative way at times.  But it doesn’t mean I still cant learn more everyday from someone new or with more experience.

What has FIT taught you that you apply in your work place?

Xoxo

Kailee

NYC Food Events

You can forget about the Christmas Tree lighting at Rockefeller and the grand Rockettes performances, because when New York begins to have outdoor food events, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  Nothing beats sitting outside on a warm day and indulging in a gourmet ice cream cone or a fresh burger all while enjoying it with friends.  New York hosts some of the best daily and weekly food events around and I’m here to tell you some of my favorites!

  • Smorgasburg: Taking place in Williamsburg on Saturday’s and Prospect Park on Sunday’s, this holy grail food event takes the cake.  From the ramen burger to the brand new Wowfulls waffle ice cream creations, you have to cross Smorgasburg off your food bucket list.  Last week was the opening weekend of the season, so feel free to head out there the next chance you get!  (http://www.smorgasburg.com/)
  • Madison Square Eats: Taking place in FIT’s backyard at Madison Square Park, UrbanSpace created this daily food vendor masterpiece.  They are opening April 30th and it runs until May 27th from 11 AM – 9 PM.  You can enjoy the beauty of the Flatiron Building, the park, and foods from Ice & Vice, Roberta’s, MeltKraft and more! (http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/)
  • Broadway Bites: Disappointed that Madison Square Eats only lasts a month?  Well it’s a good thing that Broadway Bites opens shortly after on June 3rd and runs until July 17th.  Since it is hosted by UrbanSpace, you can expect to see similar vendors at Madison Square Eats, but certain vendors are only available at Broadway Bites like Wafles & Dinges, Doughnuttery, and The Gumbo Bros.  (http://urbanspacenyc.com/broadway-bites/)
  • UrbanSpace Vanderbilt: This PERMANENT food vendor location hosts restaurants like Liquiteria, Ovenly, Takumi Taco, DOUGH and more!  They are open weekdays from 6:30 AM – 9 PM and weekends from 9 AM – 5 PM.  (http://urbanspacenyc.com/urbanspace-vanderbilt)

Hope you enjoy all the deliciousness that NYC has to offer!

Ashley

Transfer Credits

Hey everyone!

So I recently ran into a problem and I thought this might be a problem for most people. I currently work full time and have a part time internship so I take all of my classes online so I have enough time for everything . Commuting  to NYC it takes about 2 1/2 hours out of my day. So if I have a class from 9:00-12:00 I have to get on the 12:45 train and then wont get home till 1:50-2:00 then I cant get much work in from 2:00-5:00 when my job is open.

So as you can see why I need to take all my classes online but as I went to register for my last semester there was a math class I needed to take , and the online section was full. I figured I could do one of two things try and take the class somewhere else over the summer or take a chance and see if someone will drop the online math class next semester.

Instead of taking the chance I went to my local community college which is also down the street from my job. But since I live in New Jersey I need to make sure the credits will transfer, and your in luck because there is a way you can get the course approved before taking it and wasting your time!

How to make sure your course is approved:

First thing is first you need to look at FIT’s description of the course and the college of your choices description and see what matches best. Next you need to fill out the “course equivalency” form  http://www.fitnyc.edu/registrar/forms/reg-courseequivalency.pdf. Then either email it to Fit_Registrar@fitnyc.edu or Visit them in C158 with the form and a copy of the course syllabus from the other school.

This process takes about 5 days before they respond to you . Then you will find out if you are approved or not and once you are just go sign up at the other school ! It is actually really simple!

As much as I would love to take all my courses at FIT sometimes you need to go elsewhere to graduate on time or take a class that isn’t offered in the summer or winter because of work, other classes, ect. I am still waiting to hear back to see if my classes are approved , but hopefully I will get my class in this summer and graduate in time!

Xoxo,

Kailee

 

 

Closest Places to Grab Good Coffee

 

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Hello there! If you are like me, coffee is basically your life. Since moving to New York, I have become a coffee addict. I can’t function in the morning without a good cup of coffee. I know a lot of students here at FIT feel the same way, but they often just go to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, because of the convenience and they can’t be bothered to walk far for coffee… Listed below are some of the best places to grab really good coffee, that are really close to FIT.

Stumptown (20 W 29th St) Best coffee in New York City. The coffee shop is in the Ace Hotel, so if you want to study you can go in their lobby, which is worth seeing. There are a lot of students that study there, so you won’t feel like an intruder and they have free wifi!

Seven Grams Caffé (275 7th Ave) Literally just in front of FIT. They have plenty of room if you want to sit down and do homework. They also have free wifi, which is always a plus. Beware because they bake their pastries in the coffee shop, which makes you want to eat everything.

A little Taste (148 W 28th St) Great coffee, but it’s really tiny inside, so if you’re looking for somewhere to sit down, don’t go there. It’s really close from FIT, so if you want to grab a quick coffee in between classes, it’s really convenient. If you like pastries, they have some really delicious options.

Birch Coffee (21 E 27th St) Really interesting layout, in the back of the coffee shop they have a library, where you can borrow books and read them. There is a lot of room to sit down and do homework. A lot of students go there to study, which is always nice, especially if you want to start a conversation. The staff is really friendly and they have free wifi.

Café Grumpy (224 W 20th St) This is my favorite place to do homework. They don’t have wifi nor allow laptops, but if you have to read or draw, it’s really cute and has a great ambiance.

If you have any other recommendations, I would love to know about them!

xoxo

Zorya