Being from the midwest, New York has changed me for the better. Before coming to FIT or New York City, I would have never taken risks or stepped outside of my comfort zone. I would have never been able to walk into an interview or even get offered said position. I’m not afraid to speak my mind or stand up for what I believe in. I have gained confidence above all. New York can make you grow up really quickly. Not grow up in a way that you’re looking at retirement plans, but growing up in a way where you figure yourself out. You start to know what you want and what you don’t. You now have that sense of freedom and independence. People may say that you gain those things just by going to college, but New York is a different ball game. Prepare yourself to begin an entirely new book in your life. New York is the place where you become the person that you are meant to be.
“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” — Dylan Thomas
Very literally…welcome to New York. It’s been waiting for you.
While being sick on its own isn’t fun at all, add on school, work, and internships AND being away from home, and it can seem like a hopeless recipe for disaster. I for one, hate missing class or a day of work or an internship and even worse, I hate letting my boss or professor down. Sometimes you just get really really sick because you are human and you have to take a day to get better and not get everyone around you sick. I have some tips for when you have to make the dreaded call about missing an important days’ work.
Let your professor or boss know as early as possible. While you may only wake up 10 minutes before class starts, let your professor know immediately. If you tell someone in your class to tell your professor, that can come off as irresponsible. The professor may not check their email until later but it’s important to be as professional as possible.
Find out what you missed if you’re missing class. If it is a class where you MUST ask the professor what you missed, then so be it, but most of the time it’s much easier and less of an annoyance for your professor if you ask a responsible friend.
Just because you missed class, that doesn’t mean that you have an excuse to not have something done on time. If you missed more than one day of class, then you have an actual excuse, but if you missed one day because you were feeling under the weather, you still have six more days to get your work accomplished before next week’s class.
Don’t miss exam days unless you’re incredibly ill or if it’s an emergency. Sometimes the professor may not let you make up an exam or they may give you a harder exam (doesn’t always make sense). If you have a cold and a headache and feel crummy, it’s best to get the exam over with and crawl back into bed. With this being said, isolate yourself from other people to prevent others from getting sick. While it is slightly selfish to go anywhere while being sick, it will cause greater stress for your professor and yourself if you have to take an exam at a later date or not at all.
Thank your professor or boss for being understanding. Most of the time, your boss or professor will understand your circumstances and be accommodating if missing class is unlike your behavior. If you go out of your way to thank them, they will appreciate it even more, especially since you were just bedridden for a couple days. A little kindness goes a long way.
As a freshman, I was completely overwhelmed with the proper classes that I needed to take. I thought that everything had to be done in a certain order, no exceptions. I didn’t think that I had many options to choose from and on the other hand, I wondered what my options were. If you are an incoming freshman or new student and you have no idea what classes you are supposed to take, reach out to academic advisement. Your academic advisor is somewhat the equivalent of your high school guidance counselor. They’re there to help you with your academic lineup for your time here at FIT. You should be receiving the contact info of your academic advisor, and I highly recommend reaching out to them regarding all of your class-related needs. While you may think that you just have to take 6 credits of English (hypothetical), that doesn’t mean that you can take any 3 2-credit classes. There are certain courses that aren’t allowed to be taken by certain majors/don’t count towards graduation for certain majors, so why waste your time and money by taking a class that doesn’t count towards graduation? Here are some sample questions that you should ask your Academic Advisor:
If my high school AP scores transfer over, should I still register for those classes?
What courses can I get ahead on?
What courses do you recommend for a new student’s workload?
What options do I have when it comes to my liberal arts and what classes don’t count towards graduation?
What are some of the minors and how do I declare a minor?
What are some of the classes that I should be taking during the spring incase a certain class/section fills up?
Should I only be concerned about my associates graduation requirements or my bachelors as well?
So I have officially been living in my new apartment for about a month and a half and I’m in love. I was skeptical at first and I was nervous about coming back to New York after being home for a week but I’ve fallen back into the swing of things and all is well. I have some advice as far as apartment planning and the things I did right and the things I did wrong.
You don’t have to buy all your furniture at once. When you are making that trek out to IKEA for the first time to get all of your furniture, get the essentials such as a bed and a place to put things like clothes and a TV. You don’t need a couch and a table and chairs right away. If you wait a little while, you’ll have more money in your pocket and it’ll be less of a financial burden.
Buy toilet paper and paper towel in bulk. No one wants to make a special trip to buy several rolls of toilet paper or paper towel, so see if your parents or someone that is helping you move can bring a good ol trusty pack from Costco or Target.
Why didn’t I buy a vacuum?! I am in desperate need of one, especially being on hardwood floors. You don’t think you need it, but you do. Dust galore.
A good roommate will make or break your apartment experience. I am thankful enough to live with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier. We already know how each other live and we don’t have to tiptoe around each other to try to live normally. We are like minded in our organizational habits and our lifestyles. A good roommate truly makes all the difference.
Ask questions ahead of time. How do you pay for rent each month? If there is an issue with the apartment do I call the super or outside maintenance and how much will it cost? When will the rent checks be cashed each month? How will I know if you received my payment?
Hope this helps you on your apartment adventures!
For those of you who aren’t from Long Island and the idea of walking into Penn Station with an end destination but no idea how to get there, I’m here to help. This past weekend I took the LIRR for the FIRST time to go to my best friend’s bridal shower. I was absolutely terrified, especially because I had to transfer trains at Jamaica which before coming to New York, I thought only existed in the Caribbean…
So the biggest help will be your friends that are from Long Island. They will give you the best advice as to how to take on the train system.
When you arrive in Penn, follow the signs to the LIRR. You have the option to use the ticket window to buy your tickets, the ticket machine similar to refilling your MetroCard, buying the tickets online, or buying them on the train (more expensive).
Tickets will vary in price depending on the day and time that you are traveling, which you can view on the trip planner. You can purchase single ride, round trip, monthly passes and several other options
Once you purchase your ticket, you will look up at the big screen that tells you what time your train is arriving and what track it is on. If you followed step #2, you will know what train you are taking. Anywhere from 4-12 minutes prior to departure, the screen will notify you of what train your track is on and you as well as 50+ other people will all rush in the same direction. Follow their lead if you are going on that train!
If you have to transfer at Jamaica, the connection train will always be across the track upon arrival or a few minutes later. If you are not taking the connection train, then you must go and find your train. Ask the people around you as well as employees. They know best!
While on the train the conductor will come around and hole punch your ticket and return it to you depending on the type of ticket that you have and your destination. Be sure that if you are on a round trip, don’t lose your ticket coming back to the city!
That pretty much covers it! Good luck on the LIRR!