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Online Class Advice

If you are a typical FIT student, you probably have a million different things going on at once.  Between internships, jobs, commuting, family, friends, and enjoying your college years, FIT students have a lot on their plate!  With your crazy schedule, online classes may be perfect for you!  From my personal experiences, online classes provided me with the flexibility to “attend” class and get my coursework done on my own time.  Having that flexibility allowed me to work on the assignments in chunks, and not all at once in a single sitting.  However, with online classes, they can often be twice as hard and twice the amount of work, since you are teaching yourself in coursework you’d otherwise learn in class in addition to the homework that is assigned.  Here are my tips for surviving online classes:

  • If you can fit the “in person” class into your schedule…do it.  Online classes are often a last resort for when you need 2-3 days a week to work or intern.  If the in-person class meets during a time that fits into your schedule, opt for that form of learning instead!
  • Don’t look at the module’s coursework a day before it’s due.  This may seem self-explanatory, but you absolutely cannot leave your online coursework for the very last minute.  Often modules are set up 2 weeks at a time.  While that may seem easy and breezy, there’s a reason why you are given 2 weeks to do the work!
  • Go to the library.  At the library, you not only have the textbook resources, but you also have the additional computer resources.  I loved being able to work off of two screens while working.  I could use one computer for research and the other to access my coursework.
  • Communicate with your professor frequently.  Since you will never actually meet your professor, it is important that you voice any concerns that you have about the class, missing links and articles, and where you stand with your grades.
  • Stay organized.  While you should stay organized regardless of the method of teaching, staying organized with online classes is especially important.  Classes are often taught in chronological order, so if your binder is a mess, taking the midterm may be a mess as well!

Ashley

Life in the Concrete Jungle: An Introduction

I know what you’re thinking… it’s New York City – I’ll never make it, I’ll go broke, I’m one in a million who have the same dream of being successful in the fashion industry… These thoughts running rapidly in your mind are holding you back… But let me tell you this –

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The Empire State Building

To the prospective students across the world… if FIT is your dream school, go for it. Getting an education in the BEST city in the world is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else.

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The Freedom Tower

My name is Mariano, I am an 18-year-old Puerto Rican boy, from a lower-middle class family in California; studying Advertising and Marketing Communications. FIT was just a dream to me and now it is a reality. Never underestimate yourself and the opportunities in front of you. If you are thinking about starting a new chapter of your life in New York City at FIT, find out more information on the application process here.

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

New York Fashion Week, one of many opportunities at FIT!

In the last month, I’ve learned and experienced so much that I will never forget. Hopefully, you will soon! Please reply with any questions about the application process, I don’t bite!

Until next time… xoxo – M

Seasonal Blues

As the autumn and winter months are upon us, it is prime time to get sick and miss your family and friends back home.  This stressful time with school alone can be enough to make you feel overwhelmed and getting sick on top of it all doesn’t help.  If by chance you do get sick or stressed, there are plenty of resources for you to get back on your feet ASAP!  If you aren’t local, making appointments at the doctors can be a daunting task, but I am here to help!

First things first, visit FIT’s Health Services located at A402.  You can visit their offices on a walk-in basis or by making an appointment in advanced here.  The fully certified staff is happy to help and will provide you with the necessities to feeling better soon!  The FIT Health Services is available to students with the FIT health insurance as well as students who have their own health insurance.

If you are looking to make an appointment with a specialist such as a dermatologist, ENT, or cardiologist, I highly recommend using Zoc Doc.  Zoc Doc is an online portal for finding doctors in your area.  You can read reviews, see if they accept your type of insurance, and schedule an appointment that works best with your schedule!  You can easily submit all of the annoying forms in advanced without taking out a pen or clipboard in the office.  I am very thankful that Zoc Doc exists.

If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, the FIT Counseling Center in A212B is there for support.  With readily available appointments, the Counseling Center can help you with any concerns that you have about your personal or academic well being.  No problem is too big, no problem is too small!  You’re never alone here at FIT.  There’s always someone that wants to help.

Remember to wash your hands and keep your distance from the sneezers!

Ashley

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.

  1. DONT BUY TEXTBOOKS AT THE SCHOOL BOOKSTORE!

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.

Ashley