Tag Archives: Freshman

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

What this year entails…

Why hello everyone!

So here we are back at the first week of college for most and for others the first week of college for the 3rd or 4th time. So far this semester I met so many amazing new people already. I am still amazed after three years at FIT how many different people are sitting right next to me. My first class alone I had 3 people from three different countries, how crazy is that? I think personally that’s what I love about FIT the most is how diverse it is. Some day’s I wish I could interview everyone that walked past me while I’m sitting in the library or outside just to see where they come from or what college means to them.

But regardless this is probably the most exciting semester thus far for me, as for many of you. I have so many exciting classes and opportunities coming up. Being in my third year at FIT this is probably the first semester that I am not nervous going back to school. For once life is finally starting to settle down and I know now how to manage my time properly. I have two jobs this semester besides blogging. I know you think its impossible but if you manage your schedule and time properly , But you will have enough time for everything I promise.

Your first two years are usually all over the place, well at least for me they were. Your overwhelmed with your school work and getting straight A’s like you did in high school , or being the best at your projects. The truth is sometimes you aren’t the straight A student in your class and you aren’t the best at your project ,and that is ok too.( And I am not telling you to not try I am telling you to try your hardest and its ok not to be perfect sometimes). It took quite a long time for me to become ok with this but college teaches you your strengths and weakness’ sometimes you will be so great in English but fail your interior design project one ( that you have no experience with, but how could you its your first semester here).

self-confidence

For me college taught me how to be ok with being the best , being ok, and being horrible at some things. College helped me find how I am, who I want to be and how struggle can only make you stronger. So regardless if you are first semester ,third semester, or fifth semester I am giving you the best advice anyone will ever tell you. Calm down one day it will all make sense and you will no longer feel like you have to compare yourself to the girl who never fails at anything next to you, because well you are you, and its ok not to be someone else.

Good Luck this semester !

Xoxo,

Kailee

 

Orientation Experiences

Orientation officially kicks off tomorrow morning and I couldn’t be more excited!  As a Student Ambassador, I lead a small group of new students and help them adjust to their new home here at FIT!  Whether it’s a question about classes or about dorming, I’m here to help and take the students to info sessions throughout the week.

It was only 2 years ago that I was a new student entering orientation.  I had no idea that it would be one the best weeks of the year and that I would later join the Student Ambassador family.  I had no idea that one of the people that I met during orientation week would become my best friend and 2 years later, I’d be a bridesmaid in her wedding.  I had no idea how valuable the information that I learned throughout the week was.

After orientation I recognized faces in my classes and on 27th St.  I instantly had thousands of conversation topics that I could discuss about our experiences during orientation.  The adjustment to FIT, college, and New York wasn’t easy, but orientation began it all.  After orientation, I felt like I could begin to call New York my home.

To view the orientation Fall 2015 Orientation schedule: https://www.fitnyc.edu/files/pdfs/EMSS-NSO-Fall2015-081215.pdf

Ashley

Academic Advisement Help

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?
  • Is there a way that I can graduate early?

You can find out more information about Academic Advisement at https://www.fitnyc.edu/22232.asp

Your academic advisor is here to help you!

Ashley

Yes, It Was My Way

 Yesterday I took my last final ever. It was probably my last day of school ever as well. It’s kind of crazy how fast college has gone by, and a little scary to think about such a huge change. However, I am happy with my four years here. These mixed feelings are hard to sum up, so I’ll just let Frank help me explain (yes, it’s cheesy, but just be glad I’m not using the “as we go on, we remember all the times we had together” song):

 

I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway; And more, much more than this, I did it my way

I think the most important aspect of my college career was that I tried everything I could and got to experience as much as possible. Salsa club, film critique, tennis, study abroad in Italy, walking the Camino de Santiago, fashion design, fabric styling, field biology, french conversation in Paris, the list can go on. This allowed me to meet so many interesting, lovely people and become excited about things I otherwise would not have even known about.

Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption

I think people are most successful when they put their all into something, whether it be a project or an outfit. Sure, there may be some failures along your road, but I’ve heard some of the most accomplished people say they were not successful until they had their first huge failure. Failure is not something to be ashamed of, as long as you didn’t go down passively. If you’re going to fail, fail with all your might.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew, when I bit off more than I could chew. But through it all, when there was doubt,  I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall;  And did it my way

Personally, I viewed my biggest “failure” as when I realized I couldn’t keep doing the Fashion Design program, and that what I grew up thinking was my future was in reality not going to happen. At the time it seemed like the end of everything – my ambition, my dreams and goals – however, looking back now I am glad I switched out of Fashion Design. It was too much stress for me and I cannot imagine where I would be now mentally if I had stayed on. Deciding to switch majors was one of the hardest choices I had to make so far, but I’m glad I continued to my Bachelor’s and found a new path.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve had my fill; my share of losing. And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing

FIT has certainly brought me a fair share of laughter and tears. I have made some of the craziest, silliest, best friends in the world over the past four years, and done some ridiculous and completely unforgettable things. On the flip side, if you ask my mom, I’m sure she could regale you with stories of late night crying phone calls and exasperated, endless discussions about my future, but looking back now it’s hard to remember those bad times. I would say don’t stress so much about making decisions and going crazy over little upsets, but it is hard to realize that in the moment.

For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels; And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows – And did it my way!

You just have to do work that you can be proud of, and put your all into it. There are going to be obstacles and mistakes along your journey, I can guarantee it, so don’t worry about if it is going to happen, just know it is so important to not let those hardships stop you. And don’t be afraid of change, because change is not the end, it is not failing.

If you are a graduating senior in high school or college, I hope you feel as fulfilled as I do as you look back on your time thus far. And if you are facing a new chapter in your life, I hope my cheesy quote-advice will help reassure you as you begin a new path on your adventure.

 Thank you so much for reading my posts for the past two years!

–Emily–