The new semester can be daunting and picking your classes isn’t easy by any means. I highly recommend seeing your Academic Advisor prior to registration each semester. The curriculum surprisingly changes from year to year and you want to make sure that you are on track for graduation, right? There is nothing wrong with double-checking to make sure that you are good to go!
You should have received an email from the Registrar or Academic Advisement telling you who your advisor is. If you have misplaced that email, feel free to Academic Advisement a call at 212 217.3080 or visit them in C402 in the Feldman Center. Your advisor will be able to tell you what courses you still have remaining, inform you if you are eligible for any minors, and can answer any questions that you may have about your academic/graduation status.
To make an appointment, click here and select your advisor and preferred meeting time. The Academic Advisement Center is one of the most helpful offices in the entire school. Why not take advantage of it?
If you just recently submitted your application for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are most likely squirming in anticipation in your hometowns right about now. Let me rewind to 3 years ago in 2013 when I was in the exact same position that you are. As seniors in high school, we are all terrified and excited about getting into our dream schools, leaving the comfort of our homes, and venturing out into the college world. We all know that if we don’t get into our dream schools, such as FIT, we will most likely be devastated, feel as though it’s the end of the world, our careers, and our success. However, looking back on my time here at FIT, you can make your college experience as successful or unsuccessful as you want it to be. You can CREATE opportunities for yourself anywhere that you go, instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.
Regardless of what school you end up getting accepted into and/or attending, college is all about what you make of it. If you aren’t happy with the school that you are attending, you can always transfer, you can always switch your major, you can always make FIT a part of your life in some way. Some of the most successful students are transfers that get their liberals out of the way, some of the most successful students are international students, and some of the most successful students have never taken a class related to their major in their life. Success can be measured in so many different ways, so until you hear back on April 1st, take this time to remind yourself that you will be okay, you will succeed, and you will end up at a school that is right for you!
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!
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 –
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.
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!
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!
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!