So I know I have spoken about SALT before in pasts posts, but vaguely. Recently I was put into a position where it was very difficult for me to pay for school. So I went to the financial aid office and asked what I could do to make next semesters payment attainable. They were so helpful and gave me many options but one that really stood out to me was this website called www.saltmoney.com/fit. This website offers you a wide variety of options such as applying for scholarship’s, internships, how to write essays to receive a scholarship and so much more. After filling out the questionnaire I was paired up with over 112 scholarship opportunities for myself and my major. So far I have applied to over 15 in just one night. Some of the different scholarships require you to write a short essay, while others don’t require you to write one at all. It does take time and effort to apply for the different awards but who knows if you will end up being the next award recipient. Most awards take a few months after the deadline to confirm if you have won any money but it can always go to your next semester.
After I actually applied myself I highly suggest you taking a moment out of your day to try it. You do not have to be in college they accept high school students too, anyone that is willing to go through the applications is able to apply. A lot of deadlines are coming up soon so make sure you go check it out!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.