I hope everyone is slowly getting back into the flow of things… I thought I would mention a website one of my teachers in my Brand Management class told us about. It’s called the Center for Communication, and it offers students the opportunity to attend free seminars and panels with some amazing speakers in the media world. All events are free for students and are focused on the media industry and how the business is evolving today. These are great seminars for AMC students especially, but also anyone who is interested in this specific area. I would highly suggest looking at the website, because a lot of the events have a limited number of seats. I’ve already booked to attend the seminar on the Brave New World of Journalism, so I’ll definitely write a blog post on my experience and thoughts on it.
It’s truly hard for me to believe that the day is actually here. This post will be my last post as an Admissions Blogger. When the Admissions Office was first starting the Admissions Blog 4 years ago in October of 2013, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. 18 year old, freshman me was excited for new opportunities in New York City and I was going to take advantage of every door that opened and every opportunity that knocked. 145 blog posts later, here I am; older, wiser, stronger, and a completely improved version of myself compared to 4 years ago.
Working for the Admissions Office allowed me to be a part of something greater than myself. From working Junior Day to Admitted Students Day, it gave me perspective on how fortunate I was to go to such a prestigious university. I can only hope that these blog posts and student events have helped some of you along the way and gave you some insight on life here at FIT. I wanted to thank all of the fellow bloggers from when I started 4 years ago, to the current bloggers on the team, and to Joe, Mercedes, and Vernon for all being such incredible leaders. Above all, thank you to FIT for providing me with a path, wonderful memories, and excitement for the future of my career.
This last week was Passover and I was gifted with the opportunity to enjoy my first ever Passover Seder with some friends. Having surprisingly never come into contact with any Jewish families before in my life, I knew absolutely nothing about this holiday, but I can sure say I learned a lot.
Passover is a Jewish holiday which commemorates the liberation of the Jews from Egypt and lasts either seven or eight days (depending on your branch of Judaism). Passover Seder is a traditional feast lead by a Jewish text called the Haggadah which divides the night into 15 parts. These 15 sections of the meal include such things as: blessing of the food, retelling of the Exodus, the ceremonial breaking of matzah (unleavened bread), eating maror (bitter herbs), eating the main course, reciting the Hallel, and the conclusion of the meal.
Every part of the meal has symbolic importance behind it. The dipping of karpas (a variety of vegetables) in salt water represents the tears of the Jews during their slavery in Egypt. Exclusively matzah bread (unleavened bread) is allowed at a Passover Seder to honor the fact that the freed Israelites were in such a hurry to leave Egypt that they were unable to wait for bread to rise. It was amazing getting to hear the story of the freed Israelites and even hear my friend and his family sing and read Hebrew script as part of the ceremony of Passover Seder.
I am so thankful that I had the chance to experience a different culture like that for the first time, and I hope I only continue learning about other cultures. Have you ever learned something about a culture you didn’t know anything about?
I’m coming up on graduating from FIT in a matter of a few weeks and I decided this would be a good platform to reflect on what I learned.
Say thank you to the security department. Often underappreciated, it’s important the the security department gets recognized for their hard work. Understand that there is someone inside of every single building 24/7 to ensure that the students are safe. That is no easy feat.
The best opportunities are the ones you create yourself. If you wait around for an opportunity to knock, you may succeed, but there’s something that is even more rewarding when you succeed because you made it happen for yourself.
Not all internships are created equal. It is okay if you like or dislike a certain aspect of your internship or job. Internships are about learning and experiencing different sides of the industry to see what you would ideally like to be doing once you graduate.
Make time for yourself. Outside of internships, class, homework, and working, it’s tough to actually make time for yourself but it is important to get enough sleep and enjoy your college years.
Never procrastinate laundry. One of the biggest annoyances of a college student is doing laundry in the dorms, but the longer you delay it, the more irritating it is.
Always carry cash. Whether you need an emergency cab ride home or adding money onto your laundry card, it’s crucial to have cash on you whether you think you need it or not.
Treat every class as a building block for your future job. There are many classes that I wish I listened more intently because those skills would better serve me as I enter into the workplace.
Don’t fear the unknown. These past 4 years contained a lot of mystery, new opportunities, and new challenges that I had never faced before. If I ran away from these “scary” situations, I would never grow into the adult I am today.
Over this last week, FIT’s Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend group had their reunion. Leadership Weekend is a retreat of a group of up to 100 FIT students for the purpose of developing the students strengths in group work. I had the amazing opportunity, along with about 50 other FIT students of all grade levels, to attend the Spring 2017 Leadership Weekend Retreat at Star Lake Camp in Bloomingdale New Jersey. This retreat was everything I ever needed. The Leadership Ambassadors and the FIT faculty that set up the event really put effort into making a weekend for building relationships and communities with fellow students. From ice breaker activities on the bus ride to Star Lake Camp, to big and small group activities such as creating and presenting our very own imaginary country, Leadership Weekend was a creative community builder from start to finish.
The magic behind Leadership Weekend is that students and faculty alike are ready to participate in a weekend designated to getting to know each other and getting to know themselves. That’s where the leadership part came in. Each student was required to take a test to find out what their top five strengths are, and over the course of the weekend, understand how these strengths play a role in their life and make them who they are. There was an overwhelming realization that the strength test really got to the heart of who people are, and it lead to a lot of self-discovery. I came away from Leadership Weekend with an understanding of where my actions are derived from, what I want FIT to look like for other students, and an amazing network of newfound friends.
I would HIGHLY recommend attending a Leadership Weekend retreat as an FIT student. It’s a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City living, and it’s an all-expense paid trip. You make many close friends, and have a fun all weekend long. The only flaw, you’re only allowed to go one time! Unless you sign up to be a Leadership Ambassador that is.