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.
Hello there! Hope you all had a great week so far. Midterms are in full swing and I know how stressful that can be. But don’t worry you’ll get through it! Today I thought I would talk to you a little about your LinkedIn profile, because like most freshman I had absolutely no idea how crucial my LinkedIn profile was.
It never really occurred to me that companies actually look at your LinkedIn profile, till I was asked during an interview that they had researched me on LinkedIn. Since then I’ve updated my profile, and have been contacted by a few companies. Also I’m currently in the process of looking for a Fall internship, and when I met with my counselor one of the requirements was to update and work on my profile. Yes, companies do actually look at your profile, and some even require you to submit it in addition to your cover letter and resume.
How do I grow my connections? I know that was always something I was quite worried about. All my other friends had over 500+ connections, and I’m only at like 50… Don’t worry too much about that, because you’ll built it up by networking. Every time you network or meet people through jobs or internships make sure you add them on LinkedIn, they can be really helpful for the future. Also asking your professors at the end of the semester to connect on LinkedIn is a great way to built your connections.
Hope this was helpful! If you have any questions feel free to ask them down below.
I thought I would write a short post on our many clubs here at FIT, because if some are you are/were like me you might be afraid to join or don’t even know how to join. Since I’ve started FIT I’ve always wanted to be part of a club and join, but I was always scared it would interfere with my schedule and I thought I had to be accepted before I even attend the meetings. This is all completely false! I finally decided this semester to join a club and I really regret not doing it before. If like me you think it’s going to interfere with studies or school, it doesn’t. Most clubs meet during common hour (which are Tuesday from 1-2pm) and are open to anyone who has an interest in the club. Not only are they a great way to meet people with same interests, but are great to add on your resume. And you also get offered many opportunities through the clubs, that you wouldn’t elsewhere. There is such a wide range of clubs, you are 100% going to find something for you.
Click here to see all the different clubs FIT has to offer.