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How do I fit in and make as an International Student?!

Hello my fellow international students!

As an international students myself, I found it quite hard to make friends and feel integrated when I started studying at FIT. American students intimidated me, they spoke so fast and I was afraid that I wouldn’t understand them or they wouldn’t understand me. Every time I met a student from abroad or someone that spoke the same language, it felt like such a relief, like I wasn’t the only one facing these crazy fears. But as an introvert I found it quite hard to go up to people or force myself to start a conversation. Here are some tips that helped me throughout the semesters.

Interacting with students in your major. I know what most of you think… But don’t let it intimidate you, most students (even American) feel exactly the same way. Don’t be afraid to talk to them, at least you have something in common that you can talk about, which won’t make you feel going in completely blind. Group projects too are a great way to make friends and start becoming more social, I know they can be annoying, but they give you more time to talk with them. That’s how I met my best friend at FIT.

Become part a group. Clubs are a great way to make friends, feeling integrated and part of a team. You see the same people every week at the meetings, but also outside during events, fundraising etc. What’s great about clubs, is that you are with people who have the same interests you do, so it will make it so much easier to find similar interests and things to talk about.  What I found really helped me was being accepted in the presidential scholars program, it was a much smaller group of people, which made it less intimidating to go up to people. Also most of us were there for the same reasons. Something I really liked about the honors program was that I didn’t only have one class with them, but I would see them on a regular basis at the colloquiums and various event throughout the semesters, which made us get closer without even trying.

Attend events. FIT has so many social events throughout the semesters, just go to one and see how you feel. It won’t hurt trying. That’s how I met my two first American friends at FIT, was during one of the orientation parties.

Community Service. Sign up for community service. You won’t be around only FIT students, but other people from different schools etc. It’s a nice way to meet people, not just from FIT.

Internships. They not only look great on your resume, but they’re a great way to make friends. Most of the friends I made through my internships are older, but I in a way enjoy it much more, because we have more adult conversations and I feel challenged (in a good way).

Campus Jobs. It’s a cool way to make extra money, but also friends! I loved working as a tutor, because without knowing, there are a lot of international students that worked there, so it felt like a very mixed and diverse group of people, not making it so intimidating.

But remember to be yourself, don’t ever try to be someone you are not!

xoxo

-Z

Credited Internship Application

One of the many things that sets FIT apart from all other schools is its extensive internship connections. FIT’s Career and Internship Center helps students by assigning, structuring, and monitoring their internship process. Credited internships through FIT require both on-site work with the company and class time at FIT.

There are a lot of nitty-gritty details that you have to pay attention to while going through the application process for a credited internship, so I’ll give you all the necessary information to get it all done.

Before you do anything, you will want to go through the Career and Internship Center’s online orientation. This will give you everything you need to know about the entire process from start to finish, including what an internship is, why you should do them, when they are available, and how your career counselor will help you.

To see an overview of how to apply and find out whether you qualify for a credited internship, click here. This page will ask you to fill out a survey to see if you qualify. You will need to log into the “Career Internship Database” to fill this out.  A few days after you fill out the survey, they will send you an email confirming that you are qualified and that you can continue with the process.

Once it is confirmed that you qualify for a credited internship, you will want to create and upload a resume and a letter of introduction to your Career Internship Database profile. If you need help writing these, don’t worry. FIT offers a guide on how to write these, including template layout and even words and phrases to use. If you need more than that, feel free to use FIT’s Writing Studio services.

A few days after you upload BOTH your resume and letter of introduction, you will receive an email assigning you to a specific career counselor. This is who you will see to practice interviews, revise your resume and letter of introduction, and go over the database that contains all of FIT’s internship options. You will need to schedule an hour meeting with your career counselor through the Career and Internship’s Symplicity database (where you logged in at the very beginning).

From there on out, it’s up to find companies of interest, either through their database or on your own, and let your counselor know you want to apply to them. They will give you important contact information for the company, and help you customize your resume and letter of introduction to best fit those companies.

There are countless benefits to having a credited internship, whether it’s a requirement within your major, or you just want some more experience. FIT has lots of ways it can help.

How Important is My LinkedIn?!

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.

xoxo

Zorya

Updates For Credited Internships

Hello there! Hope you’ve all had a great week. I wanted to write this post to bring your attention if you are planning on doing a summer/fall internship, of a few changes that happened this semester for credited internships.

  1. You don’t have to attend the mandatory orientation! Everything is done online now. To sign up, you have to go on this website: https://fit-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php/pid323339?signin_tab=0).
  2. If you do however have questions or want to know more about the program, there is an Online Orientation you can view, once you’ve signed up.
  3. Summer Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  4. Fall Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017.

If you have any further questions here is the contact information of the Career and Internship Services:

212.217.3000, Room B202, career_internship@fitnyc.edu

xoxo

-Zorya

Reminder for International Students

Hey there!

If you’re an international student (like myself) and are planning on having a non-credit internship next semester (Spring 2017), I would suggest you apply now for an OPT approval. It takes about 90 days to process, so make sure you do it before you leave for Winter break.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is go to the international student services on the first floor of the B (B103) building and request the form to apply for an OPT. Next you’re going to have to take two passport pictures and make a check for 380$ to the USCIS. Once you’ve done this, make sure you schedule an appointment with Erika Rohrback. I would almost suggest scheduling it, once you’ve gotten the form to fill out, just to make sure you get a meeting with her (since she is very busy). If she tells you everything looks good, you just have to wait for them to approve your OPT and you’re good start working!

Good Luck!

xoxo

Zorya