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.
So I have officially been living in my new apartment for about a month and a half and I’m in love. I was skeptical at first and I was nervous about coming back to New York after being home for a week but I’ve fallen back into the swing of things and all is well. I have some advice as far as apartment planning and the things I did right and the things I did wrong.
You don’t have to buy all your furniture at once. When you are making that trek out to IKEA for the first time to get all of your furniture, get the essentials such as a bed and a place to put things like clothes and a TV. You don’t need a couch and a table and chairs right away. If you wait a little while, you’ll have more money in your pocket and it’ll be less of a financial burden.
Buy toilet paper and paper towel in bulk. No one wants to make a special trip to buy several rolls of toilet paper or paper towel, so see if your parents or someone that is helping you move can bring a good ol trusty pack from Costco or Target.
Why didn’t I buy a vacuum?! I am in desperate need of one, especially being on hardwood floors. You don’t think you need it, but you do. Dust galore.
A good roommate will make or break your apartment experience. I am thankful enough to live with one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier. We already know how each other live and we don’t have to tiptoe around each other to try to live normally. We are like minded in our organizational habits and our lifestyles. A good roommate truly makes all the difference.
Ask questions ahead of time. How do you pay for rent each month? If there is an issue with the apartment do I call the super or outside maintenance and how much will it cost? When will the rent checks be cashed each month? How will I know if you received my payment?
Hope this helps you on your apartment adventures!