Always looking out for new finds in the city (for free), I came across a list of volunteer spots I’ve never heard of before, which spiked my curiosity. For the past three years I’ve volunteered at a number of organizations from Food Kitchens to various social events. However I’ve never really heard or seen around FIT (or city) organizations revolving around art. If you are an art lover and want to help an Arts Organization below is a long list of various non-profit organizations in the city. I’ve never realized how many there were until now, they range from books, music, painting etc. I’ve linked all the websites so you can go on them and contact the organizations for more information or volunteer work.
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.
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.
It came to my attention, that a lot of students (especially new students), weren’t aware of our Student Volunteer Community Services (SVCS). Many think it’s to volunteer for food bank, pet shelters etc. But it offers much more volunteer opportunities than that. For example if you wanted to volunteer for NYFW, SVCS are the ones that take care of it. If you haven’t signed up to SVCS, you will never be informed about various dates and opportunities to volunteer for really great events. It costs you absolutely nothing to fill out the SVCS Personal Information Form and like that you will be sure to be informed by email about any events that are offered to FIT students. Last year for example students could sign up to volunteer and be part of Kanye West’s fashion show!