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How My Country (Switzerland) Votes

Hello there! I’m guessing most of view watched the presidential debate that took place yesterday, between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As an international student from Switzerland, I’m not very familiar with the political system in the United States (although I did take a Business Law class), and to be completely honest was never really interested in the political elections. But in my Principles to Public Relations class, our assignment was to watch the presidential debate and write a two page essay on how each candidate attempted to reach the target audience they are having trouble connecting with. This was finally an excuse for me to get familiar with the candidates and understand a little better what was happening in this election.

Coming from a country that does not have a president, and no debates, it was really weird watching possibly future leaders of a country get at each other throats so aggressively. You see in Switzerland, Swiss citizens have the right to have their say at all three levels of state, and can therefore have a considerable influence on political matters. We have a direct democracy, which means we can decide on policy initiatives. We can launch an initiative, request a referendum, or submit a petition. So it was really confusing, because it seemed to me that the majority of voters were for Clinton, so why is Trump not far behind Clinton in electoral votes? I finally understood! Basically US citizens, when they vote, are actually electing persons (electoral college) who will then elect the president. So even though they might be for the democrat party, the electors have the final vote and might vote for the republican party after all. Which to me coming from a country, where my vote actually makes a difference, doesn’t make any sense.

What did you think of the presidential debate?

xoxo

-Z

12 Hour Days

It’s not uncommon, especially for an Art & Design student to have class from 9 AM – 9:30 PM.  Ever since I started here at FIT, I’ve had a 9-9:30 schedule at least once a week.  While this can be avoided if you don’t want to be in class all day, for commuters and students with jobs and internships, it’s sometimes necessary to condense your schedule into the smallest window of time.  While you’re typically pretty tired by the end of the day, I have some tips and tricks to help you get through the 12+ hour day!

  • Prepare: This may seem like common sense, but make sure that you have all of your supplies, binders, homework assignments, and notes that you need for the entire day.  If you pack everything up in the morning, you’re more likely to forget something in a rush.
  • Bring food: I highly recommend bringing your own snacks/lunch/dinner if you can!  This will not only save you some money, but if you pack a great meal, it’s something to look forward to after class!
  • Caffeinate: If you like your coffee in the morning or need some extra fuel, coffee can always help!  We conveniently have our own Starbucks located in the Dining Hall!
  • Don’t get ahead: While this may be the exact opposite of what you usually hear, having a 12 hour day is not easy.  While it’s tempting to get ahead on your next assignment, you may only have 1 hour in between classes and that 1 hour may be precious time to refuel, take a quick nap, or study for your next class.
  • Breathe: If you have small breaks in the day, take the time to not focus on your next class and enjoy your meal and time to yourself.  Those little moments in the day will help prepare you for your next class.

Best of luck on those long days!

Ashley

How to survive your first day

Starting college is a nerve racking experience. Most people find the first day to be filled with anxiety because they don’t know anyone and there is so much going on, but I promise you will make it through!

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The first thing you should do before your classes start is explore campus! Make sure you know where your classes are , where the bathrooms, cafeteria, computer labs, and extra help are located. Just walk around take it all in and get ready to be an official college student.

Next, make friends in your classes! Especially your liberals , they are mixed with tons of different people of all different majors, and grade levels. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone random, trust me they want to make friends just as badly as you do. But if you don’t make any friends right away don’t worry there is plenty of time to join a club, get involved, or introduce yourself to someone out and about other then in class.

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One thing that is a must let your parents fuss over you. I know your a college student now but your a college student at FIT and your parents are so beyond proud so embrace It and thank them for encouraging you so much. You will be thankful by your senior year I promise!

Another is pack head phones and a snack for your first day. It is definitely overwhelming at first and you need some down time between classes or even just walking to class to listen to some music or watch a quick episode of something on Netflix. Give yourself a chance to relax and unwind, plus who doesn’t like snacks. Most people think my bag is filled with books, but they thought wrong I have snacks on snacks (haha).

Lastly, wear something your comfortable in. I made the mistake of wearing heels my first day freshman year and my feet were killing me by my second class and I had to get up and introduce myself. I must have looked ridiculous wobbling up to the front of the class. You want to be able to be cool, calm and collected.

Any other suggestions for the first day?

Best of Luck,

Xoxo

Kailee

The wonders of the job world

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your summer vacation. Its flying by , it felt like just yesterday we started summer. But for me that only means one thing, I am only a few months away from graduating and becoming a true full time employee.

With every degree you wonder , am I going to get a job after college? What jobs are out there? Who will hire me? and the answer is when your an FIT student jobs are endless! We are creative and unique people and that’s exactly why we chose FIT as the school for us.

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Currently I am about to have two degrees from FIT. I have a background and associates in interior design and I am about to graduate with my bachelors in ITM or international trade and marketing.  With both backgrounds my opportunities for jobs are everywhere! When people look at my resume from a marketing stand point they love that I have an interior design background, it shows my creative side and also that I am a good planner.

Some jobs that I have been applying to for after school include a little bit of both. One that I am really interested in right now is a company that manufactures bedding and ships them to the US internationally. This is great for me because I understand it from all aspects. Some other jobs are international account manager, strategic planner, event coordinator, marketing coordinator , importer/ exporter for both national and international companies. I may even end up staying at my current job which is a software company , being the head of sales, or something related to that or marketing.

My best advice is to interview for a few different options when looking for the perfect full time job for you. Feel out the company , see if its the right fit for you. Start this process about 2-3 months before you graduate, that way you aren’t left in the dark with nothing to do once school ends.

FIT also offers many services to help you find a job after school, as well as you can always reach out to us or even past professors.

Good Luck with your hunt :), and I hope this semester is the best one yet for you !

Xoxo

Kailee

 

Moving: Tips and Tricks

In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan.  Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either.  I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!

  • Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
  • Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things.  I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
  • Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck.  Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received.  Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
  • Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck.  Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
  • Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists.  Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list.  Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
  • Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!

Best of luck!

Ashley