While most of us are currently on spring break and enjoying our time off, we cannot neglect the fact that registration for next semester is happening in the next couple of weeks! For me, it is the most wonderful time of the year because I get to plan ahead! Nothing makes me more excited than knowing what my future semester is going to look like. While that may sound ridiculous, there is a certain level of ease that comes over me once I see that I am ready to go and move forward with my education. If registration time freaks you out, I’m here to give you a few tips to put yourself at ease.
Visit your academic advisor! I covered how to make an appointment with your advisor here. Your advisor will help guide you and tell you what classes you can take and need to take. Not every class is available to your major or counts towards graduation. Make sure that you don’t get behind and talk to your advisor about your concerns!
Prepare for the big day. While I have never heard of any student doing this, don’t pick your classes AS you’re registering. Classes fill up FAST, so if you aren’t prepared, you may not get the classes you prefer at your desired time. Plan out what classes you want to take and make a mock schedule based on the availabilities. You can view the classes and times that they are being offered on your myFIT account!
Write down the ISBN numbers. So you got your registration time and you’re panicking because you’re at the same time as everyone else in your major. To ensure a speedy registration, write down the ISBN numbers associated with the class section that you want to take. When it comes time to register, you can type in the ISBN numbers, rather than going to search for each individual class.
Have a backup plan. While you may have followed the previous bullets to a T, you may not get the classes you want. Make a secondary schedule in case something falls through. While it may not be likely, you want to be as prepared as possible!
As we approach the halfway point in the semester (TIME FLIES), we should not only take the time to reflect on how the semester is going so far, but we should also decide how we want the rest of the semester to pan out. Are there events that you have been wanting to go to but haven’t had the chance? Have you skipped the Saturday morning brunch because you didn’t manage your time well? Actively make changes to improve in these final 8 weeks.
I highly recommend that you don’t just think about what changes you want to make, but write them down! When you write something down, you feel more accountable for your actions. Are there rewards that you can give yourself as you progress towards your goals? Outside of school, what lifestyle changes do you want to make for yourself? Are you content with your current sleep schedule or do you wish you had a few extra hours to snooze? Talk about your goals with some of your friends and see if they have any goals for themselves. If you find that you have a common interest or goal, see if you can achieve it together! Document your journey and you’ll feel great working with your friends to improve your life! Whether you want to lose weight, get better grades, or walk into a room more confidently, your goals and dreams are valid.
As a commuter student from New Jersey for the past 4 years I have learned a lot about how to prepare for the hour and fifteen minute train ride. But before I tell you how to deal with the spare time you need to figure out, no matter where you are coming from what type of transportation you are using. Are you walking? Taking the train or subway? Riding a bike? Driving? Taxi? and can you use this time to be more productive?
Well I have some great news ,you can! Two hours and thirty minutes is a lot of time to lose from your day, not to mention if you work besides going to school, you need every second you can spare. So this is what I learned:
Commuting can be stressful, listen to calming music, it tends to help drown out the noise of the guy snoring next to you or the person typing away really loudly.
Get a Wi-Fi hot spot ( this is a must) If you have this you can be more productive on your commute , doing homework, reading, whatever it may be.
Close your eyes, sometimes you don’t realize what that can do for you. Put your phone aside and your laptop and just unplug for a while.
Read a good book or magazine, I could finish a book in a week and it passes the extra time quickly.
Plan your week ahead, Figure out when things are due and when you have extra time to do them. Monday mornings I get on the train plan my week, study for a little or do some homework. Then I unplug for the rest of the trip. Then for the train ride home I usually take that time to do the work I was just assigned in my class.
Commuting can be a lot, There was a point where I was commuting an hour and fifteen minutes to school then another forty minutes to my internship by subway. But as long as you know how to manage your time and pass it quickly you will be fine.
I’ve been asked would I consider moving to NYC due to my commute? Well since I am used to it now probably not, but in the beginning I would have done it in a heart beat. So if your a freshman just starting out or a transfer student just give it some time you will get adjusted!
The new semester can be daunting and picking your classes isn’t easy by any means. I highly recommend seeing your Academic Advisor prior to registration each semester. The curriculum surprisingly changes from year to year and you want to make sure that you are on track for graduation, right? There is nothing wrong with double-checking to make sure that you are good to go!
You should have received an email from the Registrar or Academic Advisement telling you who your advisor is. If you have misplaced that email, feel free to Academic Advisement a call at 212 217.3080 or visit them in C402 in the Feldman Center. Your advisor will be able to tell you what courses you still have remaining, inform you if you are eligible for any minors, and can answer any questions that you may have about your academic/graduation status.
To make an appointment, click here and select your advisor and preferred meeting time. The Academic Advisement Center is one of the most helpful offices in the entire school. Why not take advantage of it?
If you just recently submitted your application for the 2016-2017 academic year, you are most likely squirming in anticipation in your hometowns right about now. Let me rewind to 3 years ago in 2013 when I was in the exact same position that you are. As seniors in high school, we are all terrified and excited about getting into our dream schools, leaving the comfort of our homes, and venturing out into the college world. We all know that if we don’t get into our dream schools, such as FIT, we will most likely be devastated, feel as though it’s the end of the world, our careers, and our success. However, looking back on my time here at FIT, you can make your college experience as successful or unsuccessful as you want it to be. You can CREATE opportunities for yourself anywhere that you go, instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you.
Regardless of what school you end up getting accepted into and/or attending, college is all about what you make of it. If you aren’t happy with the school that you are attending, you can always transfer, you can always switch your major, you can always make FIT a part of your life in some way. Some of the most successful students are transfers that get their liberals out of the way, some of the most successful students are international students, and some of the most successful students have never taken a class related to their major in their life. Success can be measured in so many different ways, so until you hear back on April 1st, take this time to remind yourself that you will be okay, you will succeed, and you will end up at a school that is right for you!