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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

Getting Back Into The Flow

Hello there!

I know for me it’s always the struggle after almost a month of break to get back into the flow of school life. Some of you are have been in the city for a few weeks already, but most of us have just gotten in and might be starting internships, or new jobs, and are nervous about getting back into the flow of things, after such a long break. Don’t worry I’m in the same boat, but to calm my nerves I try to plan ahead. I love writing down a checklist of different things I have to take care of before everything starts. It helps me get a clear head and makes me get into the flow of things slowly. Below are other things I like to do or check before the semester starts, which might help you too.

Change your FIT password If you haven’t already, you might want to change your password, because you want to be able to log in to your account, and the last thing you want to have to do is go to IT to get it fixed.

Check your FIT email Check your school email! You might have professors that emailed you for books, or updates. The school also sends out emails of what’s happening in the weeks to come, and there might be something you’ll want to go to or see. And sometimes there are last minute internship opportunities that are sent through your major, club, or honors program.

Go on Blackboard If you have online classes, I would highly suggest checking out your balckboard account, because professor tend to post on there directly and a lot of times your online courses have already started before the actual school start date, and you might have some deadline posted that you might want to write down and homework that is due.

 Buy a Planner and Notebooks This is really helpful to have before you start classes, because it’s something less to worry about and it’s great way to start taking notes already. Planners are my best friend, I know a lot of students use their phones, but I need a planner, I need to see what I’m doing, and having the satisfaction of checking off what I’ve done.

Login to ElucianGo App Great way to have a visual layout of how your weekly schedule looks like. Plus you have many other options, like for example looking up your professors info, campus map etc.

xoxo

Zorya

Best Apps to Have

Hello there! Just a quick post about some of the apps that have been super helpful for me and that are great if your a student or living in the city. As a student we juggle so many different things, so having an app that can save us a little time and money is always a plus. My favorite apps are:

EllucianGo (free) If your a student at FIT and struggle to remember which class room your in or at what time your class starts, this is the best app ever, it shows you your course schedule and you can click on the class and it gives you details about the teacher etc. I honestly couldn’t live without it. It also has other informations about the campus, grades, important number etc.

Mint (free) If you struggle to keep a budget. This app is great. It helps you keep a budget and shows you what you spend your money on. It helps you have a visual of where all your money is going…

Citymapper (free) Lifesaver if your like me and don’t understand the subway system. It has a full map of the subways and the different stops, and it gives you the times when it arrives at the station. It also shows you the map for busses.

Venmo (free) If you live with roommates or go out often with friends and always struggle with who has to pay you back or don’t have cash, this app connects to your bank account, and makes it really easy for your friends (and you) to pay people back, collect money, pay bills, and much more.

TED (free) If you don’t know what to write about or what topic to talk about in class, or just need some inspiration, this app is great. It shows you videos of some really interesting people giving conferences (all over the world) and it’s great to listen to in your free time, because you can learn a lot from them (I have).

NYTimes /  The Wall Street Journal (free) Keep up to date before class! These two apps are essential if you are in a business major at FIT. Just looking through the most recent and important news, will always come in hand for one of your classes (trust me).

Checkout51 (free) Buy groceries and get cash back. You also have coupons and many different things on this app that will help you save money. And the great thing is that you get new deals and offers every few days.

Hope this was helpful! What are your favorite apps to have?

xoxo

-Z

 

Stay Healthy!

Hello there! Hope you all had a great week. Just wanted to give you guys a few easy tips to keep in mind when your at school, because everyone knows how easy it is to get into bad habits.

 

  1. Walk to class. If you live not too far from school, walk to class. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. Those are some easy tips to staying active, since in class your sitting down most of the time. Find easy ways for you to stay active, whatever it is.
  2. Drink Water (a lot). Hydration is key! Always carry a water bottle with you to class, it’s a great way of staying hydrated and awake during class.
  3. Get enough sleep. This is really important. This week I’ve been going really late to bed, and I’ve noticed how unfocused I was in class. Getting enough sleep helps your learning and memory.
  4. Healthy snacks instead of junk food. It’s so easy to get distracted by these vending machines. If your someone who knows you’ll get hungry, try bringing your own snacks, so you don’t get tempted by junk food.
  5. Have breakfast. Don’t starve yourself. Eat breakfast to start your metabolism. It helps helps you stay energized and focused. If you go to class with an empty stomach, trust me that’s the only thing that will be on your mind.
  6. Don’t overdo coffee. I know I fall into that category. When I’m in school I just forget about how much coffee I’ve had. It almost becomes a ritual before every class I need a cup of coffee, to help me concentrate. But that just isn’t the case. The more coffee you drink the less effect it has on your body. Try to keep you coffee intake at a reasonable amount.

xoxo

-Z

Life Hack: How to be an Optimist

As we begin to get further into school it can be difficult to be optimistic when you are stressed out. But finding ways to stay optimistic about the future and your life will allow you to be positive even when your life isn’t exactly all rainbows.

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First, It is a very important goal to set and accomplish larger goals , as well as follow through. We need to make ourselves believe we are capable of doing anything. You are what you reach for and it tends to become easy to forget why you came this far sometimes with a negative mindset.

Next, Remove any negative things in your present life. I cant tell you how amazing it feels when you do. Negative energy feeds off negative experiences so when you remove these things it opens many doors for change. Also, take responsibility for your own actions. While it tends to seem easy to blame others , it wont allow you to grow and feel good about yourself. The most successful people don’t blame anymore, not even themselves. They evaluate the situation and think of what they could do differently. We can use our set backs as a learning process for the future to keep improving.

Work in a positive environment. How can you change your outlook on life if you surround yourself with negative people who don’t care about their future ?Positivity can be contagious and once you inspire yourself you can inspire others as well. So being in the right environment is key to any amount of change.

Lastly, take baby steps, none of this will happen over night. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you think about everything you want to accomplish. Take small easy steps to frequent success , this will keep you motivated and moving forward.

Stay Positive!

Xoxo,

Kailee