So the end of the semester is coming pretty quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday where I was writing about my goals for this semester, where I thought I would be and my expectations for my classes.
I must say I learned so much this semester and my life has changed so much in these past few months. My classes were all amazing the one class I highly recommend to anyone is Business Communications which is an English class taught by Professor Landman. THE MOST beneficial course I have taken at FIT. It taught me how to write memos, fix my resume, and how to handle the work place in a much more professional manner. Don’t get me wrong it had its fair share of work but I believe it was beyond worth it. I apply the things I learned to my everyday job, which is very hard to say about a lot of things you learn in High school, College ,ect
I also became an official licensed insurance producer in life, health, home and auto, all while being a full time employee and student ! ( I’m not going to lie it is something I am extremely proud of, because I never thought I would get through it). I also bought my very first car all on my own as well. ( Which you can see above ) Life is going great as of right now, I made it through the semester with what looks like good grades so far ,working full time and you will soon be with my on my journey through only online classes next semester.
How was your semester ? Any struggles? How about recommendations to classes you took?
Well the clock is ticking and finals are just starting or are about to start for most of us. Its the time of the year that you don’t know if you should give up and watch some Netflix or push yourself to study more. So as these tough times start to approach us I have a few tips for you.
Don’t waste time watching Netflix and telling yourself it will help you prepare. Because before you know it you’ll be a whole season into a show and finals are the next morning. So get motivated to study. Don’t sweat the small stuff , students typically don’t have many concerns around this time such as eating habits, makeup, working out, are usually not a main priority and that is ok , your final grade is what you worked for all semester.
Make a self created study guide , they are great tools when you rewrite the important information it helps you recall everything you went over this semester. Its also a handy thing to have to look over minutes before the exam. Finals do not have to be so terrible if you make good head way and are prepared. Study guides, study time, note cards and limited distractions are ideal in reducing the anxieties of finals week. Once in the study zone you may even enjoy it.
So this past week FIT showed its colors in the breezeway, while presenting FIT Pride Day. This day was one that is close to my heart. Having Friends, Family, and many loved ones who are gay, lesbian, whatever sexuality it may be, who are very close to me. I have seen there struggles, I have been there when they couldn’t tell there families, their heart break , the smiles on there faces when they realized there family didn’t look at them differently, My best friend when he finally went on his first date, the happiness in there eyes when they are finally free to let go and be themselves.
It is finally 2015 and I am proud to be apart of the generation that is more than accepting, times have finally changed. Where everyone is free to be themselves, same sex marriage was finally approved , and the world is becoming a much happier place. I love that FIT shows everyone support regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. So when deciding if you want to be apart of FIT ask yourself do you want to be apart of a family? Or just another student at a school. At FIT you are not just another number in a desk, you are known by name and are able to be apart of a very close knit family.
Did you know currently in NYC there are 58,780 homeless people, 14,107 homeless families, and 23,692 homeless children? As it is starting to get closer to cold weather I recently saw something that truly broke my heart and I need to give back. Being a voice that is heard quite often I felt I should tell of all you as well and maybe more people will give back too.
As I was walking down 7th avenue towards FIT I took a quick detour down a side street where my brother works. It was one of the chiller days and I had a coat on, warm boots and a scarf. I walked slowly past a family who was sitting on a piece of card board begging for food not even money. It was a mom, a dad, a son and a dog. I felt so horrible they looked so cold and so hungry but I knew I didn’t have any money so I couldn’t help. I walked past twice and did nothing as I got to school I couldn’t stop thinking about them. As I was sitting in class I knew that if it was bothering me this much I had to do something. I vowed to myself that after class I would walk back use my credit card buy them lunch and some extra food for later before I left the city for work. But sadly they weren’t there I walked down a few street but they were no longer anywhere to be found. I went home that day and promised myself the next time I encountered something like that I would pay it back. I would help at least one person with one meal, or buy them something that would keep them warm.
I am so blessed I have a warm home to go to every night, I have a good job a couple in fact, and with a lot of hard work and sleepless nights I am able to attend college. I have great family and friends who support me and I do complain about simple things that happen through my day. While I think these things are horrible someone else is praying for my life, trying to get back on there feet to have the things I have. So from this moment forward I’m asking you and anyone you know to pay it forward help someone in need, even if you cant afford it give a few dollars, maybe your snack you have in your bag ? Anything helps!
It feels almost as if school just started and we just began learning, but that is far from the case. We are already at midterms , and large projects due, papers, ect. Before you know it school will be coming to an end once again and we will be another semester closer to graduating. College fly’s by especially when your stressed out from the amount of work all due at once. So I have some tips that will make it a little easier to calm down.
Check out “Beats for studying” radio on Pandora
I actually just found it today while I was trying to study on the train. I hate studying on the train due to all the noise so I try and drown it out with music which sometimes distracts me. (I will start signing along in my head and what not) So i decided to look into the genre section on Pandora and they have a whole studying section. “Beats for studying” is actually all the popular songs out right now just made in to soothing classical songs. It is amazing and I personally cant stop listening to it.
As crazy as it sounds exercising can really help ease your mind and body. I know there is little time in the day for it around these times, but even if its just ten minutes I promise you will feel better instantly!
3. Get some Fresh Air
Take a walk around the block or just sit outside for five minutes
4.Be Kind to yourself
Make sure to remind yourself how much of a great job your doing just being you! Stressful times will pass soon enough and you will be back to your self.
Remember FIT has so many resources if you need them. Such as the councilors and the tutoring center , don’t ever be afraid to reach out to someone. Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!