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Prepare for a Successful Semester

The start of the new semester is right around the corner!  Even though I am a senior, I still get nervous about the start of a new semester, but there are some tips and tricks that I use to help ease myself when entering a new chapter of the year.

  • Write down your goals.  There is something to be said about putting pen to paper and having that list hold you accountable.
  • Purchase a planner and write down all of the relevant dates seen on FIT’s academic calendar.  Having a planner allows you to stay organized and focused on the days to come and not overbook or overwork yourself.
  • Visualize yourself in class to put you at ease.  You already have at least one semester under your belt, so you know how your classes will typically operate.
  • Email your professors over break.  While you may not get a 24 hour response time, it is a good idea to check in with them to see if you will need to purchase the textbook in advance, that you’re looking forward to their class, and if there are any additional supplies or materials.
  • Schedule something fun with your friends at the end of the first week of classes.  Having an event to look forward to can help keep your mood and outlook positive!

Best of luck with the start of the new semester!

Ashley

FIT Resources

With the start of the new year it can sometimes be difficult as to where to start regarding your resolutions or goals for the year.  The resources that are on FIT’s campus are never ending and they can help you achieve your goals.  Here are some examples:

Goal: Get a job after graduation
Whether you are a freshman or a senior, or somewhere in between, the Career and Internship Center located in B202 can help you.  You can sit down with a counselor who will provide you with resume development as well as career counseling and advisement.

Goal: Volunteer/give back in 2017
In Student Life (A718), we have a club/organization called Student Volunteer Community Service (SVCS) in which we participate in events for Toys for Tots, Breast Cancer Walk, and The Children’s Hope Foundation.  You can visit this link here for more information on how to get involved!

Goal: See the world
You are able to travel abroad with FIT!  Most degree programs have opportunities in which you can study abroad for a year, semester, or a few weeks!  You can visit their offices in B119, attend an informational session, or click here for additional information.

Goal: Read and learn more
This may seem obvious, but the library has unlimited resources available to educate yourself on topics that you are interested in.  From physical books to online documentaries, the library knows no bounds!  You can schedule an appointment for research services or you can browse the shelves yourself!

Goal: Get into shape
FIT offers some incredible workout classes every day that are free for all students!  You are also able to access the fitness center on campus.  If you prefer to play a sport, FIT has a tennis, cross-country, half-marathon, track and field, dance, swimming, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, and table tennis team!  Find more information here!

Here’s to making 2017 a great year!

Ashley

Plan Over Break

With an incredibly long winter break, the first instinct may be to make a mental list of all of the shows that you’re going to watch on Netflix.  While break is a great time to relax and unwind, it is also a time to reflect and plan for your future.  Here are some of my recommended activities while you’re back in your hometown for a little while:

  • Read books that interest you
  • Try out a new recipe and find your signature dish that you’ll be able to wow your roommates with once you get back from break
  • Meet with your accountant/financial planner to see if you’re in good standing with academic payments and post-graduation
  • Get in all of your mandatory appointments – dentist, general check up, etc.
  • Have a movie and cookie decorating night with all of your friends from your town
  • Explore a different area of your hometown
  • Try out a new restaurant in your local area
  • Back up all of your documents and photos from the semester
  • Clear out your email inbox with unnecessary emails and newsletter subscriptions
  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen

Enjoy your winter break!

Ashley

Winter Break Reminders

We are in the final stretch of the semester which means winter break is only a few short days away!  It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of finals, packing, traveling, and saying goodbye to friends for a few weeks, but make sure that you don’t forget the following as you depart New York:

  • Return your textbooks!
  • Check out of the dorms/inform your RA (if living in the dorms)
  • Don’t forget to lock your apartment/dorm door (you’d be surprised how many people have forgotten)
  • Turn off your heat while you’re away so that you don’t run up a huge bill
  • Double check that you have your wallet, ID, and passport
  • Bring your winter coat with you even if you’re traveling somewhere warm.  You’ll need it once you travel back to the city
  • Don’t forget a portable charger for your travels and be sure to always have snacks!
  • Clean out your fridge/pantry and dispose of any perishables
  • Unplug any unnecessary electronics
  • Relax and enjoy your break!

Ashley

Finals Tips & Tricks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….FINALS!  This isn’t the most exciting or least stressful part of the year, however it is a time where you can look back and appreciate how much you have learned in a single semester.  Before you panic, take a moment to appreciate that you have gotten this far in your education!  Being enrolled in college is a huge accomplishment and you should be very proud.  In dealing with finals, it is best to take a calm approach.  Panicking, stressing, and cramming will not do you any good, so hopefully by the time you are reading this, you are at a point where you can prepare in advance!

  • Don’t wait until the review.  The final exam review is typically 1 week before the exam, which doesn’t leave you much time to study among all of your other classes, projects, and assignments.  If you write out a study guide or key topics that you discussed in class prior to the review, it will help to refresh your memory and help guide you for the exam prep.  We often forget the information that we learned during week 1, so try your best to review those old notes.
  • Take study breaks.  If you begin studying in advance, you will allow more time to gradually learn and absorb all of the information.  With that, you should allow yourself to take a break from studying to go get ice cream, take a shower, order dinner, or watch an episode of television.
  • Put your phone volume on, but put it across the room.  It may sound ridiculous to keep your phone volume on, but I’ve noticed that I always want to check my phone to see if I got any notifications.  By turning your volume on, you’ll know when someone is trying to reach you rather than constantly being worried if you missed a text or call by having it on silent.
  • Study with friends.  Like all successful business partnerships, your partner will usually possess skills that you do not have.  The same thing applies to study partners.  They may understand a section that you need extra help on and the same can be said vice versa.  By teaching a topic, you are also helping yourself reassure your knowledge and awareness on the topic.

Happy studying!

Ashley