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Top 5 Books to Help Motivate

While spring being around the corner is a great incentive to change your life around, sometimes you need to get your motivation from external sources.  My favorite way to get motivated is to watch documentaries about those that inspire me, listen to motivational music, or read a book that will make me think and drive me to do better.  The FIT library is filled with books, not just pertaining to fashion and the related majors here, but also motivational books.  Here are some of my favorite books that can be found in the FIT library:

  1. Grit: The Power of Passion and Purpose by Angela Duckworth
    Synopsis: Why do some people succeed and others fail?
  2. Own Your Future by Paul B. Brown
    Synopsis: How to think like an entrepreneur and thrive in an unpredictable economy
  3. No Fears, No Excuses by Larry Smith
    Synopsis: Finding your passion, creating your career plan, confronting your fears and excuses
  4. Smarter, Better, Faster by Charles Duhigg
    Synopsis: The secrets of productivity in life and business
  5. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
    Synopsis: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion

Happy reading and happy learning!

Ashley

Saving Money

College can be stressful enough between classes, homework, projects, and still trying to have a social life, but adding on additional living expenses can take a toll, especially when living in an expensive city like New York.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to spending a little less:

  • Grocery Hunt.  This may sound odd, but I highly recommend going to all of the local grocery stores and comparing the prices on what you typically by and making a note in your phone about where you should buy those specific products.  Whether it is a $3 difference or 50 cents, everything adds up over a long period of time.
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  BB&B has been one of the greatest go-to destinations for most of my shopping needs.  BB&B has toiletries, necessities, first aid, you name it.  Their sister store, Harmon’s, located on 22nd and 6th Ave has all of the toiletries and drugstore makeup products you need.  Added bonus, sign up for the emails and you get a 20% off a single item coupon every few weeks.
  • Plan your spending.  Plan with your friends what you want to do for that week/weekend.  If you know that you are going to a big event that costs money on the weekend, try to cut back from going out to eat or grabbing an expensive coffee during the week.
  • Coupons and Membership Cards.  This may sound self-explanatory but you’d be surprised how much you can save with rewards programs and email coupons.  Every little bit helps and can make you feel better that you aren’t purchasing at full price.
  • Purchase store brand.  While you may live for the mornings where you can have Honey Nut Cheerios, I can guarantee that the cheaper Honey O’s from Trader Joe’s will be just as satisfying.

Best of luck!

Ashley

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

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