Welcome back to the Admissions Blog! To anyone that may be coming across the site for the first time, I’m Ashley and I am a senior photography major and art history minor! If you are an incoming student, returning student, or anyone that is interested in applying to FIT, let us know if you have any questions or any topics that you want discussed! We are here to help!
With the new semester upon us, I always try to think about what I want to accomplish over the next 15 weeks, whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom. Here are some of my goals for my 7th semester here at FIT:
Be proud of the photographic work that I create
Create work for myself
Make time to ensure that I still get to hang out with friends and take time for myself
Go to a pumpkin patch
Try at least 4 new restaurants
Volunteer at an obstacle race, marathon, etc
Explore a new part of the city
Take advantage of the 2 for $20 movie tickets sold in Student Life
Breathe and remind myself that any stress that I am feeling is temporary
What are some of your semester goals? I am looking forward to blogging and updating you all about life here at FIT!
In my previous post, I mentioned that I am leaving Manhattan. Not only is finding an apartment incredibly stressful, but the moving process is no joke either. I’m here to help you out to make the process run as smoothly as possible!
Pack early – The earlier you begin to pack, the sooner you know an estimate of how many boxes to tell the moving company and you feel more prepared going into the move.
Buy boxes – Unless you’re really, really busy, you should be able to find time to pack everything up yourself and not pay an arm and leg to have a moving company pack up all of your things. I recommend purchasing boxes from Home Depot to get the best price.
Yelp everything – From moving companies to special deals, Yelp knows best when getting the best bang for your buck. Most people that go out of their way to write reviews on Yelp are pretty passionate about the service that they received. Look out for overall positive ratings and the most recent reviews.
Pick a day – If you know that you have to be out of your apartment by a certain day, plan in advance to move out as close to that day as possible to get the best bang for your buck. Alternatively, move out a week from that last day so you can gradually transfer your belongings over from one apartment to the other, and potentially save money on a moving company.
Make a to-do list – I am the queen of making lists. Nothing is more satisfying than completing a task and checking it off the list. Making lists also help you remember what you need to still complete, pack up, or set aside.
Breathe – This is a tough one, but the more you plan, the more relaxed you will be, the smoother the move will go, the sooner you’ll be in your new home!
Now that the semester is officially over, most students have moved out of the dorms, gone home for the summer, or got an apartment in the city to take on some city dreams for the summer! For me, I’m leaving Manhattan. I currently have an apartment In Manhattan but with my lease being up, I decided to look elsewhere. Manhattan is an incredible and beautiful place. With great accessibility to school and everything at my fingertips, you’re probably wondering why I’d leave. Not only is it less expensive to live outside of Manhattan, I’m able to live two separate lives; social and school/work. When I come into the city, I’m often overwhelmed by the tourists, constant whirlwind, and pressure. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things as well, but being constantly surrounded by it from the moment you walk out of your door, when do you get the chance to clear your head? I will miss the accessibility and convenience of living in the city, but I’m looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my life where I can finally feel like an adult. This is a big step and a big move for me as I enter my senior year. I don’t know what the future holds and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, but these are the times in your life where you find yourself, become truly independent, and start anew!
With the current semester coming to an end, it’s as if I can finally breathe again. School can be VERY challenging, but it is so worth it. I am very excited to officially graduate with my AAS degree in Advertising/Marketing Communications with a minor in Communication Studies! Now I can finally enjoy my downtime and set some summer goals for myself.
With roughly 3 months off from school, it is important to use your time wisely and plan ahead. Summer is the perfect opportunity to fulfill a personal goal or hobby you have been putting off due to lack of time or even motivation.
This summer, I plan on coming back to work at a local department store in my town; that way I am able to come back to school with some extra cash to splurge on personal pleasures (mostly food and makeup.) With that said, I also plan on establishing a work-out routine for myself to combat the extra pounds I’ve gained on comfort food to keep me sane during the school year. Lastly, a personal goal of mine is to get my passport so I can embark on adventure and start traveling on my own.
Think about what you want to accomplish this summer. Life is what you make it, so make this summer downtime count!
This is for all the international students, who are freaking out, because they don’t know what to do next! When I first got accepted to FIT, it was such a stressful process, because since I was an international student it meant I had so many extra steps to take into consideration. It made me so nervous. I was so scared of misunderstanding something, that I would call the school 3 times a day (I had a lovely phone bill at the end of the month). Here are a few helpful steps to make it easier for you, when you have to go through that process:
Pay your tuition deposit You want to make sure you secure your spot!
Start your visa application Once you got accepted you will have to fill out the ISFS (International Student Financial Statement) and send it to the school. They will then send you a confirmation with your I-20, which will then allow you to apply for an F-1 visa at the US consulate in your country.
Get all the vaccines required That was a really long and tough process, because they wouldn’t accept my translation of the vaccines, they needed my doctor to translate everything in english and then sign it (he didn’t speak english).
Book your flight ticket Once my visa was accepted, I bought my flight ticket straight away. It’s cheaper to buy your plan ticket earlier, so I didn’t waist a second, since I knew I was going to that school.
Decide where to live Do you want to have your own apartment or dorm? I would dorm, if it’s your very first time in New York. It helps you settle down with less stress and you have time to get used to the city. If you are considering dorming don’t wait to apply, because the spots get taken really quickly.