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College Freshman

Although I am no longer a Freshman I have been there and conquered that year. So I thought I would give you all a few tips to help you get through it.

  1. DONT BUY TEXTBOOKS AT THE SCHOOL BOOKSTORE!

That was the biggest mistake I made, my first semester I probably spent over 500 dollars on books. ( which was totally not necessary) Most of your classes don’t even use the book the have on the syllabus, so before you go crazy buying them wait a week and see if you are going to use them. Until you get the book then you can go to the library and copy the pages that you need for the class. And ALWAYS remember Rent, or buy used don’t ever spend 200 dollars on a textbook that you will never use again.

2. DO go to school events

And get involved as much as possible, even though FIT isn’t the typical college with football games and college avenue they have so many exciting and interesting things to get involved in.

3. Don’t think just getting a degree will get you a job

Experience, Experience, Experience! Internships and involving yourself in the business world is what will get you a job. Don’t get me wrong your degree does get you a job but having your degree and a ton of experience will make you more valuable then the person that doesn’t.

4. DO leave campus once in a while

Were in the heart of NYC, although I don’t recommend going alone when your new to the area, explore ! take a citi bike somewhere, go to museums , shows, anything, the city is your oyster.

5.Do make friends with someone older then you

They will have the best advice and when you feel like no one understands and you cant move forward because your so stressed out. They will be there to talk to you because  they have been there and made it through.

Goodluck this semester everyone!

What this year entails…

Why hello everyone!

So here we are back at the first week of college for most and for others the first week of college for the 3rd or 4th time. So far this semester I met so many amazing new people already. I am still amazed after three years at FIT how many different people are sitting right next to me. My first class alone I had 3 people from three different countries, how crazy is that? I think personally that’s what I love about FIT the most is how diverse it is. Some day’s I wish I could interview everyone that walked past me while I’m sitting in the library or outside just to see where they come from or what college means to them.

But regardless this is probably the most exciting semester thus far for me, as for many of you. I have so many exciting classes and opportunities coming up. Being in my third year at FIT this is probably the first semester that I am not nervous going back to school. For once life is finally starting to settle down and I know now how to manage my time properly. I have two jobs this semester besides blogging. I know you think its impossible but if you manage your schedule and time properly , But you will have enough time for everything I promise.

Your first two years are usually all over the place, well at least for me they were. Your overwhelmed with your school work and getting straight A’s like you did in high school , or being the best at your projects. The truth is sometimes you aren’t the straight A student in your class and you aren’t the best at your project ,and that is ok too.( And I am not telling you to not try I am telling you to try your hardest and its ok not to be perfect sometimes). It took quite a long time for me to become ok with this but college teaches you your strengths and weakness’ sometimes you will be so great in English but fail your interior design project one ( that you have no experience with, but how could you its your first semester here).

self-confidence

For me college taught me how to be ok with being the best , being ok, and being horrible at some things. College helped me find how I am, who I want to be and how struggle can only make you stronger. So regardless if you are first semester ,third semester, or fifth semester I am giving you the best advice anyone will ever tell you. Calm down one day it will all make sense and you will no longer feel like you have to compare yourself to the girl who never fails at anything next to you, because well you are you, and its ok not to be someone else.

Good Luck this semester !

Xoxo,

Kailee

 

Conquering the LIRR

For those of you who aren’t from Long Island and the idea of walking into Penn Station with an end destination but no idea how to get there, I’m here to help.  This past weekend I took the LIRR for the FIRST time to go to my best friend’s bridal shower.  I was absolutely terrified, especially because I had to transfer trains at Jamaica which before coming to New York, I thought only existed in the Caribbean…

So the biggest help will be your friends that are from Long Island.  They will give you the best advice as to how to take on the train system.

  1. Figure out where you’re going
  2. Use the LIRR Trip Planner to see what trains you need to take http://lirr42.mta.info/
  3. When you arrive in Penn, follow the signs to the LIRR.  You have the option to use the ticket window to buy your tickets, the ticket machine similar to refilling your MetroCard, buying the tickets online, or buying them on the train (more expensive).
  4. Tickets will vary in price depending on the day and time that you are traveling, which you can view on the trip planner.  You can purchase single ride, round trip, monthly passes and several other options
  5. Once you purchase your ticket, you will look up at the big screen that tells you what time your train is arriving and what track it is on.  If you followed step #2, you will know what train you are taking.  Anywhere from 4-12 minutes prior to departure, the screen will notify you of what train your track is on and you as well as 50+ other people will all rush in the same direction.  Follow their lead if you are going on that train!
  6. If you have to transfer at Jamaica, the connection train will always be across the track upon arrival or a few minutes later.  If you are not taking the connection train, then you must go and find your train.  Ask the people around you as well as employees.  They know best!
  7. While on the train the conductor will come around and hole punch your ticket and return it to you depending on the type of ticket that you have and your destination.  Be sure that if you are on a round trip, don’t lose your ticket coming back to the city!

That pretty much covers it!  Good luck on the LIRR!

Ashley

Yes, It Was My Way

 Yesterday I took my last final ever. It was probably my last day of school ever as well. It’s kind of crazy how fast college has gone by, and a little scary to think about such a huge change. However, I am happy with my four years here. These mixed feelings are hard to sum up, so I’ll just let Frank help me explain (yes, it’s cheesy, but just be glad I’m not using the “as we go on, we remember all the times we had together” song):

 

I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway; And more, much more than this, I did it my way

I think the most important aspect of my college career was that I tried everything I could and got to experience as much as possible. Salsa club, film critique, tennis, study abroad in Italy, walking the Camino de Santiago, fashion design, fabric styling, field biology, french conversation in Paris, the list can go on. This allowed me to meet so many interesting, lovely people and become excited about things I otherwise would not have even known about.

Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do, and saw it through without exemption

I think people are most successful when they put their all into something, whether it be a project or an outfit. Sure, there may be some failures along your road, but I’ve heard some of the most accomplished people say they were not successful until they had their first huge failure. Failure is not something to be ashamed of, as long as you didn’t go down passively. If you’re going to fail, fail with all your might.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew, when I bit off more than I could chew. But through it all, when there was doubt,  I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall;  And did it my way

Personally, I viewed my biggest “failure” as when I realized I couldn’t keep doing the Fashion Design program, and that what I grew up thinking was my future was in reality not going to happen. At the time it seemed like the end of everything – my ambition, my dreams and goals – however, looking back now I am glad I switched out of Fashion Design. It was too much stress for me and I cannot imagine where I would be now mentally if I had stayed on. Deciding to switch majors was one of the hardest choices I had to make so far, but I’m glad I continued to my Bachelor’s and found a new path.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve had my fill; my share of losing. And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing

FIT has certainly brought me a fair share of laughter and tears. I have made some of the craziest, silliest, best friends in the world over the past four years, and done some ridiculous and completely unforgettable things. On the flip side, if you ask my mom, I’m sure she could regale you with stories of late night crying phone calls and exasperated, endless discussions about my future, but looking back now it’s hard to remember those bad times. I would say don’t stress so much about making decisions and going crazy over little upsets, but it is hard to realize that in the moment.

For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels; And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows – And did it my way!

You just have to do work that you can be proud of, and put your all into it. There are going to be obstacles and mistakes along your journey, I can guarantee it, so don’t worry about if it is going to happen, just know it is so important to not let those hardships stop you. And don’t be afraid of change, because change is not the end, it is not failing.

If you are a graduating senior in high school or college, I hope you feel as fulfilled as I do as you look back on your time thus far. And if you are facing a new chapter in your life, I hope my cheesy quote-advice will help reassure you as you begin a new path on your adventure.

 Thank you so much for reading my posts for the past two years!

–Emily–

Professor Beware

Having a good professor can make or break a class. There are certainly a range here at FIT, as anywhere else. I have found most of my professors as extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and interesting. I will admit to checking sites like ratemyprofessor.com as soon as teachers were announced, and I’m sure you will too.

However, you have to be careful with websites like this. First of all, ratings are not necessarily the best indicator of what a teacher will really be like. Many times people just use rating sites to complain when they did not get along with a professor, or feel like they were not being treated fairly whether it is true or not. Hopefully the teacher will have many reviews and you can judge for yourself if they seem reliable.

I think feedback for the professors and the school is a great tool if said feedback is honest and sincere, and I encourage students to rate their teachers (fairly, of course). I just went back and rated every teacher I had for my bachelors degree. That being said, these comments are not guarantees and I have often found my experience with a teacher to be completely opposite of what most people wrote, for better or worse.

Do you use ratemyprofessor.com or other sites like it? What experiences have you had with them?

–Emily–