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Online Classes at FIT

Last semester was my first time trying online classes. I had never taking an online class before, so I was definitely not too happy to be taking two online classes and in another time zone. However, I had no other choice because I was studying abroad, and these classes weren’t offered there.

Class #1 was an Intro to Biology

Class #2 was Organizational Communication and Workplace Relations

For starters, the professors were great! They were clear and posted everything so that we had enough time to complete all assignments. Not only theirs, but also spend time in our other major-related projects. Overall it was a fair amount of work.

The assignments went had-in-hand with the textbook and resources provided by the professors. If you aren’t able to purchase a hardcover textbook, like I wasn’t, you can either rent or purchase the online version of the textbook.

Throughout the semester, the professors made sure we were keeping up, sending emails, reminders, making sure we participated in the class discussions, etc.

One of the reasons I liked taking these online classes was that I can complete the assignments in my spare time, after coming from my other day classes in Florence. I did not think that I would enjoy taking these online classes, especially with the time zone difference, I thought I would have issues to upload everything on time. I actually found myself registering for another online class for this upcoming semester, which came in handy because I had already chosen my main courses and did not want to rearrange it so much.

There are many courses at FIT that you can take online, from liberal arts to major-related. Check out the FIT Website for more info.

Have a great weekend,

Maria

Tokyo Trip

Hi everyone! Last month after wrapping up exams me and my friends from FIT studying abroad as well took a fantastic trip to Tokyo. It was so much fun! Here are the highlights and recommendations.

Maid Cafe

My personal favorite! As far as I know, Japan is the only place in the world where you can have this experience. The maid cafe we ended up at was super cute, and they even gave us cat ears to wear while we dined! We got a Polaroid with the maid that took care of us- she was super sweet and did her best to communicate with us.

Takeshita Street

Harajuku’s main shopping thoroughfare, this street in lined with tons of shops bursting with color, patterns and fun. Make sure to get a crepe if you go!!

Puri Kura

While you’re on Takeshita Street, pop into a photo booth to take some pics! For about $4USD you can take, edit and print super kawaii pictures. This was our favorite activity in Tokyo, and we may or may not have gone over 5 times.

Itoya Stationary Store

Floor after floor of stationary supplies! If you like school supplies, planners or anything crafty, you will have a field day in this store!

Tower Records in Shibuya

Love music? This is the place for you! Each floor has a different genre, from all around the world. Look for the headphone stations, where you can sample music from selected CDs. Their store merch is really cool too.

Check out a Baseball Game!

We got standing tickets to see the Tokyo Giants play the Hanshin Tigers, which was a blast! Japanese baseball fans go hard when it comes to dressing up and cheering for their teams. It was a Wednesday night but the stands were packed.

Vintage Shop in Koenji

I’ve never seen so many cool little vintage shops in one area before! Just keep walking and you’ll keep finding spots to shop. The vibe is very really laid back and it has a very neighborhood feel.

There was so much to do in Tokyo and over our 9 days there we did quite a bit, but these are truly my favorite things we got to experience.  I look forwards to going back someday, hopefully soon!

Best,

Sam

Summer Goals!

Hi everyone!

Special summer post here. This break I’ll be interning here in NYC, and I hope to get lots of experience but also have lots of fun! I have 3 goals I’ve set so as to get the most of my next 3 months.

1. Go to Meetings!

As an intern you may or may not get invited along to meetings. Personally throughout my intern experience I haven’t gotten to attend many, so this summer I want to go to as many as possible to start seeing how they run and how they function. In order to achieve this, I’ve asked my boss to bring me along and this week alone I’ve been to four! It never hurts to ask, especially for something relatively small.

2. Make a social plan every weekend!

It’s easy to get home from work Friday night and just hibernate and do chores and errands all weekend, especially since going out with friends usually means a long haul on the train. But I want to fully enjoy this summer, which means going out and enjoying my friends and the freedom of summer. Also, I’ve been enjoying hosting my friends! Last weekend I had fellow blogger Henry over for dinner and banana bread muffin baking. It was loads of fun!

3. Stay learning

While a break from school is great, I really want to take advantage of the time to study more Japanese. Getting to use the bit I know when traveling to Japan last month was amazing, and I want to know more! I’ve been using Memrise, and really enjoy the app. I paid for the premium version and study offline on the train to and from work.

I think these 3 goals are a good focus for my summer, aside from interning and getting a break from college. Setting up plans and sticking to them is a rewarding feeling as well!

Do you have any summer goals?

Til next time,
Sam

Study Abroad Reflection

Hi everyone!

I just got back to America after four and a half months abroad in Hong Kong.  While I am still navigating the jet lag (it’s a struggle!) I have had some time to think back on what I have learned over the past semester.

Getting to experience college life in another country is wild.  You get to meet your peers from other countries, learn from different teaching styles, and try out a new way of life.  Changing everything, from eating habits to sleeping schedules to living arrangements, is difficult.  But being out of your element gives you a lot of room to grow.

Part of why I wanted to study abroad was to try out life in Hong Kong.  As Production Management is an incredibly global major, there is a chance I might have the opportunity to work abroad in Hong Kong.  And while I loved living there for a few months, there are definitely some things I would have to consider before going there for longer!  Finding healthy food options was hard for me, and I definitely felt the time difference challenges when it came to connecting with friends and family back home.  While I could see myself possibly working abroad, it was good to try it out before taking a larger, more indefinite plunge.

Overall, I would recommend study abroad to anyone who is up for a challenge.  It is not easy, but it sure is rewarding.  Go in with an open mind and you will be surprised by everything!

Best,

Sam

Best of Hong Kong as an Exchange Student!

Hi everyone!

Over the past four and a half months, my friends and I have experienced a lot of great things in Hong Kong. Here are my top suggestions for you if you go abroad in Hong Kong!

Mr Wong’s – $10USD per person

All the beer (and sometimes wine!) you can drink as well as shared plates of Chinese food. Most go with a group to pregame for the horse races (more about those below) or on a weekend before hitting LKF (the main nightlife area). Personally I enjoy just getting to know people better, as it is a fun place to go out and socialize!

The Horse Races – free, with a free beer

Register in advance for the horse races (which run every Wednesday night) using the link for internationals and get free admission and coupon for free beer. Unsurprisingly it’s a big hit with the international crowd and lots of people go every Wednesday. When I went my friends and I placed a few $20HKD bets ($3USD) but it’s also fun to see whose chosen horse wins the race!

Hiking – just pay transit!

One big perk of Hong Kong is the ability to take a hike whenever you want! My favorite was Dragons Back. Once you get there it is free to soak up some fresh air.

Ladies Market – shopping street

Love to bargain? Want a knock off? Need funny souvenirs? Hong Kong has tons of markets but the best in my opinion is Ladies Market in Mong Kok. From fake Supreme shirts to paintings, you have to go and see what you’ll find! Don’t forget to haggle when it comes to pricing.

Flower Market – shopping and browsing

My personal favorite, especially at the beginning of the semester because I was able to pick up several plants for $20HKD ($3) which definitely helped the dorms feel like home. Go right before Chinese New Year to see the sea of luck plants and displays.

Beaches – just pay transit

Hong Kong has tons of beautiful beaches, many of which are easily accessible by public transit, and some which are more of an adventure to reach!  I would recommend Stanley Beach, as it is the easiest to reach and has the best amenities.  However it is fun to explore the options, especially when the weather starts to really heat up!

Those are just a few of the cheap and free things to do in Hong Kong.  If you play your cards right, you can have a fantastic study abroad at a pretty low cost!  I’ll miss the easy access to nature Hong Kong has when I leave.  There is truly so much to do!

Best,

Sam