In recognition of Commuter Appreciation Week, we have collected a number of suggestions to help you stay connected when off campus and make your commute to campus a little easier.
Check your grades, your class schedule, view the FIT campus map and more. This app is great for everyone at FIT. Download if for your iPhone or iPad from iTunes. Have an Android, download it from Google Play – here it is still called Ellucian Go and you will just have to pick your school before signing in.
IT Staff Picks
The IT Department is made up of commuters. We understand what our student commuters go through to get to FIT, we go through it too. Here are a few IT Staff members picks for technology that helps make commuting easier.
“I like Exit Strategy, makes it look like I know exactly where I am going even when I am taking a different train or getting off at a different stop.”
– Amanda, Video Producer
“I like to immerse myself in a comic book. Not being one to carry a ton of books on the subway, I use comixology.com. Comixology is a website/mobile app that offers comic books for free as well as for purchasing. I can obtain as many comics as my phone can hold.”
– Maurice, Administrative Assistant
“I signed up for daily emails from theSkimm and NYT Now’s Morning Briefing, they rundown the latest news and information so I start my day knowing exactly what is happening around the world. theSkimm has the added bonus of adding a bit of humor and a creative twist to the way news is delivered.”
– Stephenie, Content and Community Relations Strategist
“Flipboard is a news and social media aggregator that will merge all your social media feeds and wanted news content into one easy to use app. You can save things for later and put things into self titled categories much like Pinterest. I’ve tried Feedly and Pulse too but I keep coming back to Flipbaord for my news entertainment on the commute to work!”
– Patricia, Training Associate
MTA BusTime & iBooks
“Taking the express buses can sometimes be very stressful when waiting what seems like forever. There is a very helpful app bustime.mta.info. All you have to do is plug the number of your bus in and it will tell you exactly where your bus is on the route. Makes waiting a little easier.”
“I use Apple/iBooks and download my favorite digital novels. This can make my sometimes 2 hrs. commute seems much shorter!”
– Francine, Manager, IT Administration
Google Apps & Everything Mobile
“With technology today, the LIRR is like a second office. The moment my commute begins I get started with my work; checking emails, reports and articles.”
– George, Network Manager