advise for new students from those who know (older students)


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New supplies, new clothes, new start. Freshman year is a chance to redefine yourself, to challenge assumptions, to lay the foundation for the rest of your life. Gee whiz, you say, I’m just 18! So we asked for help, from those who have been there, done that. Below are words of wisdom from 25 upperclassmen and recent grads. See the comments section for additional reader submissions.

EXTEND YOURSELF

As an incoming freshman I wish I’d known I didn’t need to know everything! I was so wrapped up in the idea that I had to know my major, how to navigate campus and the social scene, even how to do laundry. Sometimes the beauty is in figuring these things out organically. To be a successful freshman, you just have to be willing to learn as you go. — Grace Carita, Bucknell University, ’18

The first day of college I was a ball of nerves and I remember walking into my first class and running to the first seat I found, thinking everyone would be staring at me. But nobody seemed to notice and then it hit me: The fact that nobody knew me meant nobody would judge, which, upon reflection, was what I was scared of the most. I told myself to let go. I began to force myself into situations that were uncomfortable for me — for example, auditioning for a dance piece — and the performance was a highlight of my freshman year. Challenge yourself to try something new, something you couldn’t have done in high school. Ria Jagasia, Vanderbilt University, ’18

DO THE WORK
Go to class! Seriously, unless you are half dead, go! Megan Taylor, Salem College, ’15

Outline all your papers, and footnote everything. Even if you don’t “do outlines” or think they are a total waste of time, a quick overview of how the paper will be organized will help you loads in the long run. If you find yourself with a half-eaten pizza at 2 in the morning the day the paper is due (with no paper), hey, at least you have an outline. Casey Chon, Hampshire College, ’18
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christopher manning, opening reception: sept 7th, 5:00 – 7:00

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Everything, As Perfect As It Seems
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
CHRISTOPHER E. MANNING

Opening Reception: September 7th from 5:00 – 7:00 in the Fine Arts Gallery 

Everything As Perfect As It Seems explores the inherent duality of the exterior surface and the process of excavation towards the inner self through painting, drawing, collage, photography and sculpture in tandem. Each work presents a teetering balance between memory and the forgotten, truths and lies, light and dark, and all passages between life, death and rebirth. The cumulative narrative comes to represent a portrait of what shapes us, while embodying the deluge of all that was forgotten or superfluous to existence.

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student show reception, monday Dec 14th, 3:00 – 5:00

STUDENT SHOW :: Mon Dec 14 – Sat Dec 19
opening reception: Monday, December 14, 3:00- 5:00 pm

Guest Juror Julian Kreimer will be speaking about the exhibition at 4:00

Gabriel Adames
Melvin J. Banks Jr.
Stephanie Contreras
Matthew DiVincenzo
Diego Duchitanga
Alexandra Gazzola
Oshin Grandison
Lauren Inacio
Michael Iovino
Jon Kashif Kearney
Yuko Kyutoku
Rafaela Lopez
Cristina Mallma
Michael Ray Mercado
Kevin Naranjo
Danielle Pallman
Theodora Pecoroni
Veronica Pizarro
Courtney Quinn
Jessell Ramos
Erik Resendiz
John Scalzo
Giovanni Tellone
Samantha Wilbur
Ana Zepeda
Pablo Zhuin

Guest Juror: Julian Kreimer
Gallery hours: Mon – Sat 10:00 am – 3:00 pm + Thu evenings 4:00- 6:00 pm

portfolio day 2015 :: google these schools

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PORTFOLIO DAY 2015

REGIONAL PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Thursday November 12, 2015
4:00-7:00 pm
Fine Arts Gallery

Westchester Community College is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual Portfolio Day. Representatives of regional and national visual arts programs will be available to evaluate student portfolios and discuss admission requirements, degree programs, and financial aid packages.

This event is open to high school students and their parents as well as college students interested in exploring transfer options.

colleges attending include

THIS SATURDAY :: purchase college visual media campus visit day

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Saturday, November 7, 2015 / 10 am
The Performing Arts Center

Got an EYE on VISUAL MEDIA?
For anyone considering these majors:
Theatre Design/Technology
Costume Design
Film
Cinema Studies
New Media
Media, Society and the Arts
Graphic Design
Painting and Drawing
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

Here’s what to expect from Visual Media Day:

  • TED-style talks about the majors
  • Portfolio review sessions
  • Tips to build a competitive portfolio
  • Financial-planning workshop for artists/art students
  • Campus tours emphasizing arts-related spaces such as shops and studios

THE DETAILS
This daylong event is designed for prospective students—sophomores, juniors, and seniors—who are considering majors in visual media, either on the stage, screen, or in the studio. Families are welcome to attend.
After a warm welcome by the respective Deans of the School of the Arts and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ravi Rajan and Suzanne Kessler, faculty and alumni will deliver the Purchase version of “TED Talks” about Theatre Design/Technology, Film and Media Studies, Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
After lunch, prospective students may attend one-on-one portfolio reviews with faculty members for feedback on portfolio progress and guidance on building a strong one.
The Artists Financial Support Group (AFSG) will present a workshop on financial planning specifically geared toward art students and artists.
The day ends with campus tours of arts-related spaces, including open studios and workshops, led by Admissions Ambassadors.

IS IT FOR ME?
Are you a high school sophomore, junior or senior interested in a visual media major? Then yes.
This event is for students who are just beginning to explore their options to those who know exactly which major they wish to pursue. Either way, participants will leave with a stronger understanding of what’s available at Purchase as well as a clear picture of awaits them after graduation.
All participants are eligible for discounts on tickets for the shows on stage at The Performing Arts Center that evening.
REGISTER TODAY or contact Admissions for more information: 914–251–6300.

hartford art school visit :: thursday, october 22nd

This is an amazing opportunity for you to view a slide show covering student artwork and facilities. They will also be providing extensive information about Hartford Art School and the University of Hartford, the portfolio requirements, the application process, merit scholarships, financial aid, and career opportunities.

Where: HAAB 403
When: Thursday, October 22nd, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
To view Hartford Art School’s website, click here.
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