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| Parsons (or specifically The New School) is definitely a different college. They tell you during orientation that The New School's campus is New York, which is an indirect way to say the campus of The New School is minimal and spread out. This works for me though. I love New York City and I love how they incorporate the city into our classes. There is so much hands on learning it can be nearly insane. The New School professors give out work and assignments like your only taking their class, but all in all, its for your benefit because your learning so much, and really the work is quite doable. I myself have plenty of free time and so do other New School students. Its just when we have to work, we HAVE to work. No joke. |
I've read different reviews stating that the students here are stuck up and snooty. That may be the case for some, I don't think thats a good generalization. There are plenty of nice people here. Their approachable and for the most part, mean well. Does that mean that people can't be stuck up? of course not! it is a top art school. People from these professions tend to think their better than other people even if they don't outwardly voice it. However, you can also find that in many other top notch professional schools, like the Ivy's.All in all, I love my time so far at The New School. There are times when the community could be closer, but I feel as though that's due to a lack of building facilities and strong clubs. In due time those things will come along, but overall, Parsons is a great place to learn, make friends, and develop your skills.
|Feb 06 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| Overall the school is good. The facilities are decent, they are building a new University Center and the library is nearly non-existent. The professors are usually industry professionals, and sometimes you have to be careful because they are teaching to their own aesthetic and disregard your own viewpoint. Most of the full-time staff, however, understands the implications of hegemony. There are obviously staff members who care more than others. Getting stuff done can be a pain since the buildings are spread apart, and the elevators in some buildings take forever. Don't rely on advisors to get you through, you need to be in charge of your own destiny in terms of scheduling so get in earlier rather than later. Housing is very expensive, it is better to live off campus, or at least only stay freshman year. Financial aid is pretty typical, but the cost of tuition is very high and your supplies and living expenses are usually more than you can fathom. The staff in Financial Aid is good, much better than when I arrived. The registration is a nightmare and can be standoffish if you go in person or have to drop a class. Also they charge you a fee if you drop a class and you are below 12 credits, I am sure other schools do, but they are not transparent about it. The website is not that great for finding stuff. If you want to do Study Abroad you can, but the person in charge is never there, the guy in financial aid knew more about it than my advisor or the study abroad office. There is an on-campus medical place, it is alright. There are a lot of international students (mostly asian) and lots of LGBTQ kids. Sometimes the international kids take up a lot of time with the professor which can be annoying. A lot of the resources and time is spent on the Fashion program, the kids in that program are very arrogant and generally stupid, then there are the Lang kids who are very arrogant but generally smart. Also if you are conservative or republican, this is not the school for you. |
|Feb 02 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Last year when I was accepted to the Parsons photography department as a high school senior, I was more than thrilled. Parsons was my "dream school" and I simply could not wait to start classes. However that all changed after my first semester of the actual Parsons experience. I was expecting Parsons to be an academically challenging program filled with other creative intellectuals, but I found that there were kids in my photography classes who barely even knew how to use a digital camera, let alone a film camera. Maybe it is different in other majors, but I can say from first hand experience that the photography program is really not that great. Although I have done extremely well in all my classes, I have found that the professors are rather arrogant and condescending to most of the freshman here. You really have to push in order to get extra help.|
Perhaps the worst factor about Parsons is the other people who attend the school themselves. I am friends with a nice group of people, but I am not exaggerating when I say that EVERYONE who attends Parsons is a self-centered, arrogant, money/luxury-obsessed child. If you decide to go here you will find that most people are genuinely mean and stand-offish. Do not expect to make friends right away, unless you have these traits. However, I am sure that the kids at most art schools act this way, so being a snob is not just unique to Parsons. But if your heart is really set on coming here, you will find a group of nice, honest people.... it will just be a little bit harder.All in all, Parsons was not at all what I expected. I do not feel like I have learned anything since I have been here, and besides my group of friends, the people here disgust me with their selfish immaturity. I will definitely be transferring next fall to major in something not art related at all. It is really very sad that Parsons has ruined art for me :/ Hopefully I will find it again one day.
|Jan 13 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |