of the friends I made here, every single one, are
leaving after one semester and so am I. Ringling may
have once been a great school but it is no
Last year they changed the curriculum to
make it even more challenging and segregated. They put freshmen
families into place, which means you are stuck with the
same group of people in every class all year. Like
middle school. How is this a college experience? What makes
this especially terrible is that peers in the media arts-
that is students in animation, game art and design, and
illustration, are especially egotistical and downright nasty. They will befriend
you dependent on whether you are already amazing at drawing
or not. But didn't we come here to learn to
draw? A good friend of mine here left with good
grades before the semester was up because she couldn't stand
all the fake people who befriended her just because of
her art. Credits you earn here won't transfer by the
way, so don't stick it out all semester if you're
as miserable as we were.
like purgatory. Or worse, it's like hell. There are no
good clubs or activities; in fact, the main club here
is Christian Club. At an art college? You are also
surrounded by a ghetto. On weekends, this campus is pretty
much a dead zone or wasteland. My friends and I
had to resort to drinking Robitussin on the weekends because
without a car, there is absolutely NOTHING else to do
except for kill yourself. Seriously. No parties, nightlife, or events
going on that aren't academic related. Every store and restaurant
located in the ghetto closes at 10:00 PM. As if
you could even make it to any of them by
foot without getting killed.
here are nice but not well maintained, at least not
in Goldstein North Hall. A facilities employee came in to
fix my air conditioner that was leaking, making a funny
noise, and not cooling the room whatsoever. I complained to
him that it was getting hot in there and becoming
hard to breathe, but he would only fix the leak
because a wrench icon had not appeared on the controls.
Two days later, a wrench icon appeared and the room
now smells of mold and mildew. I have complained many
times about this and sent many facilities requests, but they
have yet to do anything about it. I can not
sleep in that room because it is hazardous to my
Another thing hazardous to my health here
is the food, which lacks nutrients of any kind. You
only have three options on campus: Hammond Commons, the Brickman
Cafe, and the Outtakes Cafe. Hammonds will make you fat
very quickly. The Brickman Cafe actually has pretty good soups
and sandwiches, but in very small portions that won't fill
you up. The Outtakes Cafe is just junkfood with prices
that are nothing short of scandalous. If you do insist
on going to this godforsaken place, do not, and I
repeat, DO NOT waste your money on the meal plan.
It is only good for three meals a day at
specific times with no rollover credit. How's that for a
Don't even get me started on the
isolation. Ringling purposely isolates everyone with their extreme security system.
“Fobs” are used to get to each individual floor in
Goldstein, and each hall. This means even the long and
short halls are separated on each floor! Forget having friends
in other dormitories altogether because your “fob” won't get you
In short, Ringling was the worst
decision I have ever made in my entire life, and
a big fat waste of precious life time and money.
It was like a four month acid trip gone horribly,
horribly, wrong, in which I lost all contact with reality.
I'm even tempted to say high school was better but
alas, I will not.
Below I will list
the types of people who should attend Ringling:
If you are the type of person who cares
only about curriculum and not college experience, or even having
any friends, choose Ringling.
If you are already
fantastic at drawing and would like to have fake friends,
If you are so full
of yourself that you think your college will make you
famous, choose Ringling.
If your idea of
a party is watching a Dreamworks or Pixar film, choose
If you like anime (a lot) choose
If you consider yourself a
member of the furry or brony community, choose Ringling.
If you want to dye your hair to
be unique and different but are too afraid to dye
more than two strands of it, choose Ringling.
If you are a christian, choose Ringling.
If you want to lose all contact with the outside
world and even other majors, choose Ringling.
If you want to live a stressful, miserable life and
never acquire a family, choose Ringling.
you don't care about having a love life whatsoever, choose
If you want to have no
life at all, choose Ringling.
already have years of experience in animation, can be the
best in your class, and want to be a Pixar
animator, choose Ringling.
If you are a commuter,
If you do not fall into ALL of these categories
than please, for the love of god, DO NOT CHOOSE RINGLING! You will end up wasting 40k a year to
be locked up in a beautiful looking jail.