attending Ringling, I attending a state school in my hometown.
I had applied to only 2 colleges while in
high school: a state school and Rhode Island School of
Design. Since I was accepted to RISD on a
wait list, I opted to go to state school, which
wasn't really for me. However, I found out about
Ringling during a trip to Walt Disney World and became
intrigued by their computer graphics program (early 90s) so I
decided to apply and ended up transferring.
Since my attendance,
I hear the campus has grown as well as the
programs offered so my experience is based on the school
during the early to mid 90s, just for reference.
I attended for 4 years and lived in the dorms
the first year. As a slightly older student it
was a challenge to relate to many of the other
students who were straight out of high school but the
educational environment of the smaller campus really suited me.
did not get any financial aid so my education was
almost completely financed. In hindsight, I wish I had
known the impact this would have on my future at
that time before having moved from New England. The
financial aid officer, during my second year, informed me that
I had no business going there since I (nor my
family) could afford the education offered at Ringling.
was heavy. I worked 2, sometimes 3 jobs during
school so it was a great deal to juggle to
keep lights on and rent paid all while trying to
keep up with computer labs and studio classes. The
good thing about that was that it provided a fierce
work ethic and that is something that you can't buy.
I also liked that they seemed to gear all
of the general education/liberal arts courses to art in some
way which kept them interesting. Having attended a state
college previously I can tell you that some of those
classes are really tough to get through when they are
so dry and boring!
A few teachers were extremely difficult
and not in the sense that they were challenging with
their coursework but they could be condescending and rude.
I had one “professor” inform me that I had no
business being there (basically because I shouldn't be an artist).