Ringling College of Art and Design Top Questions

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Cassandra

I would say be prepared to work hard. Dont slack. This is a very important time in your life and you are going to want to learn as much as you can. You are going to need the stuff you learn here for your future. Alos,listen to your parents. They know what they are talking about.

Wareenee

I would tell myself to not be afraid of college. Stick to the major or the subject of what you really love to do because you will achieve higher and it won't be a waste. Always try the hardest and the best of your abilities and do not slack off.

Chelsea

If I could go back in time I would tell myself to never give up. I would never mention the fact that I got excepted into my dream college or the fact that I'm doing what I love. I would simple tell myself to continue doing art and what I love and not to listen to anyone cause in the end what I love will pay off.

Ellen

Dear Ellen, You have done so much since arriving at Ringling. You have made good grades, gotten the RA job, and worked so hard to get closer to your dream. I am proud of what you have accomplished. Knowing what I now know, there are things that can help you further in your dream career. Apply to Scholarships all of the time. To stay at your school, which is your dream school and the place that you have had the best years of your life, you need to. It is financially demanding to your family, and to save yourself from taking a year off, you have to. Work hard, do your best, do even more for success. Find a happy balance in your life and take good care of yourelf. Always support your friends, and value them above all else. They will keep you grounded and help you stay focused. They will always be there for you, make sure to always be there for them. Stay strong. Always rememeber when things are difficult, to be strong. Never ever give up.

Kirsten

The advice I would give to my high school self about college is overall get better at time management skills. This was the center of most of the difficulties I experienced in my first semester. I got my work done no matter what but at times it wouldn't be at the level I know I am capable of. Not only improve in time management but also don't push yourself overboard. Always remember to get seven to eight hours of sleep and eat properly. Even if it seems like you would be able to get the assignment done if you stay up but the truth is it would take you longer than if you were to get sleep, so please take care of yourself. Also even if you love helping people, make sure you take care of your assignments first then you can help out others. Another thing is if things don't work out as well in first semester, the second semester would seem less stressful and you will get the hang of things so don't freak out and enjoy. These would be the pieces of advice I would give to my high school senior self.

Raul

What I would tell my past self, from what I learn from 2 years in college. If I could talk to my past self in the 1st day of senior year in high school is to stay in the calculus class. It may be hard with no experince in trig, but at least you'll a better teacher than in trig, he insufferable. Besides that, about college life, I tell myself to quit thinking of being a video game delevoper and go with engineering. Why, my past self may ask, there are barely an transeferable class, if there still offering it. Plus what really the difference, you be taking the same amount of math and science courses anyways. So when selecting your classes pick the intro to engineering class, and hopefully if you can calculus class, because you'll need it for physics. Or wait for a semester and take both alegbra and trig classes. I would say, to get these calsses first with these teachers and makes sure to stay away from these teachers because they can barely teach at all, beleive me I had 2 of them. And its going to be hard, really hard but thats college.

Kiamesha

If I could go back in time and talk to 1990 Mesha with the knowledge that 2013 Mesha has, that would be amazing!!! I would tell the 90's Mesha that she should remain a good student and keep her eyes on the prize. That prize would be graduating from high school first, then entering college. I would tell her not to get overwhelmed with the thought of college life. She should know that college life is going to bring about so many exciting new experiences. Since she is such an outstanding person, she is bound to make new friends, that will stay with her throughout her adult life. I would let her know that her love for numbers will allow her to be able to apply for that career in accounting. She should know that graduating from college is going to give her such a huge sense of accomplishment. She could then enter the workforce with her degree in hand and know that there is so many opportunties awaiting her. By the time 2013 rolls around, her deskplate will say, Kiamesha Delaney, Chief Financial Officer.

Jacob

To do as much artwork and study and prepare myself to get ready for the challenges and fun that this college brings.

kimberly

Even now I'm not sure what i would tell myself. I think I would warn myself about the fiscal toll that it will take, but also of its value. The worth of attending a great university. I don't think i would have warded my self off from the situation i would just want more of an explanation. Now having a better understanding of loans and federal aid I would be able to explain to my younger self things that my counselor, at the time couldn't fully. I think an important part in my advice to myself would be to understand that when paying for college and an education you are not just buying classes but experiences. the whole process of being in college is also a mental and personal growth. Telling my self that maybe not going to class one day wont kill me, especially if that's the day spent in enjoyment. And overally if you're going to invest in something invest in yourself, and education is the best way of doing that.

Shannon

Start early.

Wendy

Hello high school senior, I hope you are enjoying this great year. Trust me, it is great, you don’t have much to worry about except getting the top scores on the SAT and applying for college and of course the anxiety that comes with waiting for the acceptance letter. First, you need an overall vision and mission when attending college. You should ask yourself, why am I going to college? What are the goals you hope to achieve in order to reach a bigger dream? These are questions that will set you on the right path. Also, know what your financial limits are and do not apply to a college that is beyond your financial reach. Of course, you can always apply for scholarships and other forms of financial aid in order to be able to attend, but always beware that attending an expensive college with no funds will create financial stress. The last piece of advice goes with who we are and how we present ourselves. Always carry a smile on your face and bring forth a positive attitude. You will attract many people and thus making friends to help you in your college journey. Enjoy college!

Stephanie

If I were to go back in time to talk to my self a year ago I would say this. Do not be afraid to express yourself to others. Showing insecurity and unconfidence in yourself will get you nowhere. Be proud of who you are and what you choice to do in the future. Don't let harsh words from others get to you or in the way of your passion. The road is bumpy ahead, but if you pull yourself together and believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything.

lauren

I would say that the transition from high school to college is complicated. I would say that you need to be open-minded towards new experiences and new types of people, but also to lower your expectations. It takes a long time to find people who understand you and a sense of belonging when you go to any new place. College is no different. At a competitive school especially, getting used to the workload and trying to establish personal bonds with new friends can be overwhelming. You'll have an opportunity to recreate yourself, but be careful. Don't be so quick to rebel that you lose sight of what makes you unique. And if you find yourself lonely from time to time, don't be afraid to call your high school friends. They probably feel the same way and miss you too. And remember that first impressions are fickle. If you harshly judge others before you get to know them, you'll miss out on a lot of good people. You don't want to have to swallow your words later on. The first day of class is scary, but it gets better. Keep your chin up.

Susan

I would tell myself to start looking for scholarships now. Never ever stop looking. I would also tell myself to draw all the time and never stop. I wish I got into those good habbits then instead of trying to ketchup now. I would remind myself that I am talented, even though I might look at other students and think how amazing they are, that they have just been focusing on this longer than I have. I would tell myself that you have all of the potential and ability; you just need to believe in yourself. Everything will turn out fine, just keep pushing yourself to do the best you can and remember that you can't give more than your all. And maybe I would sneak in the fact that I need to find/develop a drawing style and to practice portraits.

Renee

If I were able to go back in time to give myself college advise, I am pretty sure I would have a lot less stress lines and debt. I would not change the decision of the college I attend now, but I would make sure to apply sooner. I learned that the sooner you apply the better housing you receive. First come first serve. I would also tell myself apply to as many scholarships as you can. I’m learning now that there are a lot more scholarships awarded to high school students. It is also always important to plan ahead and stay organized. Remember deadlines, and budget yourself.

Diyana

If I was able to talk to my high school senior self, I would let her know about the amount of work and effort she must put into their work to hopefully succeed in college--plus, to take advantage of much scholarships as possible (a lot of colleges are pretty expensive, including the amount of supplies I need). I would also tell her to keep her head held up high because there will be at times when things seem like it go her way or even maybe to the point of giving up, but she needs to stay strong and know that as long as you have friends, and family that can help push you forward, she can prove to those that doubt her that she can really shine when it counts. Not every piece of art needs to be perfect, and not every person needs to be really skilled at it either, as long as she does the best she can, she can prove to those that hardwork and patience can help lead one to their dream goals--also, don't let anyone discourage you, just be yourself and she will do just fine.

Patrice

Listen closely, I refuse to “beat around the bush” because I know you, you wouldn’t read it, but you have to pay attention, stop going around like you’re a deer in headlight. You are graduating soon and I know it’s exciting that you’re finally getting out, but I need you to push your parents more, whine, do whatever you need to take your SAT test; At least you can get through four before school ends. What are you going to do when you get home? Nothing! So start going to tutoring sessions, there’s a lot around our school and you definitely have time. Ask a teacher for help, I know Advance placement English literature probably wasn’t the best option, but it is okay your learning things that other people don’t, be proud of that. Another thing I cannot stress enough is scholarships-do all you can, don’t get lazy, go to the front office ask for that scholarship sheet. Scholarships are going to be your best friend because your tuition is not exactly cheap and your major has to do with a lot of printing. Start taking your education into your hands.

Asia

If I could go back in time and give advice to myself as a high school senior, I know exactly what I would say. I'd tell myself to work even harder and remain focused on my long term goals. The senior year is really only a step to the future - a fact that too few students remember. So I'd tell myself and anyone else who'd listen not to be distracted by the petty dramas and upheavals of the last year of high school. When you get to college, everything you do is vital; everything is moving you towards your future career. It's going to be wonderful and exciting, but it's also going to be tough. And you'd better be ready.

Cory

I have received so much information, and insight, in the art world that it has allowed me to improve significantly in just my first semester. Being surrounded by so much talent has given me the drive to push myself harder and to excel with my drawings. One of the first things I learned very quickly was to not procastinate and to do my homework when I received it, versus waiting until the night before it was due. I've also learned that money doesn't grow on trees. With the cost of my education and living needs I am finding that money is very tight and it is amazing how far I am able to stretch $30. I was hoping to get work study but I wasn't able to, so I think all incoming freshman should think about finances and make sure they save money instead of buying cd's, video games, etc to help them survive their freshman year. Another important thing I've come to realize is that my parents are my support system and without them I wouldnt be sitting in these fascinating classes today. This education will allow me to live my dreams!

Kathryn-Dee

At Ringling School of Art and Design I have been able to get the one-on-one attention and instruction that I need with amazingly qualified professors. I am only in my second semester and i have grown as a photographer so much more than i though I would have. Ringling has already started to open doors for me and my career. It is a great school that is well ahead of most art schools in the country.

Andrea

I feel incredibly honored to be a part of this magnificent collegiate experience. The teachers are professional but exceptionally personable, the students outgoing and creative, the campus beautiful and well-kept, and I wouldn't trade this oppurtunity for any other. I have developed many skills and techniques that will help me carve out a happy and successful career, the likes of which I would never find anywhere else.

Spencer

There is nothing more wonderful than a brain filled with juicy new information and a talent continuously growing. Going to Ringling has fulfilled and surpassed my expectations. It has been my dream school ever since I knew what path I wanted to take in life. My artistic talent has improved tenfold and I proudly have Ringling and it's staff to thank for that. If I was given another chance to go to a different college, well, it's easy to say that there is no other place I would want to be. Ringling is my school, with my kind of people, who share my passion. I would not trade that for anything else.

Valentine

Attending Ringling College of Art and Design has taught more things that I could have imagined. Growing up, I knew I wanted to work in an artistic field, but I wasn't sure what direction to take. As soon as I got in this school, I knew it was what was perfect for me. I enjoy every assignment given, and I put my work first. Ringling has taught me to be responsible, and to work hard. Ringling hosts many art shows and it's always so satisfying to be in one of them. It has also taught me to work in groups, to give and receive constructive criticism. I have also learned that our business, Art and Design, is so important in our society. Being in an artsy environment is so inspiring, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

Casey

I started at a 4 year school right out of high school and hated it. I dropped out and went to a community college until I really found myself and figured out what my passion was. When I first came to RIngling I was amazed at the resourses that I was going to be able to utilize. The staff is really there for the students and it shows in their attitudes. Whe I attended a large state school I felt like a number, but the Ringling teachers take the time to hep you understand the concept. The people that attend Ringling are 18-21, but they are very intelligent and creative. We all feed off of each others energy and strive to do our best work to inspire others' works. The art that surround the school has been a personal inspiration to have my work displayed someday. I have never been in an environment that has been so motivating, inspiring and connected until I came to Ringling.

Loralei

I would give the advise to my old-self to prioritize school work before other things that I only wanted. Ringling is a very involved school, so I would let myself know to not procrastinate or half-finish things. It took me a semester to learnt his, but it would have been helpful to know before the fact.

Leslie

Well, if I could go back in time, I would tell myself that Ringling is an amazing college that I should most definately attend. I would also tell myself that I should start saving up my money from my jobs so I can go there. Even though the cost is high, the education and experience that you get there is well worth it, plus all the facilities and different items they give you really help you grow as an artist. I'd also tell myself that I will make the best group of friends a girl can have, while I'm at Ringling, so there will never be a lonely moment, as I feared when I was a high school senior. Basically, I'd say that Ringling in the best thing that could've ever hapened to me.

Marilyn

The best advice I would give myself is that regardless of how rough college demands can be, to never quit. When the times get tough you HAVE to buckle down and take care of business not for grades, but to enrich your mind, drive, and spirit. The hard times in life show you what you are really made of and capable of when you focus. By working hard you are not only ensuring yourself of a good grade but you are making the most of your education and by extension your future.

Adam

Ringling College of Art and Design is definitely the right choice for you. I know it may seem difficult to move all the way to Florida if you've never been there before, but it is so totally worth it. The campus life is very involved, and people are very supportive. It's easy to make friends with the people around you, because you'll share a common interest with them. Finding resources for whatever you need is sinch because of the wonderful offices of Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Student Life, as well as the immaculate amount of resources available from the on-campus library. You'll find that the labs and studios are well equipped with all the latest technology and open studio space to get your work done. The professors here are pretty remarkable in terms of knowledge from actually working in their industry. They'll show you projects they've worked on in the past, as well as things they are working on right now. Overall it's pretty amazing. Just be sure to manage your time well so that you can complete your work, have time for volunteering, and those new friends you've made.

Asil

Apply, Apply, Apply for scholarships. We all hear our teachers this to us in our final moments of out high school careers. Its not as if I was not listening as I had a applied for scholarships. The problem being that I only recieved a small portion of the ones applied for. Unfortunately it is not nearly enough to pay for college. Simply take the scholarship application process seriously and when you think you have had enough, push for more.

Daniel

Dan, I am you, writing you from the year 2010. You are 36 and going back to college for film and digital multi media. The technology we have now is incredible. You will be able to do things with computers that you never dreamed of, a whole new world will be opened up to you. I know you are young and you want to live and have fun but you will learn after your time in the real world that college is important. Follow your gut and go for what you love and live life with no regrets. Money will never bring you true happiness. Cherish your family and remember the things you think are so important now will fade in time. Just think what was so important to you just last year? Can you even remember? Listen to your elders, they have paid their dues. They are not out to give you a hard time. They are trying to keep you from making the same mistakes that they made just as I am trying to do for you now. Always be kind to people, the greatest currency in the universe is good karma. Take care of your health! Dan

Alberto

The right college is the one that is right for you. What is most important is that you go to class with an open mind and are willing to absorb as much information as you can. That is especially true in the arts, and it's especially true when you think you know something about the subject you are studying. The most important thing is to have fun doing what you do. It doesn't mean that everything will be nice and cheery; on the contrary, most of the times it will challenge you, and you will feel overwhelmed, but at the end of the day, those challenges will help you grow as a student and as a person.

Meghan

Dear me (as a senior), First of all, don't worry so much about your grades. The school you get in doesn't care as long as it's above, like, 2.5. Focus more on doing drawings from life and improving your art. That doesn't mean just give up, though. You manage to score some financial aid because of your grades, so keep up with them. Just don't... stress over them like you are. As far as college classes, I really wish you would take that AP Writing test. It's free, just three hours, and would save you a class that costs tuition money. So, please? To make it easier on me, do that will you? And don't worry so much about college life in general. You're going to meet some of the best people in the world! They'll end up being the best friends you've ever had, so stop worrying. And the work load is pretty heavy, just like they say, but it's definitely bearable. Overall, just relax. Things turn out really well for you. From, your future self

Charles

Upon going to college, there is a lot you expect, and a lot you don't. The most important thing is that you stay true to yourself, your goals, and make sure you enjoy your experience. There are a lot of ways to get sidetracked, but it's important to set your priorities and keep a level head about your environment and the people you surround yourself with. If you can remember these few simple things, then you will develope into a hardworking appreciative person, who most importantly has a good time in the proffession that you have chosen. In your time at college you will probably find more out, about yourself, and others then you ever expected to, but if you embrace change with time, you will learn and gain from all of your experiences. This is the most important thing to know. Take in everything, and become better because of it. You will meet many people and challenges, and as long as you remain true to your goals, and yourself you will rise to the top, and you will succede. There will be good and difficult times ahead, but these will be the best years of your life.

victoria

Don't procrastinate and think that you have the time, because at the end of the day, you will focus on the project and not the details. But details are what makes the difference from a good work, to a unique piece. And maybe take yoga classes... you'll need it to manage the stress which can be a huge load on your shoulder, especially after high school.

Aubrey

Never think anything is impossible, in fact usually the "impossible" becomes possible when you get to Ringling. Know that hard work will always pay off even when no one seems to notice. Always work for yourself, not your parents, friends or anyone else, this is your chance to make the most of your life. Never let other people hold you back, if anyone tries work even harder to achieve what ever your goal is. Work to become financial independent from your parents, they always hold paying for school against you. It's up to you to make the most of this experience, you have teachers, parents, counselors etc to guide you, let them and run with it. Last but not least, remember your going to college for you, because you want to be there. Oh and don't be afraid, everyone is just as scared as you!

Rayna

I think I would inform myself about financial aid and assisstance and I wouldnt be in a position that I am now. I would also avoid long term realtionships they ruin your college experience. Everything else should just fall into place.

Matthew

Stay focused and never stop pursuing your passion.

Tara

College, as you constantly hear in your closing years of high school, is a huge change that will be remembered as 'the best years of your life.' As senior year approaches many students don't understand the importance of preparing for college, including myself. As a high school student, I wish I had understood the importance of applying for scholarships. Attending such an intricate, dedicated art school of such great national recognition, this education doesn't come cheap. I applied for many scholarships, but didn't put in my full effort for the awarded money that in the end couldve saved me from a pile of loans when I'm complete. It is important to not give up on scholarships even after already in college, and manage you time to allow your full potential to be put into everything you do.

Donal

Try everything, do not shut yourself out because of problems that seemed monumental in high school but later seem like mundane details. Its the future that really matters and art is what you love, devote yourself to it and the rest will just fall into place. As I write this i realize that its not just you at age 18 going through the usuall, this is a reccurring theme that I am doing better with yet still needs to be developed even more. And one day you will be great.

allyson

Relax, have fun, it'll be great and hard work

Chelsea

My advice is to look outside of your comfort zone or box I would say. Look at colleges all around the country. Take time to research them and visit there campus. You'll know when you go visit if this will be your next chapter in your life. You'll feel that comfort and spark in your body when you know which college is right.

Ruben

I don't believe there is a magic formula that can be followed to avoid the pitfalls or ensure the success of the college experience. I do believe however that following your gut feeling and some common sense your likely to have a more predictable outcome. For many students going away to college is a new found freedom that they aren't accustomed to. Often times bad choices are born out of sheer boredom. This is a time to keep in touch with your child. Encourage them to have extracurriculum activities. A good work out in the gym,bike riding, gogging, even volunteering at the local day care center, often provides constructive release of energy. Respect your childs independence, just don't abandom them at the threshold of the unknown. If you've always been really close perhaps attending a school closer to home, with the prospects of transferring to another college a little further away may be something to consider. Allow yourselves to be the safe haven, remembering not to be too judgemental. Remind them that they are strong, intelligent and able to face this adversity with grace, after all its an exciting time in their lives .

Michele

Most people look for financial and academic sides of the college, but I strongly suggest considering emotional health as well. Good mind equals better body and work produced.

Jade

I would tell people to apply based on what they feel will prepare them the most. I've known too many people who wanted to transfer because college "isn't what they thought it would be". At this point in life, college isn't one big party and drinking isn't setting people up for the real world.

andrea

make sure it has what you are looking for in terms of the area, classes they offer, food, etc. also look at where people go once they graduate from that college and if you are interested in where they work than that college could be a good fit for you. and i know most times people say you dont need a car freshman year: that is a lie (depending on the area obviously.)

Elizabeth

Thinking about college can be an exciting and nervous thing for both parents and students of any age. However, what to keep in mind is that a college degree is almost essential in the current job market, and no matter what your financial situation is, there are always options. Remember to prioritize goals and expectations while looking at schools. Do not avoid researching more expensive college and universities simply based on costs as these establishments often have excellent financial aid options. Community colleges are always an economic option. Keep key dates for submissions, financial aid etc. organized and do not procrastinate. While looking at prospective colleges always remember to research not only the college but the surrounding area and if possible, reviews given by past and currents students. While attending school see what you can do to become involved on campus and in the community so you can get to know fellow students as well as your surrounding area. A social life is a good and healthy thing but academics are what you are paying for so try to keep a healthy balance between the two. As you attend your major make sure you always love what you are learning!

Justin

What advice would I give to students and/ or parents about finding the right college and making the most of it? Well to the parents I would have to say make sure that your college student has a passion for something. Always support what they like and not try to make them do or be something that you might have missed out in your own life. My parents knew I loved art of all kinds and not so much on sports. I have tried it all but then always came back to my passion with support. To the students I would have to say be true to yourself and don't let anyone make you feel you have to do or be someone you aren't. Realize that only you can make your future bright. Surround yourself with people who you think make a difference in the world either through their ideas or talents. That could mean anything from an athlete who helps out their community and doesn't have a head that is bigger than their salary. Or a famous artist that started at the bottom and through their struggles they came out with experiences that helped others.

Jen

I think that the location has a lot to do with the quality of your overall experience at any college. I would keep that in mind, and make it an important part of making the desicion.

Isadora

Students should research academic and social situations at as many as 4 collages . First they should see if the college is accreditted and has a strong department on the field they are wantting to go into,if they have a good counseling department with a strong career advisor, as well as the curriculum of the proffesors. They should see about their financial aids and the help they can get for tuition.They should go and see the schools and their sourandings. Ask as many questions as possible concerning classes,people who attend that school and see how liberal or conservative they are. Students should start college with an open mind and try to be friendly with others because it will probably be the first time that they will encounter the diversification of people and learn about other cultures, races and ways of life. They should not take things personal and try to see that is a different world of what they have been acostume at home. To be polite and respect others.

Franchesca

Be patient! Make sure you take the time to visit the area you're considering going to school at before you make the decision. Don't let first impressions make your decision for you. This goes both ways, my current school isn't in the best neighborhood, but security keeps us safe and I live 2 miles away in a beautiful, safe neighborhood. Likewise, you may think the place is amazing but can come to find out the the people that live in the surroundings are rude. Visit more than twice. Leave the tourist stuff for the first time you visit, but make sure the next couple of times you do mundane everyday things to make sure you'll be comfortable enough doing them when you live there. Good luck!

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