- Class: Junior
- Major: Other
- Gender: F
- High School: Marlington Highschool
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about pratt is the freedom of expression. We don't have a lot of the rules standard state colleges have. We are kind of free to go to the beat of our own drum. Which is liberating if you want to find yourself. which is what I did. The one thing I would change is the course requirements. They are a bit too... how should I put, constrained, perhaps. Of course there is requirements you have to meet to graduate but I had to take a lot of classes that I wasn't really interested in. Also that was because I had to settle for a class I could actually get into instead of a course I wanted to take because there wasn't enough room in the class or I had a late registration time. which adds to the problem of not being able to get classes you really want. I love the campus at Pratt. it's small but not too small and being in brooklyn is much better than manhattan I think, we have some room to roam without running into the rest of the population. we have lawns too! When I tell people I go to Pratt the general follow-up question is "where is that? i've never heard of it" Unless you are talking to a fellow artist. Then you might get a "oh yea! I've heard of that. It's a good school." Brooklyn is an amazing place to spend your college years. It's becoming more and more of a college town every year. Lots of young people. Lots of fun places to shop, eat, walk around, play, listen, see etc. Plus its right across from manhattan if you wish to venture out to the city. Which my friends and I do often. And sometimes you will have a class at the manhattan campus which is also good. It gets you out and about if you are stuck at home doing work a lot. Pratt is deffinetely an interesting place to spend 4 years at. I learned a lot being here. About art, life and myself. It's not always fantastic. It's A LOT of hard work and mental strain being creative 24/7. And there is the occasional, if not frequent and dreaded, "all-nighters" but it is an experience you will appreciate if you let it and won't forget. I've made some life long friends here and learned more about other people than I ever expected. Which will help me in the long run. You learn art stuff too, and yea, it's useful (sometimes). But it's what you make of it that really matters here.
Being an Advertising major you get to do a lot of different things that you wouldn't normally relate to advertising. My favorite class so far was actually Black Literature. Just because it's an art school doesn't mean our liberals suck. I think we have some of the best liberal programs. Taking classes besides design classes is just as important. well-rounded education is the name of the game. The students here are smart they know alot about alot. And they're not afraid to voice their oppinions. Intellectual conversation is common amongst us. Politics, religion, relationships all that jazz. Pratt deffinetely is geared towards getting you a job after graduation. I think there is a 97% employment rate after college. something like that. Either way, they are here to help get jobs. And after 4 years spent making ads for things like vinegar, pepto-bismol, martha stewart cookbooks and other such exciting products, they BETTER help get us jobs. We do a lot of fun projects also (music posters, book cover designs, animations, poems, blah blah blah) but sometimes, it's rough when you get assignments for mundane items. It really depends on the teachers you take as to what you get out of the class. I've had teachers that are really aimed at real world experience and teachers that are there to more inspire you and just learn something even if it's about yourself and not art. It's competitive here so watch out! but mostly we are all here to help eachother and it's nice. No one has yet to sabotage anyone elses work. that i know of...
There is a lot of different races, religions and social status here. But I think that people get along without judging by those things. It's a very accepting atmosphere. There are asians, caucasian, hispanic, african american, german, italian, everything you can think of. And there are people who have a lot of money and people who work while in session to pay for their tuitions. It's very diverse in every sense.
The Best Things
experience of being around all different types of people. Different learning environment.
The Worst Things
sometimes hard to get all the classes you want. have to settle for 3rd or 4th choices.