By: Chelsea Proctor
On the weekend of April 12th and 13th, Pratt Campus opened its gates to prospective new students for the fall. This mix included both transfer students and new students for the classes of 2018 and 2019. More accurately, the campus welcomed the parents of these prospective new students in order to convince them that Pratt is the university for their children. Amidst the free breakfast, decorated tables, campus tours and cameo by President Schutte, the Prattler stopped by on Sunday to ask the new students (and some parents) of Fashion, ComD and ID why they are considering choosing Pratt.
Why did you choose Pratt?
“I’m excited to study fashion. The dorms are definitely better than my RISD pre-college dorm though!”- Mei, prospective Fashion freshman.
“I’m still choosing between FIT and Pratt, but so far I like the idea of having a real campus. Although, I’d actually be in the city if I went to FIT.” - Anna, prospective Fashion freshman.
“It’s one of the top design schools, I’ve wanted to go [to Pratt] for a long time now. It’s kind of unreal to be accepted.” - Alex, prospective Industrial Design freshman.
“We’re from Jersey and we know Pratt’s reputation. Since our son is interested in pursuing graphic design, we want to make sure that he gets the education necessary to actually make a living at it.” - Mother of prospective ComD freshman.
“I’m sort of scared about starting at Pratt, I hear it’s really hard…. but, [ComD] is what I want to study in college, so I hope it’s worth it!” - Laura, prospective Fashion freshman.
“I haven’t officially accepted yet, but I think my parents are planning on making the deposit today. It’s kind of weird to think about…. I just don’t want to live in the dorm with shared bathrooms.” - Ryan, prospective ID freshman.
“My past colleges didn’t offer enough guidance, in my opinion. I wanted to attend a college where I could be creative but also have a solid foundation of skills. Pratt seems to offer that base…. My only concern will be that I will be a 22 year old Freshman.” - Maria, transfer student.
“It’s in New York. It’s a top school. Everything about Pratt is exciting to me right now.” - Cassie, prospective Industrial Design freshman.
Since I was also working a booth at Accepted Student’s day, here are some of my favorite conversations with concerned parents
“So you mean they have to buy their own toilet paper?”
- It’s that or their hand. Between four people, I’m sure they can make it work.
“There will be boys in the same hallway as my daughter?”
- I’m sure at some point they’ll visit the room too. *gasp*
“So how many quarters should we send him off with for laundry?”
- The quarters wouldn’t go to laundry anyway. But you could help them buy single cigarettes as they gradually acquire a smoking habit.
“I know that you have to give me a good answer, but please, can you tell me what the drinking culture is like in the dorms?”
- It’s what you make of it. There’s the healthy choices floor, if that is a concern for you.
“What if I don’t like my roommate?”
- You’ll live. It’s good practice for living independently.
Overall, Accepted Students Day (Weekend) was an exciting time that introduced many new faces to the Pratt Campus. While parents were dragging their children around figuring out the logistics of college life, students were beginning to imagine themselves as college students living and working on the campus we are all so familiar with. As a senior, it’s hard at times to not be cynical about Pratt when seeing such enthusiastic high school students who can’t wait to begin their college life. However, working Accepted Student’s Day, and talking with the new students made me nostalgic of the time when everything about Pratt was new and inviting.