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    Student Testimonial: Ringling College of Art and Design

    Posted August 18, 2023, 10:00 am by TeenLife
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    Celi Mitidieri - Ringling College of Art and Design

    Why did you choose to attend Ringling College and major in Film?

    The first thing that stood out to me about Ringling College’s Film program is that it has an incredible hands-on experience approach. From day one, we are learning the basics of filmmaking and advancing our knowledge every step of the way, all the way through senior year. Beyond the department, Ringling College also has incredible extra-curricular activities that allow me to work with real clients and expand my knowledge of how the industry functions. Finally, our Career Services department is a life-long resource for students and alumni. I am extremely grateful for attending such a supportive school.

    What did you hope to get out of Ringling College's Film program, and did you achieve it?

    As a learning objective, I hoped to develop my filmmaking skills, especially directing and cinematography. I feel very fortunate to have had so many opportunities inside and outside of class to work on these abilities. As a community objective, I hoped to find like-minded people with whom I could share my love for the arts. The community my peers and I have built over the years has been the highlight of my experience here. I have received more love and support than I could have ever hoped for.

    Did you have to prepare for a major in Film? If you didn't, do you wish you did?

    Unfortunately, I never had any practical art classes at my high school. Most of what I learned before attending, I pursued on my own or through workshops. For anyone who is considering applying to Ringling College, I would definitely recommend attending the summer PreCollege pogram. You get to connect with faculty and meet current students who are working as teaching assistants. All of that plus you take immersions in your desired field of study and get to participate in fun activities on and off campus. As a cherry on top of this amazing experience, Ringling also has opportunities for scholarships for engaged students.

    What was a typical day like at Ringling College?

    Breakfast at our state-of-the-art dining hall, Cunniffe Commons, followed by class. In the afternoons when I don't have class, I usually do homework at Goldstein Library or pick up a student worker shift at the soundstage (part of Ringling’s Studio Labs complex) the or the photography studio. After dinner, I usually go to the film lab to edit my projects. The days can get busy very quickly, so every so often I try to find moments to take a break and watch a funny sitcom.

    What was the most memorable moment of your time at Ringling College?

    Avant-Garde is an iconic scholarship fundraiser at Ringling College that happens once a year on Scott Plaza, at the heart of our campus. It is a costume party and the themes switch every year and range from the café scene in Paris to 70s rock-n-roll. A lot of our students get to volunteer and be part of the event, surrounded by donors and friends of the college as they raise paddles to donate funds toward student scholarships. It's pure joy and an incredible tradition that provides an opportunity to celebrate the amazing community we have built over the years.

    What advice do you have for teens looking at Ringling College?

    Reach out to current students and alumni. We love talking to prospective students, and that's a great way to gauge whether Ringling College is the right fit for you. Every college has a unique culture, so I invite you to learn more about ours. If you decide to join the family, we would be so pleased to welcome you!

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