Everyone knows Parsons as the best for fashion design, with famous alums such as badgley mishka, proenza schouler, donna karen, anna sui, narciso rodriguez, and many more. I've never visited Parsons and I was suppose to visit last month but wasn't able too. Part of what attracts me to Parsons is It's name. Parsons name is defined as the best for fashion design. It's in NYC, and we all know NYC is the fashion capitol of the US, and I think by being at Parsons I'd be able to do internships while in school with design houses and if not then I'd still be able to have the connections a school like Parsons would have. The thing that makes it so hard for me is that it's Parsons! and now that Parsons is all over TV with project runway, I can only imagine it's name becoming more famous. A downside of Parsons is that even though I haven't visited, from the sketches I see students produce in terms of it looking real, they don't impress me, but does it really matter when Parsons dominates the design world in NYC? Everytime I hear news about Parsons and it achievements I fall in love with it, or the image of Parsons. Parsons just seems like a very real school, like if you can make it at Parsons you can make it anywhere.
With Otis, as of right now I love Otis. I have visited the fashion department like at least 5 times since it's about 2 miles away from my home, and everytime I go I am blown away by the design work the students produce. Just yesterday I was visiting and walking around, and this lady who works with teh school was just so nice to me. She invited me to come on Monday because Bob Mackie was going to be there. ( I cant go i have school) and then she invited me on tuesday to attend when people judge collections for the fashion show and once again I can't attend( i have school). She was just so nice. My only problem with Otis is that it is in LA. I don't think a school like Otis can give me the opportunities a school like Parsons can in terms of connections. By opportunities I mean connections with high fashion design houses. I know that many students out of Otis end up working in LA based company many are swimwear/sk8ting which to me doesn't read high fashion. And in terms of education and awards Otis has been beating Parsons in the CFDA awards. But another downside is that Otis is so close to me that I feel if I go to Otis it will feel like I'm depending on my parents for the rest of my life and I'll never have the experience of living on my own.
And then there's Pratt who is giving me 15,000 in scholarship/grants which is a huge weight of my sholders. I wouldn't mind attending Pratt the only problem is that when FIT and Parsons are on your neighbor island, and they're known more for fashion than you, then there's a problem. I think what I would like about Pratt even though I don't really know how good it is, is that it probably has much more of an artistic relax atmosphere. Another benefit is that it is still in NYC, but then again I'd feel like Parson students would have much more opportunities.
So I am completely lost. And I don't know what to do.