Graphic Design Student Artur Un
Graphic Design Student Artur Un

First-year students share experiences from their first semester at MCAD.

Whether MCAD students come from across the country or just down the street, everyone has something to say about their transition from high school to college life. Despite all coming from different backgrounds, each student seems to have similar feelings about their experience at MCAD so far.

My first interview was with Artur Un, a local first-year graphic design student.

How was your first semester?

Artur: I really enjoyed the first semester. The teachers were really great and I think I learned a lot more than I thought I could in just one semester.

Did you have a favorite foundations class?

Artur: My favorite class by far would have to have been Foundations 2D with Greg Dickerson because of how much I learned that also applied to my other classes throughout the semester.

What are you most looking forward to for the second semester?

Artur: I’m most excited about taking Introduction to Graphic Design as it will be my first step towards my major.

What about MCAD made you think this was the school for you?

Artur: I chose to go to MCAD because my uncle Milton Un graduated from MCAD with a degree in graphic design and he has been prospering in the field ever since. He really inspired my love for advertising, typography, and the world of business art.

image of Mia Strattman

My next interview was with first-year student Mia Stratman, from Winthrop, Washington, who is leaning towards the illustration major.

What was the biggest change you felt coming from high school to college?

Mia: I came from a really small high school and, while MCAD isn’t a large school, it is definitely bigger than what I'm used to. It has been really interesting to always being surrounded by like-minded people.

Did you have a favorite class or project last semester?

Mia: I really enjoyed how much freedom Foundations 2D allowed for in each project.

What are you looking forward to most this semester?

Mia: Its only been a week and already all the classes seem to be getting much more intense which is nice. I’m really looking forward to the challenge in my classes this semester.

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Another student I interviewed was Sam Jamison from Ankeny, Iowa. She is currently debating between the illustration or the drawing and painting major.

What has been your favorite class so far?

Sam: My favorite class was 2D since they really helped me understand how to work all the Adobe applications. However, my favorite projects were all the Media One video assignments. Learning how to put together a film and edit clips was a lot of fun.

What has been the biggest challenge for you living in the Twin Cities?

Sam: Definitely figuring out how to get around the city and getting off campus for groceries.

What do you hope to get out of your time at MCAD?

Sam: I hope to find out what I want to do. If I choose illustration, I hope MCAD will help me find a job and teach me everything I need to know about how to be a freelance artist. I also hope that by the time I'm done at MCAD I will have grown as an artist.

What about the second semester are you most excited about?

Sam: My painting class as it is the first class that I was able to choose aside from foundations. I'm excited to finally learn how to paint in a class setting instead of having to teach myself as I go.

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Finally, I interviewed animation major Daqulin Sossen, who came all the way from Round Rock, Texas.

What is it like to be so far from home?

Daqulin: It's sad but it was my choice. I'm not sure whether it was a good or bad choice, but I know I don't regret it. I do miss my family but I'm just going to smile and see it through.

What got you interested in the animation major?

Daqulin: I have always loved animation but the person that made me what to be an animator was my dad, Antony Sossen, as he was an artist himself. An animator that inspired me was Arin Hanson. His stuff was really funny and it tapped into my inner child, but films like Nausicaä made me want to make something feature length for myself and others.

What are you most excited about this semester?

Daqulin: Its a lot fewer core subjects so I’m excited to go hard in all my classes and make quality projects that I love and that will benefit my work.