I have been so excited about this series that I just couldn't wait to post my second interview! So, I am proud to introduce my dear boyfriend, Derrick!
Where are you originally from? What made you choose to attend your college and was it a tough decision?
I was born in California, but moved to Memphis at such a young age that I consider Memphis, Tennessee to be my hometown. I knew relatively early what I wanted to do in life and I knew that being an artist was the one thing that I was drawn to. Growing up in Memphis, I had a lot of opportunities to pursue my interest in art, including specialized classes in middle and high school that focused on the creative arts. I've always known the importance of a college education and decided to attend a college that specialized in my passion. Memphis College of Art was the most convenient option due to its location and tuition. Among other reasons, money that I received for attending an in-state school played a major role in my decision to attend Memphis College of Art.
Do you have any advice for students trying to choose a college?
When looking for a college I would suggest that students figure out what is most important to them. They have to ask themselves questions about what they are interested in studying, whether they would be willing to travel to attend school, and how much they are willing to pay. Choosing a school is an extremely important decision, and students should realize that they are making an investment in themselves that will pay off in the future.
What has been your favorite thing about college so far?
The experiences. Attending college is the best gateway into the "real world." Don't get me wrong, college adds a lot of stress and headaches, but getting through those frustrations are well worth it. I already have had so many fun and insightful experiences in college and wouldn't trade them for anything.
What has been your best dorm experience?
Dorms and roommates can be a pain at times, but you gain a lot of friendships and good times through interaction with others in the dorms. My best dorm experiences were during my freshman year when my buddies and I would just hang out. I have had a lot of fun playing games, telling stories, and getting to know all my friends.
Do you have any advice for students dealing with a poor dorm room experience (ex. a yucky dorm room, a bad or messy roomie)?
Unfortunately, poor dorm room experiences are very common. I guess the best solution is to compromise, and in order to compromise, you must communicate. Communication becomes key when you are living with another person. Always be sincere and considerate, because a little consideration for your roommates can go a long way.
If you could give incoming freshmen 3 pieces of advice about college what would they be?
1. Enjoy yourself, but not too much. College can be incredibly fun, but at the end of the day, you have to remember that you are there to better yourself.
2. Explore and experience as much as you can, because this is a great opportunity to learn and grow. College offers a lot of things that you wouldn't normally be able to do otherwise, such as travel.
3. Make the most of your time in school. Follow your passion and find what you want to do for the rest of your life.
What are your top 5 tips for being the best student you can be?
1. Apply yourself.
2. Try not to simply fulfill the assignment, but go above and beyond.
3. Put in the time that it takes.
4. Be confident that you can excel in every aspect of your education.
5. Take time to relax and enjoy yourself. We all need a break every now and then.
What are your plans for after college and what made you decide on those plans?
My hope after college is to start a career that involves my particular area of study. I would love to be a graphic designer, and have a job that allows me to be creative. I want to have a successful, creative career that will allow me to support and take care of my own family one day.